There are many supplements available on the market and it can be overwhelming and confusing when it comes to figuring out which one you should take. We wouldn’t recommend any specific supplement without talking to you first, but on the show today we learn about two common supplements, Protandim and Shakeology.
Both of these supplements contain natural ingredients and are used by the guests on the show. We will hear their stories and learn a little bit more about what supplements are available.
Also we talk to a massage therapist who helps us understand how beneficial massages can be and what the impact is for our fitness goals.
Improve your bench press and grow those bulging biceps!
These are 2 common questions that we have gotten lately and there is good news and bad news. The good news is it’s really easy to do both of these things. The bad news is it takes time and patience, two things that seem to be the biggest factors in your fitness goals. Now here are a few training tips that we have used in our training that have both improved our bench press numbers and help Drew grow those delicious biceps.
First how to improve your bench –
Let’s break each one down!
Tempo – This means how long it actually takes you to complete each rep. By controlling your tempo you can really feel what it means to control the weight and when you control the weight you can greatly improve your strength. There are two main ways to implement tempo. You can do a slow and controlled movement throughout the entire exercise or you can do a slow eccentric motion followed by an explosive contraction.
Power – This means moving the weight fast with explosive movements. Using a weight that you can lift relatively easy, focus on pressing the weight with power. This will help you develop a good pattern for the move so when you start adding weight you will have a good base.
Hypertrophy – Build some muscle! More muscle means more mass to move heavy things. Simply add some high rep sets into your training, 30 seconds or more per set is a good goal to shoot for this will ensure you’re putting the muscle under enough tension for a period of time that will cause the muscle to grow.
How to Grow Your Biceps –
This is basic hypertrophy! You want to focus on Time Under Tension. This means the amount of time that you’re a physically lifting the weight. Shoot for 30 second reps to start and go from there.
Jerry talks about his 40 mile run and how he accomplished this feat to celebrate his 40th birthday. Jerry give's some great tips on how anyone can do what he did!
Meagan Thomas is an instructor at Pure Barre here in Colorado Springs located at 5262 North Nevada Avenue Suite 120 Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918.
Meagan really enjoys staying active, during the interview she admitted to us that along with her membership at Pure Barre she also attends Orange Theory and she goes to the gym to do some heavy lifting. He fitness world is very well rounded.
We first asked “What is Pure Barre?” It is a combination of yoga and Pilates where you use isometric movements and your body weight. During the workouts you work each muscle to failure while only moving a few inches or even one inch at a time. These very limited ranges of motion might seem easy however, we can confirm they are not. This type of training really uses smaller muscles that might not get the same amount of attention as the bigger muscles and it really puts your mental strength to the test. It’s very hard to stay calm, relax, focus on your breathing and push through the burn.
If I understood correctly… Believe me sometimes I get things wrong, I know it surprises me too! Each class ends with some type of ab or core work to complete the package. Other classes focus more on cardio while others are more strength and mobility based.
These Barre Classes would be great for a stand-alone program or great as an addition to any program. The cool thing about barre is that you need to focus on using the correct muscles, this has a unique way of connecting your mind to your body and will really help targeting the correct muscles and will also translate into positive changes in other areas. For instance, Meagan describes how after she started training with Barre she got better at running without running! I don’t know about you but if I can get better at anything without actually doing anything… Well let’s just say “sign me up!” Also many athletes use cross training to help them in their specific sport or activity. Finally Barre is low impact, this means if you’ve had any type of past injury or you just don’t like all that high intensity crap, Barre might be just what you’re looking for.
Feel free to visit them here: PureBarre.com
In addition to teaching Pure Barre Meagan is also a foodie who loves Colorado Springs! Meagan goes to all of the wonderful local eateries and writes about her experience with the food and local breweries. She has tried dozens of local places and has informed me on some great places I never even knew about and I am a native as well. Before you plan your next night out be sure to check out her blog for new places to try.
Meagan’s Blog: SpringsNative.com
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Instagram – MeaganMThomas