Some people think of this exercise as a push-up variation which, while not incorrect, is an understatement. It is so much more than just a push-up!Continue reading “Push-Up Renegade Row – Workout of the Week #57”
In this video, I breakdown the step-by-step components of a great compound (or multi-joint) and functional exercise called the Squat to Overhead Press.Continue reading “Squat to Overhead Press (broken down)”
Here is a simple series of movements you can do at home with a small hand weight or a regular old hammer. Fun!
Forearm and wrist strength is important in daily life, not just at the gym or in the yoga studio (yes, even yoga demands strong wrists). Building and maintaining strength in this part of the body is essential.Continue reading “Forearm & Wrist Strength and Mobility – Workout of the Week #55”
Doing single-foot balance work like this is a great way to not only maintain (or improve) you balance but it is also a great way to strengthen those little stabilizer muscles around our ankles, knees and hips.Continue reading “Single-Foot Balance & Strength – Workout of the Week #54”
This is a quick but effective upper body workout that you can do with any gauge of elastic resistance band.Continue reading “Upper Body Resistance Band – Workout of the Week”
This is a lower ab, leg workout that I have been doing a lot lately. These 4 exercises work a number of muscles but also target the lower abdominals (aka rectus abdominis) in particular.
As well as your lower abs, these movements also improve the strength and mobility of your hips and lower back, which is great for anyone who spends much of their day sitting at a desk.
Read more about why you should Not Ignore Your Core
Tricep dips are a functional exercise that you can do almost anywhere. They are a great bodyweight exercise that builds both arm and shoulder strength.Continue reading “Tricep Dips – Workout of the Week #51”
I went live on Facebook, early one Monday morning, to guide everyone through my current favourite morning routine.
You can repeat it or modify it and do this routine every morning.Continue reading “LIVE Video – guided “Morning Movement & Intention Setting” workout”
This is a simple but effective workout that you can do at home. You just need a little bit of floor space and a pull-up bar… and some grit!
The moves are:
- One pull-up
- One push-up
- One squat
- Plank for 10 seconds (or choose a plank variation)
- Jog in place for 10 seconds (with high knees)
Don’t let the “single rep” part of this workout turn you off – the transitions are part of the workout and I guarantee with all the up and down in this workout, your heart rate will climb quickly!
Before I went live on Facebook yesterday, I did some digging into the history of the modern gym in an attempt to understand where movement and fitness went wrong for us humans – a species that has been in existence since the Middle Paleolithic (about 200,000 years ago) and has risen to be earth’s apex predator – even before modern tools, housing and weapons.
History of the Gym
It was only in 1939 (the year my father was born) that Jack LaLanne (the olde timey fitness legend ) opened what is heralded as the first Health Club in Oakland, California. At the time, these clubs were mostly dingy, dusty, cellar-like places with a boxing ring, a heavy bag, and a few rusty iron weights strewn around the area. This is where (predominantly) men lifted weights or trained for particular sports (not just in pursuit of picturesque abs and pecs).Continue reading “It’s Not About the Gym or the Gear”