5 Essential Cardio Exercises for Men

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Not long ago when I thought of the word “cardio” or aerobics in general, the first (and usually only) thing that came to mind was running.

I really hated running.

After being forced to run while I was training for martial arts competitions, I began to get better at it but I still couldn’t stand doing it for an extended period of time.

…some things never change.

The good news is that there are lots of different ways to do cardio that don’t involve running, especially for us men.

In this post I decided to take it upon myself to compile high quality and results driven cardio exercises for men that I could think of. That way, no one (not even you!) has any excuse not to do cardio.

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10 Reasons Functional Fitness Training is Better for You

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Functional fitness seems to be the latest “fad” in the fitness community right now. But is it really fad? Let me explain in more simple terms…

Here’s a scenario for you:

Two days ago you were at the gym. You had a great workout, throwing up heavy weight on the bench press and curling as much as some people squat.

But then just this morning you were rushing off to the airport and forgot your keys in the house.

You quickly ran back into the house only to find yourself out of breath.

Then when you went to lift your bag into the trunk of your car, you threw out your back.

Does this sound familiar? Maybe it hasn’t happened to you yet, but it very well could if you don’t start training for functional fitness instead of just trying to get big or look good.

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5 Bodyweight Exercises You Don’t Do Enough

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If you had a nickel for every time someone asked a question about training frequency, how rich would you be? Some lifters prefer Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday; some like Monday-Wednesday-Friday; and others like to hit different parts of their body everyday. Then there are questions about other nuances of a training regimen, like diet, reps, weight, hypertrophy, and so on. At the root of all of these areas of uncertainty should be the most fundamental question: what are you trying to improve, and why? If you hesitate for one moment on the answer to this question, then you are doing yourself a disservice.

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6 Ways to Build Better Grip Strength

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You’ve seen them before – forearms the size of legs, bursting through rolled up t-shirts with reckless abandon. There is never any question that the owners of these super-strong arms is a man’s man; someone who can protect, lead, and won’t take no for an answer. Why is it then that most of us train our forearms and grips like second-class citizens? If anything, grip and wrist strength should receive at least as much dedicated effort as chest and biceps: the beach muscles.

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8 Benefits of Early Morning Workouts

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Don’t get me wrong I love to sleep, but as much as I enjoy cocooning under my covers I  enjoy having a productive and fulfilling day much much more.

About a month ago I started getting to the gym at 6am instead of my usual 7:30pm and boy have my productivity and overall energy levels increased dramatically!

In case you haven’t jumped on the early gym train yourself quite yet, I’ve thrown together some benefits of early morning workouts. If these don’t get your ass in the gym a little earlier then maybe you aren’t as motivated as you think…

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The Facts On Creatine and How It Works

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Creatine is one of the more controversial and misunderstood muscle-building supplements of our time. For this reason, I want to shed some bright light on what it does, what it doesn’t do, its benefits, and some of its drawbacks – both scientific and anecdotal. There are a lot of facts on creatine floating around, but it can be hard to find out what it really does with out making your head spin. I’ll try to fix that in this post. So let’s begin…

Take a look at the back label of almost anything at your supplement-provider-of-choice, and you are bound to find creatine monohydrate as an ingredient. It comes in many forms: pure powder, protein mixes, sports drinks, energy gels; but more importantly, what the heck is it, and why do so many strength athletes blindly swear by it?

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