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Elevation Training Mask helps condition the lungs by creating pulmonary resistance, strengthening the lungs, and increasing the surface area and elasticity in training Tough Spotters always seek a high level of conditioning Happy training days Spotters Happiness


To lift Or Not To Lift

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The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of transiently elevated endogenous hormone concentrations during exercise on strength training adaptations. Ten subjects performed four unilateral strength training session per week on the elbow flexors for 11 weeks. During two of the weekly sessions, leg exercises were performed to acutely increase the systemic anabolic hormone concentration immediately before the exercises for one of the elbow flexors.On the two other weekly training sessions, the contralateral elbow flexors were trained without prior leg exercises. By randomizing one arm of the subjects to serve as a control and the other as experimental, both conditions have the same nutritional and genetic environment. Serum testosterone and growth hormone was significantly increased during said  training session, while no hormonal changes occurred in the previous session. Both sessions  increased 1RM in biceps curl, peak power in elbow flexors at 30 and 60% of 1RM, and muscle volume of the elbow flexors In conclusion, performing leg exercises prior to arm exercises, and thereby increasing the levels of serum testosterone and growth hormone, induced superior strength training adaptations compared to arm training without acute elevation of hormones. Ps Get your weight training on because it’s benefits are superior to none-other . Get Your tough Spot On.


Reach For The Sky

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If You focus on results you will never change If you focus on change you will get results. Long-term health & strength require an investment in your body that might not pay noticeable dividends for weeks or months. It’s scary, but true. Of course, it’s no fun to keep looking in the mirror without seeing what you visualize when you close your eyes at night. When you feel yourself mouthing the words “It’s not working,” it can seem like the only options you have are drastic change or heading back to the couch. If you’re struggling to stay the course, don’t abandon all hope and give up on fitness just yet. You might just need some guidance and wisdom from a few fit minds. Check out our web site try KATMA & Primal Unleashed  conditioning guides , Heed our  advice we have helped countless clients get fit for life. Get Your Tough Spot On .


The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday

 

The Only Easy Day was Yesterday Try below If You Dare send us your times Toughspotgym@gmail.com get your Tough Spot On

Treadmill (10% incline/10 mph) 30 seconds
Tough Spot Bar Squat( PVC pipe) 10 rep
Wide-Grip Pull-Up 10 reps
Double-Under Jump (jump rope) 20 reps
Heavy Bag Twirl 5 reps
Box Jump 20 reps
 Jump (jump rope) 20 reps
Punching bag Clean and Press 10 reps

Start from the top of the list and work your way down as fast as possible while maintaining good form on each exercise. There’s no scheduled rest. Perform the sequence 10 times total, noting your time after the final sandbag clean and press


Get Your Inner Neanderthal On

THE BRAZILIAN FLAG

THE BRAZILIAN FLAG – BANDERIA DO BRASIL – ORDEM E PROGRESSO

The next time your better half calls you a caveman or cavewoman, take it as a compliment regarding your highly evolved eating habits. 70% of the calories we eat today come from refined sugars, flour and vegetable oils. We’re hard-wired as primates to find something that’s sweet. We’ve taken that sweet and put it together with fat and we call it a donut. The Paleo Diet has been steadily adopted by the athletes worldwide to help get them in touch with their inner Neanderthal by fasting for a day here and there and chasing grueling workouts with brontosaurus-size quantities of meat. The bottom line is the diet is not complicated. Eat the food that you are adapted to in your genetic niche, and you’ll be OK. So what does it take to go Captain Caveman? (Hint: it’s definitely not hoarding copious amounts of mastodon meat in a separate cold storage unit in Alaska) Do some hunting and gathering in the outside aisles of your grocery store and stock up on protein rich in Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, and lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. You can skip the dairy and grains section of the outside aisles. They are a no-go in the Paleo Diet philosophy. “Humans never ate dairy products. Can you imagine trying to milk a wild animal? That only occurred about 10,000 years ago. Lastly, get sunlight. Homo sapiens are meant to be outside (My Fellow Michiganders know this), not cooped up in dimly lit offices hunched over computers choking down a bag of microwave popcorn for lunch. Remember like the  T Shirt reads “Cavemen do it better”.


Solid As A Rock

THE FRENCH FLAG

THE FRENCH FLAG -REVOLUTION & FREEDOM


I know what you’re thinking another grueling workout but not today REST DAY. Congratulations to our Tough Spotter Winners (Michelle. J & Luke. H)of time trials for last posted workouts they both received complementary personal training sessions with The Primal Unleashed Teaser Guide( full guide when we launch later this month) Although much prized, especially in sports, mental toughness is a term that is sometimes overused with regards to behavior during high-pressure situations. Our Stone Age ancestors didn’t need a big motivational speech to get them out of the cave and off to hunt for the necessities of survival. So what is mental toughness and how can we nurture and develop it in ourselves and others.  Motivation, that factor of wanting to achieve a specific goal more than anything else, is a key factor that separates champions from well non Tough Spotters
. Belief in yourself, the best athletes believe in themselves and as a result are better able to persevere through setbacks. Focus, mentally tough people don’t get distracted. They constantly stay on target by reminding themselves of what it is they are trying to achieve. Putting it into Practice Here’s how can we enhance our own levels of mental toughness. Set Realistic Goals – Goals are a roadmap that marks out how you’re going to get from where you are to where you want to be. For best results, think of the acronym of SMART goals. They should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Stay Positive, negative thought patterns only take away from your ability to attain your goals. Resolve to find the positive side to every situation, no matter how bleak it may seem. Internal Dialog, many of us get stuck in negative feedback loops in our heads (Sound Familiar). We criticize ourselves, focusing on negative outcomes and even berate ourselves as if we were the fans of an opposing team. Your thoughts eventually become your actions so make sure you don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Focus on the Present, no matter what’s happened in the past, you can’t change it. You can only focus on the here and now. Worrying too much about the past or future detracts from your ability to focus on what you need to do to achieve your goals. When you make mistakes, let them go. When you do something fantastic, let it go as well. Both can negatively affect your level of attention to what you need to do right here, right now. As you work through these ideas, keep in mind that mental toughness is a skill, just as shooting a basketball or making a proper golf swing is a skill. You wouldn’t expect to master either of those skills immediately and you won’t master the art of mental toughness immediately either. Just keep working and try to get a little better each day more consistent, more confident and more focused the foolproof method of eventual success.

 


Unleash The Beast From Within

Training methods have changed dramatically in the last 10 years & for the better if I might say so myself. We are talking about unconventional training apparatus & routines, like heavy ropes, tyres, prowlers, rocks , kettlebells, sandbags, medicine balls together with body weight exercises. We at The Tough Spot Gym incorporate all the above to give our Tough Spotters a variety not to mention keep them on their toes. You might ask why I keep going on about this ? Because the results are there, research with trial & error have shown our body does not know muscle it knows movement. Unconventional training routines & workouts are usually known as caveman / cavewoman workouts. Let me elaborate a little on this in regards to using compound versus isolation exercises. Compound exercises are exercises that use more than one muscle group & run multiple joints in opposition to isolation exercises that limit one joint & one muscle group. An example of a multiple joint exercise would be the traditional squat, strengthening quadriceps,hamstrings, hip flexors & gluteus & working through the hip & knee-joint at the same time. A typical isolation exercise would be a preacher curl or dumbbell biceps curls that targets biceps & only moves the elbow joint. Even today still in gyms across our great nation we see the same thing day in day out an overweight guy walks on the treadmill for 4 minutes, then hits the chest press for a few sets, then he grabs the curl bar, stares into the mirror , then cranks out 2 sets of bicep curls. When he is done with that he grabs a squishy mat to do a few reps of crunches. If this sounds like you, you’re  in for a rude awakening ….. when you try our KATMA Strength & Conditioning Guide or take one of our group classes. You will learn to UNLEASH THE BEAST FROM WITHIN………


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