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Relax as hard as you train - tips on how to relax and rest Training takes a lot out of your body. It depletes your energy resources and even causes microscopic damage to your muscles. That might sound distressing, but it's actually good news. When you break your body down, given adequate time for rest and repair, it bounces back stronger. This is a survival mechanism – your body wants to make things easier for the next time you expose it to a similar source of stress.The faster and more completely you can recover between workouts, the sooner you can...

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Scaling the Pull-up Pull-ups are arguably one of the most critical exercises in your combat workout armory. They target your lats and biceps, and the strength of those muscles could literally save your life. Need to climb a rope to get onboard a hovering evac helo, or climb a wall during an urban battle? Back and biceps, baby!  Lat pulldowns use the same muscles but are a pale imitation of pull-ups. With pull-ups, you have to lift your body through space. This has all kinds of benefits for your muscles and nervous system. With lat pulldowns, your body remains stationary...

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Getting back into training after a layoff Even the most dedicated exercisers have occasional layoffs from training. Vacations, work or family commitments, and illness or injury can all mean you need to take time off from your regular training schedule. If you only miss a workout or two, you should have no problem jumping right back into your training exactly where you left off. In fact, that extra couple of days rest will probably mean you perform better and not worse than usual. However, if your break is longer – say ten days or more – you will probably experience not only...

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Scaling the push-up The bench press might be the most popular gym exercise for building picture-perfect pecs, but it’s probably not the best exercise for military personnel. For starters, how many have you needed to lie on your back and press a heavy weight up to arms’ length? Unless you are a human APC jack, the answer to that question is probably zero. Push-ups are much more functional than the bench press. In push-ups, your body is the bench. They don’t just involve your chest, arms, and shoulders, they also work your core and even your legs too. Get even more from...

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Mindsetmotivation

Night-time Routines for Winners Prior planning prevents poor performance, or so the saying goes. Another popular expression is fail to plan, plan to fail. There is a reason these sayings are so popular – they’re true! If you want tomorrow to go as well as possible, you need to start preparing the night before. Get into the habit of following the same routine each night, and you will soon find that good days are not a rarity but become your new norm.    Make your breakfast  This might seem like an odd way to end your day, but it ensures tomorrow...

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