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These Workouts are No “Walk in the Park”…

Ahhh May. How I love thee. Long gone are the cold and dark days of winter! Thank goodness, right? It’s finally warm enough to take our workouts outside! Exercising outside has benefits such as: Increased strength of connective tissues because of the constantly changing environment More calories burned due to hills and wind resistance Absorption of Vitamin D from the …

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Lessons Learned from my Sensei

This past month I interviewed my childhood Mixed Martial Arts instructor Sensei (meaning teacher in Japanese) Scott Zapfel of Tiger Schulmann’s MMA. After graduating from Rutgers University, Sensei Zapfel worked for an environmental engineering company and became severely out of shape. He discovered Tiger Schulmann’s in 1995 not realizing that his destiny would soon begin to unfold. In the Eye of …

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Killin’ it with Kettlebells

Haven’t you heard? Kettlebells are the new dumbbells! The little bell-shaped weights are slowly becoming my new best friends…and worst enemies. Why use kettlebells? Check it out! 1. Center of Gravity Training Since a kettlebell’s center of gravity is outside of your hand grip, you’ll be able to replicate the movements you might encounter in sports. This is a “win” …

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Should you always give it your all?

Tired of constantly being sore and dreading that trip to the gym? Well maybe you’re exercising too much or too hard. Over time, volume and consistency can have a much more sustainable effect on long-term development, rather than short-term intensity. Follow this approach for rewarding, pain-free, and enjoyable exercise. Compounded Results over Time You don’t always need to reach your …

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Plyometric Power

Pump up the power of your workouts with plyometrics! Plyometric exercises, which is just a fancy term for jump training, enhances explosiveness, power, and body control. They’re a great way to implement some cross-training into your workout routine. They also help you become a better athlete by becoming more balanced and symmetrical. This benefit can carry over to your everyday …

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Heathy Hack for a Healthy Back

You run, lift weights, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water. But are you taking proper care of your back? A healthy back is essential in turning your body into a well-oiled machine. Think of it this way – your back is like a tree trunk and your arms/legs are tree limbs. A strong tree trunk ensures that the tree …

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Three ways you’re doing squats wrong

Chances are, at one point you have incorporated squats into your workout routine. Squats don’t necessarily require any extra equipment, so they can be done anywhere. The movement itself isn’t that complicated so most people have some idea on how to do it. However, this doesn’t mean that you have the correct form when squatting. Unless you’re properly squatting, you …

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Fire Up Those Glutes!

DID YA KNOW…the glutes are the largest and strongest muscle group in the body? The gluteus maximius, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus work together to abduct, extend, and rotate the hips. Strong glutes aren’t just aesthetically pleasing! They also prevent injury, boost athletic performance, and improve posture. So what are you waiting for?! Fire up those glutes and try these …

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Want Stronger Glutes?

Haven’t you heard? Glutes are the new abs! They’re all the rage these days. But there’s more to strong glutes than meets the eye. A strong gluteus maximus reduces your risk for injuries of the knee, lower back, hamstrings, and groin. If you play sports, strong glutes help you accelerate, decelerate, and change direction. AND strong glutes improve your posture. …

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Warm-Up to Shape Up

Warming up for workouts: nobody likes to do it. Some find it boring, some simply say they don’t have the time. However, by skipping your warm-up, you’re cheating yourself out of a more effective workout, and may be setting yourself up for injury. Warm-ups are supposed to prepare your body for your workout, address stability issues, and fix weaknesses. Completing …

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