How to Do Lifts Correctly

Lifting can be a hard part of working out to take up. Without introduction to proper form and guidance through a workout, it may lead to injury and lack of results to show for the hard work one has put in. This is a guide to some easy lifts and workouts to help save your limbs and muscles and help you maintain proper form.
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Movement Patterns for Strength Training

Whether you are an aspiring bodybuilder or want to improve overall fitness, there are six basic movement patterns we all use that makes understanding strength training simple. It is these foundational movement patterns that are the backbone to all strength exercises. Continue reading Movement Patterns for Strength Training

Building Strong Shoulder Muscles

How does personal training work? Why bother going to a personal trainer when you can do all of the exercises by yourself? One reason might be to stay accountable. But for our purposes here, I want to show you how we build programs for folks, to obtain very specific goals. Whether you’re a guy and want to build muscle mass, or a gal who is looking to tone up and look sleeker for summer, working on building shapely shoulder muscles should be in your mix. Continue reading Building Strong Shoulder Muscles

6 Lower Body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Hip mobility and strength are crucial for “simple” things like walking and getting up from a chair, but also come into play for sports and functional movement. The primary role of the hip extensors, which include the hamstring and adductor muscles of the thigh, is to extend the hip during gait (walking, running) and provide dynamic stability when performing one legged exercises or movements. They are responsible for lower body strength and for distributing power from the ground through the rest of the body.  Notably, lack of proper hip strength can lead to a low back injuries and pain.  Lower body exercises that incorporate the hip extensors as a group help mobility and protect your back. Continue reading 6 Lower Body Exercises to Do Instead of Squats

Getting Fit Should Be About Being More – Not Less

When we think of getting fit, we think about shedding weight. We think about shedding pant sizes. We think about shedding inches, or clothes to show more skin. What we need to think about, is gain.

Gain confidence. Gain self appreciation. Gain discipline, strength, and muscle. Getting fit needs to mean gaining something. What’s one way to gain? Strength and weight training.

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