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Brad Dienstbier
“Strong people are harder to kill than weak people and more useful in general.” – Mark Rippetoe, strength coach and author Amen! This quote completely sums up my feelings on strength training (and it’s a guilty pleasure movie starring Steven Segal) But I’ve got to tell you I get a little frustrated. You see, after...
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I already wrote about the importance of an exercise program in achieving your goals but if you really want to make changes in your body, you can’t forget about nutrition. At the Bodysmith, we believe that nutrition is the most important component in body transformation whether your goal is fat loss or muscle gain. Truth...
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I’m going to say something that may shock you. An effective exercise program is not always fun. What?!? I know this sounds strange coming from a person whose entire day revolves around exercise, but let me explain. Most people who come to us have a specific goal in mind that they want our help to...
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This week, let’s take a little trip. Destination? Your goals. So, what’s the best way to reach your goals? The safest? The most efficient? That’s where your Bodysmith team comes in. Think of us as your fitness travel agent. You come to us with a destination in mind and we will map your journey by...
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I’m on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, but that doesn’t mean that exercise needs to stop. Here’s a quick, effective workout I did using nothing more than three resistance bands. Hotel Resistance Band Workout Perform each exercise in the circuit for 60 seconds and rest for 15 seconds. Complete 2-4 rounds resting two minutes between...
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We are in the middle of a relentless war. We have become desensitized and complacent. The enemy has crept into every facet of our society, destroying countless lives. There are many forces allied against us, all aimed at keeping us fat, tired, in pain and sedentary. We can choose to either lay down our arms...
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This dynamic stretch is a favorite of mine and one of the best I know. It targets many common trouble areas such as the hamstrings, hips, calves, lats and thoracic spine. Try it in your warmup after foam rolling and perform eight repetitions on each side. Pay attention to your form and do not rush through...
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As fitness professionals it seems like we are always battling the dreaded “Sitting Disease.” This is a cascade of changes that the body goes through when it spends too much time in a seated position. Specifically, the lower body can adopt a “lower cross” posture. This is a chronic excessive arch of the low back...
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The other day I was struggling to fall asleep because I was pondering the sad fact that people don’t know how to use their hips. Ah, the life of a fitness nerd. When your mission is to keep people strong and healthy, you realize that effective use of the hips is central to many of...
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Our members get an ear full from us on the virtues of the gluteal muscles. They are powerful extensors of the hips, stabilize and protect our low backs, and look darn good in a nice fitting pair of shorts. What’s not to love? With today’s workforce spending excessive time seated, these muscles become lazy and...
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