May 2009

You are putting together your “beach body” program and trying to find that perfect movement to really set off your midsection, but have grown tired of endless crunches… Well there is one movement that has been proven effective in martial arts and athletics for years. Are you curious now? It is as simple as “planks”. A plank is a static contraction in a supporting position that places a great deal of stress on your core muscles, specifically the abdominals and hip flexors. Today, just about everyone, regardless of fitness level or education is doing planks and everyone seems to understand its benefits. That said,...

A lot of people in the fitness industry love to make the declaration that "a kettlebell is just a tool." Well, no shit. This is largely a straw-man argument. It's an attempt to appear insightful by countering a position that nobody, with the possible exception of a few fringe eccentrics, has ever made. Kettlebells are versatile and great for conditioning but, like anything else, they have their drawbacks. As a member of Naval Special Warfare, I often found myself in locations devoid of conventional gym equipment. Despite this, physical strength and conditioning was a crucial part of my job, and everyone around...