The Jefferson Lift – How to do it and why you should

As with all things in life, workout and weight lifting trends cycle back around every once in awhile. The same is true for old-school, heavy and basic lifts like the Jefferson Lift. I was first introduced to this movement around the age of 10 when I took a stack of 1930’s magazines out of an old man’s barn and for…

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The Smith Machine – why it sucks and why it’s awesome

The trend currently in the fitness industry is for newly dedicated people who have gone all-in on the fitness lifestyle to pick out pieces of equipment that just aren’t “hardcore” enough or “functional” enough and spread the nonsense that using those pieces of equipment somehow means you are less of a fitness fanatic than those who don’t. I honestly don’t…

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Top 9 Result Producing Workout Principles

Being goofy in the gym! It’s how I roll……but anyway. No matter who you are, if you workout, you expect to get results. Sure, some of us have unrealistic expectations and still others underestimate themselves, but one thing is true and that is we all want to improve when we put forth an effort. This article outlines a number of…

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The 8 Biggest Reasons That You Are Still Fat

Hahahaaa that title got you a little bit didn’t it? Don’t lie! It got you! But seriously, when I tell you that I deal with a lot of people wanting desperately to lose weight I am not exaggerating. This year, I have already designed fitness and nutrition programs for over 1,200 different people in my local community alone. What may…

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Shape and Tone Your Back – A Workout for Women

Here’s one for the ladies!  This workout is what we consider a “tiered” program design and it goes by very quickly and really packs a ton of exercise into a short but effective workout.  The workout itself is only 6 different movements arranged in a specific order.  Each time you progress into the next “round”, you will notice the sets…

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Exhaustion by 5’s – A Heavy Basic Movement Workout

These days workouts are getting back to basics.  A number of years ago, mainstream fitness moved toward an almost purely “functional” exercise format leaving many of the tried-and-true, heavy basic lifts on the shelf.  Well, they’re back!  Of course for fitness pros like me, the basic lifts have always been the foundation of a quality strength training program.  So, I…

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Get Fit with the Gradual Progressive Overload Principle (GPO)

Trainers call it “GPO”, physiologists know it as “Gradual Progressive Overload” and personal training clients know it as a major key to their results.  This principle is one that embodies just about every aspect of exercising and eating for a specific positive outcome.  Perhaps the best thing about incorporating the GPO principle into your routine is that to some extent…

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A Triceps & Shoulder Workout for Women

Lean, attractive arms are the calling card of fit people and nothing draws attention to a woman’s upper body more than a pair of toned arms. The muscles in the shoulders and triceps, when training properly create a beautiful look that is hard to keep from staring at. This workout uses nine shoulder and triceps exercises and is designed to…

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Hip and Thigh Workout – Training Quads, Hamstrings & Glutes

Leg day is a big deal if you work in the fitness industry like I do. Historically, gym-goers dread leg day and tend to give leg day one of three levels of priority – they either smash it, giving it all they’ve got (recommended), or they’ll give it a quick little half effort workout just to avoid no leg training…

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Getting Fit & Staying Fit – BS Not Included

When I began thinking about how to approach the topic of living fit, I decided to think about the average person.  Let’s be honest!  Fitness is different for everyone.  You’ve heard the saying, “one man’s floor is another man’s ceiling?”  Well the same is true with fitness.  One person’s lifelong best fitness level may be nothing compared to another person….

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