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Leg Use for Stronger and Safer Dips

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The dip is one of the 3 cornerstone exercises in the Triad Muscle Revolution. It’s hard to beat, but it can be made better through the use of your legs. I’m not talking about swinging or kicking your legs or anything like that. Rather using them to help your upper …

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The Importance of Selfishness in Fitness

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  I cringe when people say that fitness is a selfish endeavor, that it’s something bad and sinful to want to exercise and eat healthy. Not that I disagree, fitness is a very selfish thing, but I believe that’s a good thing. A very good thing. Getting what you want …

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Using Excuses to Springboard Your Fitness Success

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  We Know we shouldn’t make excuses. We know they don’t hold any water. And yet we all still make them and they still can keep us stuck, especially when starting a new fitness project. Zach Even-esh of the underground strength gym came up with this great technique for turning …

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The Best Way to Start Any New Diet or Exercise Program

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Today’s post is for the beginner who wants to start a new diet or exercise routine. In other words, it’s for everyone. After all, we’re all beginners in one way or another. In order to grow and develop we need to keep trying new things. Anyhoo, I’m often asked for …

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The New Science of Motivation Beyond Punishment and Reward

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I’ve just read a great book called Drive by Daniel H. Pink. In it, Daniel questions the idea that we humans are motivated purely┬áby the simple desire to receive rewards or avoid punishments. He contends that there’s a third source of human motivation. Something that’s potentially far more powerful than …

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How Doing an Exercise Right Can Backfire

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  When I was younger I wanted to get everything right when it came down to diet and exercise. I wanted to eat the right food and have the right diet. I wanted to do the right exercises and use the right workout program. Getting it right was very important …

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Dead Lift Strength Through Body Weight Exercise Part 2

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In the last post I covered the hits and misses of body weight training when compared to the dead lift. In short, nothing can bring you the same benefits of dead lifting other than the dead lift. This goes for all forms of training. While there is some carry over …

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Dead lift Strength Through Body Weight Exercise Part 1

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One of the great things about Taigoki is that you can duplicate almost any free weight or machine movement with a body weight equivalent. Hand stands are similar to over head presses. Push ups are similar to bench pressing. Pull ups are like pull downs. Plus you can do any …

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4 Tips on How to Achieve Umami in Exercise

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In the last post I wrote about the satisfying and pleasurable idea of umami I thought I would dedicate a few words now to some ideas on how to increase your chances of umami with your exercise. After all, if exercise can bring about the sensation of umami more often …

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Achieving Ultimate Workout Satisfaction

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Umami is a term that doesn’t get nearly enough attention within our fitness culture. It’s a Japanese term and, as I understand it, refers to a sensation of pleasure and satisfaction from a physical experience. Think of when you slip into a nice hot bath and you issue a sigh …

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Why Doing Less Can Lead to More Results In Fitness

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The greatest challenge in fitness is figuring out how to best use your limited lifestyle resources to get in shape. Problem is, you’re already maxing out most, if not all, of your lifestyle resources as it is. For most people looking to get in shape is like trying to buy …

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Why Pleasure is More Important Than Pain in Fitness

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In a previous post I wrote about how pain is weakness invading the body rather than leaving the body as some hardcore folks like to claim. As I’ve also stated in previous posts, every exercise you do is essentially a set of instructions you are “downloading” to the cells of …

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The Effort vs. Energy Cost of Fitness

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One of the biggest myths I ever fell for was the idea that if I put more effort into my fitness then I would get more rewards. The fact is, every fitness goal boils down to how you use and spend energy. While spending and using energy does take effort, …

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The Adjustable Suspension Strap Foot Straps

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foot straps are one of the biggest advantages suspension straps have over gymnastics rings. Being able to suspend your feet gives you a whole new way to train your core and legs. Like many commercially available suspension strap handles, I’ve long been dissatisfied with the foot straps of many systems. …

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The Burden that is Weight Management

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In the past, I’ve come across various prosperity coaches who teach that you can do the most good for yourself, and the world, once you get yourself in a strong financial position. If you’re constantly applying your lifestyle resources towards just paying the bills you have far less resources left …

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3 Ways To Radically Improve Your Fitness Skills

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Fitness is a skill. Actually, it’s a whole mess of skills that range from how you choose what to eat to the ritual you keep before you go to bed at night. I’ve been reading a great book all about how to improve your ability to improve your skill at …

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My Great Big Physical Energy Experiment Prt. 3

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  Listen in below to learn: – Why pain may be one of the most destructive elements in your fitness efforts. – Why looking for results comes to those who don’t rely heavily on a specific food or exercise method. – What may possibly be one of the biggest sources …

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The Inherent Flaw With Incline Trainers and Stair Machines

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A lot of cardio machines are designed to simulate the action of hiking up a mountain or a flight of stairs. I used to love these forms of cardio, largely because they are certainly a great workout. They can burn lots of calories and make you stronger. That being said, …

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