Training Without a Gym – The Legs

When it comes to training the legs, there’s an almost infamous air of hesitation. Leg day, as it’s called, is hard. Notoriously hard. Squats are the best way to train your legs, and if you’re doing the right — with flat soles, heels digging into the ground, and a whole bunch of weight on your shoulders — they can easily force your entire body to […]

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Training Without a Gym – The Core

If rows and push-ups aren’t enough to satisfy your need for an iron core, or if your name is Mr. Lee or Mr. Balboa and you want a torso made of rough iron rather than mushy muscle, then you need to make sure the core is a heavy focus in your training program. In general movement, the core is indeed incredibly important. Aside from being […]

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Training Without a Gym – The Upper Body

The upper body can further be broken down into pulling and pushing movements. Pulling recruits the biceps in your arm, and your back musculature (in a very broad sense). Pushing recruits your triceps, and your chest/shoulders. The rest of your body stabilizes your movement, keeping you balanced and giving you the base and center of gravity necessary to push/pull from. Note: Here’s the spreadsheet version, […]

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Training Without a Gym – Getting Started with Strength

Part one of this little three-part series will be tackling the matter of strength. I’m young, I’m brash; when given a trio of physical attributes to amplify in training (strength, endurance, and movement) I’ll obviously start off with strength, discussing the best options for strength training at home and getting more power behind your lifts or strikes. Duh. Jokes aside, I’m starting the series with […]

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So what exactly is HIIT? Your Guide to Interval Training

HIIT — the abbreviation alone gives you a good idea of what to expect going into such a rigorous training session. It hits you, hard, and the effects roll in quite rapidly the more consistently you train. Originally a form of supercharged training for Olympic speedskaters by a much more rigorous training standard called the Tabata method, HIIT is leaned on the lessons learned from […]

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The Importance of Proper Recovery

When approaching the topic of training, it’s really very easy to be caught up in the enthusiasm and hunger of starting a new program and grinding out the days doing reps and sets, heading out for practice every other day and getting better at your sport or martial art by spending hours and hours on the field or mat. But that’s not good for you. […]

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The Case for Varying Reps

So, today marks the day that I get started with my new training program and everything. To mark that occasion, I’d like to talk about a key concept I’ll be using to try and build strength, not get bored, and continue keeping my endurance up! But before we begin with that, it’s important to talk about what my goals are, and the inspiration for this […]

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