The Ramble: More Things You Should Stop Doing in the Gym, Immediately

There is an epidemic sweeping the country these days. No, it’s not the obesity epidemic, or the drug abuse epidemic, or the Glee epidemic. The “Doing Stupid, Waste of Time Stuff in the Gym Epidemic,”is a real problem. Earlier this summer I posted a piece about some of the things that people need to stop […]

Ridiculous Exercises: Seated Chest and Shoulder Press

There are a lot of ridiculous things going on in gyms out there, things I feel compelled to speak out about, and against. This week’s rant will focus on the ridiculousness that is the seated chest and shoulder press, in all inefficient iterations. First of all, anyone who has been a regular (or even semi-regular) […]

Great Exercise Equipment From Perform Better

Perform Better is one of the leading providers of high-quality fitness accessories and equipment.  Here are some “must-have” products that you can find at, also known as Exercise Bands – If you’ve never used mini-bands you are missing out on one of the best – and least expensive fitness accessories on the market.  Mini-bands […]

How to Use the Stairmaster for Maximum Gain

The Stairmaster, in all its iterations, is one of the most popular and misused pieces of equipment in the gym world, so I’m going to try and set the record straight and tell you how to use this equipment properly. I realize that here are many different types of machines, for the sake of brevity […]

How to Walk on a Treadmill

I can’t believe I have to write the phrase, “How to walk on a treadmill,” but it is very clear that people need to read/hear it. How can so many people not know how to perform the most fundamental movement there is?  Go to any big, open gym and watch rows and rows of people not […]

A Weight Vest is One of the Best Fitness Accessories You Can Buy

There are a lot of fitness gimmicks and gadgets out there, but one of the “Can’t Miss” products that every fitness enthusiast should have is a weighted vest. If you’ve been a regular visitor to the site or if you’ve taken the time to read some of my product reviews, you know by now that […]

The Shake Weight Makes an Appearance on Saturday Night Live

Our favorite, most ridiculous fitness gadget of all time has made the big time, as the Shake Weight was parodied on a recent episode of Saturday Night Live. My review of the Shake Weight has been very popular, has drawn a lot of people to the site and has generated some pretty unintentionally funny comments […]

A Great Balance, Agility and Strength Exercise for a 6-Year Old

The old saying that, “Everything old is new again,” is really appropriate when it comes to exercises.  There are so many old school exercises that have been forgotten and forsaken and replaced with new, “exciting” but not necessarily better versions.  People looking for a way to get their children to exercise and off the Playstation […]

The Shake Weight Gets a "Do Not Buy" Recommendation

Some really ridiculous fitness products have been brought to market, but the Shake Weight just might represent the cream of the crop when it comes to nonsensical exercise equipment.  Based on the oxymoronic “principle” of “dynamic inertia,” the Shake Weight is alleged to give users, “lean, sculpted arms and shoulders.” Despite the fact that the […]

Outdoor Workout Part 2: Squat Thrust Variations With Weighted PVC

Last week I posted part 1 of a workout using my home-made weighted PVC pipe exercise equipment.  In this week’s video I do squat thrust variations with a 40-pound, 3-inch wide PVC pipe weighted with water and stone. It’s really quite easy and inexpensive to make the PVC pipe exercise equipment. The unstable weight of […]