Posts Tagged "HIIT"

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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Ryan: Intervals and Vegetarian Try-Outs

Ryan: Intervals and Vegetarian Try-Outs

Hello everyone, Another healthy week in the books! I took Jessica’s advice regarding interval training this past weekend. I did 15 rounds of 1 (fast) min : 1 (slow) min and immidiately saw resuts. I covered 6KM for a total of 5 Min/km during the work out. It is amazing how that little timer keeps the focus on pace throughout the workout. I am going to add in more shorter 5-6 KM runs going forward, as per Jessica’s comments about my muscle goals relative to my cardio goals (Jess adds: With too many long runs, Ryan will not put on the muscle that he intends). I think I mention it every week: Diet is my biggest challenge. Jessica concocted a clever little plan,...

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Ryan: A New Restaurant, and New Running Goals

Ryan: A New Restaurant, and New Running Goals

Well hello, ya’ll. So this past week was a bit slower on the workout side of things: 2 strength workouts and two 11km runs. But, this week I am back on track. I was slowed down by some blisters from my new work boots. Made running pretty impossible – same with squats, lunges, burpees… basically any of the staples of a J-Man workout. But now that the blisters have subsided I’m back on track. I have been running a lot lately and thought I would share some of my ups and downs with you on that front. I live approximately 11.2KM from my work. My timed runs to and from work have been everywhere from 55-70mins, averaging around 60 minutes. This works out to about a...

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