Gym Etiquette for Beginners

Let’s face it—the gym can be an intimidating place for the neophyte lifter. But it needn’t be. The gym is the great equalizer: whether you are a corporate CEO or entry level service worker, all of us are made equal in the gym. We can’t buy our physiques; we have to earn them.

Yet that first day can often be the start of a pattern and a lifetime of good. My first introduction to the gym came by way of nautilus (remember them?) machines. A maze of machines with predetermined pathways of motion and a pin to change resistance was my first foray into a world in which we have the power to change our bodies. I didn’t know where to begin, but I did know that the gym was an absolute good place. A place of improvement. A place to work on oneself. And I felt as a then-beginner than I had as much right to be there as anyone else. Continue reading

Exercises for Perfect Posture

Exercises for Perfect Posture is the complete guide to achieving healthy posture, providing everything from fitness programs and exercises designed to realign the spine and strengthen shoulders, neck and back as well as guidance on how to redesign one’s work space to be more ergonomic.

Good posture is foundational to good health. Poor posture can lead to shoulder discomfort, neck pain, and even chronic conditions such as carpel tunnel syndrome if left uncorrected. Yet the modern lifestyle and the modern workplace together make it very difficult to maintain healthy, natural posture throughout the day. Humans were not meant to spend all their time sitting down, and the “disease of inactivity” has reached near-epidemic proportions. Continue reading

Complete Physique: Your Ultimate Body Transformation

Complete Physique is the all-in-one 12-week guide to obtaining and maintaining the body you always wanted, from transformation specialist and author, Hollis Lance Liebman.

Complete Physique redefines the body sculpting process, providing the answers you need to get the best body possible while maintaining gains. Progressive workouts create safe, effective and innovative ways to energize your workout and improve your gains. Continue reading

Resolving Resolutions for the New Year

It starts with putting off the promise and the work. If it were easy having the perfect body, everyone would have it. But the truth is, while we can buy most things in life, a body to be proud of, forged in the gym and at the dinner table, cannot be bought. It must be earned. A tailor can make a suit to your exact specifications, for a price. And you can forge your body to look exactly as you want, for a price paid through consistent and imperfect action.

That’s right, I said “imperfect;” consistency yields better results than perfect performance. And so, the first step toward Resolving Resolutions is to look at things differently. Instead of training perfect, eating perfect, breathing perfect, living perfect, let’s take it meal by meal, rep by rep and day by day. Let’s do our personal best every day, laying down a solid brick. Just a brick a day. Continue reading

Warrior Workouts: 100 of the Most Challenging Workouts

From legendary Navy SEAL Stewart Smith comes Warrior Workouts, a collection of the most challenging fitness routines ever developed. Drawn from the same essential training and workout plans used for military special forces, police, firefighters and other tactical professionals to keep them fit and in optimal physical condition, Warrior Workouts is designed to get you into the best shape of your life.

Including over 100 workouts from calisthenics to cardio, Warrior Workouts combines a wide range of exercise information and instructional tips turning everyday workouts into warrior workouts. Continue reading

Tactical Mobility:  New Workouts Increase Performance and Prevent Injuries

Developed by former United States Marine Nick Benas, accomplished yoga instructor Gwen Lawrence, and Stew Smith, CSCS, USN (SEAL), Tactical Mobility is designed to increase your mobility, flexibility, and endurance to perform and sustain on an elite level in the military, law enforcement, firefighting and emergency services, and tactical professions.

With Tactical Mobility you will increase your readiness and survivability in the field, keep your training balanced and effective, excel in the physical requirements of your job smoothly and without pain, get to it, get through it, and stay with it… whatever is in store! Continue reading

The Hero Workouts: Tributes to Courage and Sacrifice

Bell, Gallant, Pike, Legion 8, Jenny. These are the names of workouts created as a tribute to men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The Hero Workouts presents a collection of these honorific workouts dedicated to their memory.

The Hero Workouts features over 100 workouts each named for a fallen hero and includes the story of their personal lives and battle action. The story behind The Hero Workouts is one that needs to be told. Each workout is named after a fallen soldier or group of soldiers. Continue reading

3 Steps to Recover from an Ankle Sprain

Robin Gerber MS, ATC

Michael Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

One of the most common ‘weekend warrior’ injuries seen by medical doctors is the ankle sprain.  Most frequently the ankle is injured during running or jumping activities in which the foot rolls or twists after stepping on an uneven surface. Continue reading

Top 5 Lower Body Mobility Exercises

These mobility exercises are best done as a warm up to your lower body workouts. They will prime the body for better performance by jump starting the correct muscles. These exercise will also keep you injury free and allow you to train longer and harder. Continue reading