When you go to the gym, you have choices: machines, dumbbells, kettlebells, cardio…the list seems endless and sometimes overwhelming.
As the end of the year approaches, it’s a great time for self-reflection, especially when it comes to health and wellness goals. Did you hit your goals or hit a plateau? Remember: The body likes variety. Choosing activities that challenge your body in new and unique ways is the best way get lasting results.
Every year, there’s a slew of new fitness trends that promise to get you leaner, tighter, and stronger.
However, this year, the new “trend” seems to be taking it back to basics to align your body, correct imbalances, and focus on preservation—not deterioration—from constant back-to-back workouts.
In the world of fitness, nothing is reinvented…except class mash-ups and fitness trends. (Piloxing or Goat Yoga, anyone?) But a dumbbell is a dumbbell is a dumbbell. Right?
Pull-ups are one of the most superior exercises for upper body and core. Here are 5 top benefits to doing a pull up (assisted or not!)
- Fundamental Compound Upper-body Exercise. Compound exercises are important because they target multiple muscle groups. Pull-ups do a great job of targeting the back and biceps. If you want a V-taper physique, pull-ups are a must!
- Convenience. Pull-ups are one of the most convenient exercises around. You can do them pretty much anywhere. All you need is a bar and your body.
- Variations. One of the best benefits of pull-ups is that there are so many different variations of the pull-up. Each variation doesn’t require any additional equipment than another variation. All you’ve got to do is change up your grip.
- Easily Increase Intensity. Regularly increasing the intensity of your workouts is one of the secrets to building muscle. Whether with a pull up assist (Lifeline Pull Up Revolution or Jungle Gym XT), you can vary your resistances and/or position. Additionally, you can boost the intensity of your back workout simply by adding additional weight with either weight plates or kettlebells.
- No Excuses. Even if you can only do 1 or 2 pull-ups, do it – Practice makes perfect. Stop making excuses and start doing pull ups. One thing that is key is that assisted pull-ups are superior to pull downs. Even if you can’t do a pull-up, try ditching the pull-down machine for the assisted pull-up equipment. Each week you’ll make a little bit of progress and before you know it, you won’t have to use the assisted pull up equipment. You’ll be able to do a real pull-up.
Our "hands on" perspective of picking mats.
Whether you are practicing at home, at the gym or in your local studio, having a proper mat is key. According to survey by Yoga Journal in 2016 49% of Yoga Studios Serve 100 Students or More Per Week…that’s a whole lot of hands, feet and sweat. The hygienic choice would be to BYOM to your next class. (In our humble opinion).
Inevitably your fitness can be distracted during increased travel whether it’s holidays, work or vacation. Particularly as we embark on holidays, not only does exercise decrease, so does sleep, but caloric intake increases which are key drivers to falling off the wagon for the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years.
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In just 30 minutes, you complete an 8 circuit workout that is high intensity coupled with recovery. Each exercise should be done for 2 mintues with :30 second rest in between.
Nothing is more frustrating that loosing your grip in downward dog. And seriously, since when was the last time you put "frustration" and "yoga" into the same sentence? Before you decide to give up on the practice, perhaps you should consider the following items: