Posts Tagged "circuit training"

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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My No-Bullshit Rant About Health Trends

My No-Bullshit Rant About Health Trends

I know, the irony of this concept while I’m sitting here writing in my advice-giving wellness blog. And I am sparing you a photo of bull-shit and opting for a bull-dog instead. You’re welcome. Oh man, this industry cracks me up! People identify with an idea and then commit to it so hard, that they become unwilling to hear alternate views or try new things. How many times in my 320 posts have I urged the following: EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT! ?? Paleo? Gluten-free? Dairy-free? Crossfit? Hot Yoga? Steady State Cardio? Circuit Training? H.I.I.T? Paleo – okay, someone took the concept of eating clean, whole foods, labelled it and is profiting off of it. People...

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New Video: Intro to Plyometrics (Jump Squat & Split Jumps)

New Video: Intro to Plyometrics (Jump Squat & Split Jumps)

These two moves blast fat, challenge the heart rate, deliver strength and speed together (power) and provide a ton of energy! Plyometrics are the key to a fun and efficient strength circuit. Add these two into yours as both a heart rate interval and a great lower body move.

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Ask The Trainer

Ask The Trainer

Q: If I could only do one workout, out of yoga, pilates, cardio or strength training, what should it be? A: This answer has two parts. The thing that will work for you the best is whatever you LIKE the best. Why? Because you will do it more consistently and frequently. And the more you move, the better! But, if you like all of the above equally and are very results-driven, well then I would have to say that circuit training, which combines cardiovascular bursts (such as burpees and mountain climbers) with multifunctional strength moves (think lunge with bicep curl, chest press in a bridge position) is the most effective way to train. You’re getting more work...

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