Looking for some last minute holiday gift ideas for that fitness enthusiast on your list? Well I've got a few suggestions that might help you out!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Looking for some last minute holiday gift ideas for that fitness enthusiast on your list? Well I've got a few suggestions that might help you out!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
It's not every day I get to write about an exercise that doesn't even need a description! We've all seen them before, we've all had to do them at one point or another, and most people HATE them with a passion. Today, we're talking about push ups! Ahhhh yes the simple push up, one of my absolute favourite exercises to perform, teach, and even watch and when performed with correct form the push up works almost every single muscle in the upper body! If you had no equipment what so ever, and needed to get an amazing workout, and for some strange reason you could only choose one exercise to accomplish this, than it just might be a push up variation you would choose. So let's dive in a little deeper and find out why!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Circuit training is without a doubt one of the most effective/efficient forms of training! Circuit training involves taking a group of exercises and performing them one after the other with little to no rest.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
It's a problem some of us have, let me explain. Have you ever been driving in a new city, and you have the whole route planned out thanks to "Map Quest", the sun is shining and the sailing is smooth. So far so good, the whole trip is going to plan ... that is until something very small sets you off course (most likely a map quest error!) and now your lost all the way on the other side of town! And rather than ask for directions (because after all you know what you're doing), you just drive around for hours lost and going in circles. Finally after hours of frustration, pounding on the wheel of the car, and cursing "Map Quest" in to the ground, you stop and ask for some directions. Turns out if you would have stopped and taken a left turn at the lights just up the road, it would have taken you just 6 mins to get where you needed to go. DAMN!! And you waisted all that time driving in circles by passing that left turn each time.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The October issue of the FREE Jungle Fit Magazine will be available shortly at www.Jungle-Fit.com. This issue includes contributions by myself (Timothy Bell Jungle Fit founder) as well as ...
Friday, October 8, 2010
That's right everyone it's that time of year again! It's getting a little colder outside, the leaves are starting to change, fall is in the air ... and with fall comes Thanksgiving. Well, for those of you who are living in Canada anyways! Lucky for us Thanksgiving is one of the easiest holidays to eat almost on point with a paleo diet. But, lets be realistic here! I know that you'll all be eating what's considered paleo such as turkey, veggies, cranberries etc. but I also know that you'll all be eating stuffing, pie, potatoes, corn, warm fresh home made baking ... you get the point.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
1.) Stop Leaning Too Far Forward:
If you're leaning too far forward during your push ups you'll be hyper extending your wrists and putting extra pressure on the joint. This can cause stress and strain. If you're forearms aren't particularly flexible it can cause pain all the way up through your forearms. As you move down through the push up the pressure will increase and make the strain worse! A simple way to fix this issue is just reduce the amount you're leaning forward. The correct position is to have your shoulder inline with your wrist joint, and avoid having the shoulder ahead of the wrist joint. This should alleviate the issue but if it doesn't ...
2.) Use Push Up Handles Or Perform Push Ups On Your Fists:
Some people still have pain through their wrists even when their perfectly aligned and not leaning forward. Performing your push ups while holding onto push up handles or performing push ups on your fists, is a simple fix that works for most people with this issue. By holding on to push up handles or using your fists, you'll eliminate having to flex your wrists at all and place the wrist in a "stacked" and strong position.
For more details, check out the video above and get on your way to performing push ups without the wrist pain!
Monday, October 4, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Hey everyone! I'm very pleased to announce that the my first ebook "The Body Weight Solution" is all finished and will be up on the Jungle Fit website (www.Jungle-Fit.com) this week! That means you'll be able to purchase your own copy save it to your computer, iPod or iPad, ebook tablet, or even your own phone to take anywhere with you in the world. With "The Body Weight Solution" you'll learn how to progress from the most basic to some of the most advanced body weight exercises and you'll learn how to put them into a fitness program that suits your life style!
Body weight training can be used to gain strength, lose body fat, increase lean muscle mass, boost metabolism, regain/maintain mobility and flexibility, improve balance and coordination, as well as boost athletic ability and conditioning. All it takes is a properly designed program using the correct exercises pertaining to your goal, basically use the right tool for the right job! Fortunately, body weight training costs little to nothing at all and requires very little to no equipment. So, regardless of your income or geographical location, body weight training can be done any where at any time without having to spend a dime. All you need to get a great workout is a space large enough to lie down and enough over head space to jump up.
The only thing preventing the majority of people from taking advantage of the benefits of body weight training is one simple thing, a lack of knowledge. Most people have no idea how to correctly perform body weight exercises safely let alone the progressions that are needed to steadily change and evolve their workouts. Which brings me to why you have most likely purchased this book...."
Hopefully you'll enjoy the book just as much as I have enjoyed writing it and putting it together for you all!
You really don't need a lot of money, fitness equipment, or even a gym membership to get into the best shape of your life. It is my wish that the "Body Weight Solution" will help show you how to get the life and body you deserve using only your own body. Be sure to visit the website at www.Jungle-Fit.com and pick up your copy as soon as it's released!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Lately I've been doing more than my share of talking about why we should all be eating a paleo or primal diet. It promotes natural gene expression, low body fat percentage, boosted immune system, healthy hormone balance, boosted sex drive, better sleep, lower internal stress and reduced inflammation inside your organs/joints. It's literally the key to living a longer, healthier, happier life and looking AMAZING as well! All you have to do is drop processed foods, grains, refined sugars, and reduce your dairy intake and only eat fruits, veggies, meats, nuts/seeds. That's it, that's all, and that's what will change your life. Everyone is out here looking for a quick fix, we're looking for some magic pill or machine that will melt away our body fat and make us look like the models on T.V. but it doesn't exist. What does exist is REAL FOOD and functional training. Eating real food and learning how to use your body weight to provide you with an amazing workout is what will give you the body and life you want. The key to life long health, strength, and looking great is already here it just involves you and the grocery store! Buy a bunch of fresh veggies, fruits, fresh meats, nuts and seeds ... then eat only that in as many combinations as you possibly can! You do have the power to do this, it will change your life, it has changed mine and many of my clients as well as countless others around the world. It's simple, it's what we've been designed to eat over millions of years of human evolution. Just take a look at the man in the photo above, he got that body without a gym by eating real food and getting plenty of physical activity through his everyday life. For more proof just take a look at any of the following photos ...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
As some of you know I've been working on my latest project called "The Body Weight Solution" for a little while now. If you have no idea what it is that I'm talking about I'll fill you in! "The Body Weight Solution" is an e-book that will take you through the most basic body weight exercises and show you how to progress towards performing intermediate and advanced body weight training exercises. The book will has a "No Fluff" approach, meaning it's packed with information, full colour pictures, easy to understand instructions, sample workout programs, an FAQ section created by my blog/twitter/facebook followers, and much much more! This book will teach you how to master your body through all planes of motion and allow you to build a solid base using only your own body weight to achieve any fitness goal.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It's that time again, that's right! Time for a new issue of the FREE online "Jungle Fit Magazine". As always the "Jungle Fit Magazine" strives to bring you the best in evolutionary fitness and health, and this months issue is no different! In the August 2010 Issue you will find loads of great stuff such as ...
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Lately I've been posting a lot on having fun with your workouts and getting creative to avoid getting bored or have stale workouts. That being said, this post will be no different! A lot of people still view working out as just another chore on their list of things to get done during the day, but it doesn't have to be this way. We can always make out workouts fun and interesting by changing up exercises, working out with a partner, changing workout locations, going outdoors, or even exploring your own city.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Working out while we're tired, stressed, or sick .... we all do it from time to time. The reasons are various but usually pretty simple. It could be that you're afraid if you miss a workout that it'll slow your results, some of us use workouts as a stress management and feel incomplete when we don't workout, others just think a workout might make them feel better ... which can be true, but when should we take time off from our workout?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Health and fitness is a gift that myself and other health and fitness experts give to our clients on a daily basis. It's an amazing gift that in a funny way gives right back! Nothing in this world beats watching my clients progress and get stronger with every workout. Nothing can compare to watching them moving in ways they never though possible, lifting weights they never could have imagined, and freeing them selves from their battle with excess body fat! I love my client's, they're my co-workers, students, and most importantly my friends.
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We should all be lifting heavy things to promote optimal health and longevity. It's just that simple! I don't care what your fitness plan is or what style of training you enjoy the most, if resistance training is not a part of your life then make it part of your fitness program today! Our caveman ancestors would have had an excellent body weight to strength ratio, and for good cause. Living in the wilderness, hunting your own food (usually big game), fending off danger (animals or others looking to hurt you/loved ones), and building shelter would have all required a great degree of strength and would have kept us hard and resilient. Cavemen would have needed to be able to pull their own body weight with little to no effort as well as have a high degree of strength to move external weight just to survive each day. In today's society we may not be faced with the same (if any) challenges our caveman ancestors dealt with on a daily basis, but we are genetically the same as those cavemen we came from. So how can being strong and lifting heavy help provide us with the best quality of life in our modern society.
1. Lifting heavy promotes functional strength: Lifting in patters of motion that we use on a daily basis are best for promotion of functional strength. This means total body movements such as the squat, dead lift (getting up off the couch, picking up kids or laundry), chin up, push up, over head pressing (putting away groceries), lunges (any athletic activity), rowing/pulling etc. These are all movements that we use all the time in sports and day to day activities making us stronger in our everyday lives.
2. Lifting heavy helps burn fat: When we lift heavy in total body movements like the ones listed above we burn a lot of calories and promote lean muscle gain. This revs up our metabolism and keeps us burning calories even at rest (our body burns a lot of calories to grow/maintain muscle). Total body movements use a lot of muscle groups, the more muscle we use the more fuel they burn to keep moving (calories). The more lean muscle we have, the more calories we can burn, the more calories we can burn the lower body fat we will have.
3. Lifting heavy helps build lean muscle: Lean muscle is a good thing! It helps give our body a sleek/athletic shape making us fill out our clothes a little better or look great on the beach. It's not very hard to get men to strength train, women on the other hand can some times be a challenge. To all the women reading right now, strength training will not make you look like a bulky man! Take a look at all those fitness models out there, they don't look like men and they lift weights and strength train. To lose body fat and get that lean look (man or woman) you must lift heavy and often! Lean muscle also gives our bones a little extra padding and helps protect us from injury during sports or accidents that can happen in our daily lives. Look better, perform better, and help protect yourself from injury.
4. Lifting heavy has many faces: Lifting heavy is all relative, what's heavy for one person may not be for another and not all training forms work for each person. We have different injuries or availability of equipment. You don't have to run into the gym and start squatting, benching, and dead lifting to gain lean muscle or get very, very strong. Body weight training has progressions from beginner to elite athlete and can be very challenging/rewarding. Just look at Olympic gymnasts who never lift anything other than their own body weight! They have excellent physiques and tons of strength without owning a home gym. If body weight training isn't your thing then maybe power lifts or Olympic lifting could be for you! Find a qualified coach/trainer and learn the technique. The point is, make your strength training challenging and heavy with great form for best results no matter what style you choose.
... In the next 2 chapters of the Jungle Fit Blog we'll touch on more of how we're meant to move to look our best and move our best. If you're looking to change your life and don't know where to start a Jungle Fit - Boot Camp is a great way to get back into shape or change up your fitness program. Learn how to move your body and control your body weight, lose body fat, and gain lean muscle.