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

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

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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personal training program

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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calves

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

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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suspension training

Suspension training: as effective as weight training?

By Phil Clark / June 2, 2018

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 / May 26, 2018

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 / May 19, 2018

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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