Should I Get a Personal Trainer

Health
Welcome back for another great fitness post. Last time we were here, we found the cure for Invisible Lat Syndrome. Today, we’ll try to answer the question: “Should I get a personal trainer?” It’s an excellent question, and one you may have asked yourself at some point in your fitness journey. Today in the information age, with great fitness sites (like Bodyweight Life, Fit Daily with Hailey, or Modern Athletic Health, to name a few), it can be easy to think, “I don’t need to pay for a trainer, that’s what the internet’s for.” Now, before we really get into the subject, I need to clarify that I have never worked with a personal trainer. So should I get a personal trainer myself? At this point, probably not. But if…
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Invisible Lat Syndrome: My Cure

Uncategorized, Workouts
Hello, and welcome back to Building You Better. Last time here, we discussed the three aspects of health, looking at nutrition, rest, and exercise. Today, it’s time to address an all-too-common gym malady and find a cure for Invisible Lat Syndrome. We talked about building a better back in an earlier post, so you may be wondering why another back-related article is necessary. The truth is, while the earlier article is great for developing well-balanced back muscles, sometimes focusing on specific muscle groups is necessary. If you’ve been training with just rows and deadlifts, your wings may not be taking flight. This article is to correct that. Whether or not you suffer from Invisible Lat Syndrome yourself, you probably know someone who does. Their torso is square, or even round.…
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Three Aspects of Health

Health
Hello, there! Welcome to Building You Better. In our last post, we took a look at one of bodybuilding’s greatest legends. Today, I’d like to talk about the three aspects of health, and how we can find balance in working toward our fitness goals. You see, good health isn’t an accident, its the result of paying careful attention to three factors: 1. Nutrition 2. Rest 3. Exercise I talked briefly about these three aspects of health in a previous post. But I think they’re important enough to talk about some more. The sad truth is that most people who set health-related goals will never accomplish them. You do not have to be one of those people. The reason they fall short of their goals, the reason you may have missed…
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello, and welcome back to Building You Better. In last week’s post, we talked about some classic bodybuilders and how the sport got started. Today, we’re going to take a look at one bodybuilder in particular, a man many consider the greatest bodybuilder of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an impact on the sport few others have ever come close to. Now, almost 40 years after retiring from bodybuilding, the Austrian Oak remains the most recognized name in the sport, as well as being very successful in other areas. Born on July 30 in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger grew up in Thal, Austria. His father was chief of the local police force, but the family was hardly well-to-do. Though his grades were no higher than average, Arnold did well and…
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Classic Bodybuilders: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello again, and welcome to Building You Better’s Action Hero Month. In the last post, we talked about some of the classic action stars of the big screen. But the muscled blockbusters of the 80’s would have probably never happened if another movement hadn’t already changed the way we viewed fitness. Today, we’re going to take a look at the classic bodybuilders who brought a fringe sport into the spotlight. The sport of bodybuilding began in England in the late 19th century, with strongman Eugen Sandow (now called the “Father of Modern Bodybuilding”) at the forefront. Apart from appearing in numerous strength exhibitions, Sandow organized the first official bodybuilding competition in London in 1901. Three years later, the first major bodybuilding competition in America took place at Madison Square Gardens.…
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Classic Action Heroes: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello again, and welcome back. Last time, we celebrated Sylvester Stallone’s birthday with a look at his career and his effect on the fitness community. Today, I’d like to continue Action Hero Month with a look at some of the other action stars who contributed to our ideas of fitness and heroism. After all, fitness and heroism is what this website – and the Building You Better movement – is all about. The big screen has been home to a number of larger-than-life heroes since film was invented, but the 1980’s saw an explosion of rough, tough, action legends. Names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and of course Sylvester Stallone sold out theaters. It seemed like the country - and even the whole world - was looking for…
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Sylvester Stallone: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Welcome to Building You Better. In our last post, we took a crash course in gym etiquette. July is Action Hero Month here at Building You Better. Today we’re going to talk about a man very important to the fitness community, who’s celebrating his seventy-first birthday tomorrow. Sylvester Stallone has long been known as one of the toughest action heroes in Hollywood, and at 71, he’s still going strong. Sylvester Stallone has starred in quite a few movies, some very good, some less so. And while he has always been known for having a great, well-muscled physique, his Rocky films have inspired countless people to get in shape and chase their dreams, myself included. I remember the first time I watched the underdog boxer chug down a glass of raw…
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Gym Etiquette 101

Fitness Inspiration
Hello, and welcome back. Last week, we talked about four gym safety rules. today, we're going to look at gym etiquette with a special guest post from Fit Daily with Hailey. For some people gym etiquette is something that comes natural, for others it’s a foreign concept. If you’ve never been in a gym before you’re quite possibly unaware that there’s certain things you can do to make your fellow gym goers happy, or drive them insane. I’m here to make it a bit easier for you to be courteous during your sweat sessions. Re-rack your weights, for me personally this is one of the biggest things you can do to be polite in the gym, for both the staff and other gym members. If you’re using 45 pound plates…
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Gym Safety: Four Simple Ways to Stay Safe and Strong in the Gym

Health
Welcome to Building You Better. Last time here on the website, we talked about pushups, which I believe is the absolute best exercise. Today, we’re going to look at gym safety with four steps to stay safe and strong in the gym. When we go into the gym, we usually have some specific goals in mind. Whether it’s to lose weight or to build muscle, or just to feel stronger and ready to take on life’s challenges, we’re there on a mission. While some of us practice good gym safety rules, some of us tend to make a more hardcore approach in an attempt to get results quickly. When I first started training, I fell solidly in this group. I wasn’t worried about gym safety nearly as much as I…
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Pushups: The First Exercise

Exercises
Hello again. In my last post we learned all about supersets, and how they can maximize your workouts and your strength gains. Today I’d like to talk about pushups, an exercise everyone probably knows, but that some dismiss as too basic for anyone but the newest trainee. Its true that the pushup was the first exercise I learned, and it is kind of basic, but there’s another reason I and many others learned to do pushups before anything else: its effective, and not just for building a strong chest. In fact, the pushup is a total-body exercise. If you don’t believe me, just watch someone who’s never done one before make the attempt. To perform pushups properly, we must engage not only our chest, but our arms, shoulders, core, and…
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