Scary Stuff

scared - Fitness Revolution RowlettThe stuff that scares you the most is the stuff you should be doing first.

Normally I don’t deviate too far away from topics of fitness and health but I just had a big wakeup call recently that really caused me to take action on something that I have been terrified of for the past 6 months.

What that is I’ll save for a later blog but I realized how this closely relates to workouts.

One of the most dreadful work outs my clients have is when there is a lower body focused day or when we have to work to correct their weaknesses.

We always want to train our strengths, that’s fun, but correcting our weaknesses or areas of improvements is… well not fun and sometimes downright scary! It hurts and breaks down our tender egos that we have worked so hard to build along with our bodies.

Think about this for a second. [Read more…]

No Limp Wristing a Bar

You remember that game “Mercy” that you use to play as a kid? Heck I see some guys at bars that still plat that after a few drinks lol

For those that don’t remember, this is where you interlock fingers and forcefully try to hyperextend the others wrist until the person cries “Mercy!”  Ya, it’s one of those moments in my past and I look back on and go “why…?”

Over the course I’ve been training I’ve seen a number of guys doing the same damn thing but not with another person instead of a dumbbell or barbell, and I can promise you that eventually that bar will win.
 

 

If you can’t grip it, you can’t lift it

I know a number of my clients are tired of hearing me say that but think about it. Your hands are the FIRST things to touch the bar in 99% of the case and if your grip is loose or wrong then the mechanics of the lift will not be efficient and the exercise will be a LOT harder.

How to grip a barbell - Fitness Revolution RowlettLet’s keep this simple and we will use the bench press as an example though what I’m going to write about will carry over into about every other exercise.

  • Step 1: You want the bar positioned in the PALM of the hand NOT the fingers.
  • Step 2: Turn your wrist where they are rotated IN, this will place the bar on the palm
  • Step 3: SQUEEZE the hell out of it! I can’t tell you how many times I’m training a person in their upper body lifts and they are  nearing their max but by yelling “Squeeze the bar!” they will all of a sudden get about two extra reps. [Read more…]

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