Focus on core, but be smart about it!
Many people want a six pack, but they only want to do core work. Core work is extremely important to mix up. Use a parallette for a core pump. A parallete is a great device. You can pick up a single parallette from many online retailers. Here are 3 easy ways to use your […]
With vitamin A, you can stay warm and burn fat.
I have written about the benefits of vitamin A in prior blogs. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble nutrient that plays a vital role in a healthy body. It exists naturally in foods but can also be consumed through supplements. There are two forms of vitamin A – retinol/retinyl esters and carotenoids. The first type […]
Eat with the seasons and eat local….
I am always mixing up my diet and making sure that I have variety and I eat for the season. I try to take advantage of local foods, that minimize my carbon footprint, and also try to avoid foods that are not organically grown. To eat locally, you generally are changing your diet based […]
Functional Body Part Splits are a great way to go. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, reachout….
When working out, it’s important to know what you’re doing. You don’t have to be a trainer, just be knowledgeable. Ask questions, read and learn from your experience. These exercises focus on chest and shoulder work. Below is a great training concept and template for a guide on how to put together your own […]
Zinc will definitely help with inflammation and your immune system – it may also help with COVID-19.
In the past, I’ve written about zinc and the importance of it for proper body functioning. Zinc is the second most common trace mineral found in the human body. It’s a micronutrient that is critical for proper functioning of all organs and cells. It’s also needed to properly smell and taste. Specifically, zinc also […]
Want great legs? Workout with a science-based plan.
People generally go for strength, especially, where legs are concerned but defnitey don’t forget structural workouts. This workout is a great functional workout for the quads. It allows you to get maximal contraction in the body part you are training. If you want to develop your legs aesthetically and get more size and vascularity, then you […]
Know your foods
I am always saying don’t obsess about food but know what you’re eating. Also, if you’re pretty disciplined with eating, you can also splurge at times. You don’t always have to be counting calories, nor be intimidated by it. A simple example is look at oatmeal. Oatmeal is great for you. It’s a gluten-free […]
Minimal Equipment? You can still get a great chest pump
During this past 6 months of staying at home, creativity is the key to making progress in workouts, and keeping it fresh. Don’t fall victim to the same routines because you don’t take time to explore your creativity. This simple KB superset will provide a massive chest pump. All you need is a set of […]
Know your fats
I write a lot about nutrition, and what to look for in foods. Generally, you need to learn about macros, and then select wisely. With fats, I’ve written blogs about the types of fats and those to stay away from. For example, trans fats you definitely want to stay away from. Generally, those are […]
Feel great, and look great – it works
Want something that pacts a great aerobic and aesthetics punch? This is a great format for training on lower intensity days. This combination is extremely effective in giving you that feel great and look great at the same time. In this format, the clock runs the entire time. You will only be biking for […]
Another reason for eating fish!
In past blogs, I’ve discussed the benefits of eating fatty fish or taking quality fish supplements. Now a new study suggests that eating fish could help protect the brain against the detrimental effects of air pollution. So now besides helping control triglycerides, high blood pressure, and inflammation, this is another benefit of eating fish. […]
Nothing like KB/DB for a total body workout!
Here are 5 Single Kettlebell/Dumbbell Movements for a total body workout. Minimalist training is here to stay. Whether it is just for a portion of your workout, or how you choose to train all the time, having a way to use a single tool for a wide range of training methods is valuable. You can […]
Another new study provides low-carb diets can be good for you.
I’ve written previous blogs about how fat mass in certain areas such as abdominal and skeletal muscle accumulation of fat can be bad for developing type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So now, when losing weight, especially for those who are older with obesity, look at where you’re losing the fat, and are you doing […]
Need a killer workout? Try a landmine….
You really don’t need to be in a big box gym to benefit from having machines. A barbell fixed into a landmine or corner of the room can give you a ton of value. A fixed arm on the loading implement can give you some extra stability. With the stability of the fixed loading implement, you […]
Know about Vitamin K? A new study shows some good results…
Most people don’t know much about vitamin K but educate yourself and make your decisions wisely. Vitamin K is a nutrient that is important for maintaining healthy blood vessels. It is found in leafy greens, such as lettuce, kale and spinach, and in some vegetable oils, especially soybean and canola. A recent study showed […]
Pulling redundant supersets – understand how they can help you
Sometimes I love the training concept that movement redundancy supersets provide a great tool to maximize muscle fiber recruitment for a muscle group and movement pattern. Two movements back to back like the ones below with different difficulty demands can and will make you have to dig deeper into the muscle tissues and increase time under […]
Know the facts about celery?
Many people either like celery or don’t. It’s a veggie that many people like but don’t know why, and others find the bitter taste or stringy texture not to their liking. However, it’s such a great food with really good benefits. First, celery is full of nutrients and rich in vitamins such as A, […]
How to Build Work Tolerance and Volume Smartly
Do you want more work tolerance and volume? Generally, everyone seems to want to do more and thinks more equals better. This is false; you can’t have a conversation about volume without discussing intensity. The key for building volume smartly is to do it with an eye for intensity. Too much intensity and the added volume may […]
Whole grains continue to inspire….
I’ve always said to stay away from refined food, and always go for whole grains; the fiber in those foods is really good for you. Now there are more recent studies which show that dietary fiber is good for your health. One of these studies found that a diet that is high in fiber […]
Harder (or heavier) is not always better…
I am always get asked the questions of: when do I go harder, when do I go heavier, do I add more reps, do I take away reps, do I do more sets, etc. If you want to progress you need to vary the load. More is not always the answer and usually progressions and […]
Spice it up and feel the benefits.
I’m always talking about spices and what a great way it is to make food taste good. In previous blogs, I’ve also written about the benefits of spices for those who work out. Now in another study, a more recent one, the study showed that those added six grams of certain spices had lower […]
Taking your Handstand push-ups to the next level
If you want to take your Handstand Push Ups (HSPUs) to the next level or improve on them, you need to add supplemental work. These exercises are terrific supplemental drills that will work different parts of the HSPU and the strength requirements for the movement. Over the years I have broken down the movements into […]
Smart warm ups can take your workouts to the next level.
When getting ready for a workout, it’s important to get your body ready for what’s to come. When I warm up, I like to focus on movement patterns associated with the day’s training session block. Here is an example how I start many sessions, and this specific one is focused on getting my core […]
Memory loss? Can it be those saturated fats you just had?
I’ve written a lot about fats, which ones are good, which ones are bad, and the ratio in which you should eat them. I’ve written about what fatty acids do to you physically, but recently a study came out that showed other ramifications. The study concluded that saturated fats can hinder the ability to […]
Isometrics have their place in your workouts….try this one and see why.
It is extremely important to have the ability to flex muscles isometrically to improve strength, physique, and fitness. When you flex and hold certain muscles in your body it teaches your how to use your brain to engage certain parts of musculature. Learning how to flex your rear deltoids and other muscles you will be able […]
Eating healthy does have an impact on your body, and also on your mind.
I am always talking about the benefits of food, and how it helps with performance and how it helps with recovery. There is science which backs the advice. However, with all that is taking place around us, it’s hard to remain focused on specific issues. I find that a lack of sleep causes forgetfulness. […]
Great health start with a healthy spin. Avoid thoracic spine issues…
I consistently see people struggle with their thoracic spines. From what I’ve seen and assessed in clients, the positions of modern living have a way of making those spinal sections get slanted into flexion more than is functionally normal. For that reason, I like to bring some daily maintenance and mobility work in this […]
Cruciferous/Brassica veggies have everything to do with health, and little to do with Brazil or the Crucifix.
Cruciferous vegetables are vegetables of the family Brassicaceae (also called Cruciferae) and are varied. Types of veggies in this category are cauliflower, cabbage, kale, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach and similar green leafy vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have long been promoted as a key part of a healthy diet. Studies have shown that these types of veggies have […]
Turn your world upside down, in a good way, with handstands! You can do it!
Many people stay away from handstands because that movement can seem intimidating. But, don’t let that deter you. Make sure you have the fundamentals down, and you should be fine. Once you have strict push-ups, dips, negative HSPU’s, and single arm heavy Z-presses down you are ready for HSPU. To perfect that movement it […]
Don’t avoid carbs; it’s the quality/source that matters
Many people avoid carbs thinking they are all bad. However, as I indicated in a past blog, all carbs are not created equal. The type of carbs you choose to eat are critical. So, choose wisely. For example, healthy, whole grains (that are unrefined) are better choices than processed foods. So, stock up on […]
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