Couples Training: The Tactical Guide

Workout partners seem to be a thing of the past. No, I’m not talking about the bros you work out with, but tried and true workout partners who show up ready, willing, and able to tackle the training ahead. Being in the same room doesn’t qualify. In order for this training partner thing to work you both have to be on the same page with similar goals and similar motivations.

There are plenty of advantages and tactics at your disposal when it comes to training as a couple. Furthermore, training with your significant other presents a whole host of new and exciting benefits.

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Modified Leg Training For The Older Lifter

When you’re a young newbie, you tend to think and act with extremes when it comes to training—bone-crushing, intense workouts coupled with a sense of unwavering drive to perform better at all costs. When starting out in the iron game, novelty and newness reign as you peer through a never-ending telescope toward your goals. It seems that the bullet train you’re on won’t be making any stops any time soon.

Fast-forward. Later in life numerous things change and you may find yourself in a very different place. Family, work, social obligations, and other unexpected occurrences crop up and training takes a back seat, and most likely one area in particular no longer even gets a seat.

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Cardio Doesn’t Have To Be Discriminated Against By Meatheads

Are you allergic to cardio? Does the mere mention of it create visions in your head of long hours spent on the treadmill or stationary bike? Are you already bracing yourself for another article listing the boring benefits of boring exercises? Been there, read that. I promise to be different this time.

For most lifters, cardio is like eating your vegetables; you’d rather just skip it. We normally relegate it to the tail end of a training day, if we do it at all, even though we know it is still an integral part of health and fitness. But cardio doesn’t have to be discriminated against by meatheads. There are ways to integrate cardio and resistance training to reap big rewards.

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Manage Your Fitness On The Road

The way I see it, there are two types of people when it comes to fitness habits and travel. On one hand, you have the all-in types who obsess over every little detail of their fitness lifestyle. They try to stay as close to, or even better than, their at-home behavior while on the road.

On the other hand, there is the other group who cuts all ties with anything resembling fitness, healthy eating, or other habits for well-being while traveling. They see their travel plans as a big, bold green light to eat what they want, sleep all they can, and throw most, if not all, of their caution and good habits to the wind.

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You Can Build Muscle After 40

The 40-something crowd today is more active than ever. And I don’t mean slow strolls on the treadmill, or lifting tiny, colorful dumbbells at the neighborhood wellness center. Many quadragenarians are finding their second wind, while others never stopped. Turning the big four-zero is no longer the beginning of the end, as our parents treated it; with an aggressively active lifestyle, 40 can really be the new 20.

But even as many are finding that fitness is not the sole province of the young, there are a few precautions you need to take as father time has sneakily crept in. Here, you’ll find a few principles needing some attention as you embark on a new era of your training.

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Playground Workouts And Getting Fit Like A Kid

These days, it seems like every gym you walk into is the same. Most will have some free weights, a full line of weight machines, your choice of cardio equipment, and also some sort of “functional training area” replete with kettlebells, battle ropes, bands, and suspension training systems.

For some these can be a paradise—an oasis of training options, services, and a social environment conducive to motivation. On the other hand, they can become a crutch. They can cultivate stagnation, repress creativity, and be an annoying hangout haven for gym bros. Not to mention the crowded times, limitations of open hours, and the increasing restrictions that are cropping up when it comes to “intimidating” other members (*cough* Planet Fitness *cough*).

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Lessons From A Life With The Iron

When it comes to your training and nutrition knowledge, I always say it’s not the years but the miles; the wear and tear you experience teaches you what you need to know. No one pushes the iron for a number of years without a few nicks and scratches along the way, especially if you’re the type who pushes your limits and tests your mettle.

I’ve always thought of myself as a student. Once I started teaching at a university level, it was an odd experience to be on the other side of the classroom for the first time. However, I found myself the student once more, trying to convey formal knowledge, personal experiences, and a sense of genuine interest (for the students and myself). Always learning, indeed.

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The Minimalist Guide To Lifting

There’s a plethora of information out there on how to train, and it seems half the internet is devoted to arguing over which programs are the best. The latest and newest program is just a click away, full of novel movements and intricate strategies. If Hoarders did an episode on the fitness industry, it wouldn’t be very difficult to gather enough material.

Fortunately, there’s been a bit of a backlash in society against needless clutter. The practice of throwing out the excess and leaving only what’s necessary has permeated into many aspects of our lives, from material possessions, to toxic friends, to digital clutter. While the trappings of modern life may appear vastly more sophisticated than those of years gone by, most facets of life have changed little over the years. What we need to live, what can help with work, and family values aren’t all that complicated. Discipline, organization, and understanding are all universal principles that have stood the test of time, no matter how many social media sites you can belong to.

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Get It Done Early: A Morning Workout Primer

Most programs are written to accommodate the everyman schedule, which means an afternoon or evening workout. This is especially true when nutrition is mentioned. But as the ranks of gym-goers swell in the afternoons and evenings, the number of lifters who choose to get their workouts done first thing in the morning is growing. There’s a lot to be said for getting a solid start to the day, while avoiding crowded gyms and crowded roadways. It’s also a great way to open up the evenings to spend more time with family and friends, or to use that post-work time for other pursuits.

Then there are those of us who have no choice. Work, family, or other obligations require us to rise early and train or not go at all. Below is a plan of attack designed specifically for the morning lifter, complete with pre-workout rituals and pre- and post-workout nutrition suggestions to get the most out of being an early riser.

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Workouts For Fat Loss After 40

Is it just me, or does it seem like all of the talk about fat-loss for the over 40 population is all about pills, powders, and potions? Why doesn’t anybody want to talk about good old-fashioned training and proper, balanced eating? It’s much more common to see remedies from the supplement industry making headlines, versus taking the challenge into your own hands and working toward a more practical and proven solution.

The fact is that training your body will have direct and immediate effects on not only your health, but also the aesthetics of your physique. More muscularity, lower body fat levels, and a general sense of athleticism will show through when proper training is carried out. It’s much like a student in school; the more they study and pay attention in class the better their grade.

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