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Training Station founder Phil Clark, and friends, write about the gym, fitness and life.

bodyweight training

Are bodyweight exercises as good as weights?

By Phil Clark / January 13, 2018

Bodyweight training is the best way to developing running, jumping, and the abdominal wall. Bodyweight training to run faster Think about it. Running is bodyweight exercise! Running is the second-most common type of bodyweight exercise (walking is the most common type). The average-sized man in the U.S., running 10-minute mile pace, will handle about 220…

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How to increase your bench press

By Phil Clark / January 7, 2018

If you’re training for the bench press, make sure your means match your ends–which is to have a big bench. That’s how to increase your bench press–in a nutshell–match ends and means. What do we mean by ‘means?’ For this post, ‘means’ are the ways that exercise is organized. When training, you do some number…

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Does HIIT Work?

By Phil Clark / December 19, 2017

The American College of Sports Medicine predicts that HIIT will be the top fitness trend in 2018. There are a number of gyms that offer HIIT programs. Which leads us to ask, Does HIIT work? The answer is elusive because many different exercise programs are called HITT. Does HIIT mean one thing? And if so,…

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Strengthening against ACL tears

By Phil Clark / December 12, 2017

The Philadelphia Eagles’ star quarterback Carson Wentz just saw his MVP-candidate, breakout season come to a halt on December 10, 2017. A left ACL tear ended his season. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, about 150,000 people in the U.S. suffer ACL tears each year. There has been much written about recovering…

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Should I do cardio everyday?

By Phil Clark / November 29, 2017

People who want to lose weight don’t have to do cardio everyday, but they should know that a specific amount of exercise is required to lose weight. Scholastic, collegiate, or post-collegiate athletes—competing in aerobic-based sports—should do cardio everyday. People doing cardio for health benefits don’t have to do cardio everyday, but they should know that…

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Best gyms in Philly: What we do to be in the first rank

By Phil Clark / October 23, 2017

Philadelphia Magazine awarded us the Best Gym award for 2017!! That’s the sixth time that the press has named us one of the best gyms, and the second time that Philadelphia Magazine has done so (the first time was in 2012). Here’s what the magazine said:     2017 BEST Secret Gym The Training Station…

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Weight loss trainer: a special type of personal trainer

By Phil Clark / October 12, 2017

Jacki Takwa had been through some of the main stages of life—dating, getting married and having kids—and with each step she grew a little bigger. By the time she was 39 years old, she was 166 pounds at 5 feet 4 inches, and she wanted to lose 20 pounds. So she one day walked through…

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Weight Loss Calculator: The Training Station Gym’s secret weapon

By Phil Clark / October 4, 2017

You glance at the menu board to know the number of calories in your bacon cheeseburger value meal. Where do you find the number of calories that your workout will burn? Why not at your gym? That’s why we created The Training Station Weight Loss Calculator. If a member plans to do, for example, 20…

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Philadelphia Marathon Training: Building Confidence

By Phil Clark / September 27, 2017

When I was a high school cross country runner who volunteered at this race, Philadelphia Marathon training was a distant idea, farther away than the distance I would travel to live among the geniuses of running. They were all gathered in Baton Rouge—from Turkey and Algeria, Canada, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Puerto Rico, Australia,…

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There Are Smartphone Holders on the Cybex Eagle Machines!

By Phil Clark / August 21, 2017

So, download the Cybex Eagle NX app and bring your phone to the workout. App Features: *Set-up guide to ensure exercisers are using the machine in the right way with good form *Diagram of muscles each machine targets *Videos demonstrating the standard movements for each machine to acquaint all levels of exercisers with the equipment…

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