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If the waistband of your pants have more pressure on them than the Hoover Dam, you probably ate more than your share of the Thanksgiving Day feast! This is the one time of the year you should be celebrating with friends and family and enjoying the amazing food before you. However after a day of indulgence, you may not be feeling all that great come Black Friday! Here are a couple of tips to get you back into the swing of things. (more…)
Looking for the best weight lifting grips? Want to know what weight lifting grips are used for? Look no further – we got you covered!
Rather than just tell you what makes Pro Grips the best weight lifting grips I figure I’d rather just explain a couple of exercises that may be most executed using a grip of some sorts. (more…)
Chances 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!
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.
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.
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!
posted in Exercise Equipment, Gym Gloves and Weight Lifting Gloves, Strength Training Tips, Weight Loss Tips
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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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.
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.
- 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.
posted in ProGrips™ Fit Guys
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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Here are the benefits of using Weight Lifting Gloves:
Red Gym Gloves & Weight Lifting Gloves
Red 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.
Black is the color of power, sophistication, and authority. If Black is your favorite color, you mean business! Your personality commands attention, admiration, and respect. A positive, healing, and powerful energy is attracted to the color Black. It is the lightening rod of colors, amplifying whichever energy you focus on. Black gym gloves can bring an energetic force to your workouts! Harness the power of this color for impressive gains in strength and fitness. ProGrips™ Black gym gloves have a genuine leather palm, and a cool 4 finger loop Neoprene backing.