Ditch the Weight Machines, Pick Up the Free Weights

When you first walk into a gym, there’s a sea of contraptions sitting everywhere on the gym floor. Then, you see the dumbbells, benches, and barbells… You’re unsure of where to start with your workout, so you walk over to the nearest machine, look at the label to see how it works and what muscles it works, adjust the pins, and start moving some weight. This can be a great option if you’re unfamiliar with the gym, but is using these machines the best option for you to reach your goals?

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Imbalances and My Favorite Exercises to Work on Them

Muscular Imbalance

Do you perform the same functions at your job day in and day out? Do you regularly perform similar movement patterns in the gym when working out? Repeating the same patterns over and over allows your body to become incredibly efficient with those movements but can create muscular imbalances. Are you recovering from an injury you’ve been dealing with for awhile? Chances are you’ll have some muscular imbalances from compensating movement patterns. You’ll even naturally have imbalances between your right and left sides due to being right or left hand dominant. You won’t be able to get everything completely balanced, but working on and reducing muscular imbalances reduces risk for injury.

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Designed for Success

Life is Hectic – Make it Easier

Are any of these situations familiar?

1) You intended to go to the gym, but you forgot throw your gym clothes in the car. Now your thinking that by the time you run home to grab your stuff then get back to the gym, there’s not enough time for a workout. It’s not going to happen today.

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The Truth About Carbs

Why ALL Carbs Aren’t Bad

Carbs always seem to get a bad rap. People don’t like them and want to stay away from them. They’re seen as inherently evil and the cause of weight gain. But, carbs aren’t necessarily “bad”. In fact; certain carbs, in the right amount, are good for you. Carbs are severely limited at almost all costs in diets such as Atkins, South Beach, and Keto. The thing is, carbs are your body’s preferred source of energy. It’s quick fuel for things like resistance training, sprinting…Your body mainly fuels and operates off of carbs. Carbs help your body run, promote a healthy gut, and help increase satiety (i.e. fiber). It’s the type of carbs you want to keep a close eye on.

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Planet Fitness: Reviewed

First Impressions

Recently moving to a new area, I was in need of a gym. Planet Fitness is right around the corner from where I’m staying, is a well-known name, and is cheap…like dirt cheap. Fortunately for me, this particular location had just recently opened for business, so it still has that new gym smell. You know what I’m talking about…that weird new rubber smell that lingers on your clothes after you’ve left the facility. Now, I will be honest, I am not a fan of the “Judgement Free Zone” thing they tout at Planet Fitness; not because I judge people, but because it brings me a weird awareness to judgement…like now I feel I’m being judged..I don’t know. It’s almost like they’re pushing it too hard. This is probably just a me problem.

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If Nutrition Accounts For A Majority Of Your Success, Why Exercise?

Last week I wrote about the importance of nutrition in achieving your fitness goals. Nutrition is HUGE. It’s so huge, in fact, that if you do not change your diet; it is most likely that you will not be able to achieve the end result weight loss goals that you have set for yourself. So you may be asking yourself right now, “What’s the point of working out, then? If I change my diet, I’ll reach my weight loss goals.” Yes, that may be true, but here’s why you want to workout. Here’s why you want to participate in regular cardiovascular and resistance training.

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Who’s in Your Tribe?

I saw a t-shirt once that said “Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe”, at least, I think I saw it on a t-shirt… Pretty cool, either way. Then yesterday, I was out for a run when the phrase from this t-shirt came back to me. It was a gorgeous sunny day outside, and I decided to go for what may be my last run outside in Columbus for a long time. I was running along the sidewalk of a fairly major strip of road when I passed another runner. He gave a “thumb’s up” and kept running. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this from a runner; it could be a “thumb’s up” a friendly wave or nod…I’ve seen various gestures of support (Maybe they’re feeling pity for me, since I’m not a natural runner?).

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Come On, You Can Do It!! (Why it helps to have a workout partner: My perspective.)

Today I had a fantastic workout with my sister, and it brought my attention to the benefits of working with a partner. Here are my thoughts. The first benefit to having a partner is the accountability that comes with having a partner. Today may or may not have included a workout if I didn’t have someone to workout with today. It was just one of those days.

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What’s the Next Quick Fix?

Why is it so easy to jump on the bandwagon; joining in on the current diet fads? Remember Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, and more recently keto? Remember those lists that tell you the right foods to eat to lose belly fat? Where are all of these now? (Admittedly, keto is still going strong.) Have you been part of the crew before, joining in and trying the most recent craze? Did it work? I bet it did….for awhile, anyways. I’m not here to bash any diet…hey, if it works for you, go for it… but, have you tried just eating more nutritious whole foods before trying out one of these diets?

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