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I hate the gym. At least, I hate "the gym" as imagined by the modern American health club: the mindless repetitions on the weight machines, halfhearted crunches, daytime TV during the treadmill. Such a sad, unimaginative excuse for a life, when I could be out rock-climbing, surfing, or, hell, even just scrubbing the bathroom floor. But I love working out the way I've come to understand it, and two big discoveries made all the difference. First, I realized that we all live in a kind of Fitness Fog, a miasma of lies and misinformation that we mistake for common sense, and that makes most of our gym time a complete waste. Muscle withers away if you're not constantly building it, and muscle withers faster as a man ages. Not that I haven't wasted time at the gym like everybody else, sweating dutifully three times a week, "working my core," throwing in the odd after-work jog. We're not innocent. Related:  High Intensity Exercise

Best workout routine when you don't have much time | Dead Simple Diet There’s a principle called Pareto’s Principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 rule. What it means in a nutshell is that 80% of your results comes from just 20% of your work. So for instance if you only had a few minutes a day to devote to your fitness, there would be a few exercises that could accomplish most of your workout. I’m not saying you should stop your full length routine for this one. Push ups have been around for over 100 years, They have been used by the military since after World War II. What push ups work. Push ups can effectively work the Chest, Triceps, Shoulders, and Abs. How to do a standard push up. Start on your hands and knees. Variations. There seem to be countless variations of the push up. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. If push ups are too difficult. 1. 2. Raising the Intensity. 1. 2. 3. 4. Pull ups have always been one of my favorite exercises to do. What pull ups work. Pull ups are the best Upper Back Exercise around, they also work the biceps and forearms pretty well. 1. 2. 3. 1.

Push Up Drills for Parkour | Gold Medal Bodies A Case for Competition – Strategies for Engaging in Healthy Competition In today’s brave new world where everyone gets a trophy for participating, and keeping score is deemed vulgar, competition seems to be such a dirty word. Perhaps there are some good reasons for that. Nobody likes that hypercompetitive boor who takes things too seriously and is a poor sport at winning and losing. And who… Open This Article The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #48] – Climbing On Everything Recently, we’ve posted a couple of articles and videos on climbing, and there’s a good reason for that. Open This Article How to Do a Perfect Cartwheel – Preparation, Technique, and Programming The cartwheel may not be the sexiest skill out there, but can you do one anyway? Open This Article The GMB Fitness Skills Show [Episode #47] – Staying Fit At Any Age The types of movement skills we focus on at GMB might look a bit intimidating to people over a certain age. Open This Article

businessinsider Interval Training - Kickstart your Metabolism and Kick your Ass in 20 Minutes I have a confession to make. Unlike this awesome dog here, I’m not a fan of running. I used to run cross country in high school, and I’ve tried to get excited about running about a dozen times since then. After reading Born to Run, a fantastic book, about running, I even had myself convinced that I was going to LOVE running. I’m here to tell you that if you don’t like running, you don’t need to be spending hours a day on a treadmill or out jogging around your neighborhood to lose weight. (warning – interval training shouldn’t be done by people who haven’t exercised before. What do I have against cardio? Other than being boring, I find steady cardio to be highly inefficient: I simply don’t have time to go out for runs that last longer than hour. Now, if you LOVE running and think I’m an ass for even suggesting that running isn’t the greatest thing ever, this article will still provide you with some solid information, I promise. What’s Interval Training? Why interval training? -Steve photo

Could You Save Your Own Life? (This is the second part of a four part series on fitness. Part 1: What Does it Mean to Be Fit?, Part 3: Modern Fitness Standards) Yesterday, I explored the malleable meaning of fitness, including how our ideas of fitness (both reproductive and physical alike) have drastically changed over history. What began as a reliable indicator of a person’s ability to survive and provide for his or her family or tribe has lost its urgency, and becoming fit in the modern world is now a choice, rather than a necessity for reproductive survival. Or is it? Putting aside the potential long-term health and longevity benefits conferred by optimum human fitness (to be discussed later), there are still certain timeless, universal advantages to being fit. You can’t always reach for your cell phone and call the authorities, and sometimes you just can’t wait to be rescued. These are, of course, extreme examples.

Urbanomics What Is The Best Plyometrics Workout? The Question: Plyometrics are a great way to increase leg strength, stamina, jumping, etc. Plyometrics can also be one of the most killer workouts of all! What is the best plyometrics workout? Be specific. What are the benefits of plyometrics? Who would get the most benefit out of plyometrics? How many times per week should plyometrics be performed? Show off your knowledge to the world! The Winners: New Prizes: 1st place - $75 in store credit. 2nd place - $50 in store credit. 1st Place - TUnit "Think of your favorite athlete in your favorite sport and what do you see? This is the ability that separates the elite from the average. What exactly are plyometrics and where did they come from? This led to the creation of the two true plyometric exercises: depth jumps and depth drops. This principle only stays true for depth jumps and depth drops. Effect Of Squats & Plyometrics On Vertical Jump Workout: What is the best plyometrics workout? Beginner Athlete: Monday: Ankle Hops. Wednesday: Split Squat. Chest:

What is Fitness? (This is the first part of a four part series on fitness. Part 2: Could You Save Your Own Life?, Part 3: Modern Fitness Standards) fit-ness \ˈfit-ness\ n. The capacity of an organism to survive and transmit its genotype to reproductive offspring as compared to competing organismsThe ability to conduct oneself in physically demanding situations; to function effectively in emergencies; to display superior body composition and aptitude in matters of strength, cardiovascular capacity, power expression, reaction time, speed, agility, flexibility; to evince generally superior health and resistance to injury and disease In Grok’s time, both definitions of fitness were inextricably linked. What, then, happens to our definition of physical fitness? I often talk about “functional fitness,” or fitness that enhances one’s ability to effectively function in a given environment. I’ll give an example to illustrate my point. That opens up another can of worms: isn’t overall health an aspect of fitness?