Build Full Body Strength with Dumbbells

The Dumbbell Workout Handbook: Strength & Power is an all-new collection of dumbbell workouts to create a complete fitness program focused on using dumbbells to pack on muscle, build power and burn fat while improving total body conditioning.

Developed by best-selling fitness author and strength and conditioning expert Mike Volkmar, this collection contains workout circuits perfect for every fitness level, from beginner to advanced. Below, check out Mike’s thoughts on building Full Body Strength with only dumbbells. Continue reading

7 Ways to Get Financially Fit

Time-tested principles for succeeding in life through the understanding and development of character, virtues represent the moral excellence of a person. From discipline to prudence, fortitude to faith, the warrior virtues presented in these pages are guaranteed to transform your life to one of meaning and purpose. Our new book, The Warrior’s Book of Virtues, uses the battle-tested principles of the United States Marine Corps to help everyone live their best life in easy and practical ways including the best ways to tackle your money and get more financially fit. Continue reading

Fit Over 50: A Guide for Men

I view exercise through the prism of motivation and the underlying social relationships which provide purpose for healthy living. The active men over 50 I’ve studied exhibit a strong cognitive connection between their most precious and cherished relationships and their lifestyle. They connect the dots between their social aspirations and their day-to-day attention to health and fitness. Graduations, weddings, travel, retirement and grandchildren form their “why” for healthy living. In my book Crack The Code: 10 Proven Secrets that Motivate Healthy Behavior and Inspire Fulfillment in Men Over 50, I make the case for a strong social platform as a prerequisite for sustaining a healthy lifestyle. Without strong and consistent motivation, the exercise equipment will collect dust in the basement, the gym membership will lapse after little use and those new running shoes will find their way to a back corner of your closet. Continue reading

The Big 4 Exercises for Football Development

Developed by strength and conditioning expert and high school coach Mike Volkmar, The High School Athlete: Football is the essential program for any student who wants to train and play football in high school. Check out Mike’s essential tips on the most important exercises to focus on first to build a great foundation for strength and development.

 

“Bench, squat, and deadlift!” I’ll bet that’s what your old high school coach said would make you stronger and faster. Your kid might even be telling you to the same thing. But as a parent, youth coach, and/or high school coach, you need to know that your athletes should not all be doing the same workouts. Some kids mature physically faster; some kids are taller than more most; some Juniors in high school get a late start in the weight room, while some incoming freshman get an early start. So the mantra of “Bench, squat, and deadlift” can no longer be relied on as a one-size-fits-all program. Continue reading

5 Financial Benefits of Being Healthy

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to live a healthy lifestyle, but we know it is worth it, right? We are constantly being told how exercising and eating healthy helps us look and feel good. Still, at times it may feel impossible to choose an apple over a cookie or to go to the gym instead of taking a nap. If you are seeking strength to choose a healthy lifestyle, here are five financial benefits to give you some motivation. Continue reading

The Importance of Stress Awareness

April is National Stress Awareness Month, a time where health professionals work to increase awareness about stress and how it affects our health. It’s also a time to think about how we experience and manage stress in our own lives. To get a handle on stress, it’s important to understand what it is, how it affects us, and what we can do to manage it when it comes up in our lives. Continue reading

3 Tips for Great Health over 60

How healthy are you really? It’s a hard question to ask without setting ourselves up for a bit of disappointment — most of us know we could be doing better. Even in retirement, we often live busy lifestyles that demand we eat on the go, sacrifice sleep, and stay productive during injury or illness. Or, maybe you’re facing the consequences of earlier years in that lifestyle instead of being able to relax and enjoy your golden years. Continue reading

Endometriosis Awareness Month

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Author and endometriosis patient Samantha Bowick has written articles revolving around important questions and information about endometriosis. She is the author of Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options.

Why is Endometriosis Awareness Month so Important?

Endometriosis is a disease that at least 176 million women worldwide suffer with. Continue reading

Rewire Your Life with Self-Care

It seems like everyone is talking about self-care lately — but how many of us know what self care actually means? It’s such a broad concept, and that can make it hard to pinpoint exactly what it means to practice self care.

During this time of year when people are setting resolutions and intentions for the next year, I’d love to make 2019 the year when we resolve to embrace and practice self-care. I believe that in caring for ourselves, we open up a new world of love and possibilities. But to practice self-care we have to really understand what it means and how it affects and involves all aspects of our lives. Continue reading