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Buns of Steel | How To Build A Bum Like Pippa Middleton


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Pippa Middleton BumPippa Middleton’s rear end has gained a ton of publicity recently after it stole the show from her sister at the royal wedding.  Her now semi-royal asset even has it’s own Facebook page.  Not only that, it has men around the world gawking and women either jealous or looking for her workout routines.  Well, I’ve got good and bad news for you ladies out there who want a bum like Pippa Middleton. Read the rest of this entry »

Back To Basics | Bodyweight Workout Fundamentals


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Back To Basics | Bodyweight Workout FundamentalsSo here we are at the end of another fun-filled week.  If the impending apocalypse that’s hitting the news outlets comes tomorrow, there’s not much point in any of this, but I feel pretty secure that we will all be just fine come Sunday morning.  Therefore, let’s get on with it.

Monday we covered fundamental stretching, Wednesday we discussed the 7 most fundamental exercises, and today, we’re going to look at how to structure your exercises to get the most out of them and build your own customized routine for maximum results in minimal time. Read the rest of this entry »

Back To Basics | Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises


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Back To Basics | Fundamental Bodyweight ExercisesAs you already know from Monday’s post, we are taking it back this week to the very basics and fundamentals of bodyweight exercise.  This will serve two purposes.  First to give everyone a refresher on why we do things the way we do, and second to bring our newer community members up to speed.  So, today, we’re going to look at the seven most fundamental bodyweight exercises and their purposes.  Don’t jump the gun on this one.  These seven exercises build the foundation for all the others.  Remember, these are the fundamentals, not the advanced stuff.  The advanced stuff is coming in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

Back To Basics | Fundamentals of Stretching


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This week, we’re going to take it back to the fundamentals.  After a while we tend to forget what we learned in the beginning.  Our form gets sloppy and our workouts ineffective.  Therefore, I like to take a week every once in a while to step back and hold a refresher of sorts to make sure we don’t forget the fundamentals of bodyweight training.  Plus, there are always newer folks just joining the community who need to learn the basics before moving the the more advanced bodyweight exercises. Read the rest of this entry »

What is the best time of day for working out?


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working out in the morningSeriously, I don’t know why this question gets asked so much. There is really no cut-and-dried answer, nor a single solution for all people. The time of day you work out has more to do with your personal schedule than it does with workout type or effectiveness. It’s really up to you to decide when you will be most effective at your workout, rather than your workout being effective for you at any given time of day.

Back when I was in Iraq, we used to do cardio in the early morning and strength training before lunch. That was before I started using bodyweight exercise as a workout staple. Now, I prefer to do it all before breakfast, the baby wakes up and I have to start work. I find that it gives me more energy throughout the day and improves my mental focus, especially in the early afternoon right after lunch. I really tend to fade at that time. But, I’m a morning person and getting an early start on the day makes me happy. Read the rest of this entry »

How Important Is Diet To Weight Loss?


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How Important Is Diet To Weight LossWell, it all depends on how you look at it. In order to lose weight you have to do one of two things. You either have to burn more energy than you take in or you have to take in less energy than you burn. It’s that simple. Good nutrition is essential to being healthy and fit. How you achieve that good nutrition has as many options as there are stars in the night sky. Today, we’ll look at just one method, one that is shown to work for countless people around the world. Read the rest of this entry »