[Video] How to Set up for Barbell Hip Thrusts

How to set up for barbell hip thrusts | Workout Nirvana

Barbell hip thrusts are a fantastic glutes builder, but you need to keep adding weight to the bar to progress. But even if you’re crazy motivated to build sexy glutes, it can seem intimidating to get under larger loads. Barbell hip thrusts are not for beginning trainees. You need to master glute bridges and hip thrusts in their various progressions before adding weight.  If you’re not quite ready to use an Olympic-sized barbell with bigger plates that roll over your legs, see how to set up using a {Read More…}

A Fun, Full-Body Resistance Band Workout

Fun, full-body resistance band workout

Are you serious about your workouts? Then it’s time to lighten up! Exercising should be fun, and sometimes that means just being silly. Not that we aren’t serious about our results, but letting ourselves relax, make mistakes, and have fun will motivate us to keep going. The workout I’m demonstrating today is a full-body resistance band workout that you can scale to your own level by using different resistances. I love how portable bands are and I always pack them in my suitcase. Grab a {Read More…}

How to Use the Power Rack for Budding Badasses

How to use the power rack for budding badasses

You’re getting after it in the gym and seeing those muscles starting to pop up. You’re getting stronger, too. Good stuff! At this point you might be starting to eye that long-azz barbell in your gym, the one found in the power rack cage and bench press station. You want to be doin’ it, but you’re still a little shy. Something inside you knows you can handle that mofo if you just knew how… or could overcome your intimidation. If this is {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…}

How to Get to Pull ups Faster Using Bands

When I tell clients we’ll be doing pull ups, they’re almost always excited. There’s something empowering about actually raising your body through space using your own strength – unassisted. That’s why I use pull-up bands with clients… to get them there more quickly and reliably. What is a pull up exactly? It’s a compound upper-body movement in which you hold a bar with your hands and pull up until your chin moves past the bar. In this way, pull ups {Read More…}

Workout Tunes without Wires: Freedom Found

BlueBuds X for wireless workout music

Workout music fuels me when I’m crushing it in the gym and there’s no denying it. Sure, I can strength train to the sounds of a clanking iron and idol chatting, but I much prefer pump-up music blasting bass as I eke out that final rep. I used an MP3 player for several years until I discovered iHeart radio (and my fantastic Armin Van Buuren station). After that, enjoying workout tunes involved stuffing my iPhone down my shorts and trying {Read More…}