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What is Suspension Training?

Posted on May. 2nd 2011

While I’m a big believer in using the classics when it comes to fitness equipment, something new has caught my attention-it’s called “TRX Suspension Training”.  Invented by a Navy Seal as a way to get an effective workout no matter where you are.

Suspension Training has many benefits:

1.  Builds stability and strength-Do your basic strength moves while your whole body fights to stabilize on the straps.

2.  Portable- fits into a bag about the size of a softball.

3.  Fast-one piece of equipment with an unlimited number of exercises means you get it done and on with your day.

4.  Fun-any new toy is always fun right?

The TRX straps made by Fitness Anywhere, are a critical tool in not only my clients, but my own fitness success.  They are well made and easy to use – I highly recommend them!

How do I strengthen and tone my um….Butt.

Posted on Feb. 10th 2011

“How can I tone and tighten my rear end?”. I hear this question a lot, and the answer I give is “Squats, Lunges and Deadlifts”.  Soon after my answer I will see a look of disappointment followed by another question, “you mean its not leg lifts or one of those butt machines?”.  Let me say this very clearly-Squats, Deadlifts and Lunges will work your Glutes better than any machine can. Not only will they activate your glutes but they’ll work your quads and hamstrings as well, not to mention burn more calories.
The University of North Carolina Research Team Wanted to answer this question for themselves. They conducted a study with the goal of finding which exercises worked the Gluteus Maximus the most. They tested the 12 most common”Glute” exercises. What they found wasn’t surprising to anyone in the fitness world.

The top 3 exercise for activating your glutes are:

1. Deadlift

2. Transverse Lunge

3. Single Leg Squat

I know these exercises aren’t sexy or even fun, but sometimes sticking to the basics will yield the  best results.