Other than the Ten Commandments of Training, little is written in stone when it comes to training practices. In this series I’ll be giving you the skinny on various health and fitness topics that are especially up for debate, overcomplicated, and/or oversimplified. So let’s begin by talking about one of fitness’s most ubiquitous subjects: stretching.

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Top Ten Gym Fails: Round I

Posted: November 13, 2014 by TRU in Random

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This week I’ve decided to give the keyboard a rest and just share a few pictures of some gym-goers that are a lot more creative than I am. I’d like to say that what you’re about to see below is rare and hardly happens, but for most anyone who frequents a gym these images are probably all too familiar. Read the rest of this entry »

Moses

The final 5 of The Ten Commandments of Training has arrived. Read the rest of this entry »

Training: The Ten Commandments

Posted: November 4, 2014 by TRU in Fitness, Motivation, Physique

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Since my post on training for an aesthetic physique, I realized I should probably also discuss training in more universal terms. Because whether you’re new to the pursuit of fitness or not, there are fundamental ingredients that will surely make or break your training success…and I’d hate to keep them all to myself. Read the rest of this entry »

Spotlight: Steve Reeves

Posted: October 31, 2014 by TRU in Motivation, Physique, Random

In this series I’ve decided to feature individuals who have inspired and shaped the fitness world as we understand it today. And my first selection is as well-deserving as any. This person has helped define if not defined what we have come to know as the aesthetic physique, and very much remains in a league of his own. Yes, I’m talking about the one and only, Stephen L. Reeves.

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Old School Leg Press

Ever wonder or hear that free weights are better than machines? In this series we’ll be taking a look at various machines you may stumble upon in your local gym and discuss whether or not they’re worthy of your time and the space they occupy. Ultimately, I hope to encourage you to think a bit more critically about why the machines vs. free weights argument isn’t so black and white…since not all machines are created equal.    Read the rest of this entry »

A Unique Way to Mix-up your Gym Routine

Posted: October 26, 2014 by TRU in Motivation, Random

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Looking for a new exercise…a new routine? I am all for variation when it comes to resistance training, so here’s a way to mix things up that’s not often considered: Read the rest of this entry »

Training for the Long Run: Osteoarthritis (part II)

Posted: October 23, 2014 by truworkout in Fitness, Rehab

In part I of this series, I laid the groundwork for OA and hopefully gave you a sense that just because you love weight lifting doesn’t necessarily mean you have to have over abused joints to show for it. Now I’m going to explain HOW to go about doing this, in other words, stay in the iron-game without wrecking your joints.

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It is not my belief that every weight lifter will acquire OA, but quite the opposite if they train intelligently. Read the rest of this entry »

Training for the Long Run: Osteoarthritis (part I)

Posted: October 21, 2014 by truworkout in Fitness, Rehab

Ever talk to a veteran bodybuilder whose shoulders ache just from the sight of a bench press? Or how about an old-time lifter who doesn’t squat anymore because of his bad knees? Well I have, and many of them are convinced that it’s the nature of the beast (or barbell) when you love(d) lifting weights. And while there is some truth to this, a love of lifting doesn’t mean your joints are doomed.

In this series I’ll be discussing various pathologies that can affect your average gym goer, how to minimize if not avoid the effects of them, and ultimately how to stay in the iron game. Everyone has their reasons for lifting weights, and the purpose of this article isn’t to try and sway you towards one or the other, but only to help ensure that if it is something you enjoy and hope to continue that things stay that way…for the long run.

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It is not my belief that every weight lifter will acquire OA, but quite the opposite if they train intelligently. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pottery Mentality

Posted: October 19, 2014 by truworkout in Motivation

 

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Some things in life are intuitive, and many things are not. Some things matter, and many things do not. I for one am not bothered by the reality that I am no expert at pottery, because while I can appreciate it, the fact that I suck at pottery is not going to directly impact my wellbeing in any significant way. While somewhat personal, this is my pottery mentality. The problem is that many incorrectly apply their pottery mentalities to things that ARE of significance; trivializing and/or disregarding a thing of true importance and long term impact. One such example, is the health and fitness of one’s body. Read the rest of this entry »