How Suspension Training’s Biggest Problem Can Supercharge Your Workouts

Suspension training is hot right now.

With the advent of tools such as TRX and the Jungle Gym XT, suspension-themed digital programs, group classes and personal training have trended sharply into the popular fitness frame of mind.

But suspension training is nothing new.

Just ask a gymnast. Or, head out to a playground and watch a group of kids horse around on the monkey bars.

Displaying bodily skill in suspension is like showing off a badge of strength and savvy. Not only is it a benchmark for general fitness, but it’s also a helluvalotta fun.

And for the body weight training enthusiast, especially, it provides you with an often-lacking component to your programming. Continue reading “How Suspension Training’s Biggest Problem Can Supercharge Your Workouts”

Workout Effectiveness — Are You Relying Too Much On Sore Muscles?

Did you get in a good workout today?

How do you know whether it was good or not?

You see, there are a bunch of ways to judge its quality.

Just to name a few:

  • Did you break a good sweat?
  • Did you do more than usual?
  • Did you get a good burn on?
  • Did you decrease your time?
  • Did you increase your distance?

Continue reading “Workout Effectiveness — Are You Relying Too Much On Sore Muscles?”

Save Yourself Some Pain — 3 Common Pull Up Questions Answered

It’s not just that pull ups are hard.

For a lot of folks, they’re uncomfortable.

In fact, I’d say that 8 out of every 10 pull up questions I get centre around managing pain while performing the exercise.

If you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Each of us leaps up to that pull up bar carrying different baggage.

For starters, the structure of your shoulder may not look like the structure of your training partner’s shoulder. Or like the shoulder of anyone else in the gym, for that matter. Continue reading “Save Yourself Some Pain — 3 Common Pull Up Questions Answered”

TWO-MINUTE yoga trick to improve your day

Work can quite literally be a pain in the neck. For that matter, so can the daily hassles of life.

Events, stresses, and tensions — even the “good” tensions when you’re working on something you like and having fun — can embed in your body, where they surface as raised shoulders, clenched jaws, and a forward-braced posture.

Leave it that way without releasing it and the tension piles up. Before long you’ve got neckaches, backaches, headaches, and you’re tired and grouchy all the time. Continue reading “TWO-MINUTE yoga trick to improve your day”

Yoga for abs? One simple yoga move to build a strong core

We’re always getting questions about core training on the blog. In fact, building a “six pack” is probably the most highly sought-after physique goal for both men and women.

Our resident Shapeshifter Yoga expert Kristine Fondran is here to show you how
to build those abs yoga-style! Continue reading “Yoga for abs? One simple yoga move to build a strong core”

Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge — Raised Leg Pose!

Think yoga’s “too easy”? Or just for granola crunching hippies?

If you believe yoga’s all about “blissing out” and getting in touch with your navel, then you’ve gotta try our series of Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge Poses.

We’ll start with an easy one, just so we don’t scare ya off… <insert innocent whistling here>

Raised Leg Pose is a relatively simple movement, but when you slow it down it takes on a whole new level of difficulty. Continue reading “Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge — Raised Leg Pose!”

Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge #2 — Double-Legged Cycling

It’s time for another Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge. That’s when we take people who think yoga is for granola crunching sissies and teach them the real meaning of connecting with their breath…

If you enjoyed our previous instalment on the Raised Leg Pose, you’re gonna love this one! Continue reading “Shapeshifter Yoga Challenge #2 — Double-Legged Cycling”

Put Your “Back Into It” for a Strong and Balanced Core

Not many people would be foolish enough to argue against the health benefits of building a strong core. And when you do it right, the byproduct is a beach worthy stomach that’ll give whiplash to everyone you walk past on the sand!

But as you work your way towards that 6 or 8 pack, you mustn’t forget that your “core” also includes the opposite side of your abs… Continue reading “Put Your “Back Into It” for a Strong and Balanced Core”