Born Tough Elite Sportswear

Not long ago I was contacted by Born Tough, makers of fitness apparel, gear, gym bags and accessories. They said they had found my site from a link on Fit Dad Fitness, and wanted to know if would test some of their new training apparel and provide an honest review. To be truthful, I thoughtContinue reading “Born Tough Elite Sportswear”

How to Train Basic Calisthenics: A Step-By-Step Guide

In a Nutshell – This guide is for those who are just getting started and/or those who want to build muscle and strength and are not necessarily interested (yet) in complex skills such as handstands, front levers and muscle-ups. This is a summary of my book The Progressive Calisthenics Program for Everyone with video accompaniment.Continue reading “How to Train Basic Calisthenics: A Step-By-Step Guide”

Form Is Everything Interview With Philip and Martina Chubb of Mindful Mover

The most interesting, intelligent and innovative people in the fitness industry are often those who started out down a conventional, unchallenged, unquestioned path. The fitness industry is overflowing with information and a lot of it is bad. More importantly, there is a huge machine constantly churning this bad information and pushing it out over andContinue reading “Form Is Everything Interview With Philip and Martina Chubb of Mindful Mover”

Barefoot Shoes: Why Should I Care? Do They All Look Weird?

For feet, a lifetime spent in “normal” shoes is a little like a lifetime spent with no exercise and a bad diet. You can get away with it for a while, maybe a long while, but eventually it will catch up with you. For feet, this means that eventually you might experience plantar fasciitis, hammerContinue reading “Barefoot Shoes: Why Should I Care? Do They All Look Weird?”

The Many Basic Calisthenics Exercises You Can Do With Gymnastics Rings and How To Do Them

I love gymnastics rings. They are the best piece of exercise equipment I have ever acquired. If you have gymnastics rings and somewhere to hang them, you have a superior gym. The reason that they are so good is that they can be used to perform or assist with just about any calisthenics exercise thatContinue reading “The Many Basic Calisthenics Exercises You Can Do With Gymnastics Rings and How To Do Them”

Beyond Sets and Reps: Density Training (Including an Interview With Its Developer)

In progressive strength training, focusing on sets and reps is absolutely essential. And sets and reps could not be more important. When I first started chasing muscle as a young twenty-something back in the early 80’s, I did what the muscle magazines said that the bodybuilders did. On bench press, for example, they recommended aContinue reading “Beyond Sets and Reps: Density Training (Including an Interview With Its Developer)”

How to Get Your First Pull-Up

EquipmentAn adjustable-height pull-up bar, suspension trainers or gymnastics rings. Alternatively, if you can find a bar that is roughly waist-high and another that is chest-high you will be able to perform the exercises here. If you have a full-height pull-up bar (about head-high or higher), you can use a long towel, two dog leashes, orContinue reading “How to Get Your First Pull-Up”