Monthly Archives: August 2011

Oh no! Grass stains…

Weather in Portland is finicky in late August, who knows how much longer we’re going to have some sun?  No rain today, means we get to try out some “leg drags” as part of the garage workout.  Grass is the … Continue reading

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Low tech, on the road workout. (P.S. this is STRENGTH MOB!)

Traveling without access to your workout equipment?  When you just can’t get your hands on a barbell, set of rings, or kettlebells, you can still get a great low-tech burner using simple body-weight conditioning.  We’re currently on the road, away … Continue reading

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Be like Gumby… work those side bends.

Got to say that pairing the barbell squat push with the dumbbell clean and press, plus the Saxon side bend with the kettlebell windmills provided some nice shoulder, trunk, and quad fatigue. An excellent match, like pairing a fine Spanish … Continue reading

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Hanging barbell clean + squat jumps = brutal

The two pages below are the group workout we did out back in the garage yesterday, with the neighborhood crew.  No high bar was available, so we used gymnastic rings, which forces another degree of stability and control for the … Continue reading

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Circuit training – heavy on the lunges and rows

The two pages below illustrate the workout we muscled through yesterday. Prior to doing the walking lunges and handstand kick-ups, do 3-5 minutes of whole body warm-up to get the hips and shoulders ready for the onslaught (think jumping jacks, … Continue reading

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Bodyweight squat variations: Episode 9

For the ninth video blog, Ben demonstrates four bodyweight squat variations that are within the exercise prescription image library.  As with a basic air squat, key elements of a successful bodyweight squat revolve around watching your hip position to avoid … Continue reading

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Thursday night garage session

We’ve had as many as 12 people sweating and hustling in the backyard; alas, only three people showed up for our garage workout tonight. We still got busy with the workout illustrated below, yet a caveat is due: I went … Continue reading

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More garage-workout fun!

Here’s the workout we did in the garage/studio yesterday.  It’s a little light on the legs, emphasizing a bit more upper body and core strengthening.  You’ll need at least one partner to complete the leg toss, but the more the … Continue reading

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Circuit training workout from the BPM Rx studio

These two images are an example of the circuit training we’ve been doing for over a year and a half at the BPM Rx studio/garage.  Typically 4-8 friends will show up, rain or shine, to workout for about a solid … Continue reading

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Handstand push-up progression: Episode 8

In this video, Ben takes you through a push-up progression to prepare for a full handstand push-up.  The basic progression is to add a greater proportion of your body weight to your shoulders, in a more and more inverted position. … Continue reading

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