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Summertime Fit Activities

It’s summertime and the beach is calling so most people don’t want to stay in the gym all day. That’s why I came up with a lift of popular activities that you can do with your friends or on your own:

 

1. Swimming

Of course! It’s hot out so why not go for a swim? Swimming is low impact activity that you can do at the beach or at your pool. You are required to use your full range of motion, so it will help increase your flexibility and ease pain within your joints.

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2. Surfing

Head down to your local aquatic center and learn how to surf. Surfing is a great way to increase your overall body strength. Your upper back and shoulders will be worked through paddling. Your legs and core will take a beating from standing up and staying up. Not only is it challenging at first, but its also fun.

Surfer on a Wave

3. Stand up paddle board

If you thing this is way too easy, think again. Similar to surfing stand up paddle board is a fun and great way to get out in the middle of the ocean and get a great workout. Your core will be screaming after your first session.

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4. Bike riding

It’s nice to actually get out and use a real bike, instead of that stationary one in the gym. You get to feel the wind in your hair and the nice summer sun. Be sure to wear sunblock if you burn easily. If you don’t have a bike, there are plenty of shops that would be happy to rent you one for the day.

Man riding bicycle on remote road

5. Beach Volleyball

Want something more competitive? Try beach volleyball. Get some friends to go out and have a beach day and have a little competition. If you don’t have friends, challenge some of the people already playing.

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There you have it! Five activities that you can do this summer!

 

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Increase your Vertical Jump

If you’re ever played a sport that required you jump, then you know the higher your jump the better. I remember watching basketball when I was younger and dreamed of being able to dunk like Michael Jordan. However, I was on the shorter side: 5 feet 5 inches with a standing reach of 7 feet 1 inch. This didn’t stop me from figuring out how to reach the heights that(taller) professional athletes achieved. It took a lot of work and experimentation, but I figured out a way to increase my jump from 15 inches to a massive 36 inches! I still can’t dunk, but I’m getting closer. And I’m going to show you how I doubled my vertical jump. Continue reading Increase your Vertical Jump

Compulsive Athleticism

Written by Deirdre

Not too long ago I wrote an article about dieting and the possible consequences of it. Like I mentioned it’s often, if not always, coupled with regular exercise. Well, just like dieting, exercising can get a little out of control. Yes, yes, exercise is wonderful. You feel healthier, happier, and motivated (I hope), but like everything else in this world too much of it can have the exact opposite effects.

Naturally, those who have an obsessive personality (ahem… like me) are more susceptible to exercise addiction. In a way, exercise can be like a drug: once you start, you feel the need to keep doing it.

For athletes, especially professional ones, exercise is a must. They have to build up their cardio, strength, and many other aspects of their body to become almost inhuman. Think of Michael Phelps… you know, some athlete who won a few Olympic medals. Around times of competition, he says he trains for five or six hours six days a week.

But one of his main tips for training is taking an adequate amount of time to rest and recover. The best way to benefit from heavy, intense training sessions is actually to recover from them. In fact, ask any athlete you know; they’ll tell you that recovery is just as important as conditioning. You won’t get anywhere if all you do is push yourself past the limit every single time you work out.

One without compulsive athleticism could work out just as much as one with the addiction, but it all just depends on how exercise is viewed. If you find yourself depending on exercise, making it your main priority, setting unrealistic goals, ignoring injuries and signs of fatigue, then you may have exercise addiction.

If you do find yourself or someone else with these symptoms, please don’t ignore them. Take my usual advice and go talk to someone about it because working out for hours every single day every single month can do quite a lot of damage to you, not just physically but socially and psychologically as well. You could damage your joints, end up neglect your relationships, or even develop depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder.

Shall I remind you of the times when I had the addiction? My depression got even worse, I developed an eating disorder, and I damaged a lot of relationships. I now also have bad knees and a bad back. I’m twenty and I’m basically like an old person… and not even the kind who scales Everest.

So just try to be mindful of yourself. Exercise is supposed to be beneficial and fun, not a detrimental obligation.

Back Squat Challenge

For those of you higher level athletes, I’ve got a challenge for you.

The Bodyweight Back Squat Challenge.

Rules:

1. You load the bar to your bodyweight.
2. You have 5 minutes to rep out as many as you can.
3. Time Starts when you un-rack the bar.
4. You MUST go past parallel or it doesnt count.
5. You can rerack the bar but the time doesn’t stop.
6. Don’t puke. Continue reading Back Squat Challenge

5 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Results

Day in and day out people work their butts off trying to get the results they want. At first you see the results, but then after a while the results come slower and it takes longer for you to see the same effect. Here are 5 reasons that might be the cause of your plateau.

1. Inconsistency.

To get results, you have to keep stay consistent to a training program. Yes it’s tough to do the same thing over and over again, but sometimes it’s necessary. Now I’m not saying you have to do the same workout time in and time out, you can change it up from time to time, but the important part is that you challenge yourself. Now if you have trouble getting started on a plan, Continue reading 5 Reasons You Aren’t Seeing Results

Getting better at the “beautiful game”

By: Nathan Thomas Hoang

           The World Cup is months away and soccer fever is in full swing. The weather this time of the year is ideal for playing soccer, so let’s talk about simple exercises to improve strength and flexibility in order to get an edge above the competition.

  • First and foremost, make sure you do these exercises with attentiveness and caution.

A Struggle Free (4 day) Program

There a tons and tons of programs out there that you can pick up from the internet work pretty well. And most of them probably have the basic bodybuilding spit: Monday: Chest & triceps. Tuesday: Back and biceps. Wednesday: Shoulders. etc. Why not change things up a bit?

Summer is coming up and we want to get the most out of our workouts to show off the hard work we’ve done. This program is meant to maximize your gains by using a lot of compound movements to stimulate multiple muscle groups at the same time. This program can be scaled to whatever difficulty you need it to be in order get you the results you want: Build muscle and lose fat. Continue reading A Struggle Free (4 day) Program

Get a Jump Start on your Goals

The benefits of plyometrics- jump training- will provide highly beneficial results to athletes of all kind. Whether you’re an Olympic jumper, or just an average gym goer looking for a system that’s proven to work, plyometrics is for you.

Why plyos?

Increased Power: Plyometrics were originally created for power sports such as jumping, sprinting, football, and volleyball just to name a few. These exercises focus on the fast muscle contractions that help increase the efficiency of the neuro muscular system. In other words, it allows someone to use their muscles more efficiently for optimal power output.

Continue reading Get a Jump Start on your Goals

February Athlete of the Month: Taylor

Bringas Athletics would like to honor Taylor as our first Athlete of the month! Although no longer competing in D1 sports, she continues to stay active through daily workouts and running marathons. Here’s her story:

Fitness and athletics has been apart of my daily routine since day one. Literally, my mother taught step aerobics and spin classes up until the day before my birth. I was exposed to it from the womb. When people ask me how I discipline myself to working out everyday my response is always, “I don’t know how to be lazy.” Lying around all day or not being productive is simply something I do not know how to do.

Continue reading February Athlete of the Month: Taylor