Posts in : Fitness and Nutrition Blog

  • Aug
    22

    How To Choose A Gym – 5 Tips To Get Started


    posted in Fitness Tips

    How To Choose A GymIf you’re not already a member, how to choose a gym may be a question you’re asking yourself. Gyms and fitness centers seem to be on every city block these days, but not all are created equal!  Just as you should have goals in mind for individual workouts, you should consider what qualities you’re looking for in a gym or fitness center.

    1. Location, location, location.  I always recommend trying to choose a gym that’s closest to your home, work, or a place you frequent on a daily basis.  You eliminate the amount of effort needed to get to the gym!  Don’t make it difficult to get there, because you may try to turn that into an excuse for not going! (more…)

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  • Aug
    13

    Best Triceps Exercises – Triceps Pushdown



     

    One of the Best Triceps Exercises for bigger arms is the Triceps Pushdown.  This is probably one of the most common Triceps exercises I see performed at the gym and it is often being executed improperly.  Of course the key to optimizing the effects of any exercise is proper form.  Everyone wants bigger arms, a thicker chest, and / or more defined abs, but few take the time to understand how a specific exercise works the muscle group.  In my experience, the mind-body connection is the single most important factor when working out and trying to achieve goals.  It is important to focus on the exercise you’re performing and what muscles you’re body is using to move the weight. (more…)

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  • Jul
    30

    Boston Personal Trainer | Kent McCann | Body Transformation Contest



    Hey Progrippers,

    I wanted to let you all know about a contest I’m running over on Kent McCann Fitness. It’s a twelve-week body transformation competition, and the winner gets three months of 1-on-1 on-line coaching, as well as a sweet new pair of ProGrips. Submissions were supposed to close on the 15th, but for you all, I’m extending them until the 22nd.

    When you sign up, you get access to some sweet free resources, including two detailed workout routines, and three different nutrition plans, tailored to different experience levels. So, even if you don’t want to compete, you can still get some bomb free stuff.

    Check out all the details here.

    I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year, and best of luck with your resolutions!

    Kent

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  • Jul
    12

    One of the Best Triceps Exercises The Triceps Pushdown



    One of the Best Triceps Exercises; The Triceps Pushdown

     

    When you are working on your guns at the gym, you need to remember that your arm is not made up entirely of the bicep alone, but also your triceps. When properly training, your triceps can give your arms that well rounded-cut look you sought after. One of the best triceps exercise is the triceps pushdown. (more…)

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  • Jul
    09

    Build More Muscle



    Build More Muscle - New Year's ResolutionChances are you’re one of the millions who put “get to the gym more often” as one of your New Year’s resolutions.   While that’s an admirable goal, you need a basic gameplan to make sure you’re  working smarter not harder. Whether you’re a weekend athlete or a true gym rat, let’s review some basics for building muscle in the new year!

    Ready…

    As you begin a new routine, it’s important to build a solid foundation.   The first month or two focus on  building up your abilities, so when you’re mentally ready to hit it hard, you’re body’s primed and ready to go.   Pay attention to pain or weaknesses.   You first goal should be to address any painful joints or extremely tight muscles.  Think of it like putting a coat of primer on your wall.  It may take 2 weeks or 2 months, but it’s absolute imperative.  Yes you want to be building muscle and working out hard, but don’t be a rockstar.

    Set…

    If you want to put on a ton of muscle this year, building a strong strength foundation is necessary.  For example, if you lack bicep and forearm strength you’ll need to focus on getting the smaller muscles stronger before you can jump into pull ups and rows to work the big back muscles.

    After you’ve addressed any pain issues, this foundation stage is all about getting ready for the hard work.  This is a general fitness time, where you’re focusing on increasing endurance, strength, and power… along with building muscle.  Remember… one of the most important strategies with any workout routine, weight loss program, or strength training goal is to keep a solid mind body connection.  That means don’t just feel the workout physically, but feel it mentally.  Concentrate on the muscle group you’re working and your goals in general.

    Go…

    Assuming you’ve addressed any weaknesses and built up an amazing foundation, now you’re ready to make a strong run towards reaching the goal of building more muscle.  Go hard or go home!  If you don’t leave the gym everyday feeling completely exhausted, you’re not doing enough.   By the end of the day you will likely feel exhausted.  In the morning, your muscles will be sore and you’ll feel like you were hit by a bus… but sometimes that’s the price we pay for a good weightlifting program.  Good job!  Learn to love it because it means you’re building muscle and on your way to a healthier you!

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  • Jul
    01

    Benefits of Eating Raw Foods



    The benefits of eating raw foods are quite astounding. While I’m the first to admit I’m not a Nutritionist, I feel comfortable sharing my advice and personal experience with clients. Those who are serious raw foods enthusiasts are actually referred to as those who practice Raw Foodism.  No, that’s not a made up phrase!  It refers to the practice of eating unprocessed, uncooked and/or organic foods as a main source of nutrition.  For the purposes of this article, I’m going to keep it simple and just help you understand how the benefits of eating raw foods may enhance your overall health and fitness goals.  (more…)

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  • Jun
    14

    Is Red Your Favorite Color?



    ProGrips Weightlifting Glove RedRed is the color of strength, health, and vitality.

    It’s often the color chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive… or someone who would like to be!

    The color Red has been shown to speed respiration, heart rate, and even elevate mood level.

    Red weightlifting gloves just might give you that extra boost you need for your workout; to squeeze out a couple more reps or motivate you to get to the gym in the first place!

    ProGrips™ Red weightlifting gloves have a genuine leather palm, and a cool 4 finger loop Neoprene backing.

     

     

     

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  • May
    19

    ZCUT Power Cardio Series Review – Zuzka Light Exercise & Fitness DVD


    posted in Fitness Tips

    You may know her as co-founder of  BodyRock.tv, but Zuzka Light (aka Zuzana Light) is taking the internet by storm on her own as one of America’s Hottest Online Fitness Personalities!  Her website is packed full of free weekly workout videos and tons of exercise, fitness and nutrition tips… but it’s her newly released ZCUT Power Cardio Series that’s really creating a buzz!  It recently caught my attention as one of the “hottest sellers” on Amazon, so for an affordable $15.99 I ordered a set to see what all the hype is about.  If you’re looking for a great at-home-workout that’s easy to learn, and more importantly, easy to commit to.. then ZCUT is for you!  Your goal is to complete one workout per day for a total of 12 weeks.   You can get it right now on Amazon here:  ZCUT Power Cardio  read review…  (more…)

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  • Apr
    21

    Pro Grips Gym Glove Review



    Pro Grips Gym Gloves are the alternative to bulky weight lifting gloves!  Made of real leather and neoprene, they fit discretely in the palm of your hand.

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  • Apr
    11

    Pro Grips Gym Glove – Progrips™ Fit Guys



    Looking for the Alternative to Gym Gloves?  Try Progrips Leather Lifting Grips!

    What are Pro Grips Gym Gloves?

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