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

Top 5 Mobility Moves for Golfers

Core Strength: Top 5 Mobility Moves for Golfers by Michael Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

Summer is here.  The Golf Clubs are out.  You vowed this summer to drop 3-5 strokes off your handicap.  I can help by getting more distance off the tee and building a healthier body that allows you to practice more. Continue reading

Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!

Sign Up for Your First Obstacle Race!
by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES and Matt Carroll, USAW LVL 1, AFAA CPT

The rise in popularity of obstacle races is undeniable. The obstacle course race (OCR) community is growing every day with a plethora of different types of races becoming available. There are races for those in the best shape of their lives and there are also races designed to get people from couch to race day. Continue reading

5 Best Exercises for Knee Health

5 Best Exercises for Knee Health by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

Knee pain be the most frustrating injury to have.  It affects your daily activities.  It can take months to go away.  Of course it is best to add special exercises to prevent knee pain but sadly what do you do if you are already experiencing pain?  Your knee pain could be the result of two factors, muscle imbalances and overuse. Continue reading

3 Best Exercises for Shoulder Health

3 Best Exercises for Shoulder Health by Mike Volkmar, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT

The shoulder is a very common joint to have pain. The majority of exercisers experience pain in the front or on top of the shoulder joint. This can be for a few reasons. The two major culprits are muscle imbalances and overuse injuries. Continue reading

Get in Shape this Summer: The Workouts by Hugo Rivera

Get In great shape with these body sculpting workouts.

Weight Training Workout

Below is a description of the weight training part of the routine. You will alternate between Workout (A) and (B) every time that weight training day comes around.

NOTE: You can find video demonstrations of proper technique for many of these exercises at the Get Fit Now YouTube Channel.

 Workout (A) – Monday/Thursday


Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

Wide Grip Pull-downs to Front (or Wide Grip Pull-ups to Front)


Flat Dumbbell Bench Press

Reverse Close Grip Pull-downs (or Reverse Grip Chin-ups)


Incline Flyes

One Arm Dumbbell Rows


One Legged Dumbbell Calf Raises

Two Legged Dumbbell Calf Raises

Workout (B) – Tuesday/Friday 


Dumbbell Curls

Lying Dumbbell Triceps Extensions


Incline Curls

Overhead Dumbbell Triceps Extensions


Bent Over Lateral Raises

Upright Rows


DB Squats

Lying Leg Curls



Leg Extensions

Abdominal Workout

Crunches (preferably performed on an Exercise Ball)

Lying Leg Raises


* Notes on Sets and Reps

This program varies the number of sets and repetitions on a bi-weekly basis in order to keep the body guessing and body sculpting results coming.

1. For weeks 1-2 perform 12-15 repetitions per set and 2 sets per exercise.

2. For weeks 3-4 perform 10-12 repetitions per set and 3 sets per exercise.

3. For weeks 5-6 perform 8-10 repetitions per set and 4 sets per exercise.


Training Notes

  • Do not rest more than 1 minute in between supersets. As a matter of fact, try to lower the rest down to 30-45 seconds in between. This not only allows for a better pump and an even better cardiovascular workout, but it also builds endurance and will not affect the strength once your body adjusts since you are supersetting antagonistic muscle groups.
  • As you will later see, the Abdominal Workout is to be performed before the cardiovascular workout. Abdominals should be treated as any other muscle, so use the same set and repetition scheme described above.
  • Put your ego aside and ensure perfect form in all exercises feeling the muscle contract and stretch.
  • Take your sets to the point where performing another repetition with good form becomes impossible.
  • If you are a guy that is interested in gaining some muscle with this routine, do not fall for the myth that supersetting is only for getting ripped and that no muscle can be built while doing it. This is not true as most of my mass has been built through supersetting. In addition, great bodybuilders like Dave Draper and Arnold Schwarzenegger also built their physiques with plenty of supersets.


Also read Get In Shape for Summer Part 1 — The Basics and Get in Shape for the Summer Part 3 — Cardio and Nutrition.


HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.