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Gymnastic Wooden Rings - What & Why?

Maximum versatility Before the creation of the TRX trainer , gymnastic rings were the one tool that could provide both a newbie and the most advanced athlete a way to do pushups, rows, dips and more.  All that is needed is a solid support to hang them from.  A wall mounted pullup bar  or a squat rack with upper bar works well, but anything that can hold your body weight can work.  Ring workouts will intensely challenge your stabilizer muscles and your core so it is...

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Don't Skip Leg Day

Not a fan of deadlifts or squats? Running, or sprinting will help build strong leg muscles as well. Last month I wrote a blog about training splits and it sparked a conversation amongst my friends because I forced them to read it. We talked about our splits, the pros, the cons and everything in between - mostly trying to convince each-other the split we followed was the best. During the conversation, a friend mentioned his new training split.   His exact words, "Chest and...

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Training and Workout Splits: What are they, Which to choose, and Why?

Training and Workout Splits: What are they, Which to choose, and Why? What's your training split? One of the more common questions asked in the gym, and amongst gym-goers, "What's your training split?" If you step foot in the gym on a regular, or even semi-occasional basis , chances are you follow some sort of training, or workout split. Right!? I hope so *fingers crossed* Training splits breaks up your workout so that each day you are training a different group of muscles. There are...

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Do you even lift? The benefits of PowerBlocks and Weight lifting

I, James Newman, the CEO of Fitness Town have been using PowerBocks ( believe or not ) since their inception over 20 years ago. I got my first set when my wife was pregnant with our first… At that time we lived in a 2 bedroom Condo and our second bedroom was our home gym. Set of Hex Dumbbell’s 5 to 50 with a Dumbbell rack and a bench and an exercise bike. I was informed the gym had to go…. The bike could stay but the dumbbells were too dangerous to have around our new...

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Keep it Old School with Kettlebell Workouts

  Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell . A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it’s a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. Not only are the moves functional, but the dynamic nature of the swinging motion will increase your heart rate and burn some...

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A Deadlift for Tom Nicholls

By Lewis Noppers Pictured Above: Evan Dunn, a team Canada Powerlifter from PEI, doing his deadlift to thank Tom for getting him started in powerlifting It is tough to put into words the thoughts that go through one's mind when something like this happens to someone that you have looked up to for so long in the sport, someone to whom you may have never truly expressed those sentiments. I am a true believer in the power of positive thoughts and positive energy. Since hearing of the...

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Cybex Bravo Functional Training System

Cybex knows that without training that works with your body's unique biomechanics, you can only get so far. Introducing the next evolution of functional training: The Cybex Bravo Functional Training System. Cybex International, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment primarily for commercial use. The CYBEX product line, including a full range of strength and cardio training machines, is designed using exercise science to reflect the natural movement of the...

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Here's a Quick Way to Improve Performance

I remember in university coming across a study about a group of subjects who didn't do any actual strength training but just thought about lifting weights and getting stronger and their strength actually did improve over time. That shows the power of mental strength and the placebo effect. I don't think this study is talking about the same thing, but it does show some insight on what to focus your attention on during the act of strength training. So next time you're doing a 100m dash or...

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Why Women Need CrossFit

Why Women Need CrossFit Found this article and thought it was worth putting up! Lift Like a Girl--Why Women Need CrossFit by: Amy S. Sullivan Savanna Wilson was bored with her traditional gym workouts. "I was always athletic and did every sport you could imagine throughout high school," she said. "When I graduated I was at local gyms trying things I read about in magazines as well as running on the elliptical but it was always the same thing everyday." Then Wilson...

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Crossfit -- the best workout ever!

Lots of postings on the Fitness Town blog talking about the esteemed "300" workout.  Well you may or may not know but the roots of the "300" workout lie in Crossfit.  I started crossfit training 2 weeks ago and I can honestly say that it has been some of the most intense workouts I have ever personally experienced.  Here is an exert from the website explaining what is crossfit: "CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical...

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