Challenge Accepted!!!

If your looking for that little extra push then our Gym Rats challenge is right for you. Not only does it help you to reach your goals, you can also win a whole lotta cash!!! We’ve been doing these challenges now for over 3 years and every challenge is unique and different than the one before mainly due to the contenders. So wether this is your tenth challenge or your doing it for the first time, its fair game…

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Benefits of Strength Training

In my opinion, strength training is a must. It has amazing benefits that enhance your physical strength, mental health, physical appearance and overall well-being. Over the years of training I’ve increased my strength significantly by incorporating different methods of strength training such as bodybuilding, strongman, and hypertrophy style boot camp. These methods of training keep me from getting bored and help me to relieve stress all while continuing to build muscle. My physical appearance has changed due to an…

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Major Motivators

Motivation by definition is ones desire or general willingness to do something. We all have different things that motivate us just as we all respond differently to various motivations. But what is the since behind it? Our personality traits and/or characteristics are ultimately what determine how we respond to these motivators and what it is that specifically motivates us individually. That being said, the more you know about yourself the better you can identify things that motivate verses things…

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BurnOut!!!

I’ve experienced my fair share of burnouts through out my fitness career and life in general. Burnout will affect everyone at some point in their lives, therefor it is vital to know the signs, and even more important, not to ignore them. Beginning symptoms include fatigue, apathy, insomnia, forgetfulness, anxiety, which can lead to loss of appetite, physical symptoms, increased illness, and depression. During training for my third competition I experienced many of these symptoms. I didn’t realize what…

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Tips to Build Stronger, Leaner Glutes

Do you know where most of the muscles are located on your body? This may be news to you, but it is your back side. Training your glutes, hams, and back as hard as your “show muscles”, like your quads, biceps, shoulders, and chest, will help support your overall physique while giving you an impressive back side.   Tip #1 Always incorporate compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, and lunges. Deadlifts are your best bet when it comes to…

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9 Benefits of Stretching

All types of training and physical activity are more enjoyable when the body is flexible and capable of performing without restriction. We must include stretching techniques into our daily schedules, if we plan on improving overall health and well being. Here are 9 health benefits of stretching: Improve preparation for athletic activity. Warm-up stretches facilitate increased blood flow to muscles, increasing body temperature, reducing muscle tension, and improving connective tissue pliability. Optimized muscle and tendon range of motion up…

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Sledgehammer

The Benefits of a Sledgehammer For fighters and athletes, sledgehammer exercises are great tools to use from time to time, whether it’s included in your circuit training program or as the primary tool you use for strength and power development. Along with developing strength and power, you can also look to enhance wrist stability as well as strengthen the forearms and grip. Grip strength is key for both strikers and grapplers along with the other major sports athletes. Sledgehammer…

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

How to calculate your Macros  It seems like every social media platform is trying to sell us on the newest and latest diet, weight loss pill, or magical teatox, when in reality it comes to calories in vs. calories out. What this means is if your maintenance level of calories is 2500 in order for you to lose weight you would need to eat less than 2500. If you ate 500 calories less you would be in a caloric…

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Tempo (4-0-1-0)

What is Tempo? Tempo is the amount of time it takes to complete an entire repetition. More then likely, if you have never studied it you probably don’t know what it is. It’s the most underutilized technique when it comes to lifting and should never be overlooked if you plan on increasing your strength, size, and athletic performance. By using a tempo for any given exercise you place tension on your muscles, which is called “Time Under Tension or…

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Farmer’s Walk

The farmer’s walk is a great unilateral exercise that helps address muscular imbalances especially in the posterior chain (backside). When performing this exercise correctly you’ll improve the strength of your core, shoulders, grip, forearms, and rhomboids. We also use this exercise to help strengthen the VMO (vastus medialias oblique) or teardrop-shaped muscle on the quad that keeps your knee stable. Strengthening the VMO will help improve your running speed for distance and short sprints. Another benefit of the farmer’s…

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