Monthly Archives: March 2017

Should You Get A Mask for Your Workouts?

There are always new trends in the world of exercise. It seems that one new innovation, commonly known as a training mask, can provide people with tons of benefits. Training masks were initially made for those who were wanting to train at higher elevations. As you know, when you are exercises at locations that are elevated, it can have a negative effect on your breathing. In higher elevations, the air changes that occur are so noticeable that it can hold back your training. The different high-altitude air can also change the way that you naturally breathe. Chances are, your own breathing style is what makes your workouts succeed.

Throwing in a new environment, with different air, can mean your breathing is thrown off, much like your entire workout. The new wave of training masks aren’t only meant for training in elevated environments, some are claiming to change the way that you exercise. Increasing your strength is a concept of exercise that is hard enough to perfect. You know how to gain more strength but when it comes to actually lifting, your strength goes out the window. What is harder to ensure is getting greater, over strength, would be endurance. When most want to increase their endurance, they start on cardio workouts. Weightlifters that don’t utilize cardio can be missing out on many different opportunities to increase their endurance. Athletes who are needing a way to increase endurance levels have been getting behind the training mask.

One benefit of the hands-free training mask is that you don’t have to carry anything around. The dangers of trying to carry a sort of oxygen tank into the gym can create a mess. You won’t want to have large weights near anything combustible, like an oxygen tank. What you’re going to notice with the continued use of training masks is that your endurance will start to increase. The one drawback of these devices is that you will have to wear them throughout your entire workout. What I do like about training masks is that they don’t have to fit over your entire head. You don’t have to worry that you are going to have any parts of your eyes covered. Most training masks are able to fit effectively over the lower half of the face. Having stamina isn’t just a big component of a successful exercise plan, it is the main part. Without proper endurance, you are more likely to give up on your training. One of the secrets of some of the best weightlifters in the world are that they have amazing endurance.

Strength is to be gained but endurance must be maintained! These training masks are widely available and are fairly inexpensive. Most of the masks I have come across are durable and easy to wear. You can choose to have a plain model that doesn’t draw too much attention. You may even want to ask the staff at your gym if training masks are allowed to be used. Walking in to any business with a half mask on your face could draw some unwanted attention! I believe that we are only seeing the beginning of the popularity of a training mask. Entire sports teams are started to use these masks and I think that momentum will continue. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of these half-masks at your local gym.

Getting Fit on the Farm: Who Needs a Gym Membership?

One woman’s recent fitness showing had everyone wondering how she did it. However, her training wasn’t the product of a gym membership. I’m not knocking going to a fancy gym, I love my time spent in nice facilities. However, it is nice to know that you don’t need to spend those membership dues if you really want to shape up. One common exercise technique that can be used is the tire. No, there aren’t the tires that you get replaced on your vehicle but rather much larger tires, like those seen on tractors. Although they are made of just rubber, these larger tractor tires can weigh quite a bit. Not only do these tires weigh a ton they are also quite large!

flipping wheels

There are many different exercises that can be performed with a large tire. One favorite lift to do with a tire is a deadlift. Much like you’ve seen with actual weights, you can do a tire deadlift by simply picking the tire up and setting it back down. Since a tire is shaped to have a large hole in the center of it, you’ll usually stand in the middle, think of it like a really big hula hoop.

One exercise that I’ve seen people do with a tire but never understood it was the sledgehammer against a tire. However, a buddy of mine recently told me why people are taking hammers to tires. The key is not to think of anything involving the tire, it’s not there for strength. The true exercise comes from repeatedly swinging a heavy sledgehammer. After hearing this exercise explained in such a clear way, it made way more sense to me. Another benefit of using a sledgehammer and tire in combination is that it is a great way to relive stress. Seriously, after a bad day at the office there is not a much better way to get out your anger than knocking around a tire with a sledgehammer. Considering that you are going to be swinging around a heavy object, be sure that no one is standing around you. In addition, ensure that you know the right position to stand in when swinging a sledgehammer. You don’t want such a heavy hammer to get away from you while you are swinging it. A sledgehammer that is coming down with every ounce of force you can muster isn’t an object you want crashing into your shins.

Another popular way to train with a large tire is to flip it. It might sound like a relatively simple task to flip a tire over but it really does require a lot of work. First, you’ve got to get yourself positioned under the tire and use your lower body strength to flip that tire over. You learn quickly just how much a large tractor tire can weigh when you are trying to turn it over, that’s for sure! However, after a day of flipping around a tire you will be amazed at how beneficial it is for your muscles.

Don’t just believe one woman’s inspirational story, there are many other people who have used the great outdoors as their gym. You may have heard of one notable case, he is kind of a big deal. This super athlete, better known as Brock Lesnar, has loved farm training. Currently, he lives in Canada but has been known all his life to love the outdoors to use as a training place. Many people have decided to change their minds about where you can train and are now opting for a strictly outdoors training session.