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How a Weight Belt Could be Making Back Pain Worse

Feb 11, 2019 1:16:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Practical Tips for Working Out, Upper Body

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A weightlifting belt is extremely beneficial for providing spinal support during heavy lifting. The belt warms the tissues, supports, and decreases injury of the back during heavy loads. In theory, it may seem that everyone should wear a belt all the time. However, if used too often, a weightlifting belt can weaken the core muscles and can sometimes lead to back pain. There is a muscle in the body called the transverse abdominis (TVA). This muscle acts as a natural weight belt, which supports and stabilizes the spine. Wearing a belt shuts off and decreases recruitment of this core muscle. Worn for prolonged periods of time, over usage, or dependency can lead to weakening of the lower back and pain can develop. The body needs to be strong without the reliance of a weight belt and this will prevent strain and injury.

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Dip Variations for Building Strength

Jan 21, 2019 2:00:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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The Dip:

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Handstand Push-Up Variations

Dec 20, 2018 2:04:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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Variations on Handstand Pushups:

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Barbell Grip Variations

Dec 19, 2018 1:14:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body, Lower Body

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Different barbell movements require different grips. There are Powerlifts, Olympic lifts, and traditional Globo gym lifts. Each of these lifts has their purpose and can be utilized to have a well-balanced fitness program. It is important that we utilize the proper grip for the lift that we are performing. This will help build strength and improve efficiency in our lifts. Below are a few examples of different grips and which lifts and exercises they can be utilized for.

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Transverse and Rotational Core Exercises

Nov 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body, Lower Body

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These drills consist of twists and bends to target the internal and external obliques. The obliques are part of the core and they work to stabilize your body any time that you are bending or twisting. These muscles run down the side of your torso and can be considered pillars that stabilize your torso. Along with training your obliques, you are also working your transverse abdominal muscles, when you perform this exercise.

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Learning Proper Rope Climb Technique

Nov 27, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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Rope Climb Technique:

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X-Body Shape Tone and Firm Arm Workout

Nov 21, 2018 2:21:50 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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Attention Ladies… Training arms won’t make them bigger, unless that is your goal and you train for it. I talk to my female clients all the time about this. I tell them “don’t worry about not training your upper body because you think it will get bigger.” There are many ways to manipulate the body to get the desired outcome. Training your upper body isn’t a one size fits all type of program. We can manipulate rep count, tempo, weights, rest, and especially your macro nutrient intake to get the desired goal that you may have for your body. We would have to adjust these numbers according to the goals you would like to achieve. X-body Shape bicep and triceps (tone and firm) program focuses on:

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Bar Muscle-up Progressions

Nov 16, 2018 1:15:00 PM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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Bar Muscle-up Progressions:

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Handstand Walking Progressions

Nov 12, 2018 11:25:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body

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Handstand Walking Progression:

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Barbell Complex

Nov 6, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Neal Maddox posted in Upper Body, Lower Body

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Barbell Complex:

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