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

do cardio everyday

Should I do cardio everyday?

By Phil Clark / August 11, 2018

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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does hiit work

Does HIIT Work?

By Phil Clark / August 4, 2018

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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Plyometrics in your training program

By Phil Clark / July 28, 2018

I was introduced to plyometrics as an athlete. It started in high school and I did more of them during each successive stage of my career.   Plyometrics is a fundamental type of training for athletes     Plyometrics is widespread in sports because it features a lot of jumping exercises and athletes do a…

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assisted pull-ups

Assisted pull-ups can help build strength

By Phil Clark / July 21, 2018

There was a time when I couldn’t do more than 1 or two pull-ups at a time. Which is why I was interested when I saw a machine that gave assistance during the pull-up. I used it. I did sets and reps of the pull up for the first time. My problem was that I…

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Squat depth: let powerlifters be your guide

By Phil Clark / July 14, 2018

Amateurs look for tips from professionals. Young basketball players watch YouTube clips of All-Stars’ moves. High school football players copy NFL conditioning drills. The squat is one of the three events in a sport called Powerlifting. If you want to know how low to go in the squat, it can’t hurt to know how low…

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A personal training program that always produces results

By Phil Clark / July 7, 2018

Our attitude is that personal training consumers are buying a result, not simply a service. We have built a personal training program that gets results, each and every time. Here are the steps in our process.   Step 1     First is a two-part interview that begins with the staff and that ends with…

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circuit training

Old School Circuit Training

By Phil Clark / June 30, 2018

The Training Station Gym practices the oldest form of circuit training. We bring together a group of individuals to exercise together although each does completely different exercises. We call it Athletic Circuit Training. Circuit Training was originally group exercise     We set up a circuit with stations for kettlebells, barbells, dumbbells, the TRX, tubes,…

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Toned calves and how to get them

By Phil Clark / June 23, 2018

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 / June 16, 2018

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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physio ball

How a physio ball can help strengthen the core.

By Phil Clark / June 9, 2018

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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