Bodyweight Swing Set Workout

Inverted Row with a SwingsetOnce again, you don’t need any equipment, or a gym, to burn fat and build the body you want.

All you need is your bodyweight.

With that in mind, it’s the perfect time of year to get outside and workout. If you have kids (or a dog) you can go to a local park and get in a great workout using a swing set.

Check out the video for a fast workout you can do with a swing set (you may have to kick some kids off first . . .)

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Need Workout Motivation?

Many people have been asking for tips and information to stay motivated to workout consistently.

Well, check out this video, and hopefully it will help you out.

Whenever you start to find yourself not motivated to go to the gym, try to change things up.

These past couple of weeks I have not been motivated to go to the gym like I usually am. Once I got there, everything was just going down hill. My numbers were decreasing, and I just felt horrible.

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Stop Training for Fat Loss

deadlift 300 poundsI kept trying to find the perfect way to start this article, but I wanted to say so many things at once, so I’ll just list my thoughts here before I explain myself:

  1. Most women spend their entire training career working out to lose fat
  2. Many of these same women are not overweight and are by traditional standards — skinny
  3. Our society has ingrained the ideal physique of a woman into our heads so we think we have to look like anorexic models. When in the hell did that look become sexy?
  4. Why in the hell would women want to look like a skeleton, and be proud of it?
  5. Constantly training for fat loss can lead to a negative self image and decreased self-esteem
  6. Sometimes, you just need to stop training for fat loss
  7. Other methods of training can keep you much more motivated so you are more likely to be consistent

Okay. Now I will explain myself.

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Fat Burning Circuit

weightliftingI managed to get some work done over my beach vacation. We recorded several videos demonstrating some great fat burning workouts you can do. Many of them are bodyweight only so you can do them at home.

Here’s a video I filmed that demonstrates a fast, fat burning workout you can do at home or anywhere else with just a set of dumbbells and a bench.

As with any workout, make sure you focus on your form. In addition, use a weight that is challenging . Don’t use a weight you could do for 20 reps if I tell you to do sets of 10.

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The Biggest Diet Secret, Ever!

no best dietThere is no “best” diet. What works best for me may not work best for you, and vice versa.

Do what works for you.

So, you want to know the biggest diet secret that the experts won’t tell you?

Pay attention: there is no best diet or eating patterns. There is no diet that will provide the best results for everyone.

Think about it: what in life can be followed a cookie-cutter format to provide the best, consistent results? You wouldn’t follow a workout designed for someone with completely different goals from yours, would you? You wouldn’t follow the same budget from someone who makes more or less money than you do?

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Don’t Train for Fat Loss – Train for Strength

Train for Strength

I am sick and tired of all this politically correct B.S. saying that women can’t and shouldn’t train the same way as men.

Nope: women should stick to their machines, aerobic classes, and “designated” workout rooms filled with old machines and dumbbells that go up to a whopping 15 pounds. But, if they want to come over to the “men’s area” to use an empty barbell or a bench for some “toning” exercises, than it’s okay. After all, everyone knows that endless triceps kickbacks and dumbbell curls are the best way to get great arms. Right…

I keep waiting for things to change. I keep waiting for women to see their true potential in the weight room. I keep waiting for women to step off the elliptical for the final time and explore the new exciting future that awaits them with dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sandbags, and bodyweight exercises.

It hasn’t happened. In fact, we may be going in an even worse direction.

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The Truth About the Elliptical Machine

elliptical machineAs I walked into the gym today, I saw a sign: “You must sign in to use elliptical/treadmill due to high demand. 30 minute time limit.”

Wow. As I made my way to the locker room I walked past the packed out “cardio” area. A few minutes later I entered the weight lifting room. There was a whopping 3 people in there; all on machines — of course.

Before I continue, I must make a confession:

Several years ago I used to spend several hours a week on an elliptical machine. I thought I was doing the “right thing” for keeping my body lean and healthy.

I continued this for probably a year or so. One day, I realized my true hatred of spending so much time on a machine. I never liked it to begin with, but now I really hated it.

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Lose Fat Without Cardio

Lose Fat Without Cardio

Whenever a client comes to me with the goal of losing fat, they always ask, “How long do I have to walk/run on the treadmill?” Well, they become very shocked when I reply, “You don’t have to even touch a machine. In fact, you don’t have to do traditional cardio.”

Let me explain: people still think they must be a slave to a treadmill (or other “cardio” machine) in order to lose fat, get a better body, and get healthy. It’s just not the case. In fact, there are other training methods that could get you results faster and in less time.

First of all, if you hate doing something (such as spending endless time on a machine), what makes you think you’re going to be consistent? If you’re not consistent, you won’t get long lasting results. It’s as simple as that. Plus, who has the time to spend hours per week on a machine?

Instead of spending time on a machine, I suggest other, more effective, alternatives.

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