Active-Isolated Stretching Part 2 – Calfs, Hamstrings, & I-T Band

This is part two of my AIS stretching series. Same info as the last post a few new stretches though.
 
This video will show you a type of stretching called AIS or Active Isolated Stretching. It’s a form of stretching that you’ve probably never used or seen before. What’s great about this kind of stretching is that you can actually see and feel a difference after doing it just one time. Of course you should do it on a regular basis to really get meaningful lasting results.
 

I promise you this; If you utilize AIS every day for the next 30 days you’ll feel like you have a new pair of legs!! The only way you’re going to find out if I’m right is to fully commit and try it.
 

Active-Isolated Stretching Part 1 – Glutes, Hamstrings, & Quads

This video will show you a type of stretching called AIS or Active Isolated Stretching. It’s a form of stretching that you’ve probably never used or seen before. What’s great about this kind of stretching is that you can actually see and feel a difference after doing it just one time. Of course you should do it on a regular basis to really get meaningful lasting results.
 

I promise you this; If you utilize AIS every day for the next 30 days you’ll feel like you have a new pair of legs!! The only way you’re going to find out if I’m right is to fully commit and try it.
 

If you want more info on AIS stretching these guys do such an awesome job of explaining it and they also show you some AIS stretches for shoulder issues.
http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2010/08/19/failure-to-include-this-will-sabotage-your-exercise-program.aspx”>
 

If you have any questions you can either comment on the post or email me at jpcrimi@yahoo.com

Gym In A Bag

It’s pretty much exactly what the title says. “Gym in A Bag”
This is a great alternative to getting a gym membership especially if you live somewhere with great weather, have a spare room or maybe this is the motivation you finally needed to clean out the garage.
 
It used to be that you had to go into a gym to get a good workout but that’s just not the case anymore. People are doing more functional total body exercises because they can burn more calories than the old fashion weight machine workout.
 
What most people don’t realize is that machines were created by bodybuilders in the fifties and sixties to isolate certain muscle groups and build esthetic muscle (Looks good but doesn’t really do much). In reality, your body doesn’t move and function in isolation -it uses a bunch of different muscle groups at once.
I started out lifting weights in a gym too. I looked and felt super strong (in the gym) but I could barely lift a TV set up the stairs. WHY?…because I had never worked my arms while using my chest, legs, arms and core all at the same time. I looked great but I was functionally weak. Almost all the pieces you see in this video incorporate the entire body or at least several muscle group. This forces you to burn more calories and be functionally strong. Oh yeah…and looking great is a by-product of it.
 

 
Equipment list:
TRX
Battle Rope-I use a blue 1.5 inch economy rope in the video.
Slam Ball, Mat, Sandbag, Resistance bands, And Large Carry Bag was actually bought at Army & Navy Surplus store.
 
There’s a lot of other great equipment you can add that I don’t show in the video. Such as a Jump Rope, Agility ladder, Dyno Disks, Foam Roller, etc etc.
 
Don’t be afraid to email me with any questions you might have.
 
All the equipment can be found by clicking on the Perform Better picture below:
 


2 Easy Stretches For A Sore Or Tight Back

One thing I discovered as I’ve gotten older is it’s not that I can workout or train as hard as I used when I was younger it’s that I just don’t recover as fast anymore.
 
Some days I’m so sore I wake up feeling like I was run over by a truck filled with other trucks…If that even existed…Hey! Don’t judge me I’m trying to give you free advice here.
 
You know we used to have super messed up teeth (Some people still do, no judgement there either) Until we learned to brush our teeth everyday and occasionally go to the dentist. Why don’t we do that with our spine seeing as it’s probably the most important part in our skeletal structure. If you just did a few simple spine exercises everyday, Your body would feel and look much better. (Like your teeth..Hopefully)
 
In this short video I’m going to show you the two stretches I do everyday after I drink my lemon (See earlier post for lemon water) That will really help your back.
 
Now remember it takes 21 days to make something a habit so commit to doing them everyday for a month and then let me know how your back feels. I want to hear from you.
 

Look Better & Taller From Just One Workout

This video will make you taller just by watching!!
 
Well…ok not really but it will fix your posture and you will get a little taller if you do these 3 simple exercises.
 
If you don’t have a TRX you can do them with really light weights (2 lbs) face down on a flat bench at a gym.
 
If yo want to buy a TRX just click the link underneath the video.
 
 

 

Try Battle Ropes

 
If you’re looking for a new workout that will work your entire Core, Chest, Back, Biceps, Triceps, And Shoulders. While burning fat!! Try Battle Ropes.
 
Most cardio exercises that burn fat require you to use your legs. Maybe your legs and feet are spent. This is a great alternative. You’ll be surprised at how much of a workout it is and how fun it can be to challenge yourself with something new.
 
Remember…results come from doing different stuff. It’s just like the saying “If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” That applies to all areas of your life but especially your body.
 
Would love to hear any comments or feedback.
 
Enjoy!!
 

Elevation Training Mask 2.0 Review

Let me begin by saying that this is not for the faint of heart and definitely for the faint of breath. If you have asthma or any other breathing issues, forget about it! And if I need to tell you not use this thing while you’re pregnant please give your baby to someone with a higher IQ who will keep it safe.
 
I bought the training mask because I’m insane about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In BJJ, one of the most important elements is your breath. When you get tired and can’t breathe you make bad choices and desperate moves which your opponent can capitalize on and he will then ultimately be able to submit you or make your life a living hell. My point being, the better your cardiovascular conditioning, the better your Jiu Jitsu will be.
 
One of my Clients told me that wearing the mask is extreme. Maybe he’s right but I like to walk the unbeaten path. And hell, I’ve been working out for over 20 years now so I have to change things up in order to challenge myself and keep it interesting.
 

Workout #1

30 Minutes on Air-dyne bike:
It wasn’t really hard but I was glad at the end of it to take the mask off.
 

Workout #2

60 Minutes circuit training with TRX, Versa Climber, and Air-dyne bike:
 
This was BRUTAL. I did 6 min rounds on the Versa Climber and then a bunch of TRX exercises, 6 min on Air-dyne bike and then the TRX, this was repeated non-stop for a grand total of a 60 minutes. I literately felt like I was going to pass out. Twice. I had crazy thoughts about my wife finding me dead on the floor with this ridiculous mask on my face. How embarrassing would that be? When I did multiple abdominal exercises without any rest, it was awful. Then when I got back onto the Bike or Climber I relaxed and regained my breath but to be honest, I almost ripped the mask off three separate times. And I didn’t drink any water the entire workout because I didn’t want to mess with results.
 
After my workout I took off the mask which was awesome. Breathing fresh air never felt so good!
 
Here is a small glimpse of what a workout with the elevation training mask looks like:
 

 
Keep in mind you can change the breathing caps to control air flow. It starts at 3000 ft and goes up in increments of 3000, maxing out at 18,000 ft. I started at 6000 ft and now I’m currently using it at 9000 ft.
 
A WORD OF CAUTION: If your workout consists of exercises that shoot up your heart rate, wearing this mask makes it ridiculously hard to breath and you could probably pass out if your not careful. if you are not competing in a sport where cardio vascular endurance is really important. I wouldn’t recommend using it, but if you do compete, wearing the training mask could mean the difference between winning and losing.