Posts Tagged "activity"

The Danger of Stagnancy

The Danger of Stagnancy

What I want to discuss today does apply to workouts specifically, but also to every single area of our lives. Workouts being a component, I prefer to look at the big picture. Everyone knows the feeling of being stuck. It can come from simply not knowing what decision needs to come next, life pushing things at you and not knowing exactly how or how strongly to push back, or simply feeling discouraged in your strength and physicality. It’s kind of just that feeling of “blah”, when excitement about life either dulls or becomes entirely distracted by stress or resistance. I know more than a handful of people currently hitting a wall, so to speak, and we...

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Men and Circuit Training

Men and Circuit Training

I’ve found myself in a few conversations lately with some big, strong guys who are sort of feeling stumped when they’re at the gym. They’ve been doing the same exercises for years and years, and don’t really know how they should be switching it up (many just hate to admit it and ask for help – which is of course why I start digging). So, they hobble around from the lat pulldown machine to the leg press, from the bench to the roman chair, and finally when they run out of ideas they leave the gym feeling certainly more depleted than pumped up. What’s missing? A solid circuit structure. Circuit style training is amazing for you men...

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Stairs, Hills, Food and more Food! My Europe Report.

Stairs, Hills, Food and more Food! My Europe Report.

What an incredible vacation that was. No schedule, no urgency of anything and although I stayed heavily plugged into social media (my Instagram addiction is full-tilt: jessmanningpt), I ended up being otherwise relatively unplugged (comparatively speaking!). We all need time out now and then to focus on ourselves. I realized, it is the best way to allow things to breathe (breathing is essential to life!). Otherwise, if you never have time to reflect on yourself and, basically, hang out with yourself, you have to figuratively pile bricks on front of mould to keep going. Ie, leave things of the self not dealt with – whether they be rest, reflection or...

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Top 10 Form Mistakes in Strength Training

Top 10 Form Mistakes in Strength Training

Well, the title is self-explanatory. I plan to address these issues in videos, demo-ing both the incorrect and the correct version of each exercise. It must wait until we are done house-breaking our new little man pictured below – as you can imagine, it is tough to film videos with two dogs running around the house! In the meantime, remember NOT to do the following things for these popular exercises. 1. Lunge: Slanting forward. When the front knee passes the toes, the load hits that joint, rather than when you press the heel in and recruit more of the glute. The legs should always be bent in two 90 degree angles. The torso needs to be straight and not bent...

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New Video: One-legged Burpee!

New Video: One-legged Burpee!

This exercise is a cardio-driving, butt and abs-sculpting masterpiece! It’s a swift combination of a one-legged mountain climber, into a one-legged dead lift, into a one-legged jump squat! It makes me giddy. It’s very tricky but try it out if you have some regular burpee experience behind you.

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