Posts in category "Great Exercises"

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 »

10 Holiday Gifts for the CrossFitter

Athlete's Pak from ISAGENIX, $258
Crossfitters have become a sub-culture within the fitness industry.  Although they are not the first or only group to follow a constantly varied, functional, high-intensity workout regiment, they have popularized and even globalized this style of workout.  CrossFit as a modality of training appeals to a wide group of people who now make up a... 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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Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt

Best Exercises for a Firmer Butt
No bones about it! The 7 best exercises for a round rump. There are many ways to improve the shape of your derriere.  If your rump is not toned like you wish, do not forget, it is just a group of muscles.  They actually happen to be the largest and most powerful muscle group.  The... 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 »

Can you do abs everyday?

There is a difference of opinion in the fitness industry on this topic.  Many believe, like myself, that the abdominals should be treated like every other muscle group in the body.  In doing so, you would provide it with at least a 24 hour rest period in-between workouts.  Like your chest or legs, it is... Read more »

The secret to a bikini body

The secret to a bikini body
The secret to a bikini body is building muscle.  I think a lot of people go for a bikini body all wrong.  Muscle is where it is at whether you are a man or a woman!  Why you ask instead of simply weight loss across the board?  The answer is simple.  Build more muscle, you... Read more »
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Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.

Made in Chicago: KoreFit, An all-in-1 fitness tool.
I have the pleasure of meeting so many different people in the fitness industry.  The great thing is that they all contribute to the industry in different ways.  I recently met the guys over at KoreFit.  They are located at 2023 W. Carroll Ave in the Kinzie Industrial Quarter of Chicago.  They were kind enough to drop off  a KoreFit apparatus at my gym POW! .  Whenever I have new toys, I ask students that work in the fitness industry to play with them and give feedback.  One of my students Deanna Bellamy, who also owns her own training business, Body Revolution was the perfect student to have test out the KoreFit.  She is a personal trainer who conducts training sessions often outside, using the elements of her surroundings as a means to build strength and unique fitness exercises.  Because of the adaptability of KoreFit, I thought she would love to take it on the go and give a try.   Here is her review. KoreFit has impressed me with the rebound and balance training capacity on this innovative fitness apparatus.   The combination is very exciting because of it’s variety in preventive, rehabilitating, and dynamic exercise opportunity.  Both cardiovascular and strengthening, numerous body needs can be accomplished on this piece. ...