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Have you ever enjoyed a summer day that you wish would never end? Labor Day was one of those days for us here in Maine. Usually, by this time of the season, the crisp chill of autumn has set in and I’m reaching for my fleece. Instead, this week has ushered in steamy, hot weather and brilliant sunshine. So, you guessed it, I’m spending as much time as possible outdoors to soak up every ounce of warmth before it becomes a fleeting memory in a few short months. Last week we talked about peaking your performance with a better approach to sports nutrition. Whether you’re at the gym, on a bike, in the water or at home, this week we’ll continue to shed the light on overcoming inflammation to keep you moving.
The Two Minute Bodyweight Workout –4 to Floor
This article was authored by Sergeant Michael Volkin, inventor of Strength Stack 52 bodyweight exercise cards.
I don’t know about you, but I have too much stuff to do. Like you, every day I deal with email, Facebook, tweets, work, pets, family, and so on. Finding time to go to the gym is getting harder and harder each day. Well, have no fear. I have assembled for you a workout you can do anywhere called the 2 Minute Workout that only takes, you guessed it, 2 minutes! This workout will get your blood pumping, increase your energy level, burn some calories and strengthen muscles. Not a bad way to spend 2 minutes!
Here is a favorite combination workout we like to do once a week during late Summer / early Fall. It is a combination workout of weight training, running, calisthenics, and swimming and/or rucking. Fullbody workout in it’s truest form:
Repeat 4 times
Weighted Pullups max
Dead lift 5 or tire flips
Hang clean 5
Fire man carry 25m or farmer walk 50m
Repeat 4 times
Run 1 mile timed
Max pushups 1 min
Max situps 1 min
Swim 500m warmup — any stroke
Repeat 10 times
100m swim sprint
50m easy (CSS)
and / or ruck 30 minutes in place of swimming
For years, I have written about and discussed the fine line between training for Special Ops type programs and over-training. But until recently, I realized I forgot one very important piece of information:
TELL OTHERS AROUND YOU THE SYMPTOMS OF OVER-TRAINING.
Because, you will not notice it until it is too late (typically). Even though, over-training is actually hard to do by just training — it is easy to see symptoms pop up occasionally when your recovery balance is off: Not enough sleep, not eating or hydrating well, and too many crazy workouts in a week are just the things to push any training program into the over-reaching / over-training zone if not attended to.
Come on, you know where the back machines are in your gym right? Well if you don’t, it’s the group of machines that rarely have anyone on them. That’s because people like to work muscle groups that get attention, like biceps and abs. However, those with strong backs will be the first to tell you it is one of the most important muscle groups on your body, not only for posture, but for any type of athletic movements.
We all enjoy different types of fitness, be it throwing heavy weight around in a gym, running, swimming, CrossFit and the millions of other things we do to stay in shape. Too often though, we neglect certain types of training until it is too late. It becomes “too late” when we injure ourselves due to an imbalanced training regime. Lets face it, we all do it, and lots of people do it often.
What am I talking about? I’m talking about warming up correctly, going after certain support muscles (not just the ones we want to look better), stretching, flexibility, and correctly cooling down. All of these things are key to maintaining a training balance. I’m going to explain each of them briefly, so you know what you shouldn’t be forgetting.
Dynamic warm ups are similar and follow those same principles you most likely did in high school sports. This is moving while you stretch and focusing on muscles you will use during your workout. Dynamic warm ups have been proven by a number of studies to actually increase your performance and power (one study pubmed.gov). In addition to that, by properly warming up your muscles, you are greatly decreasing your chance of injury. Some of my favorite exercises for dynamic warm ups are lunges with a twist, knees to chest, high kicks, jump squats and lateral shuffles.
Muscles you might be forgetting:
It’s very common to see many military members and athletes with shoulder instability problems that snowball into major shoulder injuries. This is simply due to not developing shoulder muscles correctly and compounding the problem with overuse. Yes, you might be able to press 100lb dumbbells over your head, but can you do 10 reps of 25lbs of an external shoulder rotation? The same issue can be found elsewhere in the body. Focus on those supplemental exercises and avoid seeing the doc! Lightweight Shoulder Workout
Flexibility and Cool Downs:
Can’t get down into that perfect squat position, touch your toes, or itch your back? You probably need to work on your flexibility. Look no further than martial arts or gymnastics for instruction here; a quick Google search will get you started! The foam roller and a common lacrosse ball are also your friends here. Using these for myofascial release will increase your mobility, decrease soreness and give you a cheap massage all at the same time. Foam Roller Article / Video
Kit Dumph is the Founder of Force Fitness Kits. He spent 7 years in Special Operations with deployments around the globe. The Force Fitness Kit team believes that fitness should be easy, accessible and go where you go. ForceFitnessKits.com sells a complete workout kit that is designed to allow the user to stay in shape wherever life may lead them. Mail Questions & Comments
This week is a combination workout that combines moderately heavy weights, cardio intervals, mixed with calisthenics. Following the non-impact/lift, you mix in a run / pt followed by a swim (or ruck for Army guys).
Also see links to previous 12 weeks of workouts of the week at the bottom of the page:
When the Spartan 300 Workout came out after a very popular movie with nothing but ripped up actors playing the Spartan Warriors, many people started doing this type of 300 total rep workout spread over six exercises of 50 reps each. Here is just a sample of many combinations that are fun to add running to the max repetition circuit OR complete the 50 reps THEN rotate to the next exercise.
Spartan 300 Run / PT
1/4 mile run at goal timed run pace (all runs)
Push press 50 (barbell 50% bodyweight)
1/4 mile run
Kb swings 50
1/4 mile run
1/4 mile run
Overhead weighted walking lunges 50/leg (hold 25–40#DB)
1/4 mile run
TRX Atomic Pushups 50 or weight vest pushups / bench press 135#
plank pose 2 min
You can either keep completing the reps for each exercise until you get 50 total then run. OR if you want to run MORE, you can max rep set / run 1/4 mile keep that exercise / run combo until you get 50 reps. Good Full Body Workout… Optional: Cool down cardio 30 minutes of swim, bike, elliptical, easy.
Ok — this workout is no joke and not for beginners. This is one of our favorite combo circuits where we focus on the following type of exercise groups: Upper body PUSH, Upper body PULL, Legs, Abs, and Full body Movements. This one is a mix of a circuit and a max rep set of the pull, push, leg and the full body and abs are done to your wishes.
Pull, Push, Legs, Abs, Fullbody Max Reps Sets exercise circuit:
Max Reps sets of first 3 (Murph Workout*) — then “rest” with abs / full body each set:
Pull = pullups 100 reps
Push = pushups 200 rep
Legs = air squats 300 reps
Abs of choice 50
Fullbody exercise of choice: options dead lift, hang clean, power clean, push press, KB swings, etc…Heavy or light moderate reps sets. 5–10 reps of these fullbody exercises.
There is so much to learn about workout properly, it can be as confusing as you want to make it. However, there are some simple tips, tricks and hacks that anyone can do to make working out easier and more effective. Below are some simple fitness hacks that you can incorporate today to take your fitness to a higher level.
Name: Five Minutes ON — Five Minutes OFF
This workout will have you doing a hard 5 minute cardio followed by a hard 5 minute circuit usually of 4–5 exercises with minimal rest in between. The 5 minutes of cardio are often Tabata Intervals or increasing resistance each minute sets where you make each minute harder than the previous minute for a total of 5 minutes. Repeat this 5 times for a 50–60 minute cardio / resistance combo workout.
For instance, the workout we created is explained below, but it is one of those that you can create your own using the following protocol:
Pick exercises from the following categories: Push / Pull / Full / Legs / Abs
Repeat 5 times
5 Minutes ON Cardio: *5 minutes of Tabata Intervals (bike, elliptical, or row machines)
5 Minutes OFF Cardio: Full Body Circuit (no rest in between)
PUSH — Bench press 135# — max reps for 1 minute
PULL — Pullups (weighted or not) — max reps for 1 minute — change grips, shake it out, keep pulling for 1 minute
FULL — Hang Cleans / Push Press complex — do hang cleans into push press for 1 minute (light weight). Some opted for Kettlebell swings / snatches as well.
LEGS — Squats (weighted or non-weighted) / Box Jumps / Step Ups for 1 minute
ABS — Situps 1 minute or your choice of flutterkicks, TRX rollouts, etc…
*Tabata interval is a challenging cardio interval where you do 20 seconds fast as you can followed by 10 seconds easy / slow to try to catch your breath. It is a nice thought but you really don’t catch your breath.
Favorite Workout of the Week # 1–8 for previous weeks.
Former Marine Instructs Program That Aims to Move Number of Women in FDNY from Worst to Best in the Nation
While most New York Sports Club (NYSC) members are training to lose weight and look better, a group of brave women are hitting the gym with a bigger goal: to save lives and hopefully join the elite Fire Department of New York City (FDNY). NYSC is partnering with the United Women Firefighters Association by offering free training classes three times a week to women who are preparing their bodies for the FDNY Academy’s grueling physical exam.
I come from a family of patriots. We all support our Veterans, our military service men and women and our country regardless of the date on the calendar or the status of world events. My grandfather is part of the Greatest Generation as a WWII Veteran. My uncles are Veterans of the Vietnam War. I am a the spouse of a GWOT Veteran who served our country valiantly during a career that saw both peace and conflict. So, during a time when we celebrate our Nation’s birth, it seems fitting to also thank those who graciously and unselfishly support our troops, respect our flag, and serve our Veterans. This week, while we’re spending time with family and friends, I want to introduce you to a couple of patriots & patriotic organizations that have inspired me.
As the Military Gets Pickier With Recruiting, showing up to see your local recruiter out of shape, overweight, and/or with less than average ASVAB scores will quickly crush your dreams of serving. During the past 15 years of writing about military fitness, this is not a new problem (overweight / out of shape recruits), however in a period of downsizing, the military has the ability to select only those who are ready to go and fully qualified. Here is a very common email from a young man seeking to serve his country but knows he has a journey to get there:
I want to lose weight to join the Navy however, I barely workout now, and I’m over 300 pounds. Any advice? — Rob
Did you know there are about a million ways to break a toe? Well, maybe not a million but I can tell you that a door frame, an asphalt driveway, or a box of National Geographic magazines will usually do the trick. To say I was accident-prone when I was a kid is pretty much an understatement. From broken toes and arms, to endless bruises, abrasions and sprains, I was always sporting a cast or a splint of some sort. I wish I could blame it on some right of passage into adulthood, but, alas my klutzy nature has landed me in more than one painful situation over the years, like the heavy wedge I knocked into my foot while splitting wood with a sledge hammer this past weekend. If you find yourself exceptionally attractive to accidental incidents, it’s time to learn some simple ways to go from clumsy to carefree this summer.
Ah the push-up, probably one of the best exercises of all time. Who could disagree with that? (Ok, maybe the squat, but the push-up is certainly up there as one of the best!). To build solid muscle and strength you need to keep you muscles guessing, which means varying up your routine and the below interactive infograph does just that! Each silhouette leads to a video of the push-up being performed.
Ever get tired of the same workout products being pushed out by massive business conglomerates? Luckily, with the help of crowdfunding, just about anyone with a new product; or even idea to bring to market can showcase their imagination, and you would be surprised at what you can find!
Never contributed to a crowdfunding campaign before? It’s easy, simply click the “contribute” or “back this project” button, and when the campaign ends (if it reached its funding goal) you will get the product you chose.
This Memorial Day Workout — will easily be the favorite workout of the week for many weeks to come. In the past few years, the CrossFit world has been naming workouts after American Heroes (Hero WOD). This particular workout is called the Memorial Day Murph and was one of SDV Team 1 SEAL, LT Michael Murphy’s (CMH recipient) workouts he did prior to SEAL training. It just so happens to be one of my long time favorites done with situps vs squats to help prepare for the PST exercises (pullup, pushups, situps)
The warm weather is upon us and the skimpy clothes are coming out of the closet. If you always wanted to look great in skimpy clothes but didn’t want to spend an hour a day at the gym, then use the below time-saving workout tips to tone up and look great.
Whether it’s due to deployment, PCS travel or a family vacation, we’ve all found ourselves in an airport lounge more than a few times, I’m certain. Rather than slumping down in my seat with my eyes transfixed by my smart phone or tablet, I prefer to look up and observe my surroundings. Life tells a story when you take a moment to really see what’s going on around you, doesn’t it? A few years ago, I observed a group of tall young women likely off to a team sports event as they had their warmup suits on and duffles full of gear. When their flight was called for boarding, one decidedly petite member of the team got up and turned to get in line. I noticed how small she was and wondered if she had what it took to compete. Doubt turned to certainty when I read the back of her jacket: “Speed is good…Trample the Weak. Hurdle the dead.” Okay, so maybe you’re not that ruthless, but at least willing to take it up a notch. What better time to see what you’re made of than right now?