Sandbag Training

Sandbags have been around for centuries.  They were used by wrestlers, strongmen and in martial arts.  In recent years it has caught the mainstream as functional fitness for both the elite exerciser and the everyday athlete. Sandbags are shown as a serious strength and conditioning too.  In this article, I will give you some basic reasons, guidelines, and strategies for incorporating the sandbag in your workout.

It is great for conditioning and increasing cardio heart rates as well as constant integrating unstable movement in some HITT activities.  Dumbbells are stable and sandbags with the same weight are not.  Sandbags challenge both the mind and the body. Another benefit is that they are inexpensive and can be made cheap with homemade equipment or just a duffle bag securing closed.

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Lessons with a Ladder

The agility ladder is a great tool to use for training for children as well as inexpensive and easy to use.  Ladders can range from chalk drawings outside to using a dry erase marker, duct tape inside and sports tape inside a gym.  Kids love the equipment and they can easily shuffle, crawl, jump or hop through each rung as they practice their math facts, spelling words, grammar or multiple guess questions.

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Your Strongest Superpower & How To Access It

Don’t hold back from being YOU. That would leave the world missing out on the purpose you’re here to fill. Do not deny the world it’s one and only chance to benefit from your you-ness. Your job is to be as you as you can be.

Comparing yourself is the quickest way to take all the fun out of your life. Plus, comparing will make you try to be like someone else when really, your inner super power is to be exactly who YOU and only you are. 

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Your Body’s Anti-Aging Workout

Holistic Fitness is your new anti-aging workout kit to survive the new technological wave and future. The workout was specially designed by International Celebrity trainer Julie Rammal, to strengthen and stretch your body naturally/holistically. The methodology was used by celebrities, the royal family, and VIP & prestigious families worldwide. The workout was kept secret for years and is extremely popular because it gave results in just as little as 3 training sessions with over 15 major benefits including its anti-aging, slimming and firming effects.  It offers therapeutic benefits such as removing physical blockages, opens chakras, meridian points, improves blood circulation and your chi (life force energy), your body and mind awareness. How cool is that?

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Rope Training for the Beginner and Advanced Athlete

Looking for a workout that is different and outside the box of traditional strength, cardio, and circuit training?  Try a rope workout.  Ropes are a great tool to use in your training. Ropes are low impact.  They are much safer to use than barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells as long as you are using good form.

The ropes are the ideal workout cross training exercise you can do without placing too much stress on your joints because all the force is applied to your muscular system instead. In just a short time, you can burn many calories more than with heavy resistance training sprinting and high-intensity interval training. So it’s a good addition to your training program if you’re looking to weight. They work both the upper front and back simultaneously as well as the core. The good news is rope training works your entire core from the upper abs to your glutes and quads, both stabilizing spinal movement and applying power from the core.

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Post-Marathon Recovery and Survival

If you are soon running (or have just run) a Fall marathon, you have trained hard and tapered carefully for the race.   In order to stay healthy and injury-free, it is equally important for you to follow a good plan for recovery on race day and in the days and weeks following your race:

Marathon Day Post-Race Activities:

  1. Get your Finisher Photo Taken!  You will want the finished photo as a keepsake later so take the time to wait in line and get this photo taken, even if you feel like you are just too tired.
  1. Keep moving immediately after the race.   Keep walking slowly and/or keep standing and moving, even in line for the race photo!   You definitely don’t want to sit down and run the risk of cramping or tightening up to the point where you can’t stand up or walk.
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The Magical Workout

Yes, finally there is a magical workout- it is called holistic fitness. All of your dreams to tone quickly, look perfect, feel great and be healthy can come true. Holistic fitness has been turning the heads of media, press worldwide because it is: incredible, effective, healthy and life changing. It includes the best of Aerobics, Pilates, Yoga, Primal Movements, Martial Arts, Dance, Stretching, and focuses on re-connecting you back to nature.

Holistic fitness was created by Julie Rammal. Originally the methodology was kept secret for years and used to only train Vip, Celebrities, royal families to quickly tone and get in shape. With live events, press, and the launch of the world first holistic fitness DVD: In Light Of Change, it is now available to the public.

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5 Tips for Improving Posture in Your Classes (and a little science fun!)

“Stand up tall.”

“Shoulders up, back, and down.”

“Sit that butt down and back onto a chair”

How often do you find yourself saying these cues over and over in classes in order to “fix” your participant’s poor posture? Do you find yourself getting annoyed when you have said it for the 100th time and no one seems to be listening? Or do you find ways to dynamically correct their posture in ways that they are not aware of?

Have you ever considered that participants may completely understand and hear you, but that due to limitations in mobility or strength they physically just are not able to do what you are asking?

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Practicing for Marathon Race Day

If you are training for a fall marathon, by now your long runs are approaching 20 miles. It is time to start practicing for your marathon. You should use your remaining long runs (or at least the last two) as ‘rehearsals’ for the race:

  • Meals and Pre-run Fueling – dinner the night before your long run and morning pre-run food should be exactly what you plan to eat before your marathon race to make sure it will not upset your stomach and/or cause unplanned bathroom visits. You also want to make sure your meal the night before fuels your muscles sufficiently for the long run effort. It is best to keep a good balance of nutrients the night before – try to stick with these approximate numbers: 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat.   Your morning pre-run food should be consumed at least 2 hours before the run and should consist of a simple carbohydrate, low fiber, low protein snack – such as a bagel with a small amount of peanut butter. You’ll need to experiment a bit with the pre-run snack to see what works best for you and your digestive system.
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Full Body Exercises – Large Number of Muscles Used

Jumping jack is a bodyweight exercise. It can also be an effective way to turn into aerobic exercises if performed for a longer duration. It is one of the boot camp workouts and targets the entire body. It is a fun loving exercise and can be performed anywhere at home/ gym/ outdoor. Jumping jack is an exercise to use for warm up exercise if done at a low-level intensity. It is also great calories burner if done at high intensity and works the majority of muscles of your body at one time.

This is also a good aquatic exercise i.e. it can be performed by jumping in water where the water is at chest level.

In short, you can use the jumping jack in warm-up training, aerobic training, strength training, plyometric training and dynamic flexibility exercise.

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