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


Coronavirus: What we’re doing to protect people

By Phil Clark / March 14, 2020

We always want to do business with a clean conscience. The best way to achieve that is by adopting consumer-friendly practices. That certainly means following local, state, and national guidelines for gyms as they operate during this pandemic. We are going to discuss the other things that we do to make this a place that…

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Toned calves and how to get them

By Phil Clark / March 20, 2021

When I think about people with strong-looking calves, the groups that immediately come to mind are pointe dancers, elite running and jumping athletes, and bodybuilders. Some of the people in those groups may have genes that predisposed their calf muscles to respond very positively to exercise. They are naturals. The others may not have had…

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Reps or weights: What’s more important?

By Phil Clark / March 14, 2021

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is regarded as the leading and most reputable trade association for professionals working in the field of exercise. They publish a number of standards and guidelines on many subjects, including reps, weights, and other topics related to strength training. They name four different strength-training objectives. They are the…

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How a physio ball can help strengthen the core.

By Phil Clark / March 6, 2021

In comparison to the ground, the physio ball can be a challenging surface on which to perform core exercises.   A physio ball is a labile surface     The physio ball isn’t a stable surface. It’s a sphere that will move when a force is applied to it. When an exercise is performed on…

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Suspension training: as effective as weight training?

By Phil Clark / February 13, 2021

Suspension training is a good way to develop skills and to develop endurance. The big three: rings, monkey bars, TRX Rings are a good way to practice skills like handstands, static holds like the world-famous Iron Cross, and dismounts. Monkey bars are a good way to practice American Ninja Warrior skills and skills that require…

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Can you gain muscle while losing weight?

By Phil Clark / February 6, 2021

As a basic premise, it would seem that growth in your body would interfere with the simultaneous shrinking of your body. But there have been many reports of people claiming that they  can gain muscle while losing weight. Let’s take a look at one way this could happen, for an average woman living in the…

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Is there a correlation between muscle mass and strength?

By Phil Clark / January 30, 2021

There are at least two times where we can readily observe muscle strength increasing along with muscle size. This post is only considering one person whose muscle size grows, and how that correlates with strength. The comments don’t apply to two people. For example, it is not assumed that if John gains muscle mass, and…

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Our air purifiers are coronavirus killers

By Phil Clark / December 4, 2020

The community spread of coronavirus led state officials to close temporarily “non-essential” businesses. Gyms were included in that big group and we were forced closed for about four months. During that time we asked the technician that maintains our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, “Are there any air purifiers that can kill this virus?”…

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City announces new business restrictions

By Phil Clark / November 16, 2020

Philadelphia City officials on November 16 announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities. The new restrictions will begin on Friday, November 20 and will remain in place through January 1, 2021. Gyms are prohibited from operating during that time. The Health Commissioner of Philadelphia explained the new restrictions during a press conference…

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Running with a mask can be dangerous for some

By Phil Clark / May 5, 2020

Running for some is an “Essential Personal Activity,” to quote the section of the Mayor of Philadelphia’s Stay at Home Order that permits such activities. I was a long-time runner before the Order and I have continued to run throughout its duration. Eleven days after the Order became effective, the CDC recommended the following: “Wearing…

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Gyms can be safe

By Phil Clark / April 17, 2020

Human coronavirus, cold and flu viruses, and common bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus often lurk on surfaces and wait to infect. There is no doubt that gyms can be safe spaces that protect members from dangerous viruses and microbes. Much of the fight comes down to following the good guidance from the Center for Disease Control…

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