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Sore??? 5 Must Include TRX Pre-Workout Stretches

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Understanding what exactly is a TRX?, would be critical before attempting its’ exercises or passive range of motion stretches. Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training (#TRX) bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

The TRX Suspension Trainer:

  • Delivers a fast, effective total-body workout
  • Helps build a rock-solid core
  • Increases muscular endurance
  • Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
  • Can be set-up anywhere (gym, home, hotel or outside)

By utilizing your own bodyweight, the TRX Suspension Trainer provides greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines costing thousands of dollars, as it is all #Core all the time.

These 5 TRX stretches will change your outlook on stretching and not to mention, better prepare you for your workout.

1) TRX lunge with R/L torso twists (Strap length: long, facing away from anchor point)

  • Stand tall facing away from the anchor point, feet placed shoulders width apart. Right leg steps forward and left hand reaches high toward the right as to create torso rotation. Hold for 20 seconds. Return to standing and then repeat with the left leg and right arm.

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2) TRX lower Back Stretch (Strap length: mid-length, facing to)

  • Stand tall shoulders width apart, shoulders pulled back, chest out and hands placed palms down on the handles.
  • Depress and fall into your gluteus moving posteriorly as you create a hinge looking like a side laying V (>). Hold for 20 seconds. Return to standing.

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3) TRX hip hinge with offset stance (Strap length: mid-length, facing to anchor point)

  • Stand tall, slightly wider than shoulders width apart, shoulders pulled back, chest out and hands placed palms down on the handles.
  • Depress and fall forward to the anchor point hinging your lower back and torso, keeping the legs fully extended as to elongate the hamstrings and stretch the lower torso. Hold for 20 seconds. Return to standing.

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4) TRX figure 4, R/L (Strap length: long, facing to anchor point)

  • Stand tall, slightly wider than shoulders width apart, shoulders pulled back, chest out and hands placed palms down on the handles.
  • Place your right leg on-top of your left knee line then lower into a squat. Feel a moderate pull on your hip flexors. Hold for 20 seconds. Return to standing and repeat with left leg on-top of your right knee line.

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5) TRX shoulder stretch R/L (Strap length: mid-length/interlaced, facing beside)

  • Stand facing besides the TRX strap. Be sure to check that your interlaced straps are secure.
  • With your right hand placed on the strap slowly lower down through the upper trunk and hips as you allow your shoulder blades to retract and open up the shoulder. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat with the left hand.

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https://www.trxtraining.com/suspension-training

Fitness: Dress for the Occasion

ye (1) By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Fitness Propelled, AFAA Certified

Working out is a great lifestyle and having the right attire makes it that much better! Below are a few fashion suggestions to enhance your workout experience:

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Having been a trainer for over a decade I have seen a lot of “loungewear” being translated into “activewear,” and it doesn’t translate very well. It might sound cozy to work out in pajamas, but an overly-casual outfit can make for a sloppy workout. Oversized T-shirts and baggy shorts can make it hard for the trainer to observe, and, if needed, to correct your form. Outfits that are too big and baggy can get in your way of performing exercises such as push-ups, planks, any twisting motion, etc. As trainers we want you to succeed, and the right outfit can make a very big difference.

Fitness Fashion vs Fitness “Flashin”

I firmly believe that working out gives one confidence and a feeling of accomplishment. There is an abundance of workout wear for every “body.” Showing off one’s accomplishments from their hard work and dedication should be appreciated. But from time to time we see a little too much of people’s “assets.” A fitness garment should be allowed a little “wiggle room”…it needs to get the job done with you and not distract you. A lot of “adjusting” can waste some serious energy J

Expensive vs Not Expensive

The great news is that there is workout gear for every budget! You can find all the popular attire, Adidas, Under Armor, etc. at TJ Maxx or Marshalls if you don’t mind looking a bit. You can also find anything on Amazon.com. I like to mix a good top with a lower priced short/sweats and vice versa. Fitness fashion is fun and can be worn both to work out in or to go practically anywhere. The moral of this blog is that fitness is a fabulous thing and so should be your fitness aesthetic. You are an individual whose workouts and fashion are who you are, not someone else, or an ad on tv promoting the “latest and greatest” thing to wear or way to achieve your goals. Have a great workout !!!

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Include these 5 Functional VIPR Exercises into Your Workouts

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Exercising options and varieties have never been more full of options. Creating new and diversified exercise programs are becoming the norm as people are consistently seeking new ways to achieve their optimum levels of fitness. With all these options, comes exploration, so in this article let’s do a quick exploration on what #ViPR training is. #ViPR (“Vitality, performance and reconditioning”) is that rare thing: a seemingly faddy piece of equipment that actually works. “With the #ViPR, every exercise can become a core exercise, a balance exercise and an agility exercise,”. #ViPR is a round looking hollowed tube with two hand grips on one side and one long hand grip on the other. There are no attachments and it allows for optimum movement sequencing.

Below are Fitness Propelleds 5 #ViPR exercises to get you excited about including #ViPR training to your exercise regimen. 3 sets for 30 seconds per exercise with a 1 minute rest per set.

Squat with ViPR through the legs

11-11-2  Holding the ViPR with a shovel grip horizontally in front of you, descend into a squat with the ViPR through your legs. Then, stand and drive the ViPR vertically upward to the start point. Repeat.

Squat into a double-forward drive

22-12-2  Holding the ViPR in a neutral grip, horizontally in front of you, descend into a full squat, lowering the ViPR to the floor. Stand up and step forward into a dynamic lunge, driving the ViPR forward on the same side. Return to standing and repeat the drive on the opposite side.

Front squat to overhead press

33-1  With a shoulder-width overhand grip, bring your elbows forward so your palms are facing upward and the ViPR is resting on your front shoulder muscles. With a neutral spine, lower yourself as if sitting in a chair behind you. Keep your elbows high as you lower until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Pause then push back up to a standing position and perform an overhead shoulder press.

Lunge with lateral rotation

44-14-2  Keeping your chest up high and back neutral, rotate your torso and then return to a upright split stance, repeating all reps on the same side before alternating legs.

Core rolling ViPR plank and press-up

55-15-25-3  Laying the ViPR on the floor vertically, place one hand on the end of the cylinder and one on the floor while in the plank position. Make sure to place the hands under the shoulders. Roll the ViPR underneath the opposite hand, hold again in the plank position for 10 seconds and then do one (super slow) press-up.

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5 Dumbbell Exercises to Shape Your Back

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

The use of #dumbbells is a fantastic way to train one’s body. Dumbbells provide us with an ease of use, open options on ranges of motion and a thorough workout. Dumbbell training puts us in positions to use our whole body and not become reliant on machines or circuit training. Using dumbbells engage the exerciser to connect with each exercise and focus on form, positioning and the development of strength. In this blog post, I share 5 dumbbell exercises that are sure to shape your “back”.

Complete 3 sets with 15 repetitions of the 5 exercises listed below with 1:00 minute rest periods between sets.

1) Bent Over Row

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  1. With a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing your torso), bend your knees slightly and bring your torso forward by bending at the waist; as you bend make sure to keep your back straight until it is almost parallel to the floor.  The weights should hang directly in front of you as your arms hang perpendicular to the floor and your torso.
  2. While keeping the torso stationary, lift the dumbbells to your side, keeping the elbows close to the body. At the top contracted position, squeeze the back muscles and hold for a second.
  3. Slowly lower the weight again to the starting position. Repeat.

2) Bent Over Rear Fly’s

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Bent Over  Rear Fly’s

  1. While keeping your back straight and maintaining the natural arch of your back, lean forward. Let the arms hang in front of you perpendicular to the ground. The palms of your hands should be facing each other and your torso should be parallel to the floor.
  2. Keeping your torso forward and stationary, and the arms straight with a slight bend at the elbows, lift the dumbbells straight to the side until both arms are parallel to the floor.
  3. After a one second contraction at the top, slowly lower the dumbbells back to the starting position. Repeat.

3) Renegade Rows

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  1. Place two dumbbells on the floor about shoulder width apart. Position yourself on your toes and your hands as though you were doing a pushup, with the body straight and extended. Use the handles of the dumbbells to support your upper body. You may need to position your feet wide for support.
  2. Push one dumbbell into the floor and row the other dumbbell, retracting the shoulder blade of the working side as you flex the elbow, pulling it to your side.
  3. Then lower the dumbbell to the floor and begin the dumbbell row in the opposite hand. Repeat.

4) Bent Over Row w/ Palm’s Up

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  1. With a dumbbell in each hand (palms facing away from your torso), bend your knees slightly and bring your torso forward by bending at the waist; as you bend make sure to keep your back straight until it is almost parallel to the floor.  The weights should hang directly in front of you as your arms hang perpendicular to the floor and your torso.
  2. While keeping the torso stationary, lift the dumbbells to your with palms facing away, keeping the elbows close to the body. At the top contracted position, squeeze the back muscles and hold for a second.
  3. Slowly lower the weight again to the starting position. Repeat.

5) Lateral Raises

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  1. With your dumbbells stand with a straight torso and the dumbbells by your side at arms length with the palms of the hand facing you.
  2. While maintaining the torso in a stationary position lift the dumbbells to your side with a slight bend on the elbow and the hands slightly tilted forward. Continue to go up until your arms are parallel to the floor.
  3. Lower the dumbbells back down slowly to the starting position. Repeat

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Sources:

– Bodybuilding.com

5 Body Weight Exercises for a Chiseled Back

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Body weight conditioning #Bodyweightconditioning has always been an excellent way of training ones’ body, it requires little to no equipment and exercise routines can be done at almost any location. Body weight conditioning often restores our commitment to fitness and makes us concentrate on our form throughout each movement pattern. In this blog post, I share 5 body weight excises that will help you chisel out your back.

Complete 3 sets with 15 repetitions of the 5 exercises listed below with 1:30 minute rest periods between sets.

1) Pull-up

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  • The pull-up is performed with a palms facing forward position.
  • The body is suspended by the arms, gripping something, and pulls up.
  • The wrists remain in neutral (straight, neither flexed nor extended) position, the elbows flex and the shoulder adducts and/or extends to bring the elbows to or sometimes behind the torso.
  • The knees may be bent by choice or if the bar is not high enough. Bending the knees may reduce pendulum-type swinging.
  • Repeat

2) Inverted row

Inverted row

  • Lay flat on your back under a bar, a table or other sturdy surface
  • Grab your bar or bar substitute with your arms fully extended and your palms facing away from you.
  • Keep your body straight and lift yourself up. Slowly return to your starting position. You can make this easier by sitting on your hips or harder by raising your feet on a bench.

3) Pike push-up

Pike push-up

  • Start from a classic pushup position. Keep your legs straight and walk your hands back so you are in a pike position.
  • Your upper body and lower body should be at about a 90 degree angle.
  • Extend the arms overhead so that they are in line with your spine and reaching straight out from the shoulders.
  • Contract the core. Bend the elbows and lower yourself down until your head almost contacts the ground. Press back up.

4) Isometric wide grip pull ups

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  • Set your hands palms down and facing away from you at a wide grip on the bar.
  • Pull yourself up so that your chin is above the bar and hold the position. Try to hold each repetition for the same amount of time.

5) Superman’s

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  • Lay face down with your arms straight ahead of you.
  • In a controlled motion, lift your upper body and legs off the floor.
  • Hold the final position for 5 seconds before slowly returning to the first position.Superman’s

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5 TRX Exercises for a Defined Back

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Starting off this article by explaining what exactly is TRX would be critical before attempting its’ exercises. Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training (#TRX) bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

The TRX Suspension Trainer:

  • Delivers a fast, effective total-body workout
  • Helps build a rock-solid core
  • Increases muscular endurance
  • Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors)
  • Can be set-up anywhere (gym, home, hotel or outside)

By utilizing your own bodyweight, the TRX Suspension Trainer provides greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines costing thousands of dollars.

Continuing from our previous article posted, we are now checking out a multitude of pieces of equipment and how they can be applied towards creating a #DefinedBack. Check out these 5 exercises below and be sure to incorporate them into your “back” routine.

1) TRX Y Deltoid Fly:

Deltoids - 3Deltoids - 4  Builds strength and stability in the rear and middle parts of the shoulders.

2) TRX T Deltoid Fly

DSC_1051DSC_1053  Builds strength and stability in the rear shoulders and upper back.

 3) TRX L Deltoid Fly

TRX L Deltoid Fly  Strengthens external rotators with some stabilization support from the lats, biceps and forearms.

4) TRX Row

Row - 1Row - 2  Strengthens back muscles dependent on the position of a high or low row. Apply the pendulum theory and stance in order to increase exercise difficulty.

5) TRX Supine Plank

TRX Supine Plank  Increases flexibility in the anterior shoulder and builds strength and stability in the upper body.

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https://www.trxtraining.com/suspension-training

 

3 Must Use Dynamic Abdominal Exercises on the Bosu Balance Trainer

imagesBy: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Exercise programs that scream effective are often centered on the inclusion of both, dynamic or isotonic routines as well as stable or isometric routines. Dynamic or “isotonic” exercise consists of continuous and sustained movements of the arms and legs which is beneficial to the cardiorespiratory system. When you couple a dynamic exercise with a stable or “isometric” exercise per say a plank, then your exercise routine’s difficulty dramatically increases. Isometric exercises are performed by the exertion of effort against a resistance that strengthens and tones the muscle without changing the length of the muscle fibers.

In the sixth video of our series of abdominal exercises on the Bosu Balance Trainer, this video emphasizes the incorporation of a stable base exercise paired with its dynamic counterpart.

Fitness Propelled’s 3 Must Use Dynamic Abdominal Exercises

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUUeuNEGlf9yilJ6Yd-pI5XQ&v=1TBbg2PxAVI

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 Sources:

– Dictionary.com

3 Exercises to Boost Your “Oblique”, Ab Centered Workout to New Heights

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

imagesDespite the cold, we are all still seeking a defined abdomen. Throughout our sculpting process we work the rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus as well as the often forgotten about obliques. In our newest video we showcase 3 “Oblique” centered exercises that will help you transform those love handles into a defined lower abdomen. Why focus on “Obliques”? Performing the correct oblique exercises, improves the form, function and definition of your core muscles.

Obliques (internal / external) serve as stabilizers, and are engaged in almost every compound lifting movement and almost every physical activity. This pair of muscle is located on each side of the rectus abdominis.

External obliques run diagonally downward and inward from the lower ribs to the pelvis, forming the letter V. You can locate them by putting your hands in your coat pocket.

  • External obliques originate at the fifth to twelfth ribs and insert into the iliac crest, the inguinal ligament, and the linea alba of the rectus abdominis.
  • The external oblique muscles allow flexion of the spine, rotation of the torso, sideways bending and compression of the abdomen.

Internal oblique muscles are a pair of deep muscles that are just below the external oblique muscles. The internal and external obliques are at right angles to each other.

  • Internal obliques attach from the lower three ribs to the linea alba and from the the inguinal ligament to the iliac crest and then to the the lower back (erector spinae).
  • The internal obliques are involved in flexing the spinal column, sideways bending, trunk rotation and compressing the abdomen.

Fitness Propelled’s: 3 Exercises to Boost Your “Oblique” Workout on the Bosu Balance Trainer

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwykHkwvwl0

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Sugar, it isn’t always so sweet to your body

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

With Halloween coming quickly, I felt it relevant to share a fantastic posting through the American Council on Exercise which discusses the negative effects that “Sugar” has on ones’ body.   Who can deny our societies love for “Sugar”? Shoot, I cannot even deny my own sweet tooth cravings at times. According to the US Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year. Wow, if I were to have guessed at how much “Sugar” I consume, my guess would have been pretty far off. With so much “Sugar” being consumed, this being simple table sugars and high-fructose corn syrup, it is important for us to understand the effects it is having on our bodies.

Let’s examine “Sugars” effects on our bodies from head to toe:

Brain: Sugar impairs memory

UCLA researchers found that fructose may actually damage memory and slow learning. Results of the studies with rats showed that sugar can affect neural connections in the brain and have a detrimental effect on these functions.

Stomach: Increases appetite

Sugar is fantastic at providing us with little more than empty calories that seem to aid us with putting on those unwanted extra pounds. Researchers are finding that the consumption of “Sugar” may trigger you to eat even more calories. This study out of Yale, found evidence suggesting that fructose may actually increase appetite by interfering with the body’s satiety hormones.

Circulatory System: Increase the risk for heart disease

New research is suggesting that sugar is having a big impact on heart health. Certain levels of sugar intake may even double the risk of heart disease. This being from the increased risk factors; being sugars effect on weight, blood pressure, triglycerides and negative impact on insulin.

Mouth: Creates a breeding ground for bacteria

Eating sugar increases the acidity in your mouth creating a perfect environment for bacteria. Increased bacteria can wreak havoc on tooth enamel and cause plaque and gingivitis that can lead to periodontal disease in not controlled.

Pancreas: Increased risk in developing diabetes

After a thorough review of over 175 countries; scientists found a direct correlation between rising levels of sugar in the food supply and rising rates of diabetes, independent of obesity rates.

Heart, Joints: Increase joint inflammation

Chronic inflammation is a contributing cause of processed sugars and other refined carbohydrates. This has been shown to have various negative effects on the body from increased risk of heart disease to muscle and joint pain.

Entire Body: Affects energy levels

Simple carbohydrates like sugar, are processed quickly and cause blood sugar to spike and inevitably crash. As blood sugar crashes so does our energy, so case in point remove yourself from simple carbs and work towards consuming more complex carbs such as whole grains.

We all realize that the transition away from “Sugar” will be a difficult journey, but may this article be a resource towards pointing you in a healthier direction, well, then that would be fantastic.

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Sources:

  • American Council on Exercise Science
  • Registered Dieticians @ Evolution Nutrition

8 Mobile Fitness Apps That Enhance Your Health and Wellness Experience

By: Geoff Rubin, Fitness Propelled, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

Utilizing mobile apps along with your workout regime is an overall enhancing health and fitness experience that will ultimately lead you towards successfully reaching your goals. It quite simple to pull out your phone, which we all have on us and plug in some data that will help us make healthier decisions as we have that “watch dog” with us. If you’re a numbers cruncher then inputting the results from your workouts is key to tracking improvements and it is much more organized than putting down all that you did on a piece of paper and trying to remember where you put it next time you need that data.

Below are a few recommended Apps for you to check out and start using in the categories of……

  • Walking and Running
  • Home and Travel Workouts
  • Nutrition and Weight Loss
  • Client Communication

Walking and Running

  • WalkJogRun: Touted as the “most accurate” IPhone GPS tracker, clients can follow recommended routes in their area or create their own. The app includes walks, training plans, goal setting and pace management.
  • Charity Miles: This App is a great tool for giving back and all you have to do is accrue miles. The App donates 25 cents per walking/running mile or 10 cents per cycling mile to a charity that you choose that is listed on the App. Charities include Feeding America, ASPCA, and Stand up to Cancer to name a few.

Home and Travel Workouts

  • FitnessGLO: Offers guided, on-demand video workouts that clients can follow, preferably from and ipad or tablet. Videos come in a variety of formats using a multitude of different equipment options, length, etc. Accessing the videos are free but a subscription will allow you to access and store the workouts.
  • PopSugar Active: Includes video workouts, articles, and set scheduled workouts in a user friendly manner.

Nutrition and Weight Loss:

  • Fooducate: Grading food products based on nutrition facts and ingredients this app will provide non-bias based information about the food you are consuming. The app also, scans barcodes to display nutritional details and suggest health alternatives. Users can also receive nutritional tips, search the apps database and track food intake, exercise, and weight loss progress.
  • PACT: Who, doesn’t like to earn money, will if you do like to earn a little extra cash, then PACT might be an option for you. Users commit to weekly goals for exercise, nutrition and fruit and vegetable intake; then they have to prove they are doing it by sending snapshots of what they are consuming. Clients can earn a small monetary value of 30 cents up to $5 dollars a week. However, there is a flip side that if you don’t hold your end of the bargain, you pay PACT anywhere from $5 to $10 per missed activity.

Client Communication:

  • WhatsApp Messenger: This app allows users to send text-style messages without having to pay for SMS texting charges and will work on most smartphones with Wi-Fi.
  • Viber: Send out text, photo, video messages, or call your clients anywhere in the world for free as long as they have it as well.

It is with pleasure to be able to provide readers with useable tools for you to add to your health and fitness toolbox. Utilize these tools as valuable additions to your workout regime on your own or with the assistance of a trainer, however, please do not replace one or the other.

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Sources:

– Fitness Technology – Fred Hoffman & Amanda Vogel (Idea Fitness Journal 10/2014)