Posts in : gym gloves

  • 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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  • Jan
    31

    6 Pack Abs, Tats, and Muscle! | ProGrips™ Fit Guys



    We’re sure they’d look better with some ProGrips Gym Gloves ;) (more…)

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  • Jan
    28

    Easy Meals for Bodybuilders or Fitness Buffs



    You’ve heard your Personal Trainer say it a thousand times “eat more protein!” And whether you are a cardio queen who’s focus is weight loss and losing inches around the waist, or a hardcore bodybuilder who wants to add inches to his biceps, this is good advice. Protein shakes and meal bars are great quick fixes for on the go people but the best nutrition sources are real food. No trainer or nutrition supplement rep can deny that.

    Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is come home from work and have to prepare yourself a good high protein meal. As prepared as we may try to be, planning out or making meals ahead of time isn’t always easy either. Here’s some great recipe ideas for a low maintenance and high protein meals using a crock pot or slow cooker. (more…)

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  • Jan
    08

    Egg White Protein – Muscle Building Supplements – Natural Protein



    Eating more Egg White Protein as Muscle Building Supplements may not have been on the top of your New Year’s resolutions… but it should be!  As a Personal Trainer, I know that the New Year brings with it an onslaught of well intended fitness and nutrition goals.  I’m happy to support this new found enthusiasm in my clients, however regardless of the motivation, it always comes down to basics.  To build muscle and lose fat means committing to a clean diet high in protein and a consistent and effective workout routine.

    Today I want to dispel the myth that you need a kitchen cabinet full of muscle building supplements to reach your goals. It’s simply not true!  You may have noticed recently that I started writing more about raw food diets and natural protein supplements; and today I’m going to tell you about Egg White Protein.  I’m a firm believer that we should focus on eating foods in their most natural state.  The human body wasn’t designed to be a chemical filtration system!  While there are tons of protein supplements available online or thru your local vitamin shop, the purest form of proteins come in their most natural state! (more…)

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  • Nov
    03

    Progrips Gym Glove lands coveted Best Rated list on Amazon.com



    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 3, 2012

    ProGrips Gym Glove captures the number 3 spot of the Top Rated Exercise Gloves by Amazon.com.

    Los Angeles, CA:

    ProGrips USA is proud to announce it’s place on Amazon.com’s Top 100 Best Rated Exercise Gloves, officially capturing the #3 spot today!

    Launched less than one year ago, ProGrips USA sought to fill a void in the Health and Fitness industry by producing an alternative to bulky weightlifting gloves.  Constructed of genuine leather and neoprene ProGrips Gym Glove’s compact design fits discretely in the palm to enhance grip and protect from friction.  It’s unique four finger loop feature assures a snug fit without the weight and bulk of traditional gym gloves.  Offering 6 different colors to choose from makes it an attractive accessory to wardrobe conscious gym goers as well. (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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  • 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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