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

physio ball

How a physio ball can help strengthen the core.

By Phil Clark / February 9, 2019

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. Sometimes, when an exercise is performed…

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suspension training

Suspension training: as effective as weight training?

By Phil Clark / February 2, 2019

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 America Ninja Warrior skills and…

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gain muscle

Can you gain muscle while losing weight?

By Phil Clark / January 26, 2019

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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muscle mass

Is there a correlation between muscle mass and strength?

By Phil Clark / January 19, 2019

There are at least two times where we can readily observe muscle mass 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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deadlift

What’s the best variation of the deadlift?

By Phil Clark / January 12, 2019

Different variations of the deadlift put the body in different positions; they also require the barbell to travel different lengths. People compete in the deadlift and the sport has a name—powerlifting—and an international governing body—the International Powerlifting Federation—that allows two variations of the deadlift to be used in competition: the conventional and the sumo. Outside…

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knees

How to strengthen the knees

By Phil Clark / January 5, 2019

The time-honored way to strengthen the knees is to add resistance to the movements that they can make. These movements, which are called anatomical movements, are knee flexion, knee extension, knee medial rotation, and knee lateral rotation. Machines, free weights, tubes, bands, and even hands can be used to resist those movements. Resisting the movements…

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aerobic machines

What are the best aerobic machines for bad knees?

By Phil Clark / December 29, 2018

According to IHRSA, the leading trade association for the fitness business, the most popular aerobic machines are treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, stair climbing machines, rowers, and cardio cross trainers. We have all of those at The Training Station Gym, (except stair climbing machines). But which one is kind on bad knees?   You may…

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cardio

It’s a good idea to do cardio PLUS other exercise.

By Phil Clark / December 22, 2018

Let’s call cardio, or aerobic, exercise that which is cyclical and continuous, lasting 10 minutes or longer. It is one of the two main types of exercise. The other being strength exercise, which we’ll describe as intermittent and without a minimum duration. Some people at The Training Station Gym always go directly to the barbell…

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kettlebell

Why kettlebells are so effective

By Phil Clark / December 15, 2018

When an exerciser swings a kettlebell, at least two things will happen: he will burn a lot of calories and his muscles will have to contract rapidly even as they lengthen.   What kinesiology shows us about kettlebells   Let’s compare holding a 15-pound kettlebell by the spherical part and by the handle. During the…

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weight loss

Weight loss isn’t among the main reasons to exercise.

By Phil Clark / December 8, 2018

Scientists performing experiments and doing research about exercise don’t normally list weight loss as one of the benefits of exercise. They do list weight maintenance as a benefit, which is related but not the same. (But there is a way to lose weight through exercise. It requires having the right information and doing a precise…

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