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Why Pool Competitors Should Practice in Open Water
There’s a good reason the Telegraph named open water the swimming trend of 2015. Open water pushes swimmers like no other training environment. Obviously, one should train mostly in the environments in which she would be competing. Change up too many elements in your training environment, and you may... Read more
To Move Better Fix These 4 Classic Exercises
The funniest thing ever said by a movie critic was, “I’d only change two things; the first half and the second half.” Funny, but so often true. I often feel similar about the gym. The only thing wrong with how you’re doing the big three Olympic lifts is in... Read more
The 1 Super Important Thing Missing From Your Workouts
From consistency to execution, there are many moving parts to keep a successful, active lifestyle. The arguments for which is the secret ingredient for success vary as much as the approaches. In truth, there is only one virtue upon which every other one is stacked successfully, or unsuccessfully. The... Read more
3 Ab Pointers You Need More Than Crunches
Sorry to report, but you can have six pack abs and still be in terrible condition for lifting. A six pack, as the rectus abdominis is commonly referenced, is the gold standard in physical fitness, just slightly ahead of huge biceps. Both are flawed metrics for true fitness. This is gonna... Read more
The 4 Surprising Ways Weight Lifters Age Better
Like it or not, if we’re lucky, we’ll all age beyond our youth. It’s a privilege not all humans are able to experience. How those years pass by is as much a product of our genetics as it is our lifestyles. Since we cannot control our genetics, we are wise... Read more
4 Rules to Set Better Fitness Goals
Ask any would-be gym goer what are her fitness goals. In order, they will be: tone up, get six-pack abs, and feel better. Most want all three and maybe a unicorn. Of these, only one constitutes a good goal, but even the six-pack abs goal is full of holes. I... Read more
Stop Talking About Form; Start Talking About Technique
“Hey bro, how’s my form?” -Lifter who just wants a compliment. The gold standard of lifting correctly is maintaining proper form throughout a lift, but it may be time we reconsider this vague term. Borrowed from Kelly Starrett, a well-respected educator, the term technique may more clearly describe quality... Read more
3 Things Wrong With Your Pull Ups
Chin-ups and pull-ups are NOT “basically the same thing.” Fine, they are, but the technique differences are more than just flipping around your hands. Chin-ups are done with your hands gripping the bar upside down, palms facing your face. This grip rotates your shoulders out of their strongest position. We’ll... Read more
Why Hiking is a Great Intro to Exercise
The little secret that you should know about hiking is, it’s basically walking in nature. At the outset, most hiking could be categorized as nature walks. This is a great place to start. Whether your hikes are strolls through the glen or humps up the cliffside, when done correctly,... Read more
Three Huge Weight Loss Misconceptions
With beach season right around the corner, everyone out there is trying to trim off those last few pounds of winter weight to have a rockin body for the beach. However, if you resort to visiting websites, forums and blogs to lose the weight, you are likely being dealt... Read more
6 Ways To Master Your Next Cardio Workout
Whether you’re a gym bunny or a lone runner, cardio workouts are essential to maintaining your overall health and getting your heart rate pumping from time to time can stand you in great stead for the future. Typically, a cardio workout will raise your resting heart beat, boost your... Read more
The Beginner’s Guide To Interval Training
Interval training is one of the very best ways that you can rapidly improve your health, work up a sweat and tone your muscles at the same time. Made up of a series of high intensity activities, interspersed with longer, more gentle exercises, interval training is designed to test... Read more
Three Fitness Myths You Should Not Be Falling For
With the hundreds of so called fitness experts and various websites out there dedicated to fitness, there are bound to be some misinformation that takes place. Sometimes, it is hard to tell what is correct from what is wrong. In an effort to help, here are three fitness myths... Read more
3 Reasons You Need to Explode When Lifting
If there is no aspect of your workout that moves explosively there is a huge hole in your training program. The ramifications for your body are far worse than skipping your pre-lift stretching routine. There are basically two paradigms with explosive work: Must I? I force myself to do it because... Read more
Warning: Summer Circuit for Advanced Exercisers Only
When it comes to your body, function over fashion is what I preach. Keeping your goals focused on movement or performance will outlast vanity in the long run. Eventually, vanity eludes us all. Yes, yes, yes, we’re all beautiful on the inside… bzzz. That said, most of us in... Read more
5 Huge Reasons to Train Big Muscles Versus Small Ones
Resting between seated bicep curls, the man sighs, searching the floor like he’s lost something. He hasn’t. In three months of going to the gym, he hasn’t lost anything but motivation. He hasn’t gained anything either, performing bodybuilding moves like bicep curls and triceps extensions, all seated. Fitness nerd... Read more
This Back Combo Will Have You Pulling Cars
Strength can be attributed to many factors, but in the real world, it rarely has anything to do with how much weight we can push off our chests. It’s hard for dudes to hear, but the benchpress is not the ultimate measure of strength. Perceived strength comes down to... Read more
The Truly Important Reasons Women Should Lift Weights
Repeat the words, “I will not get bulky,” three times, every day. Then go lift some heavy weights so they can all wonder how you did that. A quick scan of the internets, and you’ll see there are plenty of advocates for women lifting. Sadly, much of the arguments... Read more
Get Stronger by Addressing These Deadlifting Mistakes
Often perceived as a men-only lift, the Deadlift is one of the most important, functional lifts you may not be doing incorrectly. Think about it. How many times are you lying on the flat of your back pushing heavy things, except in the bench press? When do you load... Read more
5 Ways To Stay Motivated At The Gym
We all start our fitness journeys with the best of intentions. New kit in hand, schedule outlined, we hit the gym every day that we intended to do and over time, we might notice out fitness gradually improving. After months of doing the same thing, however, we can start... Read more