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

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Are rest days from the gym important?

By Phil Clark / June 1, 2019

Rest days are important because they allow the body to regenerate from exercise. Degeneration The irony of exercise is that it has a positive and chronic health benefit but it has an acute and degenerative effect on muscle cells. Sometimes the degeneration is caused by the trauma of an injury. Other times it caused by…

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Are bodyweight exercises as good as weights?

By Phil Clark / May 25, 2019

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 / May 18, 2019

If you’re training for the bench press, make sure the means match the 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…

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Philadelphia Marathon Training: Building Confidence

By Phil Clark / May 4, 2019

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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Weight loss trainer: a special type of personal trainer

By Phil Clark / April 27, 2019

Jacki Takwa had been through some of the main stages of life—dating, getting married and having kids. She grew a little bigger at each stage. 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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Are sore muscles a sign of a good workout?

By Phil Clark / April 20, 2019

Muscle soreness is an unavoidable side effect of exercise. Exertion or injury will cause muscle soreness. If the muscle soreness is caused by exertion, then it’s harmless. But if it’s caused by injury, then it’s not a good thing. Don’t confuse injury with muscle soreness Inflammation is the body’s healing response to injury, and its…

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Does HIIT Work?

By Phil Clark / April 6, 2019

The American College of Sports Medicine predicts that HIIT will be the third-highest fitness trend in 2019. 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 / March 30, 2019

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 can help build strength

By Phil Clark / March 23, 2019

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 / March 16, 2019

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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