I work at a Gym…and So Do You!

I used to get a lot of folks telling me “I would be in great shape too if I worked at a gym all day.” I don’t know what these folks think about my work day, sure some days I have chunks of exercise sprinkled throughout the day, but some …

The Fit RebelI work at a Gym…and So Do You!

What “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” Really Means

  The saying “be comfortable being uncomfortable” is a common idea in our fitness culture. Until now, I’ve kind of thought it was like a Yogi Bear-ism, you know where he says things like “Disney Land is so crowded no one is going there anymore.” Even though the saying is …

The Fit RebelWhat “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” Really Means

Training for Performance vs Training for Asthetics

Some folks like to train for high performance. Other’s are training for aesthetics and to look good naked. One objective is all about being able to change how you look and the other is all about being able to perform at your peak. There is certainly a middle ground where …

The Fit RebelTraining for Performance vs Training for Asthetics

Fitness Is Not a Sport

Fitness is not a sport, and sport is not about fitness. The two might seem similar, but they can be very different in their approach. Performance is all about how you can score in the arena.  It’s about how well you can do under a given set of rules and circumstances. Training …

The Fit RebelFitness Is Not a Sport

How to Kill Workout Boredom

  Boredom kills your ability to progress and advance your workouts. No matter how hard you’re pushing yourself, a boring workout is only slightly better than worthless. It kills you mental edge.  It kills your drive and desire. It kills your focus. Not to mention it’s also a total bear …

The Fit RebelHow to Kill Workout Boredom

4 Core and Ab Training Mistakes Everyone Makes

Working in a gym, I often see the same 4 abdominal and core training mistakes made over and over again. Here are some of the biggest examples of such mistakes that I’ve made in the past and I continue to see on a daily basis. Mistake #1- Not working with …

The Fit Rebel4 Core and Ab Training Mistakes Everyone Makes

Muscles Are Dumb

  Muscles are dumb. Dumber than Dumb and Dumber even then some. I don’t mean having muscle is dumb I mean it literally. The actual tissue of your muscles is dumb. But you wouldn’t think so with some of the muscle lingo going through out fitness culture. – Muscle confusion …

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2 Arm Blasting Body Weight Exercises From Hell

  These two moves are hands-down the best way I know of for focusing and blasting the hell out of your biceps and triceps. These take a little practice to get the technique down, but once you get comfortable with them I promise you’ll be able to push your muscles …

The Fit Rebel2 Arm Blasting Body Weight Exercises From Hell

Exercise Technique Isn’t Everything prt2

    In the last post I wrote about the three essential aspects of technical exercise. There are no other aspects of any exercise that are more important than position, muscle activation and balance. Now I know what your’e all thinking. What about how much weight you lift? How about …

The Fit RebelExercise Technique Isn’t Everything prt2

Technique Isn’t Everything

  “Technique isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” If I ever open a gym I’m putting that up on the wall in big BOLD  letters. Everything you’re looking to gain from your training boils 100% down to your technique and how well you can maintain it. If your results are …

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Training is Trying

  Sorry Yoda but  there most certainly is a “try” especially when it comes to fitness. In fact, it’s this “try” that’s at the heart of an effective workout program. If there is no try  there is no progress. Training is a simple process. It’s nothing more than your brain …

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Why Abs Are Not Always Made in the Kitchen

  There is a lot that goes into achieving a great set of abs that resemble a stack of bricks. For example, a lot of abdominal theory is really focused on getting lean and there are all sorts of ideas like “abs are made in the kitchen.”  Sure being lean …

The Fit RebelWhy Abs Are Not Always Made in the Kitchen

The Value of Unilateral Training

  Unilateral training is any exercise where one side of your body is moving or working differently than the other side. The world of calisthenics has a rich history of unilateral training. Most body weight exercises progress through shifting your weight from one side to the other. However, walk into …

The Fit RebelThe Value of Unilateral Training

Calisthenics; The Ultimate Functional Training Method

  When I first got into calisthenics I was blown away with the functional strength and power I gained in my athletic adventures. I also experienced a surge in strength in my job which required me to lift and carry heavy awkward pieces of fitness equipment. Never in my 15+ years …

The Fit RebelCalisthenics; The Ultimate Functional Training Method

The Advanced Medicine Ball Push Up

  The medicine ball push up is a staple of progressive calisthenics. Like any body weight exercise, there are many ways you can technically advance from the simple and easy to the complex and really difficult. In this video, I show off some of the more advanced technical “tweaks” to …

The Fit RebelThe Advanced Medicine Ball Push Up

You Can’t Lose With Body Weight Training

  People sometimes ask me if it’s more difficult, as a trainer, to help clients get in shape through body weight exercise. The truth is, I find it much, much easier to help folks get in shape through body weight training than any other medium. The reason for this is …

The Fit RebelYou Can’t Lose With Body Weight Training

How Easier Exercise Makes Your Body Harder

  I have a crazy idea when it comes to fitness. I believe that achieving success comes down to making it easier to do what is necessary to achieve that success. The easier you make things, the faster you’ll reach your goals and the lofty peaks of success suddenly are well within reach. This is …

The Fit RebelHow Easier Exercise Makes Your Body Harder

Should You Work a Muscle or Train a Movement?

move or muscle As our modern fitness culture has developed and changed we’ve had an interesting dichotomy take shape. Some folks will work out based on the idea that they are working, shaping and strengthening various muscles. Other’s will proudly claim that they work movements rather than muscles. So now …

The Fit RebelShould You Work a Muscle or Train a Movement?

Breaking Free From the Traditional Workout

  One of the biggest advantages of  body weight training is the freedom to break free from the traditional workout. We humans were never really meant to condition our body through the confines of the typical workout. We were built to be active during the day, all day, every day. But working out has …

The Fit RebelBreaking Free From the Traditional Workout

Dead lift Strength Through Body Weight Exercise Part 1

Franko dead lift

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 …

The Fit RebelDead lift Strength Through Body Weight Exercise Part 1