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The Ultimate Truth About Fitness
It needs to be said, so let’s come right out with it: fitness is boring. That sounds like a complaint, but it’s not. It’s the greatest thing about fitness. You can scour the internets for the best new way to get six pack abs or how to deadlift a... Read more
The Only Thing Missing From Your Lift is Tension
Change one letter in that title and it reads life instead of lift, which is equally true. The right tension in your life is key. We’ll come back to that. Let’s start with tension in the gym. The gym isn’t exactly a walk in the park. For many of us, just the... Read more
Be 3 Times Healthier By The Time You Finish Reading
The problem with plans for better health is they are always just plans. We have notions of the life we’d like to be living, but most of us will start tomorrow the same way we started today. The trick to making changes is to make them the moment you... Read more
10 Running Myths Debunked
Will running make you smarter? According to a recent study reported in the New York Times, it certainly doesn’t hurt. That doesn’t mean all you need is a pair of New Balance and an open road to maintain universal health. There’s a little more to running than just not... Read more
Shocker: Fitness and Nutrition’s Days of Rigidity May Be Numbered
The hill to be climbed by the average adult, when it comes to starting a fitness program, feels more like an active volcano. It’s not only massive but unforgivingly full of deadly magma. Not literally of course, but there are so many ways in which the motivated can fall... Read more
GM’s Roboglove Will Change the Deadlift Forever
The biggest challenge with deadlifting, as is the case with lifting anything, is your grip. The muscles that we use to pull objects are some of the largest muscles in the human body, even if you don’t look like these guys… We’re talking about the latissimus dorsi or “lats.” These can... Read more
The Beginner’s Guide To Swimming For Fitness
Want to get fit this summer? It’s time to make a splash! Swimming is one of the best ways that you can tone up your body and work up a sweat and, thanks to the buoyancy of the water, the sport won’t put any extra strain on your joints.... Read more
5 Right Now Solutions for Gaining Weight
Everybody wants to drop mass, I know, but there are a few people who need to pile it on. Either they are trying to break out of their prepubescent bodies or their genetics dictate a slender build. Fitness nerds call them ectomorphs, but really haven’t we had enough name... Read more
3 Easy Reasons You Have Chicken Legs
If you’ve been pouring yourself into your workouts for some time, the worst thing that could happen is going from a Weeble-Wobble shape to Mr. Chicken legs. It’s true, aesthetic goals get boring, but if you have pin legs, you may find your strength is also unbalanced. Your legs... Read more
This Core Workout Will Make You Super-unbreakable
It seems like we go from a few extra pounds picked up over the holidays to swimsuit weather overnight. One minute we’re working on plans to lose what we’ve gained, then we’re fully out of time. Let it be said, developing your core muscles will not make you shredded.... Read more
Say Yes: How To Avoid Common Fitness Excuses
Excuses, excuses. Putting off your fitness routine for the evening, or eating bad things because you feel like it are not necessarily indicators that you’re veering off track but when you consistently make excuses in order to get out of doing things, it could be a sign that something... Read more
4 Reasons Gardening Completes Your Life
If you live someplace cold, like winter and snow cold, then you know the value of chopping wood. It keeps you warm twice. You get fired up chopping that wood (not to mentioned it’s great for your physique) but when you burn it in the fireplace, it warms you... Read more
Don’t Get Too Jacked and Other Spooky Tales
People say a lot of stuff about fitness. Most of it’s not helpful, but some of it’s downright laughable. Sadly, too many of these silly things come from people who profess to be fitness professionals. I guess anyone can hang a hat on that title. Don’t feel bad if... Read more
The Secret Fix for Your Fitness Dedication
In a recent article featured in Wired, they explore the new fitness phenomena of social fitness, calling it cult-like. Maybe. Call it what you will, but there is a growing trend of successful fitness groups which often have nothing to do with fat loss goals, joining gyms or most... Read more
To Find the Right Trainer Employ the Five Cs
Joining a gym with no prior experience but not hiring a trainer is the dumbest thing you can do. That is right next door to buying a car then driving it before you’ve attended driver’s education. No, your buddy who’s in pretty good shape should not be your trainer.... Read more
Seated Bicep Curls are Keeping You Fat
There, I said it; you made me. I really loathe using that word, fat, but I had to get your attention because you won’t stop doing silly things. Please, unless you’re training for Mr. Olympia, stop it. Here’s why… Despite the fact that biceps are the make-a-muscle, muscle, they... Read more
Former Gym Manager Confessions: Cardio Will Never Love You Back
Find me the adult who really looks forward to the cardios, and I’ll show you a man whose joints ache. Even people who claim to like cardio, don’t really like cardio. They like telling you that they like cardio only to intimidate you. They’re lying. What they like is... Read more
15 Killer Exercises That Don’t Require Gym Equipment
It’s not just about being a cheapskate. Joining gyms isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Not only that, sometimes we are traveling where we don’t have access to a facility. Orrr, maybe you belong to a gym but are looking for ancillary work to add to your normal routine. Before there... Read more
4 Signs You Need to Change Your Workout Right Now
It’s not you, Workout, it’s me. I don’t like YOU… Change is not always welcome, nor is it easy. If it were, then people wouldn’t toil in dead-end jobs, tolerate unhappy relationships or keep showing up to workouts that aren’t resulting in change. Sometimes the obvious answer is the... Read more
Tough Love on Why You Don’t Have a Six Pack Yet
Once upon a time, I had access to data on typical gym goals for new gym members. One of the top three goals was to have a six pack. I think it was number two in the list. It’s great that people set goals. Goals are personal; they should... Read more