Blogs about Exercise

Training the Joint Replacement Client

Do you train clients with Hip or Knee Arthritis? What about Hip & Knee Replacements? 

Interval Training and Your Metabolic Rate

The phrase Interval Training is used very often. But what does it mean?

Triceps workout - calisthenics exercises

 The video linked below explains an excellent tactic. I have been doing basically the same thing but with drop sets added in. My own triceps work usually goes like this: Bodyweight triceps extensions, 8-12 reps Diamond pushups, 8-12 reps Triceps dips (aka chair dips or bench dips), 12-15 reps

Convict Conditioning PDF Wall Chart

The short link below leads to a blog post that links out to a wall chart PDF. It includes the names of each step in the "Big 6" progressions, progression goals, and a flowchart. Quite useful to print out and post on your wall or save to your phone. It is based on the first Convict Conditioning book.

5 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout

5 Reasons to Never Miss a Monday Workout    1. You’re more likely to work out the rest of the week.

The Anti-Aging Benefits of Exercise

It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies begin to change. Our energy decreases as our muscles and bones weaken. We may notice that activities we used to find enjoyable or easy are now more difficult, or that somewhat involuntary things such as balance or gait may be off-kilter. Also, our internal systems, including circulatory and cardiovascular, start to work at a less efficient pace and memory and sight begin to wane.

Dragon flag - exercise video

In the video below, I demonstrate a calisthenics progression for Dragon flag, a technical, difficult, and cool looking movement credited to Bruce Lee. Rocky Balboa also used the Dragon flag as part of training for his fight with Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Dragon flag works most (if not all) of the torso, as well as the hips and glutes. In my opinion, the Dragon flag most difficult bodyweight training exercise for the abdominals that I can think of.

Equalizers equipment video

https://youtu.be/sOpXO-AduUY

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Blueprint Training Program

Of course, while this is not strictly about calisthenics, the way he explains shocking the muscles can definitely be used in calisthenics. What he describes is essentially "drop sets", where you perform an exercise that is difficult for you personally for reps then drop to a less difficult one for reps. You could drop multiple times as a method of muscle exhaustion. As some old timers would say, the first few reps are for strength and the last few for size.

More Christmas Trees Equal More Presents!

I have a short story to tell...and then I will make an analogy (a successful one, I hope!):