Knowing Thy Body: Avoiding Injury ≠ Avoiding Exercises

Nobody wants to get injured, inside or outside of training. It hurts. It dampens progress. And it prevents us from participating in the activities we enjoy. To avoid this costly accident, some supposed experts swear against performing certain movements—you know, the dangerous ones. Which are those? Turns out, none, really. Avoiding injury shares no parallel … Continue reading Knowing Thy Body: Avoiding Injury ≠ Avoiding Exercises

SIX EXCELLENT VARIATIONS OF THE SQUAT (AND HOW TO PERFORM THEM)

No workout routine is complete without the infamous Leg Day, and no Leg Day is complete without the almighty Squat: a compound movement that engages muscles throughout your lower body. What the Squat Works Your quadriceps and gluteus maximus will put in the bulk of the work. However, several other muscles play important roles in … Continue reading SIX EXCELLENT VARIATIONS OF THE SQUAT (AND HOW TO PERFORM THEM)

Six Reasons Cyclists Should Incorporate Spin Class into Training

For cyclists, whether mountain goats or tarmac rockets, one major appeal to the sport is being outside. As a result, few try spin classes—sweating in a dark room with blaring music is certainly jarring for those used to the solace of tranquil roads. When winter approaches, however, most of North America transforms into a less-than-ideal … Continue reading Six Reasons Cyclists Should Incorporate Spin Class into Training

3 Essential Lower Body Movements and the Best Ways to Perform Them

Whatever your training split and no matter your experience level, there are certain fundamental movements that are worth mastering. For the lower body, our Big Three are the Squat, the Lunge, and the Deadlift. Here are a few variations of each worth trying. Squat Squat Form: Your toes should point between straight forward and 45-degrees … Continue reading 3 Essential Lower Body Movements and the Best Ways to Perform Them

Attacking the “Spot Reduction” Myth (And How to Actually Lose Fat)

Many of us seek iconic six-pack abs—and to achieve this, we perform a thousand crunches per day. Others want big arms to fill out their t-shirts. To do that, they do biceps curls until the dumbbells fall out of their hands. Or perhaps we're after a toned butt and thusly start walking around with an … Continue reading Attacking the “Spot Reduction” Myth (And How to Actually Lose Fat)