FITNESS ARTICLES


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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The best barbell exercises everyone should do While bodyweight training should be a cornerstone of your military fitness training, when it comes to building strength, barbells have their place too. With barbell exercises, you can add as much weight as you want to make your muscles stronger. With many bodyweight exercises, once you have mastered them, the only way to make your workout harder is to do more reps. That’s good for your muscular endurance, but not so good for developing strength.  People have been successfully using barbells to get stronger for hundreds of years. They might be “low tech” compared...

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MobilityTraining

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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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 making them much...

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