The DAO of strength training
A key tip about strength training: Don't ignore your back. Photo by anonymous

The DAO of strength training

It is really hard, if not impossible, to make noticeable changes to your body without incorporating strength training. Most people shy away from it, or do it wrong. In this…

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Best Strength Training Apps
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Best Strength Training Apps

Summary of “GYM BRO APPS”

I am labeling this category “gym bro” because it’s what you think of when you think of full-on, lifting, gym-equipment type of workout. But it is a cornerstone of my fitness routine, and a major reason why I feel like superwoman on most days.

As part of a comprehensive fitness routine, strength training is important to keep that balance with cardio. It isn’t one over the other – in my experience, they are both necessary. There is something powerful about lifting and moving your body in ways you never thought possible. That extra testosterone boosts confidence, both in and outside the gym.

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The DAO of finding time to work out (and yes you can)
Even if all you have time for is to stretch, you are moving and sculpting your body. Photo by Alex Shaw

The DAO of finding time to work out (and yes you can)

Looking for a place to start with working out? First of all, you have to find the time. I have hacks where you can not only fit workouts into your day, but also fit workouts into your work.

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How to stay fit in a COVID world
The world is now your gym. Photo by Big Dodzy

How to stay fit in a COVID world

The “new normal”

 Our worlds, once so big, have gotten very small since March of 2020. 

Gyms and workout studios are closed (or closed, reopened, closed and kind of reopened).  Peloton sales have gone UP.  App sales have gone through the roof – the fitness industry, besides the toilet paper industry, is a real winner in these “uncertain times”.

There also have been winners and losers in the fitness sphere on the consumer side. I hear binary feedback from my audience – either they got in the best shape of their lives, or suffered from the “COVID 19” weight gain.

There is still time to change your fate.

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The Battle of the Bike-related apps: Peloton vs. SoulCycle/Equinox
You can clip into both bikes - but there is so much more to consider, including the apps that attach to them. Photo by Munbaik Cycling Clothing

The Battle of the Bike-related apps: Peloton vs. SoulCycle/Equinox

Yeah, I am going there. I feel like I have a fiduciary duty to my corporate audience to do so. So here we go: how do we finally settle the battle of the at-home workout between Peloton and SoulCycle? As you will find out, it’s really about the Peloton v Equinox brands, as well.

Also, note that Peloton and SoulCycle are not the only games in town. NordicTrack, a long-standing brand, is getting into the game with its iFit bike and treadmills. For the iFit bike experience, there is also a studio class experience, as well as simulated scenery rides, like Tour de France. Haven’t had a chance to check this out yet, but it’s worth mentioning. For now, we will mainly focus on the two frontrunners.

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Best fitness programs for overall weight loss
A lot of powerwalking and running are recommended on these weight loss programs. Photo by Cameron Venti

Best fitness programs for overall weight loss

If you are looking to lose weight, cardio is a necessary part of the equation. Strength training alone will not cut it. Most of us need a structured program, for that, as well as the RIGHT type of cardio. So what is that? Read this to find out!

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Toneitup v Jillian Michaels: Which live trainer app is better?
Both the Tone it Up and Jillian Michaels apps incorporate yoga-esque moves into their workouts. For many of the workouts, all you need is a yoga mat and your own bodyweight.

Toneitup v Jillian Michaels: Which live trainer app is better?

Both Jillian Michaels and Tone it up incorporate yoga-esque movements into their workouts. This ensures a comprehensive focus on mobility and strength.

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The SWEAT and Fit Body Apps
Both SWEAT and Fit Body recommend low intensity or "LISS" cardio several times a week to help burn more fat.

The SWEAT and Fit Body Apps

The SWEAT and FITBODY apps have a lot of similarities. Each has different qualities that can be appealing based on whether you value simplicity or more intensity.

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Fitness App Decision Tree
Decision trees help make business decisions - why not fitness decisions?

Fitness App Decision Tree

Finding a good fitness app or program is like trying to boil the ocean. I have a decision tree to help. I know if you are the corporate type, you love these. So follow me down this logical and effective way to decide what app is not just “awesome” but awesome FOR WHO YOU ARE.

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The DAO of crushing fitness while traveling
You can be fit in any country. This is me stretching while going on a run in Tokyo. Photo by anonymous.

The DAO of crushing fitness while traveling

You guys, it is REALLY tricky writing a fitness blog during a pandemic, especially while there is a vaccine being circulated. Should I even bother to write a post about traveling, especially for work. The eternal optimist in me says, absolutely. We will fly again, both for business and for pleasure, sooner rather than later.

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