Posts Tagged "cardio"

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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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 6: Jump Rope!

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 6: Jump Rope!

The absolute best do-anywhere, heart-pumping fat-blasting and anatomy-respecting cardio? Jump rope! If you haven’t tried this since you were a kid, it’s time to pick the rope back up and give it a whirl. Be patient with yourself, it can take a few tries to get back in the “swing” of it. Start with 30-50 jumps, work your way up to 100 using it in between your strength circuits. Soon enough, you’ll be able to blast out 5-10 minutes at a time. Then, you can simply take a few breaks and use it as an entire cardio workout. The other reason I love it is the body stays pretty straight, so the hip flexors don’t get the same constant...

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New Video – Beginner Strength Workout

New Video – Beginner Strength Workout

Here is a complete circuit, appropriate for the beginner or even intermediate for a quick butt-kicking. You will hit every part of the body, and keep the heart rate up! Tighten, tone, strengthen, and blast fat. Safe for post-pregnancy, too (once your doctor gives you the go ahead, of course). So follow along. Work hard!

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Ryan: All Is Not Lost

Ryan: All Is Not Lost

Jessica was gone!!!!!!!!! I was lost – but I managed to stick to a tough schedule. Week 1 sans Jessica was not my best effort – a mix of business events (including an overly indulgent, weekend-long Montreal business trip) had me feeling like I was bloated and gross. So when Monday rolled around (last Monday) I knew I had to step it up and hammer out a solid week on both the diet and workout front. From Monday to today I ran 44Km, did 1.5 hours of hot yoga, and did 3 solid strength training sessions. I ate well, trying to focus most on a balance of greens and proteins while minimizing fast food. I found a nice little spot that I hit for 3 of the 5 lunches. I struggle...

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Ryan: My Stomach Hates Fast Food Now

Ryan: My Stomach Hates Fast Food Now

Hey ya’ll, Relatively uneventful week/weekend. (Jessica says: Ryan, with you, uneventful tends to be a good thing.) I did however fall victim to a new burger joint opening up near my office. This burger joint has incredible choices, few of them are healthy. I stuffed myself with a burger covered in ranch sauce (ranch sauce, Ryan?!), cheese, onion rings etc. for lunch, and felt sick until I went to bed (like 12 hours later). It is nice to see that my body isn’t as used to handling that garbage as it once was. Back when I was 230lbs I wouldn’t have had any trouble with a meal like that. Work out wise I kept it simple this week: strength work outs, running, and yoga!...

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