Friday, November 23, 2012

The Double Dragon Workout

 Here's a great conditioning workout that I like to call "The Double Dragon"! This workout is excellent for not only improving your conditioning but also increasing your agility and ability to leap, cut angles, and jump. Some of the exercises in this workout can be found in my new Ebook "Ancient Training For Modern Results".

 If you like the dip bars that I am using as hurdles you can find them on my website in the store section.

 If you don't have kettlebells for the the clean and squat, you could sub them with dumbbells, sandbags, or a barbell. If you don't have any of those feel free to switch them out for 6 Point Burpees. Also, if you have no plate to push you could always just perform regular bear crawls.

 I hope you guys enjoy the workout, let me know what you think!

- Tim


Monday, November 19, 2012

Jungle Fit Music Playlist!

 Need some extra motivation to get to the gym, want to feel a little more excited just before your workout, or maybe you want a little extra push to help you get through some of those tough reps, than maybe a little music can help! I've always found music to be an excellent "supplement" to improve the quality of your workouts. Choosing music that pumps you up and focuses you on the task of attacking your workout with a high level of enthusiasm is paramount in helping you get the most out of your workout. The key is choosing music that you not only enjoy, but has a certain intensity to help get you ready for "battle"! Leave the slow songs at home, and keep it with music that's up beat and designed to make you want to move! Just choose any music that gives you this feeling and you'll be good to go.

 I get asked all the time about the music I listen to while training myself or my clients, as well as the music I feature in my YouTube videos. The truth is, it's all just music I enjoy and workout to myself. So I've put together a play list that you can all now access for your own workouts if you want to get a feel for what makes me get the most out of my Jungle Fit workouts! I'll be adding new music to this play list regularly so that you'll always have some new music to listen to while performing any of the workouts found on my YouTube channel or from my ebooks! I hope you all enjoy, and if you don't than just don't listen. Music is purely subjective, and what I like might not be right for you, and what you like might not be right for me, but I thought I would share anyways and maybe, you'll find something that moves you too! Enjoy and share if you like!

The Jungle Fit Playlist (Click Here!) 

 WARNING: It's heavy with hip hop and rap, so needless to say some of the lyrical content may not be for everyone, you have been warned!


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Cannonball Workout!

 I call this workout "The Cannonball"! It's loaded with body weight exercises that have been used for centuries by some of the greatest armies, combat athletes, gymnasts etc. The same kind of exercises you can find in my EBook "Ancient Training For Modern Results"! Try it out for yourself and let me know what you think!




Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hindu Squat Tutorial!

I was asked a little while ago to provide a video and blog discussing the Hindu Squat and how to perform it properly. So on this post we'll be taking a look at this unique body weight exercise that's perfect for conditioning and pairing with it's sister exercise The Hindu Push Up! 

 Hindu Squats or “Bathaks”, along with Hindu Push Ups, is a staple conditioning exercise used by Hindu Wrestlers for centuries. In fact The Great Gama, a legendary Hindu Wrestler who was undefeated in over 5000 matches, was said to have performed over 4,000 Hindu Squats each day! Hindu squats unlike regular squats force the knee well over the toes, this technique is not dangerous for the knee joints when performed correctly because added weight is not being used. However this technique is not recommended for those with knee injuries.

 Begin in a standing position with your feet hip width apart, your stance should no be quite as wide as it would be during a regular squat.  Begin to squat down with your weight on the balls of your heels allowing your knees to pass over your toes. As you lower keep your back straight, head up, and let your arms swing out behind you with your fingers extended. Continue to lower yourself all the way down until your butt almost touches your heels, at the same time as you reach the bottom of the squat your finger tips should brush the ground right beside your feet. Keeping the weight on the balls of your feet, press through the ground, begin to extend from the knees and hips, keep the momentum from your arms continuing swinging them up and in front of you in time with the extending of your knees/hips. Continue this way until you’re fully standing and repeat for as many reps as required. Remember to keep your torso, back, and chin up through out the whole movement. The entire squat should be controlled and you should never drop quickly down into the squat. The swinging of your arms should be soft, and in moving together in perfect unison. If at any time you feel pain in your knees or low back than stop performing the squat.

 Try them out for yourself and let me know what you think! 

- Tim 

P.S. The Hindu Squat and over 30 other unique old school body weight exercises will be covered, along with a bunch of workouts including them, in my new upcoming ebook "Ancient Training Methods For Modern Results". Stay up to date with the blog or FaceBook for more updates on it's release! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Paleo/Primal Breakfast Shake!

For my 100th post I figured, why not take it back to basics! You can't out run a crappy diet, all that hard work in the gym can't cancel out poor choices when it comes to food. You need a combination of real, whole, natural foods, and some supplements if you feel the need in order to attain or maintain a healthy and lean body.

 So today I'll be showing you how to make a great, quick, and easy paleo and primal diet friendly breakfast or snack shake! Here's what you'll need!

- 3-5 Ice cubes
- 1-2 large table spoons of your favourite nut butter
- 1 large banana
- 1 Cup of light coconut milk or almond milk
- 2 Dashes or cinnamon
- Optional Protein Powder (chocolate or vanilla)
- Optional mixed berries

 It's simple, put all the above ingredients into the blender and blend them up together until it becomes a smooth shake! Serve in your favourite glass and enjoy! I also add berries to this shake some times to switch up the flavour or to add extra anti-oxidents. Play around with the recipe, add different kinds of nut butters, try coconut milk, then try almond milk, add berries, try it without protein powder and with protein etc. This way you'll figure out what you like best and enjoy the most!

 Try it out and let me know what you think!

 Until next time, take care!

- Tim


Monday, August 27, 2012

How To Achieve Any Fitness Skill!

 I get asked all the time questions like, "Tim, how many pull ups do I have to do before I can perform (insert skill here)?". This could be any fitness skill such as but not limited to pull ups, chin ups, dips, muscle ups, human flags, back levers, push ups from your toes etc. The fact of the matter is, there is no amount of pull ups that will allow you to do the human flag, and no amount of dips will allow you to perform a muscle up. You do need a base level of strength to perform theses movements and yes you must be able to perform dips before you can do a muscle up, and you do need to be able to perform a set of pull ups before you can even hope of holding a human flag. However, these exercises alone will never allow you to perform either of these skills. In order to achieve a certain skill you must practice that skill and become familiar with it inside and out. This means working on muscle up progressions if your goal is performing a muscle up, or finding the right grip and practicing straddle flags if you want to be able to hold a full human flag. It means treating your training to achieve these skills as practice, and practice should be performed perfectly and often without working to failure until the actual skill is achieved. This means continuing to perform supplemental exercises such as planks, advanced planks, pull ups, dips, hollow rocks, supermans, and more in order to avoid muscle imbalances and improve your functional strength. It's a process, and it takes time, attention to detail, listening to your body, finding out what's right for you, and working on the actual skill. Anyone can achieve any skill they want, this means you can too! Just remember that it takes time, and fitness is a journey and not a destination. Check out the video above for more details!

- Tim

Monday, June 25, 2012

How To Cure Lower Back Pain!

 Something that a lot of people battle with on a day to day basis is chronic lower back pain.  The first thing to do when you're suffering from lower back pain is consult a doctor, chiropractor or massage therapist. A combination of the three would be a wise choice!

 Your lower back pain can be caused by any number or reasons, more than I can list, but today I'll be covering three predominant reasons that many people suffer from reoccurring or chronic back pain and how to help stop your pain forever.

1. A lack of spinal mobility:  Joint mobility is the ability to move your joints effortlessly and without pain through a full range of motion with complete control. When you're spine has a lack of mobility you're just asking for trouble! Other than injury, a lack of spinal mobility could be the result of not bending, twisting, turning, or taking your spine through the full range of motion on a regular basis each day. Something incredibly common for anyone who sits all day during working hours! A simple joint mobility routine performed each day, and before each workout can help improve your spinal health and help reduce your back pain. Try performing each of the mobility exercises shown in the video above slow and controlled for 20+ reps in each direction.

2. Tight Muscles in the low back, hips, quads, and hamstrings: Tight muscles in your lower body due to sitting all day, working out often or playing a lot of sports and not stretching can lead to intense lower back pain and lower back injuries. Believe it or not you actually have muscles in your legs that attach to the hips and lower back, when these muscles are tight your lower back can become a little more than cranky! Tight hip flexors can also be the cause of an upset lower back, when the hip flexors become too tight it causes a pelvic tilt that puts a strain on the lower back. A regular stretching routine that works the entire body but also has a focus on the hips, quads, hamstrings, and lower back will help to improve muscle imbalances caused by tight muscles and reduce some of your lower back pain. Try some of the stretches that I have demonstrated in the video posted above, hold each for 12-30 seconds and repeat 3-4x.

3. A lack of "core" strength and stability:  The first function of your core is to support your spine during movement and not allow you to spin all the way around or break over backwards. Your core is worked during almost every single exercise, and some of the best exercises for improve your core strength are squats, dead lifts, push ups, pull ups, L-sits and more. Yet, if you're experiencing back pain due to a lack of core strength, some of these movements might be too advanced and could cause you more harm than good. Simple movements at first such as planks, side planks, super mans and glute bridges can help bring your core strength and stability up to par and set the foundation needed to be able to perform more advanced exercises that will continue to improve your core and over strength. Try some of the exercises that I've shown in the video above, try holding each position for 30sec-1min and repeat for 3-5 sets.

 So there you have it, some simple ways to help improve your back health and help reduce or eliminate your lower back pain. If you've enjoyed this post, please share with your friends/family or subscribe to the blog, youtube, or facebook page!

- Timothy Bell PTS


Monday, June 4, 2012

5 Rounds Of Fun Workout!

 Here's a great, quick, and effective body weight workout for all of you to try. It's based off of basic gymnastics style body weight exercises and you only need a pull up bar and a suspension trainer like the Life Line Jungle Gym or a set of gym rings to perform this workout!

Warm up with some dynamic stretching and joint mobility. Than after the mobility and dynamic stretching you'll perform 3-5 mins of jump rope. After that you'll be ready to start the real workout!

 It's simple, perform 5 rounds without any rest between rounds or exercises. Perfect form on everything!
 1 round =

- 5 Chin Ups
- 8 Ring Push Ups
- 6 Deck Squat/Plyo Lunge combos

 Check out the video above, try out the workout and let me know what you think!


 P.S.  I'll be coming out with a new e-book very soon titled "Ancient Training For Modern Results". You'll learn dozens of body weight exercises that have been used by warriors and combat athletes for centuries. Also, the book will show you how to make your own Mace or Gada, a tool that has been used by Hindu Wrestlers for superior conditioning. You'll also learn how to use the Mace and integrate it into your workouts!  It will be available at with in the coming weeks!

Monday, March 26, 2012

How To Get A Sexy Body 100% Guaranteed!

Here's a little video I made detailing what I feel ... nope I take that back ... what I KNOW is the #1 way to ensure amazing results from your fitness and health program. Check it out, and no it's not about some gimmick or pill so don't worry!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

How To Make A Free Standing Pull Up Bar!

I've been receiving a lot of requests to show how my pull up bar was made or to send out plans on how to make my pull up bar. The truth is, I didn't make it so I can't give out the exact plans. However, what I do know is that it's not very hard and it's a simple design. The whole pull up bar is made from steel pipes and have been threaded at the ends. All in all the free standing pull up bar stands about 9 feet tall is around 4 feet wide, and the base bars are around 2 feet long on either side. Check out the video if you're looking to get a cheap pull up bar that can handle ring training as well. It's not by any means technical because I am the furthest thing from a handy man ... but it should help none the less!

Monday, February 27, 2012

7 Things You Do & Your Personal Trainer HATES!

Here's a little post I created about 7 of the most annoying things that personal trainers experience on a daily basis with their clients. If you've hired a personal trainer in the past or right now then please watch this video, you might just be doing 1 or more of the things that annoy your personal trainer more than anything else! The funny thing is that these don't just annoy your personal trainer, they actually directly effect your fitness and health results! So it might not be your trainer that's messing up your results ... it might be you!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recovery Training (Yoga, Swimming, Massage etc)

If you're looking for results its no secret, you have to train hard. This means lifting heavy, performing HIIT workouts, full body functional exercises based around movements etc. You need to put a demand on your body that it's not always quite comfortable with in order to progress and improve. However, all this demand can take its tole on the body. If you're going to train hard, you have to recover and you need days/workouts that are dedicated to that specifically. Recovery days are important to help repair damage done to the body during your workouts, stretch muscles and prevent imbalances, increase mobility aiding in injury prevention etc.

There are plenty of options available for recovery after hard training days. Depending on your financial situation, location, or availability of services you may choose one over the other. Massage should be first on everyones list of recovery options. When you're training hard, muscles become tight, injuries can occur, and poor posture may result and lead to further problems in the future. Regular massage will help prevent and treat all these issues. If you can't afford regular massage sessions than foam rolling or using a PVC pipe may be a better option as a form of self massage.

Yoga is also an excellent option for your lighter or recovery days. It's a chance to stretch out the entire body, work some muscles you may be neglecting in your regular training, and still feel like you've had a small workout. I would highly suggest taking a restorative or lighter yoga class if you're already training hard. This means no power yoga or ones specifically designed to be a workout. I would suggest trying Yin Yoga or a light Hatha class.

Another great form of recovery is swimming, or rather floating. Simply floating in water takes a lot of pressure off the joints of your body, and it's also very soothing. If you have access to a pool try using some "pool noodles" to just float for a while and relax. Bring a friend for conversation or just close your eyes and enjoy the time alone to reflect.

Regardless of what you choose try to incorporate some form of recovery (or a couple forms) during a few days of the week. Trust me, your body will thank you for it!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jiu Jitsu/Grappling Workout!

Here's a nice workout for any of you looking to boost your conditioning and strength endurance for grappling such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! Grappling matches can be long and gruelling, battling back and forth, resisting your opponents force, and attempting to impose yours! These matches are not only tough on your cardiovascular conditioning and strength endurance, but your mobility as well. This is why I have a number of body weight complexes that are specifically designed too meet the needs and demands of grappling athletes, but also work well for the average joe. Watch the video above, try this one out and let me know what you think!

Jungle Fit On The News!

Here's a little interview I did with the local Kingston Ontario News about free fitness! Check it out =) !