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  • Nov
    02

    Raw Food Diet To Reverse Diabetes and Lose Weight



    raw food dietLast night I watched an amazing documentary exploring the concept of incorporating a raw food diet to reverse diabetes. While I am certainly not an expert on raw food diets or suggesting any medical advice, I think it’s an important to understand how diet effects not only our body composition but diseases that can be directly related to obesity. I want to explore the definition of diabetes, explain how low glycemic foods and diet can benefit your weightloss goals and my thoughts specifically on the documentary. (more…)

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Feb
    08

    Interval Strength Training 101



    Workout Gloves and Strength TrainingWhat is Interval Training?

    Whether you’re a gym rat or a weekend athlete, most of you have a general idea of what interval training is… or at least you think you do!  Working your butt off for a couple sets and taking a rest before your next set, doesn’t count as performing an interval!  You want to burn fat and build muscle right?   Put on your workout gear and weightlifting gloves… and get ready to work it out!

    Own The Zone

                First of all let’s debunk the myth of the “fat burning zone.”   Your body never really is exclusively only burning fat for energy, with possibly the exception of when we are asleep.  You’re almost always burning carbohydrates as well.   The common fat burning zone charts that you will see on cardio machines are not accurate.   The problem with that is you will be burning less calories overall by consistently staying in the fat burning zone. On the other hand, if you have your heart rate way up for the duration of the workout, you will mostly be burning carbohydrates.  Working solely in the fat burning zone means not burning enough calories, while the intense carbohydrate zone will be burning more calories but less fat.

    For example, if you do an hour of “fat burning” you may burn 200 calories with 120 of those calories coming from fat.  If you do an hour of all out training you may burn 400 calories but a very small percentage of those will be from fat.

    If you can find a good medium where you burn a lot of calories and get a good amount of those from fat then you are (forgive the cliché) “killing two birds with one stone”.  This is where interval training comes in.  By jumping the heart rate up to 80-95% your max you will be burning a very high amount of calories.  Then you will allow your heart rate to lower to around 65% by reducing the intensity.  When your heart rate is lowered, you will essentially be hitting the “fat burning zone”.  This cycle will be repeated a number of times, by the end you will have burned as many calories and as much fat from those calories as possible.  The thing many forget to do is lower that heart rate back down before beginning again.

    Treadmill

        A few systems I use for interval training are on a treadmill, with a medicine ball or on my favorite, the Versa Climber.  If on a treadmill bump up the incline (anywhere from 5-7%) then increase the speed a half mile an hour every thirty seconds (start at a jogging pace) until you hit that 90% range.  Once there, attempt to stay at that heart rate for 30 seconds to a minute until lowering the speed or incline.  After that you can lower the speed or incline to get down to that 65% mark and keep it there for about a minute.   Repeat that interval three times and then take a two-minute rest.  Try and do at least three cycles of this on your first day.  As you get better at the intervals perform more of them by doing more overall sets or more repetitions within those sets.  The workout will look something like this:

    Run @80-95% max heart rate      Duration: 30-60 seconds

    Jog   @65% max heart rate             Duration: 60 seconds

    Run @80-95% max heart rate      Duration: 30-60 seconds

    Jog   @65% max heart rate             Duration: 60 seconds

    Run @80-95% max heart rate      Duration: 30-60 seconds

    Jog   @65% max heart rate             Duration: 60 seconds

    Rest @lowest heart rate                  Duration: 2 minutes

     

    Repeat multiple times, attempting to add a set each week.

    Med Ball

              I love the medicine ball because of its simplicity and the amount of great exercises do with it.  My favorite is throwing it against a concrete wall because it is fantastic in developing pillar strength (hips, core & shoulders) and gets that heart rate up.  If you don’t have medicine balls at your disposal then just get a few exercises that are high intensity and easy to transition from one to the next.  Do the same thing, as you would with the treadmill in working until you get to that 80-95% heart rate, maintain it for a minute then lower it to 65% and maintain that for a minute.  You can get a group of exercises and cycle through them doing 10-15 reps of each.  The medicine ball is so great because you will be getting a total body workout and using your muscles a little more than on cardio machines. Don’t forget to wear good Gym Gloves to protect your hands!

               The Versa!

                The Versa Climber is a hard to find piece of equipment but if you see one, this should now be your first choice for cardio.  The great thing is that people rarely use them so it is always open.  As opposed to the treadmill or medicine ball the sprints will be much shorter, lasting anywhere from 5-30 seconds.  Do a sprint and rest for the equal amount of time (work for 15, rest for 15) until your heart rate hits 80-95%.  When you hit that heart rate, rest until you reach 65% your max and then slowly move on the Versa for a minute attempting to maintain that position.

    Anywhere

    Although I used pieces of cardio equipment as examples on how to do intervals, don’t limit yourself to just those.  You can run on a track or field, up stairs or even on the beach.  As long as you are manipulating the heart rate in a similar way you will be accomplishing the same thing.

    The Result

                These workouts are really exhausting and you will finish feeling really good about yourself.  Another bonus is that they will be shorter in duration than the typical 60-minute cardio cruise that most take.   You will be burning overall calories and fat calories in high amounts.  An added bonus is that you will be working multiple energy systems, increasing your endurance and strengthening your heart.

    Tips

                I recommend getting a heart rate monitor strap and watch (my favorite is Polar) to keep track of heart rates. Get a good pair of weightlifting gloves  From there do a testing day where you start jogging on a treadmill and gradually get your heart rate up by increasing speed then incline.  You should raise the speed or incline every minute until you feel like you cannot go anymore.  When you reach your peak and stop, count that number as your max heart rate.  From there you can figure out how high your intense zone (80-95% max) should be and where your recovery zone (65% max) should be.  Intervals are one of the most effective ways to exercise and provide tons of health benefits.

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