Posts in : Fitness and Nutrition Blog

  • Oct
    24

    Incline Chest Press with Resistance Bands – Video



    Performing an incline chest press with resistance bands attached is definitely a more advanced exercise.  You may already know that the incline chest press is a great way to focus more attention on the upper pecs.  Technically speaking the incline bench press targets the clavicular head of the pectoralis major which is basically referred to as “the upper pecs.”  Adding this exercise to your best chest workout may help you gain the muscle mass you’re looking for, or to push you past the plateau! (more…)

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  • Oct
    23

    Battling Ropes Workout – 23 Exercises to kick your butt!


    posted in Fitness Tips

    Battling Ropes Workout is one of the best total body conditioning workouts there is!  No need for a gym or expensive equipment, just a rope, some extra space, and a lot of sweat energy!  Last week I introduced you to some tips for beginners to a battling rope workout, and today I wanted to share a video with you that shows some more advanced moves. (more…)

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  • Oct
    22

    Best Chest Workout – Top 5 Best Chest Exercises


    posted in Fitness Tips

    The best chest workouts begin with first understanding the function of the chest muscles in general.  I find with clients that the “mind-body connection” is crucial to successful training of any muscle group!  For men a well developed chest represents virility, power and strength.  Women shouldn’t over look training the chest either.  For them training the chest can assure a solid an “perky” appearance.  (more…)

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  • 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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  • Oct
    09

    Weight lifting Gloves – Why To Use Them



    ProGrips Leather Weight Lifting GlovesAlmost as much as training advice, my clients ask me if they should use weight lifting gloves at the gym.  Personally I think they are an awesome gym accessory and I wouldn’t workout without a pair.

    Here are the benefits of using Weight Lifting Gloves:

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  • Sep
    09

    Post Workout Recovery Shake to Build Muscle



    Recovery ShakeAt the end of a big workout, your muscles are hungry and in desperate need to recover.   To do that, your body needs protein to rebuild your damaged muscles and carbs to process that protein. Towards the end of a strenuous workout when your body has exhausted its primary energy sources, it will target muscle tissue for energy. To prevent this, the first 30 minutes after your workout, if not in your last few sets, is the optimal time to have a recovery shake.

    Aside from the amount of protein in your shake, there are a few other aspects to consider. But first let’s start with the most obvious. (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


    posted in Fitness Tips

    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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  • Jul
    17

    Best Back Exercises – Pull Ups


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    What you can’t see can hurt you!  More often than not I see clients and gym goers focusing soley on what I call the show me muscles… or those muscle groups they can see while checking themselves out in the mirror!  The back muscles comprise the largest muscle group of the body, second only to legs and training these powerhouse muscles is important to achieve an optimized and well defined body composition.   Even more importantly strong back muscles can help alleviate common problems with posture and can help balance out the effects of over-training the chest muscles. (more…)

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  • Jun
    29

    Build Bigger Biceps – Run The Rack!



    Build bigger biceps
    Everyone would agree that toned arms on a woman and well developed or down right big arms on a guy are sexy!  Biceps are one of the most commonly worked out muscle groups at the gym and there’s countless activities and exercises to target them.  However there’s no need to be doing 10 different bicep exercises, because they’re all doing the same thing.  The bicep is the muscle that flexes the arm at the elbow joint.  Biceps brachii is the latin word for it,  which means “two headed [muscle] of the arm.” (more…)

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