Best HIIT Training routines for different cardio equipment

 Well my friends, summer time is right around the corner, and if you are like most people, this is the time of year you want to start leaning up for the beach or simply shedding any extra weight you accumulated during the winter months.  Are you someone that dreads the word “cardio”, as it conjures up images of monotonous hours plodding along on a treadmill?  Many people have the wrong idea of what style of conditioning workouts burn fat efficiently, and let me tell you, it doesn’t need to be an hour long mind numbing run or bike ride.  Some of the best type of routines for burning fat, improving your conditioning, and building strength at the same time are High Intensity Interval Training - or HIIT.

HIIT is a system which takes a low to medium intensity work load and alternates it with high intensity intervals.  This is essentially sprint work - a short duration of all out effort, followed by a recovery phase, and then back to a...

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Nutrition in a Nutshell: A survivalist guide to eating clean on the go

“Nutrition in a Nutshell”

A survivalist guide to eating clean on the go…without counting your macros.  

 

The number one complaint I hear from people who are trying to get in shape is “I’m having a hard time sticking to my diet.  I do great then _____________ always screws me up”.

School.  Work.  Travel.  Your in-laws that use pasta as the base for every meal.  The coworkers who think being nice means bringing a box of Krispy Kremes for the office.  No matter how great your nutrition plan is on paper and how meticulous you are about tracking your macros and measuring portion sizes, there will always be potential landmines thru out the day that can knock you off track and delay your progress.  That is, unless you have a solid plan in place to sidestep them before they can do damage.  I’m not worried about the specifics of your nutrition plan - there are many diets out there that will work if...

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Mastering the Plank: build an iron core with this simple plank progression plan

“Mastering the Plank: build an iron core with this simple plank progression plan 

 

There’s a reason why the most basic exercises are usually the most effective ones for building strength - they are easy to master and they work.  What is the first exercise that comes to mind when you think of a leg workout?  I’m willing to bet the answer is Squats.  And just like the bench press comes to mind when you think of training chest, the first exercise that should stand out when you think of core strength is the Plank.  I’ll forgive you this once if you actually thought of crunches instead of the plank, but I guarantee it won’t happen again after I explain to you why Plank variations are the most basic AND effective tool for core training.

First off, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite fitness buzzword - core.  What is the core?  If you immediately said “abs” or 6-pack”, you would be...

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