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

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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back pain

Why do ab exercises hurt my back?

By Phil Clark / December 1, 2018

There are a number of moving parts in the spine. Some ab exercises cause the parts to move and some don’t. If you’re doing an ab exercise that causes back pain — because the exercise requires trunk extension or trunk flexion or lateral flexion — then the exercise is making some part of the spine…

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bench press

Do push-ups help you bench press more?

By Phil Clark / November 24, 2018

It has long been understood that one should do a variety of exercises, beyond the bench press, if he wants to bench press heavier weights. A similar idea is understood for just about every sport. Which is why track racers lift weights, baseball pitchers run distance, and swimmers do dry land exercises. But which exercises…

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clean a weight

The muscles used to clean a weight from the floor.

By Phil Clark / November 17, 2018

Every time the body is moved—every time you clean a weight from the floor, for example—that movement can be described. If you raise your arm in front of your torso until it’s parallel to the ground, you could describe that movement as a forward arm raise. But it could also be described as shoulder flexion.…

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weight loss calculator

Weight Loss Calculator: The Training Station Gym’s secret weapon

By Phil Clark / November 10, 2018

You glance at the menu board to know the number of calories in your bacon cheeseburger value meal. Where do you find the number of calories that your workout will burn? Why not at your gym? That’s why we created The Training Station Weight Loss Calculator. If a member plans to do, for example, 20…

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muscle imbalance

Muscle imbalance: can it be corrected?

By Phil Clark / November 3, 2018

A difference in strength between limbs, or between anterior and posterior muscles on a bone, is commonly observed. Is that muscle imbalance problematic? If so, how should it be corrected? The people who are experts in what you do, meaning in your sport or activity, are also the people who should answer that question. For…

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running class

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

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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The Training Station on TV!!

By Phil Clark / August 11, 2017

We will be featured on FYI Philly’s “Best of Philly” episode. It airs on WPVI-TV, channel 6, ABC, at 7PM. Check out the commercial for the episode: FYI Philly Facebook Page

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