Enjoy the Benefits of Cross Training

Enjoy the Benefits of Cross Training

Whether you have a general passion for fitness or specialize in one sport year-round, cross training is a great way to spice up your routine. Plus, participating in activities that are outside your comfort zone every now and then is a good way to prevent burnout. If weight training is you religion, for example, why not try a spinning class on your off day, or hit the trails with your mountain bike? “Being a better all-around athlete makes your body […]

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The Mind-Muscle Connection: Your Brain Is a Steroid

Your Brain Is a Steroid

Ask a seasoned bodybuilder for a good training tip and you’ll likely hear about the mind-muscle connection. What is that, and better yet, how do you master it? Using the mind-muscle connection means visualizing your training. The first step begins before you even enter the gym by thinking about the workout ahead and visualizing how you will perform each exercise. What you’re doing is subconsciously preparing your muscles for what’s to come. The next step comes in the gym, as […]

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Drill Coach’s Anywhere Circuit

Drill Coach's Anywhere Circuit

If you’re vacationing, traveling, or don’t have access to a gym, you can still get a great workout. Here’s an example of a short circuit routine you can do with limited space and time. Perform this circuit for 20 minutes: 1-minute jumping jacks 20 prisoner squats 10 push-ups 1-minute high knees 20 alternating lunges 1-minute plank hold Rest 1 minute, and repeat Why does this matter to you? Because sometimes you have to make the best of what you have. […]

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The Skinny on Dairy

Remember those ads sponsored by the National Dairy Council that suggested consuming three servings of dairy a day could promote weight loss? Those claims have changed, thanks in part to a recent study that revealed there is no correlation between dairy and weight loss. So what’s the skinny on dairy? A study published in the May 2008 issue of Nutrition Reviews evaluated evidence from 49 clinical trials from 1966 to 2007 that assessed the effect of milk, dairy products and […]

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Best Medicine for Six Pack Abs

Best Medicine for Six Pack Abs

What is a medicine ball slam–and what muscle does it work? ~Sophie, via email A medicine ball slam is an explosive exercise that works your abs. Here is how to perform a medicine ball slam: 1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and bend your knees slightly. 2. Swing a 20-lb non-bouncing medicine ball back behind your head, drop into a squat, and forcefully slam the ball on to the ground. 3. Pick the ball up and repeat for reps. […]

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Jumping Is Good for Your Bones

Jumping around is good for your bones–especially if you haven’t yet celebrated your 20th birthday. According to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, high impact activities, including jumping, lunging and skipping, promote bone health in adolescents. In the study, 99 teens averaging around 14 years of age performed a 10-minute warm-up that included tuck jumps, star jumps, side lunges and skipping twice a week for about eight months. By the end of the school-based study, […]

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