Monthly Archives: February 2012

Garage Gym Workout: Tricep Heavy & Fun with Isometrics

Two new exercise illustrations grace the Strength Mob garage workout today: sumo squat jumping jacks and a barbell chest press on the floor. The chest press combined with the overhead dumbbell extensions (aka “skull crushers”), yields a wicked tricep workout.  … Continue reading

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Grip Strength: Bouldering and Parkour

In my quest to improve at both bouldering and parkour over the last few months, I’ve run into the problem of my forearms giving out before my shoulders or biceps, when working on hanging skills. It’s obvious that to gain … Continue reading

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Circuit training: Dumbbell Burpees + Upside-down Push-ups

The Strength Mob garage was full tonight, with 6 returning people plus a newcomer.  We rocked the warm-up with jump rope and dumbbbell swings, before getting into a wicked circuit of good morning lifts, box jumps, dumbbell burpees, and jackknife … Continue reading

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Garage Workout – single leg jumps and goblet squats

Tonight’s garage workout has a rather wicked warm-up of 100 knee-to-face leg lifts, performed in the quadruped position.  I’m thinking of renaming them “Portland Butt Lifts”… they really work your glutes and hamstrings. After the warm-up, you’ll do Half Moon … Continue reading

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Circuit Training: Shoulder happiness

Today’s Strength Mob garage workout pumps the shoulders pretty hard – be prepared.  Following a brief warm-up, the circuit training starts with a barbell clean, which requires a strong shoulder shrug to initiate the lift. Then, it’s on to overhead … Continue reading

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Fun with my new weight vest: rings, parallettes, & plyo-box

Here’s a quick video I threw together out in the garage, prior to Valentine’s dinner tonight.  I had just picked up a new 16 lb weight vest and wanted to see what it was like to workout with.  I submitted … Continue reading

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Circuit Training: Lunges and Kettlebell Swings

Today’s Strength Mob circuit training workout is pretty old school with just some basic forward barbell lunges and single arm kettlebell swings.  I’m whupped from doing some parkour training yesterday (getting ready for a hopeful spot on American Ninja Warrior!) … Continue reading

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MMA and Parkour Strengthening: Get Upside-down

Parkour and mixed martial arts (MMA) are two sports in which you can often find your body positioned in a variety of intense and unplanned-for postures.  To prepare as much as possible, it’s important to search out and perform exercises … Continue reading

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Circuit Training – split deadlifts and offset lunges

The women out numbered the men 3 to 1 in the Strength Mob garage this evening, and boy did they hustle! For today’s circuit training, we threw in a couple of new movements, including an offset dumbbell forward lunge and … Continue reading

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Garage Circuit Training: Core Shredder

Today’s Strength Mob circuit training workout can be completed in 40 minutes or less if you hustle and keep the chit chat in your garage to a minimum.  The 4 “circuit” motions are breezed through pretty easily, but the 4 … Continue reading

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