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vol. 2013 issue 1



Santa was good to me!

I know, I know... it's better to give than to receive.  I completely agree with that.  However, while I am receiving, I might as well enjoy it J

Of course I asked for a bunch of odd fitness equipment to add to my arsenal once again.  I certainly don't expect everyone to take an interest in these items, but thought it would be at least a little interesting to make you aware of them.  Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to some of my new toys...

Fat Gripz

Fat Gripz are hard rubber sleeves that snap over any bar to increase the circumference of it.  Thick bar training with Fat Gripz increases muscle activation and gives you more strength.  So that means by working your hands and forearms harder, you’re increasing the muscle activation – and strengthening your upper arms, shoulders, chest and back.

Using Fat Gripz, you may notice that there’s less pressure on joints like your wrists, elbows and shoulders.  By using a wider grip on the bar, you’re actually spreading the weight more evenly.

I've looked at various "Fat Bars" for years, and they're not cheap.  When these Fat Gripz came out they seemed like a great option for fat bar training and I'm looking forward to putting them to good use!

Eagle Loops

I came across these crazy looking straps when browsing for some other pieces of equipment, and they just looked insane enough to give them a shot!

Basic exercises turn into finger-strengthening moves par excellence when you when you hitch the Eagle Loops over a chinning bar for pull-ups. Connect them to a bar or loading pin for deadlifts, rows and static holds.  The Eagle Loops are perfect if you're interested in developing static strength, where you will be steadily holding your hand open as you chin or deadlift the weight. They are a favorite of rock climbers and martial artists, including MMA.

Dog Bone Pull-up Bar

Yeah, you can see that I'm REALLY drawn to these crazy grip type tools!  The Rogue Dog Bone has two unique surfaces for grip work. Use the extra fat 3" center section or challenge your fingers with the spherical ends. The strap can be attached to a pull-up bar or kettlebell. Use chain to attach it to bumpers or cast iron weight plates.

Ultimate Sandbag (Burly)

I decided to add a 3rd Ultimate Sandbag to my collection.  This "Burly" model is best for Strongman type training. The Burly Ultimate Sandbag and can work as little as 80 pounds up to approximately 160 pounds.  I'm already planning to add a few choice exercises to our warrior workout circuits to make use of this monster J

This dynamic system allows immense variety and fun while giving you the results you want.  The outer shell provides five different gripping options (3 handles on top of the Ultimate Sandbag, 2 on the opposing end, and side handles) to train over 300 dynamic exercises.

Dip Station

Another addition to the TODAY! Fitness dungeon, I had to make room for this Dip Station.  You can build awesome shoulders, thicker delts, and killer triceps with this freestanding dip station. I went with the Body Solid model since I have found Body Solid to be a very reliable, middle-of-the-road cost, and well designed brand of equipment. 

I'm already planning to be extra good next year to see if Santa will hook me up again.  You're more than welcome to come on over and play with my new toys J.




Sandbag Exercise of the Month!

Clean & Press Squat Thrust


Switching things up for 2013 and going with sandbag exercises.  I've been a huge fan of sandbag exercises for years now due to their versitility, portability, and the amazing workouts that you can get from them.  While there are certainly several types of sandbags, and different reasons for using each, I'm going to focus on the standard bags that allow you to grab a handful of canvas and really work your hand and forearm muscles in addition to the actual exercise.


This Clean & Press Squat Thrust is an awesome exercise for overall conditioning since it uses multiple muscle groups.  Legs, abs, shoulders, triceps... all firing away during this one. 


Target:  legs, butt, abs, chest, shoulders, triceps (hamstrings, gluteus maximus, rectus abdominis, pectoralis major, deltoids, triceps brachii)

Description:  Stand with your feet shoulder width apart with the sandbag at your toes.  Squat down with your head up and your butt back while you grasp the cloth at the top of the sandbag.  Explode up with your legs while you pull the sandbag up to your chest.  As the sandbag reaches your chest, drop your elbows and load your wrists and palms below the sandbag.  Press the sandbag overhead, pause, and return it to your chest.  Reverse the motion back down to the floor as you squat down.  Jump your legs back, perform a pushup, then jump back to the starting position.

There's an App for That

I absolutely LOVE this app!  You can't beat the convenience of shooting a quick video of your child, a client, or athlete from your phone... stepping through the video in slow motion (forward or backward) with the manual scroll dial... making notes.. and recording audio analysis.  I just picked up this app for $2... compared to the several hundred dollars that you would pay for a video analysis breakdown at a professional service.  It's seriously a cheap tool that every coach should really look into.

Here's the iTunes details:  Record it.  Break it down. Get better.  Improve your pitcher's fastball, straighten your golf swing, easily break down a volleyball serve, improve soccer skills, or even demonstrate weightlifting form.  Coach's Eye makes instant feedback possible on the field or on the go.

Video Capture and Import

  • Record HD video.

  • Import video from your device's Camera Roll, email, or apps like Dropbox.

  • Instant import of videos shared from other Coach's Eye users.

Instant Video Analysis

  • Slow-motion video review is easy using our flywheel for precise video scrubbing.

  • Zoom and pan videos during analysis to see just the details that matter.

  • Draw on videos using lines, arrows, circles, squares, and freehand tools.

  • Create videos that include audio commentary, annotations, and slow-motion.


It's Go Time!

RESOLUTION:  (n) a resolve or determination: to make a firm resolution to do something.

"A resolve or determination"  I like that word "determination".  Determination frequently makes the difference between success and failure... between winning and losing.  Determination is a firm intention to achieve a desired end. 

"To make a firm resolution to do something" That's right, New Year's is a perfect time to set your goals for the year.  Year long goals are called macro goals.  "I want to run my first 1/2 marathon this year".  Certainly an admirable goal, but without the specifics about how you are going to get there, there is way too much risk of putting things off, or not preparing appropriately to get the job done.  Once you make your macro goals, you need to break it into pieces (micro goals) and plan your steps.  Having specific milestones, by specific dates, helps you to focus on what you need to do to reach your overall goal.

So now as we welcome in 2013 and prepare for the year, take a moment to write down your goals/resolutions for the year.  Put some thought into it... write down your macro and micro goals... and once you've done that, post it on your mirror, refrigerator, or wall.  Be determined for success and don't accept anything less!  Good Luck!

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Exceed Your Potential!

Pete Mazzeo, CPT

"I may not be there yet,
but I'm closer than I was yesterday."


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