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CoreMobilityTraining

CREATING A COMBAT READY CORE Military equipment is built to last. Unfortunately, that means it’s often very heavy! Lifting, shifting, and carrying all this gear requires more than just big arms or strong legs; you need a strong core too.  Core is the collective term for the muscles of your midsection. Lack of core strength means the force generated by your arms and legs can get lost somewhere in the middle. You are only as strong as your weakest link, and if your core is weak, your midsection may collapse under load. Just like trying to shoot a cannon out...

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Training

GUIDE TO YOUR GYM BAG You don’t need a whole lot of fancy equipment to get fit and strong. In fact, in a lot of cases, unnecessary kit is nothing more than. That being said, there are several gym bag essentials that may help make your workouts even more productive.  Gym towel  Gym towels have many uses, from mopping up sweat to makeshift exercise mats for abs training. You can even use them to make thick bars for grip training. Most importantly, they provide a barrier between your body and the bench on which you are laying. Using a towel...

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BodyweightMobility

5 TIPS TO INCREASE YOUR PULL-UPS   If you want to beef up your biceps and back, pull-ups are hard to beat. However, for a lot of people, they are also the exercise most likely to produce a training plateau. You hit a certain number of reps and then – boom – you can’t increase your numbers. Frustrating! If you are stuck in a pull-up performance rut, use these strategies to get things moving again.    It’s about to get heavy – weighted pull-ups    As with all bodyweight exercises, the most convenient way to make progress with pull-ups is to...

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Training

What time of day should you be training? Do you have a favorite time to work out? I know I do! But, is one time better than another? Do morning workouts produce better results than evening workouts? Will the time that you train affect your energy levels or performance? Let’s discuss!    First thing in the morning  Military life is all about early mornings. With days full of activity, even if that activity is waiting for the next order to come in, getting up early is an unavoidable part of the job. I'm no longer serving, but I still enjoy...

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MindsetMobilitymotivationTraining

Punisher sessions A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. This common little platitude is often applied to machinery, corporations, and even the exercises you do in the gym. After all, you are only as strong as your core – or whatever muscle is this season’s pre-hab favorite.  But what if YOU are the weakest link? What if you are the thing that breaks when the going gets tough? Chances are it’s not your body that lets you down, but your mind.  In many military situations, the difference between success and failure is your mindset, your ability to...

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