How to Equip an Awesome Home Gym on a Tight Budget

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The Definitive Guide To Setting Up A Home Gym That Suits Your Unique Needs, Goals, and Preferences: Plus, The Best Home Fitness Equipment (Including 5 Must-Have Items)

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So, you want to setup a home gym? Good. You’re making a wise choice. But where do you start? What equipment would be best? And what should you invest in first? Most people make the mistake of getting gear that they don’t need, won’t use, or that won’t work for their goals. But not you. You’re smart about these things and you’re committed to succeeding. So, you’re gonna go about it carefully. In this article, you’ll learn a step-by-step system for outfitting your home gym with the best equipment for your fitness goals without breaking the bank or filling up your house with junk you won’t use.
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The Ultimate Foot-Powered Cardio Training Program

What should I do for cardio? I’m glad you asked!

You see, cardio training is one of those things that everyone needs, but most people don’t really like doing. Plus, there’s been a lot of controversy in recent years over what kind of cardio is best – or if we should be doing any cardio training at all. Fortunately, those people who base their decisions on ancient training wisdom and practices, experience, and science have known all along that cardio training should be a priority for most of us – regardless of what the mainstream media and fitness cults are telling us.

So, what’s the best way to do cardio? And is there an ultimate training program? Well, regardless of what you choose to do, the main things to focus on are:

a) getting some cardiovascular exercise several days per week
b) choosing an activity that you enjoy and will be more likely to stick with
c) challenging yourself to improve your performance a little bit each time you train
d) having fun and sticking with it for the long term

Now, there are many activities that are GREAT for cardiovascular training, such as walking, running, swimming, rope skipping, kickboxing, cycling, and hiking, just to name a few. Each activity can be used to provide a great cardiovascular stimulus, and each one comes with a unique set of pros and cons. For example, swimming is very joint-friendly, cycling can be used to commute, and hiking is a great stress reliever.

But given that we were born with two good feet (and not with bicycles, roller skates, or skis, etc.), I think that the ultimate cardio training program for general health and fitness would emphasize foot-powered travel (e.g. walking, running, etc.). And so, let me present my [adaptable] version of the ultimate foot-powered cardio training program.

Who is this program for?
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The Workout From HEAVEN

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You’ve probably seen various “workouts from hell” that are basically meant to DESTROY your body for top-notch results and bragging rights. Many of them aren’t nearly as bad (or as tough) as they’re marketed to be because, let’s face it, we’ve gone pretty soft in the 21st century. On the other hand, many of these so-called “workouts from hell” are downright dangerous and border on insanity.

But what about a workout from Heaven that’s meant to build you up, improve your vitality, and make you feel GOOD?

What would that look like? Would it involve a ton of sets and reps? Extremely heavy weights? Dizziness, nausea, or puking? Of course not! It would likely be the exact opposite of that. It would be…heavenly.

Introducing The 7-Phase Workout From Heaven

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Clubbells: 10 Years Later (A Love Story)

My Thoughts After 10 Years of Clubbell Training (Updated Clubbell Review)

Note: Some clubbell packages are currently on sale for 50% off their normal price. See the poster below for more info.

It’s hard to believe that I have been using clubbells for ten years now.

clubbell review - john sifferman doing swipes with tacfit clubbells
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How to do Inverted Rows with Excellent Technique

How to do Inverted Rows, Bodyweight Rows, and Australian Pull-ups with Excellent Technique to Maximize Your Results & Minimize the Risk of Injuries.

Note: Inverted Rows are also commonly called Bodyweight Rows, Australian Pull-ups, Horizontal Rows/Pull-ups and some other silly names. They all describe the same basic exercise, which involves a horizontal upper body pulling motion using your own body weight as the primary resistance.

inverted rows - how to do bodyweight rows (australian pull ups)

Note: the Lebert Equalizer is a great tool for inverted rows!

Anyone can do inverted rows (or a variation of them), but most people have some room for improvement when it comes to their technique. And that’s what this tutorial is for: to help you optimize your bodyweight rowing form to maximize your results and minimize the risk of injuries.
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