4 Moves to Restore Your Primal Strength

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The most sure sign that you’re getting stronger is when you embrace what you’ve once feared. We modern humans move unlike anything nature intended us to. We sit too much, walk too little, slouch and hardly move with grace but rather struggle. We are becoming weak, slow, stiff, clumsy and fragile. Modern exercise …

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The Bigger Chest & Triceps Workout

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I’ve been playing around with a workout style that combines two classic muscle building strategies: – Pre-exhaustion – Drop sets Pre-exhaustion is a great way to give a lagging muscle group a little extra love while drop sets are a time-tested way to ensure a large group of muscles (ie …

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Bragging About Your Workout Can Hold You Back

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It’s sexy to tell other’s (and tell yourself) that you put 110% into every workout. It’s now a sign of weakness to admit that you only put 75% effort into a workout. No one brags about holding themselves back. The ironic thing is that going to that limit can set …

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I work at a Gym…and So Do You!

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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 …

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Why Core Training is Not That Important

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Core and abdominal training is great, but seriously, it’s not all that important. Back in the day,  core training was all the rage and everything that was supposedly “functional” was about working the core. Then it was about the hips, then the legs and so on. The lesson I eventually …

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End Diet & Exercise Stress

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Fitness is supposed to relieve you of stress, but sometimes diet and exercise can cause so much stress that it can make you go crazy Stress is the product of needing to do something, but neglecting to do it. Whenever I’m feeling stressed it’s because I need or want to …

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What “Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable” Really Means

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  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 …

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A Better Way to Stretch Tight Hamstrings

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  I’ve always been plagued by tight hips and hamstrings and it’s held me back in everything from Taekwon-Do to various aches and pains in my lower back. The funny thing was, every time I got on a dedicated stretching routine, things got worse. I actually became tighter and my …

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Training for Performance vs Training for Asthetics

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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 …

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Fitness Is Not a Sport

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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 …

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You Don’t Have to Exercise to Burn Calories

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I used to think that burning calories for weight loss was only effective if it was done during actual exercise. I used to regard casual activity as being almost worthless but now I know that’s not the case at all. You don’t have to be crushing a hard workout for …

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The Very Best Place to get in Shape

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 Without a doubt, I believe the very best place to get some exercise is outdoors. It saddens me that fitness has slowly become an indoor activity. When I was a kid my mother always used to tell me to get outside.  It didn’t matter what I did, just as long …

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When to Quite a Diet & Exercise Program

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Sometimes the greatest success in fitness comes from knowing when to quit a particular diet or exercise program. Quitting is an art form. Like all things in fitness, quitting isn’t a black and white issue. If you embrace quitting you never get very far, but if you shun it you …

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Your Most Fattening Habits Are Under Your Radar

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  Some of the most fattening and unhealthy habits in your life are the ones that may be under your radar. I’m talking about those little every day things that don’t really seem like a big deal yet they undermine all of your best efforts. For example, there’s the individual …

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How to Kill Workout Boredom

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  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 …

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The Unhealthy Mental Diet

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  Some time ago, I started to understand the idea of what I call the mental diet.  Basically, the mind can handle information and ideas just like your body can handle food and nutrients. It can take in the information and digest it, break it down into parts and then …

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4 Core and Ab Training Mistakes Everyone Makes

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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 …

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