Train Well

Training Time: Why Warmup?

Okay so we have all been in the situation where we have a strict amount of time to get our workout in, and a warmup just wasn’t cutting it. Warmups are an extremely essential part of a workout, and in some cases can determine if the workout results in more harm than help. So what is a warmup? A warmup …

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Learn to Love: Rowing

Using the same principles that carry out the dynamics of a rowboat in water, a water rower uses a flywheel that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water. This provides smooth, quiet resistance without any jerking or jarring. Fitness experts consider it to be “the perfect aerobic exercise” and here are some of the reasons why it’s …

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Design Your Own Circuit Workout

When I don’t know what kind of workout I feel like doing, my go to is always a circuit training workout. I’ve started to come up with my own right before I workout based on what I want to focus on that day. The best part is, there’s no right or wrong way to do this! If you’re short on …

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Take Your Training to the Next Level

When was the last time your workouts got a little upgrade? If you’ve been doing the same exercises for a while now, then it may be time to change things up a bit! Why? It can help you break through a plateau, prevent injury from overuse, and prevent workout boredom. Here are some small changes you can make to take …

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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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