Posts in : Fitness Tips

  • Oct
    20

    Battling Ropes Workout – Is it the best calorie burning workout ever?


    posted in Fitness Tips

    A battling ropes workout is one of the most effective calorie burning workouts you can do!  Really good personal trainers know the 411 of a ropes workout, but the average gym goer may not. Along with medicine ball training, heavy rope training is one of the best way to condition.  It’s still a relatively new tool for a total body workout that engages your core for rock-hard abs and burns a ton of calories.  Let me give you a quick overview.  Unlike most exercises you’re accustomed to, velocity is required for this workout.  That means there’s really no point at which the rope is resting – it’s continuous movement. (more…)

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  • Aug
    25

    Killer Back and Biceps Workout



    Most basic workout routines are broken into groups.  Back and Biceps, Chest and Triceps, Shoulders and Legs and so on.  The reasoning for this is fairly simple.  Ideally you want to train complimentary muscle groups in the same workout. When working out the Back you’re utilizing your Biceps as the secondary muscle group.  Your biceps need to do some work to complete the exercises you’re focusing on for your Back workout.  Your Back muscles are the primary muscle group, and biceps would be secondary.  The same applies for Chest and Triceps.

    To get the most from your workouts ideally you want to incorporate different exercises.  This not only targets the muscle differently, but it helps to make your workouts more interesting.  Here’s a great Back and Biceps workout you can do that will leave you walking out of the gym feeling pumped! (more…)

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  • Aug
    13

    Gain Muscle Strength to Gain Muscle Size


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    One of the most common questions I get asked from my Personal Training clients is, “How do I get bigger _____?”  Whether it’s bigger biceps, bigger shoulders, chest, or legs;  my answer is always LIFT HEAVY and LIFT OFTEN!  However, most people are not in peak physical condition and ready to jump right into an intense bodybuilding routine.  To them I impart these seemingly obvious words of wisdom… focus on GETTING STRONGER first.  Looking big may be the goal, but what’s the point If you don’t have the foundation to back it up?  The reality is you need strong muscles to build big muscles and to build strength you have to challenge your muscles and think outside of the box.

    So the next obvious question is “okay smart ass, then how do I get stronger?”  Now you’re asking the right questions! (more…)

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  • Jun
    19

    Smoking and Working Out



    You know that smoking is bad for you. Not only is it a bad habit, but it is a physiological addiction. Over the years I’ve had many clients who were smokers (whether they’d admit it or not), and I’d like to share my personal training advice and perspective of the effects of smoking and working out. (more…)

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  • Jun
    08

    5 Muscle Groups to Workout for a Sexier Body!



    In just about any gym throughout the country you constantly see both guys and girls working the same muscle groups. Of course these muscles are usually upper body muscles and are most noticeable while wearing a bathing suit. The unfortunate thing is that most of these muscles are also the least functional to the human body. Sure calves, biceps and abs look great, but how much do we actually need them? (more…)

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  • Jun
    07

    Top 8 Personal Trainer Pet Peeves – Gym Etiquette



    Are you going to the gym and working out or socializing?Think about this… the U.S. has become the most obese country on the planet, yet we spend the most amount of money on weightloss and fitness products and supplements! If there were a pill or packaged meal that actually worked to get you a perfect body, we’d all have one! The fact of the matter is that there is no substitute for exercise. The amount of effort put in, is equal to the results obtained. Period. (more…)

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