The “new” Normal

The fitness industry has taken a massive hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people that would frequent a gym had multiple memberships at various gyms based on location, work schedules, and travel schedules. When the gyms were told to shutter their business, there was a collective, industry wide, “what the heck do we do […]

Power Blocks vs “old school” Dumbbells

Have you been stuck in quarantine for months and the only kind of exercise you have been doing is lifting a beer can or lifting the recliner to get it closer to the TV?  With many of the fitness centers across the nation being closed during the recent pandemic, staying in shape has been a […]

Compact Home Gym Review

Compact Home Gym Review   1st let me qualify myself….  I am a business owner with access to every home gym on the market.  After 28 years of trying, buying, selling and servicing, I felt it would be beneficial to offer my recommendations for compact home gyms.   Please understand I have no incentive to “sell” […]

Houston Obesity

Houston, we have a problem. Like most major US cities, the percentage of obesity has been climbing steadily for years. This rise goes hand in hand with increases in heart disease, diabetes, low back issues, knee and hip issues, and cancer. The proliferation of restaurants, and their enormous serving sizes, all contribute to this obesity […]

Elliptigo, or Ellipti-no?

 In this blog, I am going to go over what the elliptigo is and the different kinds of Elliptigos, why it is superior to a walk in the park, the different features an Elliptigo has, and what part(s) of your body the Elliptigo works out.     The Elliptigo is a stand up bike that […]

Fitness – Time to start working out?

Fitness…   What do you think of when you hear the word fitness or working out?  Do you think of sweat, pain, a burden, etc? How does it make you feel?  Maybe intimidated, a desire to be lazy, for some maybe it’s even motivated.  What about diet? All of these words bring about different emotions. If […]

Importance of using Heart rate training

Heart rate training is important for two main reasons, that is, to make sure your workout is safe for you, and to measure your progress.  It isn’t a good idea to workout and have your heart rate in an unsafe zone.  Then, as you progress, you will be able to get your heart rate up, […]

Former Mr. Texas gives his quick version of “Lifting Heavy vs Lifting …

Former Mr. Texas give his answer as to what is better! The only real benefit of lifting heavy is it makes you stronger. Lifting heavy activates more fast twitch muscle fibers giving you more explosive strength which is great for power lifting and Olympic lifting. I recommend lifters train in both the lower and higher […]

Doing cardio on a piece of strength equipment

A cardiovascular workout can be achieved while doing muscular training. My personal favorite way to do this is what I call super sets. This is when you are working 2 muscle groups at the same time. Begin with a set of reps on the first exercise, but during the “break” or “rest” portion, knock out […]

Recumbent Bikes vs Upright Bikes

As the store manager of a Specialty Fitness store, I always get the same question:  Why would I purchase a recumbent bike over an upright bike?   Here is my take on which bike is best for you! Recumbent bikes. Recumbent bikes are easier on the lower back (lumbar spine) due to the way you sit […]