Category: Great Exercises

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 »

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. ...

Jump Rope Training for February’s Heart Healthy Month

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I started my training career at the East Bank Club in 1994.  I was lucky in many ways when I began teaching and doing privates there – the fitness market was wide open for new ideas.  One of my favorite classes to teach at EBC was Cardio Rope Interval Training.  This interval class super-setted jump... Read more »
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Lose the Belly Fat: 3 Workouts that fight the fat from Thanksgiving

Lose the Belly Fat: 3 Workouts that fight the fat from Thanksgiving
Belly fat is tricky to eliminate.  In truth, there isn’t a series of exercises that target belly fat specifically.  But there are workouts and exercises that I believe lean out the mid section as by-product (so-to-speak) of the way the workout itself affects the body.    Overall key is to incorporate exercises in a high intensity... Read more »

Hard Abs: Advanced Core Exercises on a Pulley Strap

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Whenever you train your core, other muscle groups get dragged into the exercise.  I love the options that pulley training provides because it rarely  isolates one muscle group.  Pulley exercises often train the entire body. Most regular exercisers are familiar with TRX straps.  In which case, you know that you can get a total body... Read more »

Favorite Fitness Gear From Club Industry Show

Here is a great way to diversify the use of the wheel.  It is commonly used for wheel barrow exercises.  But this hamstring curl is a sure way to tighten up the back of your legs and strengthen your lower back.
As I mentioned, the Club Industry Show was at the McCormick Place this past week.  It is a mix of educational seminars and lectures on all topics relevant to running or owning a fitness business, and then there are practical application classes and demos that are part of the expo.  The expo is free to... Read more »
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Latest Trend in Yoga: Acrobatic Yoga Has Hit Chicago, FREE class Tonight, Tuesday, October 4th

Acrobatic yoga is an amazing practice that builds core strength, flexibility and joint stability.  It is an evolved application of yoga.  I find it to be quite athletic.  In fact I like it because makes yoga more athletic.  I have taught and practiced yoga since 1996.  I have tried all types and everyone’s system of... Read more »

Exercises of the Week: 6 Pack Abs, 10 Min, No Back Pain

This is a great illustration of the abdominal muscle structure.  Notice how there are several sections.  You want to include exercises in your routine that engage all sections and often in combination.
There is so much involved in getting a 6 pack.  As honest trainer will tell you that it is more about diet than it is about exercise, with the exception of those who have it in their genes.  You know the 24 year old guy, who drinks 4 nights a week, and only eats crap.... Read more »

Core Strength: Exercise of the Week

If you  are bored of push ups and plank holds, spice up your core training with this exercise.  You can do this exercise with a single cable that allows you to control or adjust the height of the cable head;  or, use a machine like the one in the photo.  I am at iFitFitness in... Read more »
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20 Min. Backyard Workout for Moms & Dads: Best Home Exercise

It is hard to squeeze workouts in when you are at home all day with the kids. I think a lot of moms feel conflicted by the joy they feel when their kids go down for a nap. Or that after breakfast you keep looking to see if it is almost nap time. When naptime... Read more »