5 Great TRX Training Workouts

Posted in TRX Suspension Trainer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2011 by scstrat

So if you have not heard by now, there is a new piece of workout equipment that is absolutely incredible.  It is called the TRX Suspension Trainer, and it uses suspension training to get you absolutely ripped.  Here are 5 Great TRX Training Workouts that will help you build muscle and core strength.

1. The TRX Atomic Push-up


















The TRX Atomic Push- up is a great workout for building upper-body strength and core strength.

a. Facing the anchor point, place your feet in the TRX handles and begin in a push-up position.  Make sure you keep your feet under the anchor point or at least very close.

b. Perform a push-up, keeping your core tight, and bringing your chest a few inches above the floor.

c.  Press your body back up at the same time pull your knees up to your chest as you bring hips up toward the ceiling, like a tuck position.

d. Straighten your legs and return to first position.

2. TRX Crossing Balance Lunge






















The TRX Crossing Balance Lunge is great for build leg and core strength, and is even great for balance.

a. With your body facing toward the anchor point, take hold of the TRX handles with your palms facing down and your arms straight out.

b. Stand upright, tighten your core, lift your right foot of ground, so that you are balancing on your left foot.

c. With your right foot still off the ground, do a reverse lunge, swinging the right leg behind your left leg

d. Push back up through your left heel to bring your body back to the starting position.  Make sure to keep your torso upright.

e. After finishing the reps with one leg, go ahead and do the same workout to the other leg.

3. TRX Lower Hamstring Curl




The TRX Lower Hamstring Curl helps you build core, lower-back, and hamstring strength.

a. Lay down on your back, placing your heels in the TRX handles and your hands face down on the floor by your sides.

b. Straighten your legs, the TRX Straps should be horizontal.

c. Engage your lower back, glutes and hamstrings by straightening your body.  Your hips and lower-back should be lifted off the floor.

d. Keeping your hips off the floor, bend your knees toward your chest as far as you can.

e. Slowly with control, return your legs to the starting position.

4. TRX Suspended Side Plank With Side Tap




The TRX Suspended Side Plank with Side Tap is an incredible workout for building core strength.

a. Lay on the floor and put your feet in the foot cradles.

b. Moving onto your right hip, support your upper-body with your right elbow and forearm.

c. Straighten your legs so that you are in a side-plank position with your feet off the floor.

d. Then lift your left hand toward the sky with your head looking toward the sky too.

e. Next, bring the left hand underneath touching a point on the ground behind the elbow.

f. Bring your left arm back upward to the sky again reaching as far as you can.

g. After finishing your reps on one side, switch to the other side.

5. TRX Suspended Lunge






















The TRX Suspended Lunge is great for building leg strength.

a. Stand facing away from the anchor point, place your left toes into the foot cradles

b. Adjust your distance away from the anchor point by hoping on your right foot and until you feel a slight stretch in your left leg.

c. Making sure that you are standing straight and with the weight evenly distributed between your legs, lower your body into a deep lunge.  Bring your right knee to a 90 degree angle and bring your left knee back till it almost touches the ground behind you.

d. Keep your torso straight, push through your right heel and the top of your left foot and stand back up to the starting position.

e. After you are done with the left leg move onto the right.

For more information on the TRX Straps or for buying the TRX suspension trainer, visit http://www.AskTheFitnessDude.com

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Running Shoes Are Important

Posted in P90x on February 6, 2010 by scstrat

Lets face it; there are a lot of running shoes out there. There are cheaper ones and the more expensive ones. Is there really a difference in the type of running shoe you get? Is there really a big difference between your average priced and more expensive running shoe?

This may come as a disappointment, but there actually is a difference between your average shoe and the higher end shoe. I would love to tell you, that you could go out and buy a pair of 30-dollar shoes and get the same benefits as a shoe that cost around 100 dollars, but that is just not the case. There is a reason why those higher end shoes cost more, because they work.

The right type of shoe can help you knees and your aches and pains. When we have cheap or the incorrect shoes, we can overpronate or underpronate. Most of your average shoes do not take into affect the over or underpronation. Getting the wrong style can cause wear and tear on your muscles and ligaments. So it is important to get the right type for your foot.

So how do you know what shoe is good for you? Well, you should probably go to a specialized running store, they can analyze your running style and see if you are overpronating or underpronating, they apply the proper shoe to fix the problem. There are motion control shoes, neutral shoes, and shoes for high arches. You will definitely find the right shoe if you go to an expert shoe store.

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Incredible In-Home Workouts

Posted in Chalean extreme, insanity workout, P90x with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2010 by scstrat

If you are just plain confused on how to target your abs, then you should try using some of these in home workout routines. These abdominal workout routines are definitely advanced, so they are not for everyone. If you are looking into getting six-pack abs, then you might want to try one of these insane workouts.

The ChaLean Extreme

ChaLean extreme has a couple of abdominal workouts that will help burn away that excess fat and reveal your abs. ChaLean Extreme has an Ab burner and Extreme abs workout. The reason why these workouts are great is because they incorporate dumbbells into the abdominal routine. The exercises are unique and challenge every region of your abs.

Insanity With Shaun T

This is a new workout that is going to take off like a rocket ship. You might have heard of Shaun T’s Hip Hop Abs, well the Insanity workout is going to blow Hip Hop Abs out of the water. Shaun T’s Insanity is going to be his best and most intense workout yet. This is the type of workouts that professional athletes use to get their bodies and abs into shape. You will experience some great core workouts and speed up your metabolism for some great looking abs.

Those are just a couple of workouts to try, but whatever workout you end up doing, make sure that you target every part of your abdominal region. Rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, and transverse abdominis, if you want six-pack abs then you must target everyone of these areas, and eat healthy.

What is Plyometric Training?

Posted in P90x with tags , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by scstrat

So what is Plyometric training? How can it improve your workouts? First you need to know that Plyometrics is not a new idea, plyometrics has been used ever since the early 1970’s. So you do not need to worry about if plyometrics has been tried and tested, because it has. Plyometrics does work, and it can provide you with some great exercises and variety to your workout routine. Plyometrics is also known as “jump training.” Why do you need jump training? Well, maybe you don’t! But if you are involved with any type of sport, then plyometrics is something you will definitely want to look at.

Plyometrics not only helps for jump training, it also helps with quickness and foot speed. That is something every athlete wants and needs. In basketball you need quick feet, in football you need quick feet, even in baseball. If you play volleyball, plyometrics will help you jump higher and stronger.

Plyometrics trains your muscles to react quickly, and also teaches the nervous to relay the message to your muscles quickly too. It will definitely give you the edge you need to beat the opposing force. Even if you are not training for any sport, plyometrics can give a much-needed variety to your weekly workout routine. Many times workouts can get boring and repiticous, if you add plyometric training to your workout routines, it can help add an element of fun to your exercises. The workouts are difficult but are fun too, you will be doing workouts that world class athletes do, and who doesn’t want to do those?

Do you know your fitness level?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by scstrat

You made your resolution to get in shape, you have even found an exercise program that you like, but where exactly do you start? One of the first things that you should do is to find out what your current fitness level is. This is important, because you want to make sure that you increase at a healthy rate to prevent injury. There are several ways to test your fitness level.

Upper Body Strength
A great way to test upper body strength is by using the push-up. Men should use the traditional military style push-up, while women can use the bent-knee position. To perform the test, do as many push-ups as you can, and count them as you are going. The average number of push-ups is listed below:

Women			Men

Age 20-29: 17-33	Age 20-29: 35-44

Age 30-39: 12-24	Age 30-39: 24-34

Age 40-49: 8-19		Age 40-49: 20-29

Age 50-59: 6-14		Age 50-59: 15-24

Age 60+:  3-4		Age 60+:  10-19

Aerobic Activity
A great way to test your aerobic fitness level is the 12 minute test. To perform this test, warm up properly then cover as much distance as you can in 12 minutes. You may walk, run, or jog. When your 12 minutes are up, record your distance. Below are the average results for the number of miles covered:

Women			Men

Age 20-29: 1.33		Age 20-29: 1.54

Age 30-39: 1.27		Age 30-39: 1.49

Age 40-49: 1.21		Age 40-49: 1.42

Age 50-59: 1.13		Age 50-59: 1.33

Age 60+:  1.07		Age 60+:  1.24

There are several other tests to check your fitness level, some of which can be performed by a trainer or physician. If your numbers are below the averages above, set your goal to the average and work towards that. When you have reached that goal, move to a higher one.

Slim in six and the Shun T Insanity workout are great workouts for you to test your fitness levels on.

Changing your body with the Insanity workout

Posted in insanity workout with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by scstrat

If there was ever a workout that could change your body and mind forever, it is Shaun T Insanity workout. It uses extreme cardio workouts to help shape your body, strengthen your mind and get your heart rate pumping so you can live a healthier life. The Shaun T Insanity workout does not use equipment; there are no dumbbells, resistance bands, or weighted gloves. All that is required is the weight of your own body and a desire to push yourself to the limits.

But how can you make your workout more affective?

The Insanity workout will be far more affective if you read the nutrition plan. The Nutrition guide is where you are going to find the keys to a healthy life. You will find the foods you should be eating to give you the energy to complete the workouts and the foods you should be eating to keep off any unwanted pounds. Food is not the enemy it is the ally, food is what will help you accelerate the changes in your body. You will also learn why it is important to eat healthy, because we all know if we do not fully understand something, we sometimes tend to ignore it.

Shaun T Insanity “does work”, and you will lose weight and get toned, but if you are serious about living a long life, then you will use all the resources that the Shaun T Insanity workout has to offer. Shaun T’s insanity workout is a very extreme program, so make sure you consult your doctor before doing it.

5 Reasons You Should Not Ignore Dumbbells

Posted in P90x with tags , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by scstrat

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It might be time to think about letting go of the barbell and start picking up the dumbbells more. I have always been a barbell type of person since I started lifting weights back in high school, but recently I have started working out with dumbbells and I have been challenged more and pushed more. I was so surprised from the change in difficulty, I actually felt a little embarrassed because I could not lift as much with the dumbbells than I could with the barbell, and I felt weak. But that experience helped me to rethink the way I was working out. Was it more important to me to do exercises I was familiar and comfortable with, or was it more important to me to actually challenge myself more, even if it does mean to step out of my comfort zone? But here are five different reasons why we should all decide to give dumbbells a fighting chance.

1. You can do full body workouts – That is right, dumbbells are not just for the arms, you can focus on your core, and they are great for abdominal routines. You can perform lunges, leg workouts, and even target your back.

2. Greater range of motion – Greater range means you can build more strength. With a barbell, especially with chest workouts, the bar limits you when you hit your chest. Dumbbells allow you to go lower than your chest. Why is that important? You will use more muscle fiber, resulting in stronger muscles.

3. You can beat the workout plateau – A workout plateau happens when your muscles have adapted to your workout plan, and you no longer see results, or achieve little results. This plateau time can be very frustrating and many people actually give up on their workouts because of it. But dumbbells can help you blast through that plateau; because there are so many different ways you can use them for just one area of the body. If you are able to mix it up the more successful you will be.

4. Help you stabilize – When you use dumbbells you have to fight to stabilize them, you will become more balanced, and because you are fighting to stabilize you workout all those little muscles that do not normally get worked out from a barbell routine.

5. They are practical – If you have a great set of dumbbells at home, you can use them whenever you have the chance, and since they can give you a full body workout, you do not need a huge piece of equipment in your house that takes up a whole room. You might have to pay some money at first for a nice set, but there are no expiration dates on these, and they are easy to store away.

There are many other reasons to go for the dumbbells, because of the wide variety of dumbbell workouts on the Internet and there have been some in home workout DVD’s that have been released that specialize in dumbbell exercises. The P90x workout and the Tony Horton 10 minute trainer are great workout DVDs.