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Progress Isn't Linear

  Progress isn't linear.   The saying applies to fitness just as much as it applies to school. It applies to your career, your work place, your relationships, and quite literally anything that you’re trying to progress in.   The phrase resonates with me in a few different aspects, but recently it’s applied to my fitness regimen. Some of you may know, others may not, but for the majority of 2016 I took a break from my workout routine. At first, I made the decision to slow down on my workouts because I was exceptionally busy at the start of 2016. I went to school full time and was working on finishing my last semester of college. I worked at...

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Foam Rolling

Myofascial release, or better known as foam rolling, is something EVERYONE should be doing. Here are some of the benefits: Increases blood flow to the target area, which decreases recovery time between your workouts (in the vernacular, it can significantly help alleviate muscle soreness) Loosens up the muscles in the target area and can help alleviate muscular and skeletal pain Can assist in adjusting your back Increases your range of motion When should you do it? You should foam roll both before and after your workouts, for it can be used to stretch, increase blood flow, warm you up and cool you down. Foam rolling in the morning can be beneficial to waking you up and increasing alertness throughout the...

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The Benefits of Stretching

We’ve all been there, it’s the end of your workout and all you want to do is go home...not spend the extra 5-10 minutes stretching. Or maybe you walk into the gym and the squat rank is open for once and you run to it to make sure you get it before anyone snags it, and you neglect your warm up. Making excuses to avoid stretching is very easy, after all, stretching can’t be that important, right? Wrong. Stretching is very important not just to improve flexibility, but to increase your range of motion, to prevent injury, helps your joints stay strong and healthy, and it increases blood flow to your muscles. What stretches should you do? Stretching is going...

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How I Train Legs

Leg day!   The way I train legs differs with my goals at the moment. When I train for strongman competitions, I train for strength so my leg workouts focus on low rep and high weight, and I also do a lot of sprints and work with pulling or pushing heavy weight like the prowler and sled. With strongman training, sometimes the workouts will differ depending on what the event includes in terms of legs. Sometimes the only leg intensive event at the competition is the car deadlift, so I focus on a lot of deadlifts, hack squats and trap-bar deadlifts if that’s the case. In the last competition I did, the leg-intensive event was a yolk squat, so my...

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Benefits of Strength Training

Whether you are a male or a female or gender non-conforming, whether you are young or old, whether you are an athlete or a self-proclaimed couch potato, whether your goal is to become stronger, faster, or leaner, strength training is something you should do. Benefits of strength training: Your bones. We live in a culture where osteoporosis is extremely prevalent, especially in women. Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bone steadily degrades, leaving bones to be thin, weak, and prone to fractures. Strength training increases bone mineral density, meaning it strengthens the bones, and makes them less prone to fractures. You’ll burn more fat with strength training than you will doing cardio. Strength training burns less calories while performing...

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