The Role of Genetics

Today I want to talk about the importance of genetics when it comes to results in the gym.  The truth is the genes you were born with make a huge difference in your ability to gain muscle and lose fat as well as the overall shape that your body will take when you get fit.…

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Should You Compete?

This post is for those of you who’ve considered taking exercise to the next level by competing in one of the strength or fitness based sports, such as Powerlifting, Olympic lifting, Strongman, Bodybuilding/Physique/Figure, CrossFit, Highland Games, or endurance sports like obstacle courses or triathlons. The questions that normally come to mind before taking that plunge…

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How to Build Fantastic Forearms

Forearms are one of the most useful body parts to develop because we grab things with our hands every day.  They’re also on display any time you wear a T-shirt.  Don’t be embarrassed the next time you’re asked to open a jar or the weather gets warm and your little baby forearms are dangling from…

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How to Build Titanic Traps

A lot of guys want to build up their trapezius muscles to get that look of power rarely seen on today’s athletes or even on most weight lifters.  On the other hand, if you’re more after the fitness model or delicate flower look, then you’re better off without big traps and should stop reading now. …

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Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?

So you’ve been working hard in the gym and making progress towards your fitness goals, and then you get hit with allergies or illness.  Should you continue with your workout routine or not? First I’ll give you the safe answer: go see your doctor and do what he/she says which will typically be to rest…

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Supplements that Actually Work

I’ve tried a lot of nutritional and bodybuilding supplements over the years, and most of them didn’t do anything other than drain my wallet or make me gag.  Eventually, I came to the realization that many supplements are a scam, no different than the exercise gizmos sold on infomercials guaranteed to carve out your abs…

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Dealing with Injuries when You’re an Exercise Junkie

If you work out long enough, sooner or later you’re going to suffer some kind of injury.  When that happens, the safest advice for both of us is to go see a doctor.  If it’s a serious injury or emergency, I recommend doing just that or going straight to the ER, but for common injuries…

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How to do a muscle up

Muscle ups, whether done on rings or a bar, are a challenging body weight exercise that few people are able to do.  You may have seen Crossfit athletes on TV or YouTube doing muscle ups and thought it would be a cool thing to try, only to find it impossible to haul your butt up…

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Interview with Dan “Captain America” Vandenbosch

If you’ve been coming to Spring Hill Fitness for any length of time, you’ve probably seen Dan Vandenbosch around the gym and may even know him personally.  Dan is one of our long time members who takes advantage of just about everything available at the gym, from weights to the turf track, cardio, and group…

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Four Strongman Exercises for Everyone

If you’ve ever watched World’s Strongest Man on TV and thought it would be fun to try some of the exercises/events, this post is for you.  Besides being a fun challenge, strongman events are a great way to strengthen muscles and tendons that don’t get much stimulation from typical gym exercises.  There are a lot…

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