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I’ve heard it a million different times in a million different ways.
Exercise is boring.
Well, you know what? Being weak, deconditioned, injured, and unhealthy SUCKS! So, what’s it gonna be?
Oh, was that my “out loud voice?”
Sorry about that.
But seriously, there are three main issues with this…
1) Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. And physical activity doesn’t even need to be “exercise.” I’ll tell ya – you can get a lot of exercise during a pick-up game of basketball or an hour playing ultimate frisbee. Plus, there are ways to make more traditional exercise fun and interesting, too.
2) Just because it’s boring doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. Doing my taxes is boring. Flossing my teeth is boring. Sitting in traffic is boring. But I still do those things when I have to because I have to. And sometimes, boring things are not only necessary, they’re worth it.
3) If you’re not willing to trade a little bit of so-called boredom for a huge amount of benefits, then you’re probably missing the whole point.
Having said that, here are 15 reasons why exercise is definitely not boring. It’s time to put the nail in that coffin once and for all.
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Pull-ups Are Tough, But They Don’t Have To Be! Here Are Five Strategies To Make Pull-ups, Chin-ups And Their Many Variations A Little Bit Easier
Let’s face it. Pull-ups and chin-ups are tough. I don’t care who you are. They’re just a really challenging exercise – period.
And get this. Even though I’ve been doing pull-ups since I was eleven years old, they’ve never gotten any easier. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some things we can do to make them a little easier. And the way I see it, the more you and I can do to put the odds in our favor, the better! So, in this short article, I’m going to give you five subtle ways to make pull-ups and chin-ups a little easier.
But before we get to the five tips, here’s a little hint…
Before you try anything else, simply try using a different grip. Some people are surprised to find out that although they can’t do any pull-ups, they can do a couple of chin-ups simply because a simple grip adjustment changes the musculature involved in the exercise. Also, many people find that using a neutral grip (ie hands on parallel bars, palms facing each other) tends to be a little easier than regular pull-ups, too. So, experiment with these three grips – my top 3 pull-up grips – and use the one which feels the best for you.
Hopefully, a simple grip adjustment will improve your performance right from the start. But regardless, you can also use these five strategies, too.
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Suuuuure you will…
When you rationalize to yourself, “I’ll start tomorrow…next week…when I get back from my trip…after that thing ends…when I’m not so stressed out…etc.” I’m pretty sure you’re really just saying “I’m not ready to commit to this yet, but hopefully, I’ll be ready then – even though I probably won’t be.”
What Scientists, Researchers, And Fitness Coaches Think About How Long To Hold A Plank: Including Official And Unofficial Standards, Average Plank Exercise Test Results, And The Latest World Records (Plus, Two Free Programs to Help You Increase Your Plank Time)
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I’ve had a lot of people ask me about how long to hold the plank exercise. And I always say the same thing, “it depends.” You know, on your goals, conditioning level, which plank you’re doing, etc. It just depends. That said, there are some general standards you can use to gauge your performance.
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A Complete Abs Workout Program to Help You Get Ripped and Dramatically Improve Your Core Strength Using a Unique Twist on the Plank Exercise (for all skill levels)
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note: make sure you read to the very bottom of this post because there’s a new advanced plank workout video along with an important announcement!
If you want to get six pack abs the right way – by building a strong core in all THREE dimensions instead of busting your butt over endless, repetitive crunches and situps in one or two dimensions – then you’ve come to the right place.
Below, you’ll find a complete abs workout program that you can use to accomplish the goal of building a strong core and a rockin’ set of abs. Not only that, but you’ll also increase your core strength in all three dimensions, improve your spinal stability, and maybe even eliminate back pain. Those are just a few of the perks of training to get six pack abs the right way using health-first fitness.
How I Achieved my First 5 Minute Plank and Got Six Pack Abs
Awhile back, one of my clients challenged me to hold a 5 minute plank. So, I put together a special program for myself and trained a variety of plank exercises to work my way up to this feat. I discovered that by making a couple of subtle changes to how you perform the plank, you can dramatically increase the difficulty and effectiveness of the exercise.
Now, a 5 minute plank may not seem like much now that we’ve got teenagers holding planks for over an hour, and Marine veterans lasting multiple hours at a time. But here’s the thing: you don’t need to spend tons of time doing planks to get rock-hard, and even six pack abs. You just have to train them right. And a few minutes of focused, challenging plank exercises that train your core in a variety of positions (that’s important!) and constantly push the edge of your skill and conditioning level can go a long way.
Now, I was pretty happy when I achieved my first 3 minute plank, but when I nailed the 5 minute test so easily, well, it was pretty cool. And let’s just say that the changes to my core were visible from all of the 3D-based core training I did leading up to it.
And I’m confident that anyone who is of average fitness and is otherwise healthy enough to exercise could rapidly increase their plank performance from just a few weeks of focused training. And today, I’m going to share a killer 3D plank workout to help you nail a 5 minute plank and get rock-hard abs – in 30 days or less.
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