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Coordination Training

Try these advanced techniques to continue your health and fitness adventure. Agility training exercises Contra-lateral movements Double Bosu® jumps Exercises with one or both eyes closed Juggling Ladder drills Lower Body plyometric exercises Medicine ball throws on...

The Only Stupid Exercise is the One that is not Performed

Some of our favorite balance exercises. Use these to improve posture, balance, stability. Use your core! Bosu® ball training Cable exercises Drills on disks, boards and foam Line walking and variations Lunge and variations Medicine ball drills One-leg training...

There’s More than One way to Chin a Bar

Here are some of our fave pull up variations: Close-grip (curl) chin up Neutral-grip pull up Wide grip (overhand) pull up Wide grip (reverse) pull up Verticals row (various grips) Vertical Suspension row (various grips) Negative chins (assisted up, lower unassisted)...

The Core Shall Set you Free

A special two-fur for us covid isolates. See below for part two of blog. Some of our fave core exercises. Have fun! Corkscrew Low side plank crunch, lower and lift hips V sit up Stability ball hip lift Stability ball crunch with band Stability ball back extension...

Quick Anatomy Quiz

Quick anatomy quiz for our exercise folks. Answers at bottom. What is the: Number bones in human bodyNumber muscles in human bodyNumber joints in human bodyLargest muscle in humanStrongest muscle in humanLargest bone in humanLargest joint in humanSmallest bone in...

Reps Should Be Seen and Not Heard

Hear are some of our foundational Workout Basics: Continuous breathing, exhale on exertion Do slow controlled reps Exercise all muscle groups unless contraindicated Focus on your exercise Maintain neutral spine/pelvis as appropriate Perform 8 and 20 per set Stretch...

Practice What You Preach-er curl

Here are our favorite Bicep Exercises to use and experiment with. Have fun! Barbell bicep curl Dumbbell bicep curl Preacher bicep curl Low cable bicep curl Concentration bicep curl High cable bicep curl Negative chin Chin up or partial chin up Bicep dumbbell curl 21’s...

Caribbean Workout

Here are some innovative combos of exercises to give you a full body, integrated functional, quick and effective session. Takes 30-45 minutes only. These were actual workouts done on a recent trip. Enjoy! Day 1- Bosu Squat-Inverted Bosu pushup (Biset, 3x) Burpees...

Om Wasn’t Built in a Day

Some of our favorite Seated Yoga poses for life-long hip and back health. Seated forward fold pose Wide leg forward fold pose Half lotus pose Pigeon pose King pigeon pose Double pigeon pose Cow face pose NOTE: Perform 2–3 rounds holding for 20–60 seconds. Perform more...

Om Sweet Om

Yoga retreats are a great way to travel, learn new things and meet people. Here are some we recommend. Bahia, Brasil  – Butterfly House Bahia Boracay Island, Philippines – Mandala Spa and Villas Gstaad, Switzerland – Formentera Yoga Kerala, India – The Leela Koh...

Loose Reps Sink Ships

Here are some of our basic fundamentals of fitness. Let’s use our head to improve our bods. (Actually they work together for best lifelong health) Be reactive and proactive Improve all components of fitness, including strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility...

Lift and Let Lift

Adding variety to our workouts is extremely important. I believe it is the foundational key to progression, safety and health. Here are a few ways to spice it up! Combine supersets with pyramid or drop sets. Cut your weight in half and do high reps, 30 or more Do...

Life is Like a Rack of Dumbbells

Variety is key to health and fitness. Here is my personal and Weider's lists to spark new ideas for our next workout session. WORKOUT TRAINING PRINCIPLES BY THOMPSON Integrated functional training Isometric training, strength training in which the joint angle and...

It Ain’t over til the Calf Muscle Stings

Some of our fave lower leg strengtheners. CALF EXERCISES Donkey calf raise, partner on hips while doing bent over calf raises Leg press calf raise One leg jump rope One leg jumping jacks One leg leg press calf raise One leg seated calf raise One leg standing calf...

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