Make your workouts more intense by adding circuits. I like to tack them onto the end of my free-weight workouts. A few simple movements done at a quicker pace will supplement the day's training. On cardio days I'll make my circuit longer or do two...
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It's that time of year. Candy, cookies and pastries pop up everywhere. If you've already gained a few candy pounds then call up your gym buddy fast and get back on track.
A strong core means a strong everything else, but effective core training does take focus. So put your mind to the muscle and give today's exercises a try. With a few principles on core training you can master and progress any core routine. It won't...
In my high school gym at Eldorado, we had a few medicine balls. All we used them for was intensifying our ab exercises. We would rocket the ball at each other after doing a crunch. It was a bonus if the other guy dropped the ball because you threw...
Exercises using resistance bands help condition the body to keep a straight spine using the core and the upper back. Stretchy bands are great for training, especially if you prefer to work out at home or travel frequently.
Dumbbells dropping to the gym floor make a loud thud that can be felt halfway across the gym. That thunderous sound triggers the macho button in most men, inspiring them to strut in front of the mirror upon dropping the weight. Think I'm kidding?...
Put that isolation routine aside and get ready to sweat. Working your chest, back, arms and core independently would take up the majority of your valuable gym time. Combining exercises is a good way to burn more energy during your workout.
Want something worth posting on Facebook? What if your next post looked like this: "15 squats, 1/4-mile run, 1-minute plank, done four times, through in less than 20 minutes." Imagine all the "good jobs!" and "likes" you'll get.
Whether your legs are slim and toned or well muscled, they can always use some added stability. I'll admit that stability training does sound kind of boring. But it helps them get stronger, and strong tendons equal stable joints.
When I asked Jenn Coca, today's fitness subject, about her favorite core exercise, she answered by demonstrating the hell plank. Jenn has one of the strongest cores I've seen and if she says an exercise is effective, it is. Today, Jenn demonstrates...
Isolating shoulder muscles helps sculpt the ideal physique whether your goal is to have large, well-defined shoulders like an Olympic gymnast or lean shoulders like a dancer. Isolating the different muscles of the shoulder also helps strengthen the rotator cuff.
I have two more exercises that can be done on the stability ball. So, throw off the pile of clothes that's accumulated on it and top off the air, because you'll want to try these!
In trainer jargon, self-myofascial release, or SMR refers to foam rolling. SMR targets the neural side of the muscle by increasing Golgi tendon activity and decreasing muscle spindle activity. These two organs tell the brain in what position the muscle is. Foam rolling is a way of pressing the reset button on a particular muscle.
I bought my wife a kettle bell. She used it for a few days, then it became the best garage doorstop I've ever owned. But as a trainer, I've found that kettle bells are a great way to combine weight training and cardio exercises.
If gym jerks hogging machines are a constant problem for you, then reach deep into your knowledge bag and pick up some dumbbells. Most machine exercises can be done with dumbbells.
Imagine never taking your dream car out for a ride. It just stays in the garage. Eventually, the air seeps from the tires and the gasoline becomes stale. And for some reason, you're OK with it. Tragic, right?! Your butt muscles are the same way
"Watch me, and don't let me cheat," I say to a fellow trainer to get him to spot me at the gym. I need a close eye on my form, especially when it comes to performing core exercises. I like using other trainers because they can see things in my form that I can't.
Looking to ramp up a boring exercise routine? Try some total body exercises. Total body drills always zap energy and get the heart pumping. But be forewarned: they aren't easy, nor are they very fun. But the hard exercises never are, right?
Stability balls are good for other things besides breaking furniture and causing whiplash. You can get a pretty good workout if you use them correctly. I use the stability ball, also called the Swiss ball or balance ball, to help my clients not only train the core but also the legs and upper body. What you work depends on how you use it.
"Fix the butt, fix the body" is a common gym philosophy. That's because fit hips bring a slew of health benefits.
Balance is one of those use-it-or-lose-it skills. One of the benefits of balance training is to increase joint stabilization. As your muscles struggle to stabilize, your joints become stronger.
I've always had a healthy appetite. I typically finish my meal before my wife finishes hers. One day, Kristin polished off her entire dinner before I completed half of mine. If the five tests the day before weren't enough proof, this was the clincher. We're pregnant! Now what?
Being a good workout partner is more than just showing up. Your partner is counting on you. Your presence and your eagerness to work out may be your partner's only motivation that day. They won't tell you, but that is often the way it is.
Clients' eyes get wide with fear when I tell then they will be doing plyometrics as part of their workout.
It's Monday, and you know what that means. It's international chest day in the gym! Guys tend to do their favorite routines on the first day of the week, and the bench press is ranked up there with arm and abs exercises.