Don’t cheat yourself out of progress

kettlebellWe all go into the gym with the best of intentions, focused and ready to give the workout everything we’ve got. But if your workouts are anything like mine, the intensity and ball-busting effort soon takes its toll and, if you are not careful, you can find yourself searching for those little “outs”.

One way in which I KNOW you have let yourself off the hook before is by dropping the odd rep or set. I know I’ve done it, and oftentimes, not intentionally. One pattern where this can happenĀ for me quite regularly is during what my coach likes to call, the finisher; an intense metabolic circuit intended to drive-up the metabolism and improve overall conditioning.

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Simple rules for improving your grip strength

forearmGrip strength is important; in the gym, in life. I mean, you never know when you might find yourself having to race out on a zip wire to clutch the hand of a friend who would otherwise plummet to their death.

Okay, so THAT is unlikely to happen… but in all other respects, increased grip strength is practically useful, like when you try to carry ALL of the shopping bags from the car to the house in one go. And yes, that includes opening the front door. And no, I don’t know why we feel compelled to do this versus make two or more short, yet comfortable, trips.

But I digress…

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