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mind, fitness, mindset, success, progress

In Diet-Free Healthy Eating / Fat Loss/ Nutrition, Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Yesterday hurricane/ tropical storm Irene hit my humble state of Vermont right between the eyes. Kinda funny how we are the only landlocked state here in New England and we get hit by a hurricane. Anyhow, I received a few emails from folks wondering how the whole be-fit and live-free works in times like these. The short answer is, very …

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Using Chunking for Fast Exercise Progress

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

One of the biggest advantages of body-weight exercise is that you can easily practice something called chunking. Chunking is a term I use to describe the practice of doing a little bit of an exercise many times during the day so the effect adds up very quickly. For example, you do 10 push-ups 5 times during the day. By the end …

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How to Build the Perfect Sandbag

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

When it comes to loaded body weight exercises, the sandbag is king. Not just because it is heavy, but it may be the most versatile and ergonomic weight you can use. Some folks prefer to make their own sandbags for pennies on the dollar. The only problem is that they can wind up feeling too hard, too soft, too messy …

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The Best Tools for Weighted Body Weight Exercise

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I like to get loaded once in a while. I also drink a little too much from time to time :). I’m talking about the art of loaded body weight training. It;s the ancient method of loading more weight onto the body to change the intensity of a technique. In this post we will look at some of the tools …

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The Core-Blasting Spider Plank

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

I love plank variations because they work the core super fast and super efficiently. This one is a classic method for developing complete core strength for any functional need you can imagine.

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Fun Twists for German Volume Training

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Sometimes it’s not about magic formulas or high-tech strategies. Sometimes it just boils down to just needing to do more grunt work. My history of exercise is filled with times where my progress exploded to heights unknown simply because I buckled down and did more work. It’s one of the simplest ways to potentially blast a plateau to kingdom come. …

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The Magic of Handstand Work

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Handstands are some of the most unique body weight exercises in the world. I was just talking with a co-worker the other day who just discovered handstands and we both came to the conclusion that there is nothing else like it. Like a lot of folks, I first compared the handstand to pressing a weight overhead. While the two moves …

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After 20 Years of Trying, I am Finally Improving my Flexibility

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

When it comes to improving range of motion I’ve done it all. – Dynamic stretching – Static stratching – P.N.F – Yoga and fancy machines But nothing worked for me even the slightest bit. This new method that combines strength and flexibility has been making my improve my range of motion by leaps and bounds.  

The Risk of Timed Workouts

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

There are few things that can motivate you more than racing the clock. Trying to do the same workout in less time or more work in the same amount of time is a sure fire way to progress. That being said, there is a risk to such workouts. When racing against the clock, there can be a good chance that …

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Rolling Plank for Complete Core Strength

In Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Lov’n the info these guys over at the Shape Shifter are putting out. It’s all about training for “that look” we all want but by using lots of body weight exercise they are also getting crazy functional and practical. I love this plank variation that I just had to share with you. Few core moves can match it!

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Achieving Uncommon Results with Common Body Weight Exercises

In Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Suspension Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Adding some spice to stale body weight training routines I’m a guy who likes life on the spicy side. I race a $2,600 mountain bike, dream about Ferrari and add Jalapeno peppers to everything. When it comes to getting in shape I like lots of spice, but body weight training is often a rather plain style of training. After all, …

8 Essential Tips for Playground Workouts

In Playground Workouts, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Playground workouts are so good in so many ways. You get to “play outside”. There is no waiting for equipment. You have multiple “gyms” in your area. It’s a free “membership”. The exercises are top shelf. I could go on and on. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your playground workouts:  Stay aware of …

11 Reasons Why Playground Workouts are Better than Commercial Gyms

In DIY Fitness Equipment & Reviews, Methods & Success Mindset, Playground Workouts, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

While I often workout in the usual locations, like the gym or at home, the local playground is by far my favorite. You can take away my home gym or cancel my gym membership but don’t ever take away my playground! Here’s why I love playground workouts so much: You get outside I really do believe that the national rate …

If Your Recovery Sucks, Your Results Aren’t Far Behind

In Methods & Success Mindset, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

You can have the best of everything going for you including genetics and resources. However without decent recovery you’re pretty much up a creek. In this week’s podcast I cover why there is no real perfect formula for recovery. There are a lot of factors that can make some recovery techniques worth your while, or a complete waste of time. …

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Progressing Common Body Weight Exercises

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Body weight training often gets a bad rap because many people believe you can only progress with it so far. At some point you have to lift heavy weights or use cardio machines to keep progress happening. The reality is that you can progress body weight training to produce  inhuman levels of fitness. Listen in as I scratch the surface …

Pushup vs. Bench for Real Life Strength

In Push up Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Nuth’n wrong with a good old bench press, but when I made the switch to doing push-ups full time my functional pushing and punching strength went through the roof. Here’s a few vids on why. Part 1- The Power Band Part 2- Scapular Stability Part 3- Hand and Elbow Placement

Super Strong with Isometrics: Legs

In Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

Many claim that isometrics can’t be very functional, but training the legs in an isometric way is in fact very functional since we may use our legs in both isometric and dynamic ways in every day activity.

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Super Strong with Isometrics: Push Ups

In Push up Training, Uncategorized by The Fit Rebel

While we may use our legs in an isometric fashion (crouching, stances) and our pulling muscles (holding something heavy or carrying) it’s much less common to find someone doing isometrics in a pushing fashion. This is why doing them from time to time can really unlock some dormant strength that’s been just waiting to be discovered!