The Top Home Gym Upgrades for 2017

Fitness centers are everywhere and at this time in history the fitness industry is moving more and more toward smaller, boutique, fitness experiences. You’re seeing cycling studios pop up everywhere, kettlebell studios in every town…and the examples go on and on. The industry is moving toward specialization and that’s awesome but inevitably it’s all going to come back around to…

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The Best Way to Train Calves

Calf training is something that gives a lot of us fits! The really cool thing about calf training is that the best way to train the calves is not that complex. As it turns out, optimal calf training is actually pretty simple and after polling dozens of world class athletes with amazing calf development and after pouring over research to…

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The Best Med Ball, Slam Ball and Stability Ball on the Market

Fitness equipment morphs really quickly, but a number of the best equipment choices have been around for a long time and continue to remain the top choices for professional trainers. This article outlines the best choices you can make regarding any kind of exercise ball. I am not going to rank a bunch of different products because this is not…

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Developing Gamified Cardio Workouts That Don’t Suck

For most of us who workout daily, lift on a schedule, eat on a schedule and have a goal of getting very lean a couple of times each year, cardio (more specifically called aerobic training) is the one element of the equation that we need but just can’t seem to enjoy. Over the years I’ve wondered why and have found…

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Top 5 Picks – Gift of Fitness Christmas 2015

Christmas is just about here and I wouldn’t be much of a fitness professional if I didn’t tell you about my favorite and most effective gift ideas. All of these, when used, will provide amazing results for anyone in no time at all. My favorite fitness gifts tend to have less to do with sweating and heavy breathing than with…

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Some Thoughts on Anterior Loading Movements

As physical fitness and structured personalized training become more of a priority to mainstream American culture a lot of interesting trends continue to emerge. Some trends are great and others lack substance but one trend that is going strong and is here to stay is the trend of anterior loading as a primary resistance training approach. This training approach is…

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4 Super Simple Tips to Help You Get Fit Faster

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked to tell someone the key to getting fit I’d be living on some island being fed grapes (organic of course) by any number of very attentive and exceptionally formed females. This however is not my reality. Therefore, I will do my best to answer the question for you. Given…

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Functional Movement and 5 Biomarkers For Assessing Risk of Injury

The fitness world is expanding each and every day. The wellness and well-being aspects of the fitness industry are a major component of that growth as is the human performance area of study. It seems that the United States, and indeed much of the world, has caught the fitness bug. I personally love this but it is not without its…

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The Fitness Lifestyle Isn’t for Everyone and Why That’s Okay

The fitness lifestyle is one I’ve lived for the vast majority of my life. Even during times when I’m not lifting weights or doing my cardio on a daily basis, I am still doing something to move myself forward physically such as eating well, eating cleaner foods, trying Yoga, or just being more active in some way. Throughout my many…

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The Deadlift – How to Assess Lifter Readiness

The Deadlift has been around for ages. Recently, the online community has discovered the immense value of this movement and has begun a movement to resurrect something that most fitness pros never forgot. The deadlift is a pretty straightforward lift. You bend over, grab a barbell full of weight and stand up with it. This is an oversimplification of the…

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