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The GI Joe Workout Trains You Like an Action Hero

Want to train like a Hollywood action star? Philly.com recently profiled Platoon Fitness founder Mike Smaltz, who was asked by Paramount Pictures to develop the GI Joe Workout in honor of their recent movie GI Joe: Retaliation .

In the article, Mike shares, “So here’s how it works: There are 10 exercises on the to-do list. You’re generally on a team of 2-3 people and you’re racing against the clock. The first exercise is to complete 500 feet as a team on the Jacobs Ladder, and your last exercise is a ¼ mile hill sprint done by the whole team. The other eight exercises on the list can be completed in any order, so if someone on your team is feeling weak in the legs after 25 “loaded slides,” then it might be a good idea to tackle the 30 pull-ups next – you get the jist?”

Way to go Mike!… [Read More]

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Is Functional Training Right For You?

Finding balance through fitnessI used to train for performance. Now, at age 50, I exercise so that I can continue to do the things that I enjoy and to keep my good health as long as possible. Although I can’t say with certainty that regular exercise will extend your life (my Polish grandmother lived until 85 and her only exercise was making pierogi!), I am convinced it will improve the quality of your life. Here is a helpful article from the Mayo Clinic on the many benefits of “Functional Exercise“.

As the article nicely states, functional exercises “are designed to train and develop your muscles to make it easier and safer to perform everyday activities, such as carrying groceries or playing a game of basketball with your kids.” Although these exercises are obviously ideal for non-athletes and those in rehab, functional training has become a buzzword in the sports gyms across America.… [Read More]

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