Posts in : Fitness and Nutrition Blog

  • Apr
    08

    Zuzka Power Yoga Review – Zuzana Light


    posted in Fitness Tips

    Zuzka Power Yoga Review

    Zuzana Light has done it again with her brand new Yoga DVD, Zuzka Power Yoga Series!  But this ain’t your mama’s Yoga Workout…

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  • Mar
    26

    Lindsey Vonn – ProGrips™ Fit Girls



    What does Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn have to do with ProGrips Gym Gloves? … Well nothing actually!  We just like her.  She’s an athlete and represents a healthy body image for women.  Although she can pull off the cover girl look, she definitely doesn’t try to be a stick thin model… and when it comes down to it.  Guys like curves!

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  • Mar
    23

    Sexy Six Packs Times Four!! | ProGrips™ Fit Guys



    We here at ProGrips™ Gym Gloves happen to admire the all too elusive six pack abs!  … but the last time we saw this many 6 Packs was in the beer aisle of the grocery store!  Damn!

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  • Mar
    20

    Build Bigger Biceps – Dumbbells For Home


    posted in Fitness Tips

    How to Build Bigger Biceps is probably on of the top questions my personal training clients ask me.  A close runner up is my advice on specific fitness or exercise equipment.  So for this post, I’m going to kill two birds with one stone and go over 3 of the best biceps exercises as well a Bowflex Selecttech 552 review as great dumbbells for home use.

    For a quick review, we should all know that the Biceps muscle or Biceps Brachii muscle refers to the front area on the upper arm between the elbow joint and shoulder.  The biceps muscle is engaged by both the shoulder and the elbow joints.

    Biceps can be trained multiple ways using cables, exercise bands, barbells, weight machines or dumbbells.  If you’re looking for equipment and exercises you can do outside the gym, I’d recommend picking up some dumbbells for home use, and Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are one of my favorite pieces of at home fitness equipment.

    So let’s go over 2 of the best exercises to build bigger biceps that you can do at home:

     

    1. Standing Inner-Biceps Curl

    Standing upright hold a dumbbell in each hand at arms length (arms straight down at your side).  Your elbows are close to your torso, abs tight, and feet shoulder width apart.

    Keeping your upper arms tight to your side, curl the dumbbell up and slightly out to your side. Only your forearms should move, your palms will be facing up and the dumbbells will be at shoulder height at the top of the movement.

    Hold this contraction for a moment, giving a good bicep squeeze before you lower the weights back down to your side.  Here’s a great example from YouTube:

    2. Zottman Curl – Zottman Biceps Curl

    The Zottman Curl for biceps is similar to the inner biceps curl as described above.  The difference is that when you return the weight to the lowered starting position, you are keeping your palms facing down.  You will literally feel as if you are keeping the dumbbell from dropping out of your hands.

    Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells Review

    Lot’s of clients ask my advice about home exercise equipment.  My response is usually the same “if it motivates you to workout and adopt a healthier lifestyle, then it’s worth it.  Having said that, there are a couple of products that I personally think are worth the investment.  If you’re looking for dumbbells for home use, these Blowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells are my favorites.

    Here’s the basic info:

    - Weight Ranges from 5 pounds to 52.5 pounds

    - There are 15 different weight settings

    - Each dumbbell is 15.75 inches long by 8 inches wide (this is important because some adjustable dumbbells for home use are just too bulky!)

    The big advantages with adjustable dumbbells is obviously that you don’t have to have a huge weight rack of dumbbells sitting around your apartment.

    These are also very easy to use.  Here’s how they work…

    While seated in their cradle, simply click the dial to the desired weight and lift the dumbbell out of the cradle and voila, you have your perfect dumbbell.   A favorite feature of mine with these adjustable dumbbells is the grip.  It is ergonomically designed to fit in your palm (of course you should still be wearing your ProGrips Gym Glove).

    These are definitely a space saver, and totally portable.  You don’t need a barbell rack or separate container for plates.  These are also one of the most cost effective dumbbells for home that I’ve seen.

     

     

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  • Feb
    20

    Perfect Form and Perfect Form – ProGrips™ Fit Girls



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  • Feb
    17

    Radoslav Vanko – ProGrips™ Fit Guys



    So let’s assume you have a pair of ProGrips Workout Gloves – you hit the gym 3-5 times a week and have a clean diet. (more…)

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  • Feb
    16

    Katherine Webb – ProGrips™ Fit Girls



    We doubt she actually uses workout gloves… we just felt like extending her 15 minutes of fame ;)

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  • Feb
    14

    Best Pull Ups Workout For V Shaped Back



    The best Pull Ups workout means focusing on proper form!  Want that sexy “v cut back”?  Throw some pull up reps into your back workout.  This vid clip is a great example of different pull ups variations you can do in any gym.  For tips on proper form, check out my previous post Best Back Exercises. (more…)

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  • Feb
    12

    Got Milk?



    Even the best Gym Gloves won’t give you 6 pack abs or help you build bigger biceps.  Proper nutrition is key!  So is dedication and inspiration… we’re hoping our latest ProGrips™ Fit Guys helps ya out with that! (more…)

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  • Feb
    08

    Supplements to Build Muscle – The Ultimate Starter’s Guide



    Once you’ve got a great training and diet program in place, you may start experimenting with supplements to build muscle. There are a ton of products on the market that promise everything under the sun.  The truth is no supplement, pill, vitamin, or concoction is going to take the place of putting in the hard work!  The term supplement is exactly what it implies – it is a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and nutritional program.   Remember the commericals from the 80′s and 90′s from a well known Brand promising quick weight loss simply by substituting “a quick shake” in place of a meal?  Those meal replacements are now being marketed as supplements.  The reality is they are one in the same.

    Let’s review some common supplements to build muscle: (more…)

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