Ultimate Booty Workouts and the RCK 360

butt workout

I don’t do many reviews here, but once in awhile it’s fun and important. I have two products to tell you about today: (1) A new book about booty workout routines by my friend Tamara Grand, and (2) an ab roller that challenges your core and more. First, let’s get to Tamara’s book! Ultimate Booty Workouts Exercises to Build, Lift and Sculpt an Amazing Butt  I always say, if I’ve had wine with someone, there’s a darn good chance we’ll become friends. First off, {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Favorite Exercise of the Week and Gluten-Almost-Free

Ab roller

I’ve been crushing it with comprehensive articles on da blog lately, so take a look at what’s been happening this week! Favorite Exercise of the Week One of my favorite core exercises is the kneeling ab roller. This VERY challenging exercise is one of the top movements for recruiting abdominal muscle activity, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). It’s one of the ONLY pieces of ab equipment I’ll ever recommend. It’s inexpensive and effective. If you’re {Read More…}

Building an Effective Abs Workout

Ab workouts the experts recommend

There’s a lot of confusion about the best abs workout and core training in general. Will ab exercises give you flat abs? Should you even train your abs separately, or is that an outdated idea? To start with, you won’t get flat abs with any workout; that’s going to come strictly from diet. If you’re like most people, you have at least a little fat around the middle, and that makes it challenging to see any definition. Don’t believe the crap you read on {Read More…}

3 Ways to Maximize Your Strength Workouts

Maximize your workouts

I often hear people say they want to “maximize” their strength-training workouts. The translation of this statement is usually “my workouts aren’t giving me what I want.” If this is you, you’re smart to think you should be doing something differently to build muscle or lose fat. But what is that “something?” You can improve your workouts – and your body composition– by changing an almost endless array of variables. Here are just three ways to start seeing better progress immediately. Avoid Ineffective {Read More…}

Five Myths About Abs Training

Incline reverse crunch/hanging leg raise

Abs training might be one of the most misunderstood of all muscle groups. The myths are rampant, so today I do my best to dispel a few of them. It’s not hard to fall for these myths; popular media reinforces them steadfastly. My experience and education have shown me, however, that you can’t always believe what you hear, even if it’s repeated over and over. Myth #1 “Abs are made in the kitchen alone.” When pontificating about the best way {Read More…}

Crunches No More! Effective Core Training

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I know people who hate crunches and sit ups, maybe as much as I hate overrated military-style exercises that make me struggle awkwardly (like burpees). The fact that some disciplines use them as a test of fitness certainly doesn’t help their reputation, so let’s look at how useful they really are. I don’t mind crunches myself. Once I get into a rhythm, staring at the ceiling in a trance, I actually kind of enjoy them. Crunches aren’t necessarily bad for {Read More…}