weighted vest for a workout
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Why You Should Workout with a Weighted Vest

A weighted vest is one of the best fitness equipment investments you can make. It’s a versatile device that is simple, affordable, and adds a whole new dimension of intensity to a number of exercises. We’ll tell you exactly why a weight vest is an important tool in any fitness enthusiast’s garage or home gym, and the benefits you can expect to gain from its use. What is a Weighted Vest? A weighted vest (or weight vest) is just that – a vest that allows you to add metal weight bars for additional resistance. It’s a great endurance and strength builder. Pair it with bodyweight exercise (pull-ups, chin-ups, push-ups, box jumps, burpees, and more) or use it to add load [Read more …]

Rogue Abram GHD 2.0 - Glute Ham Developer
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The Older I Get, The More I Love the Glute Ham Raise (GHR)

The older I get, the more I love the Glute Ham Raise. The Glute Ham Raise (or GHR) is a simple, but challenging exercise that works the entire posterior chain – the oft neglected back side of your lower-body. The posterior chain includes the calves, the hamstrings, and the glutes. There’s many exercises that you can use on this critical area – but I think the GHR has benefits above and beyond the rest. Why do I love this exercise so much? Read on to find out more. Why Strong Hamstrings and Glutes Are Important First of all, let’s agree that hamstring and glute strength and endurance are important. The hamstrings are extremely important muscles that help with explosive movement, [Read more …]

The FitAtMidlife Home and Travel WOD Generator works great on iOS - phone or tablet - as well as Android
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Travel and Home Workout Of the Day Generator

We’ve built the FitAtMidlife Home and Travel WOD (Workout Of the Day) Generator to help you improve and maintain your health and fitness. It’s totally free, simple to use, and works on iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac. What’s a WOD? It’s the Workout Of the Day. Simply load up the Travel WOD page and you’ll see a traveler and home-friendly, randomly chosen fitness routine – complete with a stopwatch style timer. If the exercise choice doesn’t work for your situation – simply hit the “Change WOD” button and try another combination. The WODs utilize a lot of time constraint techniques to boost intensity and keep you moving – such as EMOM (Every Minute On the Minute), Tabata intervals, AMRAP, and [Read more …]

Business Travel can disrupt your regular fitness and nutrition regimen - get tips on how to maintain
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How to Stay Fit While Traveling for Business

How to Stay Fit While You Travel Ah, the joys of business travel – on short notice, you’re up at 4am to catch a flight to somewhere three time zones away – and then a full day of meetings and a formal business dinner. Just keeping on top of your regular email and to-do list is a challenge – never mind fitness and nutrition. Advice for busy midlife professionals If your travel schedule has a lot of free time – the sky is the limit. But we’re going to assume that’s NOT the case. At midlife family, career, and other obligations make the fitness challenge much greater – but not impossible. The key is efficiency. We will present options that [Read more …]

A photo showing Concept2 indoor rowers in use at a CrossFit box - indoor rowing is an excellent exercise.
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Indoor Rowing – an Excellent Full-Body, Low-Impact Exercise

An indoor rower (or indoor rowing machine) is an exercise machine that simulates rowing a watercraft. Indoor rowing is an all-around excellent exercise. First of all, it’s a highly effective full-body exercise, but it’s also a low-impact workout. But it’s not easy – remember the last time you had to row a boat? Shown here is the Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower, which many consider to be the gold standard for indoor rowers (especially in CrossFit). Why is rowing such great exercise? Here’s the reasons: Full-body exercise – The indoor rowing machine requires effort from both your upper and lower body. With a lot of major muscle groups in use this is a tough workout. But you can pace [Read more …]

The speed bag is not just for boxers, it's a fun and intense fitness method
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Speed Bag Training for Health and Fitness

Hitting the speed bag is not just for boxers – it’s a fun workout Looking for a creative way to add some fun to your workout? Consider speed bag punching. Boxers are universally known as the hardest working, leanest, and most well conditioned athletes on the planet. That’s because facing an opponent in the ring for 12 rounds and dodging and delivering punches is extremely physically taxing. And boxing training prepares them for that. But boxing training isn’t just for aspiring boxers. The average health and fitness enthusiast can use basic boxing training techniques to add fun, creativity, and intensity into their workout routine. Today we’re going to discuss one of the boxer’s most important tools for timing and conditioning [Read more …]

An athlete workout out with a jump rope (or skipping rope). Jumping rope is a fierce calorie burning exercise that is fun, easy to do, and can be done almost anywhere. Great for weight loss.
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Jump Rope for Weight Loss and Fitness

Jumping or skipping rope is not just for kids and boxers – it’s a fun workout. Looking for a creative way to add some fun to your workout? Consider adding a staple of boxing training into your workout regimen – jumping rope (also known as skipping rope). Jumping rope to lose weight, burn fat, and get lean? It’s a great idea. Jumping rope is a fierce calorie burner. How many calories can you burn jumping rope? According to some studies as many as 370 calories in 30 minutes. We’re going to highlight a great product that can help you meet your fitness goals thanks to it’s calorie burning efficiency – the Crossrope Get Lean Jump Rope Set. How To Choose [Read more …]

Boxing Gloves - Used for Boxing Training
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Boxing Training For Health and Fitness

Boxing Training is Not Just A Hard Workout – It’s Fun Looking for a creative way to add some fun to your workout? Consider boxing training. Boxers are universally known as the hardest working, leanest, and most well conditioned athletes on the planet. That’s because facing an opponent in the ring for 12 rounds and dodging and delivering punches is extremely physically taxing. And boxing training prepares them for that. But boxing training isn’t just for aspiring boxers. The average health and fitness enthusiast can use basic boxing training techniques to add fun, creativity, and intensity into their workout routine. We’ll discuss the easiest ways to get started. These techniques can be scaled to any experience level. Basics of Boxing [Read more …]

Barbell Back Squat - used extensively in Starting Strength
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Starting Strength Dictionary

FitAtMidlife’s Starting Strength Routine Dictionary It’s no secret – we love Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength routine. It’s the efficient, science and logic based training program that is made for beginners of any age to develop strength. Starting Strength utilizes the barbell. The barbell is the most efficient means to build strength – because it’s the device that can carry the most weight. That may sound intimidating, but it shouldn’t be. You start light and through the magic of linear progression you get strong – and build muscle mass at the same time. Starting Strengh places great emphasis on proper form, and it’s safe for the joints. Lastly, it’s targeted to novices – people who have never lifted before. And all [Read more …]

The deadlift is an important lift for strength development
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The FitAtMidlife Workout Dictionary

Here’s a comprehensive list of terms and lingo you’ll run across in the gym. We’ll provide definitions for all the terminology that is pervasive in modern fitness methods. But it’s more than a list of terms – you’ll also find out about some of the current popular programs and personalities. We cover CrossFit and just about everything else you may hear about. 1RM – 1 Repetition Max 1RM is your 1 Repetition Max – This is the absolute maximum weight you can lift for 1 complete repetition of an exercise (with correct form). Commonly used to gauge progress in the big compound or power movements – for example you likely know your 1RM for bench press, squat, deadlift, cleans, and [Read more …]