How to Get Just a Little Bit More from Your Workouts

 

Most people want it all and they want it yesterday. Having goals with your training and physique are important, but when you spread yourself too thin you end up further away from where you want to be. The best thing you can do to see results is get clear on what you want to achieve the most and then stay consistent with anything that supports that.

 

 

Finding the perfect program is a trap. There is no perfect program. The key is to stick to a program long enough to see the results you intended to get with it. Tracking and assessing are all part of the results process. When you jump from program to program you sabotage yourself and make sure the results take as long as humanly possible (if they ever come at all).

When you stick to a program for at least 3-4 weeks, be consistent with the plan and put everything you’ve got into it you’d be shocked at how well it serves you. We love hearing about people who’ve gone through our programs like Minimum Space...

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On The Line: Jake Bargas

 

In this weeks episode of On The Line, Tommy interviews Minnesota Viking Fullback Jake Bargas! Bargas Played for the North Carolina Tar Heels before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2020. 

 

 

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3 Kettlebell Snatches for Rotational Power

 

The kettlebell snatch is a powerful movement that builds full body strength and power. Once you’ve mastered the basics it’s time to get some rotation in! Here are three variations that will give you a new movement to master as well as build rotational power. 

For each of these variations it’s crucial to have the “float” at the top to allow for the bell to finish in the overhead position without slamming on your forearm. Regardless of what orientation or degree of rotation you’re in, maintain enough tension throughout your torso and during the movement itself to avoid putting too much pressure on your lower back. 

 1. Deadstart Rotational Snatch

This variation will require the least amount of coordination since you’ll be moving the bell vertically and across the body. There is no drop in the variation so you’ll only be getting the concentric pull.

 

 

2. Half Rotational Snatch

This variation will have the bell...

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Jacquelyn Umof with Marcus Martinez on the Living.Fit Show

 

8 Hamstrings Stretches to Boost Your Yoga Practice

Jacquelyn Umof 

Hamstring flexibility plays a major role in your yoga practice development. Many people are after poses, like handstands, that require the posterior chain to be loose enough to achieve those challenging poses.

To access the full movement of your hamstrings, the yoga practice presents a series of increasingly difficult forward folds. Even reaching full boat pose (navasana) when working your core requires hamstring flexibility.

Two key principles are needed in order to safely attempt this movement — how to safely go deeper in your hamstring stretch, and how to relax all of the muscles that surround your hamstring — neither of the two is as easy as it sounds.

 

 

Each pose below will target a different area of the back of the legs to help loosen you up.

Most importantly, it’s important to never quickly enter or exit a stretch. Give the pose and your body the respect it deserves, and...

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Marcus and Aaron Talk Nutrition and Diet

 

Nutrition can be incredibly confusing.

Especially when you are trying to get specific results, and it doesn’t help that there are a lot of opposing views being marketed to us all of the time.

How do we clear a path to a better you?

 

As the Education Director for Living.Fit, I give a pretty simple and effective way to create lifelong change in your nutrition, by a small and slow and steady approach.

Marcus Martinez, our Kettlebell Master Coach, gives another incredibly simple way to make effective and easy changes to your nutrition.

Finding what works for you requires some experimentation and tracking. The best diet in the world might not be the best diet for you personally. It’s important to be mindful of the way your body responds to certain foods and meal timing. Even the “healthiest” foods in the world might cause a gut reaction that makes it less optimal for you. 

The same goes for meal timing. Fasting is all the rage and has helped many...

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Sometimes I Curl In the Squat Rack with The Living.Fit Show

 

Aaron Guyett, our Education Director starts off a little crazy with curling in the squat rack, or squatting in the curl rack, but it soon finds practical ground as Marcus, Julia, and Aaron talk through aesthetics and training.

This show is a blast, because it is all about that space where functionality meets aesthetics.

Whether you are after performance, strength, power, endurance, fat loss, or muscle growth, we all have exercises that can be misunderstood.

 

 

Aaron, Julia, and Marcus breakdown training to look good, even if we are training with other goals in mind.

Whether you are curling in the squat rack or you are squatting in the curl rack, we have something for you in this video.

For programs that help you with both check out: https://www.kettlebellkings.com/workout-plans/

Check out more interviews and articles from Marcus Martinez and Aaron Guyett in the blog, or get full versions by subscribing to our membership here:  ...

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Online Fitness Personalities on the Living.Fit Show

 

Can we trust everything we see online?

Aaron Guyett and Marcus Martinez talk about this, as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly with online fitness personalities.

There are really excellent and very authentic online fitness personalities, but there are also money-hungry pretenders online as well.

Marcus and Aaron give a few tips on how to tell the difference between these two types of online fitness personalities.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Check out more interviews and articles from Marcus Martinez and Aaron Guyett in the blog, or get full versions by subscribing to our membership here:  https://www.living.fit/kettlebell-workout-plans-and-memberships

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Learn the Kettlebell Clean in 2.5 Minutes

 

The Clean is a deceptive exercise. It looks like a curl, but moves from the ground to your shoulder in an entirely different way. The key thing for those new to the clean to understand is the trajectory the kettlebell needs to take and the primary movers. 

Here are a handful of regressions that will help you on that path! 

  1. Two hand Cheat Curl Clean - This is helping you understand that the bell doesn't come end over end as it finishes in the rack. Even with speed the kettlebell should nestle itself in the rack like a baby bird as opposed to a wrecking ball. 
  2. Two hand Hang Clean - Once the pathway has been set, now we want to add some hip timing of the hinge and extension. The primary mover is not the upper body, so this will help you practice that. You’ll still use your other arm for half the work here. 
  3. Assisted Hang Clean - Now we’re speed and less intervention from the other hand. This will help use work the lower body with a powerful drive, but...
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Interview with Dr. Jen Esquer by Marcus Martinez

 

On this episode we talk with the amazing Jen Esquer about establishing routines to make you a better, healthier, pain-free mover. We discuss her best practices and dive deeper into what inspires her to help so many people move and feel their best. 

Jen Esquer, PT, DPT, is an internationally-renown physical therapist who specializes in helping people overcome chronic pain and maximize physical performance. As the founder of two transformative programs, “The Mobility Method” and “The Optimal Body,” she brings a unique, whole body approach to strength, mobility and pain-free living. In 2019, Jen was named one of the top 50 most influential healthcare professionals. 

 

 

Jen’s easily accessible approach has garnered her more than half a million followers on social media and more than more than 5+ million views of her health and fitness videos. Jen has been featured in Shape Magazine, Self Magazine, Men’s Fitness and Muscle and...

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3 Key Components of a Balanced Meal

Have you ever eaten a meal and within 2 hours after eating you felt hungry or “snacky”?

This is such a common feeling for people who try to restrict calories and/or for those who are just following the wrong diet for their needs. If this sounds like you, let me first tell you - you’re definitely not alone. There’s a reason why this is happening and it has nothing to do with willpower or discipline.

In this article you’ll learn exactly what to include in your meals to help keep you full and satisfied so you can make it until your next meal without wanting a snack.

Why is this important? Because the feeling of constant hunger is a sign that 1) your body is not being nourished with the proper foods and/or 2) there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

Before continuing, it must be said that there are many reasons we choose to eat (that are both physical and emotional). The purpose of this article is to address 1 reason that is completely in...

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