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Old School Circuit Training

By Phil Clark / March 2, 2019

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,…

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Toned calves and how to get them

By Phil Clark / February 23, 2019

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 / February 16, 2019

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 / 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: 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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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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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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STRIDE: Northern Liberties all-treadmill running class

By Phil Clark / January 27, 2018

STRIDE is the way to beat boredom on the treadmill and to learn all the ins and outs of a treadmill, all while going through a complete running experience! It’s Philly’s best all-treadmill running class. Let’s face it, treadmills can be boring. But sometimes you need one. There are days when running outside is worse…

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Best gyms in Philly: What we do to be in the first rank

By Phil Clark / October 23, 2017

Philadelphia Magazine awarded us the Best Gym award for 2017!! That’s the sixth time that the press has named us one of the best gyms, and the second time that Philadelphia Magazine has done so (the first time was in 2012). Here’s what the magazine said:     2017 BEST Secret Gym The Training Station…

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There Are Smartphone Holders on the Cybex Eagle Machines!

By Phil Clark / August 21, 2017

So, download the Cybex Eagle NX app and bring your phone to the workout. App Features: *Set-up guide to ensure exercisers are using the machine in the right way with good form *Diagram of muscles each machine targets *Videos demonstrating the standard movements for each machine to acquaint all levels of exercisers with the equipment…

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