Posts in category "Fitness"

Jump Rope Workout Part 3, three easy jump rope tricks

This is part 3 of a Jump Rope Workout series.  This first part taught how to get started jumping rope. I mentioned in part 2  that there is tremendous value in learning three basic footwork patterns. By learning to change your footwork patterns you are also changing up the direction of impact on your lower... Read more »

How to Jump Rope, 3 tips to get you started

I am a life-long jump roper.  Everyone at my gym learns to jump rope. Even if they only get a few minutes in on their visit, the forced practice is building a valuable movement skill.  I have had several requests lately for a How to Jump Rope video so they could practice at home.  Instead,... Read more »

You are looking at protein all wrong!

You are looking at protein all wrong!
First of all, if you strive to have balanced nutrition you must become a utilitarian.  Food needs to be inserted into your day in a useful and practical manner.  Not every meal or snack is intended to bring you pure savory enjoyment.  If you are a Crossfitters, fighter, pro-athlete, hardcore fitness enthusiast, I assume you... Read more »
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Fitness Industry B.S. - 8 Negative Fitness Messages

Fitness Industry B.S.  - 8 Negative Fitness Messages
The end of the year and holiday season offers many opportunities to network and meet new people.  All the additional events I have attended have increased my parties/month average for the year.  In the numerous conversations I have had at these parties, mostly consisting of small talk and elevator pitches about your profession; I get... Read more »

5 Tips for Choosing a Chicago Personal Trainer

5 Tips for Choosing a Chicago Personal Trainer
Tips on Picking a Chicago Personal Trainer from a Personal Trainer The New Year offers the opportunity to improve anything you want about yourself.  Your body and health should be at the top of the list.  After the holidays when you are short on cash – it is hard to justify spending more money.  But... Read more »

Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid

Superhero Training Workout at Home with Your Kid
Polar Vortex!!!!!!  Have you had a flashback yet about last winter?  Do your friends in other states tease you about Chicago’s diabolical, illogical, maniacal winters?  Well, mine do!   The curse of Dr. Freeze was obviously awful, but the worse part of the long and brutal winter was being stuck at home with my 3 kids... Read more »
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Shark Tank Fitness Products

Shark Tank Fitness Products
1.  Titin Force, Creator: Patrick Whaley  Shark: Daymond John, $500,000 for 20% Titin Force is compression gear that is weighted.  But it is not like a normal weighted vest or back pack.  The shirt is 8 pounds and the shorts are 5 pounds.  Unlike, weighted vests, the Titin Force can be worn under training clothes because it... Read more »

Training with a weighted vest, 5 Favorite Exercises

Look how great this vest fits her body.
It is funny to think that training equipment in the fitness industry can become hot and trendy.  But weighted vests are in style.  I prefer the Hyper Vest PRO  because it is form fitting and has a snug vest.  Most equipment is made for the frame of a man.  This particular vest fits my 5’2 frame perfectly.... Read more »

Great Home Dumbbell Exercises, Do This, NOT That!

Tricep Overhead Press - If you are standing during this exercise keep a soft bend in your knees.  This exercise is challenging if you have limited shoulder joint flexibility.  The goal is to keep your posture lifted and your arms parallel to each other (so the elbows point over head) and framed along the side of your head.  A common mistake is the angle of the head and arms break the posture all together and the movement become very limited and unproductive.  One trick to help accomplish this is to look up when doing this exercise and press your palms up to the ceiling.
Being stuck at home for a workout is a good thing. The simplest workouts are most often the best!  In fact, a couple sets of dumbbells is really all you need to create a total body strength training program.  Granted, I personally add a jump rope and abs to the mix, but I will take... Read more »
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Most Popular Exercises in U.S., Do THIS, NOT THAT!

Keep your neck long and shoulders down.  Another way to think of it is lowering or depressing the shoulders into your back.
It used to be that just the boutique gyms had all the trendy toys.  In fact, many small gyms built their training platform around tools categorized today as ‘function fitness.’  But tires, ropes and medicine balls are all conventional tools for weight loss.  Now that these fitness tools are part of the HIIT (high intensity... Read more »