Why Do You Exercise Lying Down?

Lying down when exercising is a bad idea, so why do so many people do it? We don’t operate lying down; we sleep. Working a muscle, or muscles, when prone or supine or on all fours does nothing to prepare them for the reality faced 99% of our waking moments when we are upright. Our […]

What is Vertical Stability and Why is it Necessary?

Anybody who has spent any time in a gym has most likely seen people performing exercises while in a horizonal position. You know, lying down. There are a variety of exercises that can be referred to as “planks” that are very popular that have been touted as developing core strength. Ah, core strength, one of […]

Four Reasons Not to Make Core Training the Focus of Your Workouts

Over the past decade core training became the new, hot thing in the fitness business, as everyone from coaches to trainers to fitness consumers caught core training fever. But just like so many other trends that have dominated the fitness business, there’s less to the core training panacea than meets the eye. So, as usual, […]

How You Can Get Better Abs – Simple Guide

“How to Get Better Abs,” is a real attention getting headline, isn’t it? It’s not very original, but I’ll bet you that if you mosey on down to your local bookseller and check out the magazine rack, you’ll find at least a handful of health, fitness and beauty periodicals that feature some very close variation […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Outdoor Workout: Squat Thrust Variations Using Weighted PVC

When the weather gets nice I try to do as many of my workouts outdoors as possible.  Check out this video where I incorporate PVC pipes, weighted with water and stone, into my calisthenics warm-up. These exercises can be used as a warm-up or as an entire workout and provide a unique training stimulus beneficial […]

The Contour Core Sculpting System Gets a "Do Not Buy Recommendation"

The latest piece of infomercial equipment to hit the airwaves is the Contour Core Sculpting System, which is nothing but a $200 dollar vibrating belt that makes use of the same old Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) technology that your parents wasted their money on. The old saying that, “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence […]

Sledgehammer Training for Lacrosse

Sledgehammer training is a great non-traditional method that can improve functional strength for lacrosse. Regardless of the phase of training, sledgehammer training is a low-tech, inexpensive, highly effective sport-specific method of training for lacrosse.  The demands placed on the body – specifically true core strength – by shooting and passing motions make sledgehammer training an […]