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Why Running Isn’t the Best Way to Train Police Officers

Why Running Isn’t the Best Way to Train Police Officers

Police recruits spend hours upon hours running. Depending on the academy and training officers, these runs can vary greatly, ranging from a brisk 1.5 miles to a will-shattering 7-10 miles, almost always in formation. Once the recruits graduate and hit the streets, however, they develop a new relationship with running. Officers who are more purpose-driven …

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Women Make in the Gym

The 5 Most Common Mistakes Women Make in the Gym

For years, people mistakenly believed that weights were for men and cardio machines were for women. When I started lifting weights about eight years ago, female representation in iron sports and the weight room was scarce. More recently, however, women’s presence in the iron game has become hard to miss. Part of the reason women …

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How Long Should You Rest Between Sets?

How Long Should You Rest Between Sets?

As a personal trainer, I’m often asked by clients, “How much time should I rest between sets?” My answer always depends on the client’s goal. I’ve had clients training for absolute strength, aesthetics, weight loss, and/or improving muscular endurance. Their workouts (or at least part of them) all required different rest intervals. In its book …

How To Pass The ACFT Leg Tuck Test

How To Pass The ACFT Leg Tuck Test

All of the events in the new Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, are difficult in their own way. Especially if you’ve been accustomed—as many soldiers have—to being tested only on sit-ups, push-ups, and running, having to perform heavy trap bar deadlifts, sled drags, and hand-release push-ups can be a serious eye-opener. But the event …

Ask the Ripped Dude: How Do I Go from Lean to Ripped?

Ask the Ripped Dude: How Do I Go from Lean to Ripped?

Q: How do I go from lean to ripped—and should I even try? When most people think of being “shredded” or “ripped,” they envision a physique resembling a superhero’s in a comic book. They also think, “How does someone look like that and be healthy? And is that really healthy?” Ex pro bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman, …

Does The Length Of Your Workout Matter?

Does The Length Of Your Workout Matter?

We’re often led to believe that if something is good, a lot more of it will be that much better. Nowhere is this mindset more prevalent than in the world of fitness, especially when you consider the popularity of things like the #NoDaysOff movement. For proof of the lengths to which we will go to …

How to Build Self-Discipline for Fitness and Life

How to Build Self-Discipline for Fitness and Life

All training and fitness-related goals require self-discipline and the willingness to delay immediate gratification for the sake of bigger, more meaningful future payoffs. But unfortunately, these skills rarely come naturally. In fact, they are actually in direct opposition to your natural inclinations. We are literally wired to be skinny-fat. Once you start training hard and …

20 Ways to Make Your Workouts Harder (and Better) at Home

20 Ways to Make Your Workouts Harder (and Better) at Home

During a pandemic like the one the world is currently experiencing, countless people are stuck at home with minimal exercise equipment. That doesn’t mean you can’t have great workouts and improve your physique. Here are 20 effective strategies for increasing your workout intensity without adding more external resistance. 1. Do Negative-Focused Work The negative, or …

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