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IMPORTANT EXERCISES YOU SHOULD BE DOING While any kind of training is better than no training, you’ll get better results from your time if you build your workouts around good quality exercises. In most cases, these are functional, compound exercises. This means they involve lots of muscle groups working together and closely replicate the activities for which you are training.  For example, there is no point doing set after set of hip abductions when you want to improve your strength for running and jumping. And yet, a lot of exercisers are guilty of doing precisely that! Get better results from...

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SHOULD I BE DOING BODYBUILDING EXERCISES? Strength is an essential part of military life. Equipment is heavy and the stronger you are, the easier it’ll be for you to lift and shift that equipment into the right position. Strength also means that many daily activities will be much less tiring. You’ll have plenty of muscle power in reserve – even after a hard day digging trenches. Strength is a very desirable trait.  Of course, strength without fitness is all-but useless. No one will care if you can bench press a tank if you have to lie down for half-an-hour to...

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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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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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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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