Category: Exercise

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No Time to Exercise – Excuses and Solutions

My teens are dual-enrolled, so I drive back-and-forth to the junior high 6-8 times every day. I teach them three subjects at home, so I prepare and discuss algebra, Latin, and history daily. They have a German class at the homeschool assistance program weekly, as well. I provide personal and...

Question – Will HIIT Cause You to Lose Gains?

Question – Will HIIT Cause You to Lose Gains?

Answer – The short answer is yes if you mean size. No, if you mean strength or endurance or health. Muscle size includes the stored glycogen. Glycogen is the stored form of sugar, and its presence holds water, too. If your gains are about sheer size of muscle, then you...

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New Small Group – Murph for Memorial Day 2017

Need a challenge? Like your work out simple? Value Primal movements? Need some kind of motivation besides just the drive to lose weight? Then join us for Murph every Saturday morning, culminating in the Murph Memorial Day Challenge 2017. This work out is named for LT. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL),...

Why You Should Be Doing Sit-ups

Why You Should Be Doing Sit-ups

Ran across another trainer online telling people to “never do sit ups.” Well, that’s just ridiculous. Here’s why. My dad, who was an avid strength trainer into his seventies, once told me he had trouble getting himself up off the weight bench. He joked that he felt like a “bug...

Pro Tip – How to Stop Postexercise Soreness

Pro Tip – How to Stop Postexercise Soreness

We all grew up with “RICE”: rest, ice, compression, elevation or in some situations, rest, immobilize, cold, elevate. This is for injuries, and soreness from exercise was often viewed in the same light. So, we were advised to ice it. Then, we were told ice hinders recovery. So, we were told to...

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GVT Summer – Week 1

Our first week of German Volume Training has been fantastic! To get it ready for our intrepid lifters, we have a new rack in the studio and a few more pieces of equipment on the way from Rogue. I’m very excited about the trap bar! Can’t wait to put our lifters...

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Muscle Makes You Smaller: Why Women Need Strength Training

When you compare the same amount of weight in muscle and in fat, muscle is 22% smaller. That is, if you’re fat and you build muscle without losing a pound, you will still be 22% smaller. Despite website-after-website busting the myth of women “bulking up” from lifting, I still talk to women...

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Split Your Minute for the Perfect HIIT

Simple is what I like. Too often, I run across work outs shared by trainers that have funky moves that require me to learn them before I can get a good work out from them. On the other hand, a simpler work out won’t often let me progress (or modify if...

Nobody Cares – One-Arm Supine Rows

Nobody Cares – One-Arm Supine Rows

Had a great work out with the Saturday squad doing a 5×5 with that new favorite exercise of mine,  a One-Arm Supine Row. Essentially, it’s a rope climb. Putting it in the rotation weekly now. Oh yes, everyone dreads it. That means it’s gooood. You’re horizontal, with bent knees, directly under the...

Muscle Pain, Exercise, and Mindfulness

Muscle Pain, Exercise, and Mindfulness

At some time, you’ve probably had lower back, upper back, elbow, or neck soreness that lasts long beyond one or two workouts. I see this frequently in the Studio and have had clients ask me what they are doing that may be causing it. First of all, you most likely ARE...