Exercise has countless benefits, as the GymWits report on every week. In spite of the many benefits, it's not without it's own inherent risks. From benign injuries to life threatening episodes, exercise has it's risks and awareness is key. This week, the GymWits talk about the variety of risks and the best approach to minimizing the risk of facing them.
Every 4 years (or 2 if you"re a fan of winter sports) the Olympic games brings to the surface the question of which sport produces the best athletes. As the GymWits discovered, attempting to answer this question leads one down a rabbit hole that can be difficult to climb out of. This week the GymWits discuss the many components to being an athlete and how these components apply to a variety of sports.
After months of inconsistency, Justin is finally working out consistently. This week, Justin talks a bit about his recent journey and the GymWits talk about different strategies for getting out of a fitness slump.
For the average person, embarking on a fitness and nutrition program requires some level of behavior modification. The question is, what is the best approach to modifying behavior? It's a bit of a tortoise and the hair kind of situation. We often hear and read about programs that require massive changes that can lead to fast and major results. On the other hand, there are those that believe that a slow and steady approach is the best way to achieve lasting results.
This week, the GymWits talk about the two approaches, their pro's, con's and what may represent the best option for you.
This week the GymWits interview Physical Therapist and Posture expert Tami Peavy. The discussion is wide ranging and includes some great information that can be useful to anyone looking to improve their overall health and fitness. Tami talks at length about her practice and how poor posture can cause the aging process to accelerate. They talk about how to combat this by making small but significant changes. Tami's website, PracticalTherapy4U serves as a tremendous resource for anyone looking for more information on how to improve their posture.
This week, the GymWits talk about ways in which people take the easy path both in life and in fitness. There are times when taking the easy path is the right thing and other times where is a result of short-sightedness or laziness. Avoiding conflict, relying on technology or avoiding discomfort can often be detrimental both in life and in fitness. Check out this engaging and thought provoking discussion this week on the podcast.
Also this week, the GymWits debut the Cheat Meal exclusively for ios App users. The Cheat Meal is the podcast where the GymWits can talk about any subjects that arent related to fitness. This week they discuss the fallout and implications of UFC 200 as well as the recent sale of the MMA giant.
Goals, everyone has them. In the fitness world, they vary wildly buy when broken down, they usually fit into one (or more) of 4 primary categories. Those categories are; Aesthetics, Health, Energy and Function. This week, Ryan and Justin talk about specific goals and which categories they fall in.
This discussion is useful because often times we don't really consider our goals beyond the superficial. Enjoy.
This week the GymWits discuss the importance of exercise as we age. Aging increases the risk of a number of ailments including; metabolic syndrome; obesity; arthritis; Cardiovascular disease; and cognitive decline. The GymWits cover all of these ailments and what the research says about how exercise can combat them.
Last week, Ryan co-wrote an article for Cracked.com sharing the secrets or personal training. It is a great piece and we highly recommend you check it out here. One of the things that ended up not being shared in the article is the topic for discussion this week. This week, Ryan and Justin talk about the various odd jobs that Ryan has had directly from his clients. Some, like help moving, are to be expected while others, like flying a dog across country, are simply strange. Enjoy.
Run your own business? This week on the podcast, Justin wants some tips for freelancers to maintain their fitness while working through a stressful and unpredictable schedule. Ryan shares his experience both personally as well as with clients.
This week the GymWits discuss periodization. Periodization is a highly specialized form of training utilized by athletes to achieve peak, in-competition, performance. They discuss the details as well as whether or not periodization can be effective for the average fitness enthusiast. That and much more this week on the GymWits Podcast.
This week is another Ask the Trainer edition in which we answer your questions. Thie week the GymWits tackle a variety of questions including:
- The cost/ benefit of wearing a sweatsuit
- Having fun with exercise
- Finding the right program
- and more.
This week the GymWits discuss pain as it related to exercise including the old adage "No pain, no gain." The GymWits also talk about the difference between pain and discomfort and whether or not you should "fight through it."
The fitness world was abuzz a couple of weeks ago after news broke of a potentially groundbreaking new study. The GymWits analyze and discuss the study and it's implications for the fitness world.
Click here to read the study yourself.
This week Ryan had to vent about a recent experience with a client. It gives some interesting insight into the client- trainer relationship and the process that fitness professionals go through with new clients.
In this weeks episode of the podcast, Justin has a challenge for Ryan. The challenge is to develop a workout consisting of the 6 best exercises. As usual, what appears to be an easy task is not as simple as it would seem. Listen to the GymWits discuss the 6 best exercises this week on the podcast. Click here for a PDF of the workout/ fitness routine.
This week on the podcast, the GymWits discuss the how's, what's and why's of fitness. When should you focus on the journey vs. the destination?
This week, the GymWits discuss tips for training the biceps. In this episode they talk about the various muscles involved and how to position the arm to get the most out of your biceps workout.
This week, Ryan also discusses his experience participating in his first Spartan Race.
This week on the podcast, Ryan and Justing argue about the importance of listening to music in the gym.
This week, Ryan is doing his first Spartan race and that got the GymWits to thinking about the idea of fitness as a sport. With the recent trend of obstacle course races, crossfit and similar protocols, Ryan and Justin discuss the benefits and drawbacks of making fitness as the sport.
This week, the GymWits answer one of the most common gym related questions. What's better, freeweights or machines? As usual, it's not a simple answer and Ryan and Justin discuss the pro's and con's of each.
This week is all about breathing for exercise. Breathing is one of the most important but underemphasized aspects of exercise. The GymWits will talk about the research and give some tips for breathing during exercise.
The process of breathing
Nose of Mouth Breathing
Breathing during Exercise
Training at Altitude
This week on the GymWits Podcast, Justin has some questions for Ryan. It's a wide ranging discussion that covers a variety of topics. As usual we love your feedback so engage with us and ask questions if you have them.
This week, the GymWits talk about one of Ryan's favorite book series. Within the books is a common theme that Ryan tries to apply to exercise. Check out this weeks episode for some interesting fitness tips.