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Weekend Workout – Punch Like You Mean It

I feel that a lot of people believe that punching is just an upper body exercise and/or that kicking is just a lower body exercise.

That couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In order to throw a proper & powerful punch or kick, you have to use your entire body. The movement of both strikes starts from the ground and moves up to whichever limb you’re using. The total body rotational motion needed to throw an effective strike can be practiced in the weekend workout below.

Head to the ETT YouTube channel (link) if you need further instruction on the jab + power hook and/or cross + lead uppercut hand combinations. I recommend performing the workout in interval format (30 sec work/30 sec rest) for 12-20 minutes. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

If you complete this or any weekend workout, please let us know in the comment section below OR you can send us a pic/video of you doing the workout on social media (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). ENJOY!

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Weekend Workout – Landlubbers Need to Stay Fit Too

Gasparilla is a local Tampa tradition that is celebrated by a fictitious pirate invasion and subsequent parade. Parade attendees need to be in peak physical condition in order grab the highly sought after Gasparilla beads that are hurled from elaborate floats. This weekend workout is designed to help those landlubbers grab the most pirate booty.

Even if you’re not joining in on the pirate themed festivities, you can still benefit from completing this bodyweight workout. I recommend performing the workout in interval format (30 sec work/30 sec rest) for 12-20 minutes. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Head to the Tampa Strength YouTube channel (link) for video demonstrations of the exercises in this weekend workout. Let us know in the comment section below if you completed this or any weekend workout. Arrrgghh!

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Weekend Workout – Turning Squats into a Total Body Exercise

Want an exercise that works multiple muscle groups simultaneously? Then you need compound exercises and this edition of the weekend workout just happens to be full of them. After you complete one circuit of the squat variations below, you’ll know that they’re much more than just leg exercises.

Head to the ETT YouTube channel (link) if you need further instruction on several of the exercises listed below. I recommend performing the workout in interval format (30 sec work/30 sec rest) for 16-24 minutes. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Let us know in the comment section below if you completed this or any weekend workout. ENJOY!

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Weekend Workout – Nothing like a little Holiday Spirit to Fuel your Fitness

I made this very festive workout video almost 3 years ago when I discovered that a very common holiday activity actually burns calories. According to calorielab.com, one hour or “light” present wrapping can burn approximately 40 calories. Not a ton, but what if you combined it with one of the most effective compound bodyweight exercises, the squat?

The interval workout featured in the video below combines several minutes of body weight squats with several minutes of present wrapping. This workout will allow you to simultaneously finish your necessary wrapping and provide you with the ever important holiday season workout. If you’re as busy as I am during this holiday season, this may be just want St. Nick ordered.

Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level. Connect with us on social media and share pics/videos of you performing this or any weekend workout (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Weekend Workout – You have to get up to get down

Standing, kneeling, tabletop and supine. Those are the positions you’ll be in during this weekend workout. Changing the position of an exercise can increase or decrease the number of muscle groups necessary to complete one rep correctly.

This bodyweight workout will start you off jumping and end with you laying flat on your back, hopefully after you complete the recommended four to six circuits of 30 sec work/30 sec rest. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Connect with us on social media and share pics/videos of you performing this or any weekend workout (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). ENJOY!

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What’s On The Menu is this Weekend’s Workout

I didn’t get my weekly “What’s on the Menu” post done for its normal Thursday post date, but I still wanted to share it with you. Read about my experience with intermittent fasting then enjoy another effective weekend workout.

I was first introduced to the idea of fasting during my formative years in Catholic elementary school. Every Friday during Lent (the 40 days leading up to Easter), all Catholics were encouraged to fast during the day and then finish the day with a “meatless” dinner. Thankfully the Bible didn’t consider seafood meat, which meant I enjoyed a lot of McDonald’s fish sandwiches and pizza for dinner during Lent.

I’ll admit that my dedication to daylight fasting during Lent was spotty at best and, as devoted to Catholicism as my parents were and still are, they didn’t send my brother and I to school without lunches.  I was extremely grateful to them at the time, but with what I know now, periodic fasting could have been extremely beneficial.

The origins of fasting date back to ancient Greece and it’s inclusion in numerous religious doctrine make it one of the oldest weight loss/control methods. Even though its been used for several millennia, the extent of fasting’s metabolic benefits are just starting to be discovered (source).

One of my go-to sources for the latest health research, Dr. Rhoda Patrick, has been promoting the benefits of intermittent fasting, which she refers to as time restricted eating, for some time now. The basic concept is that you have an eating window everyday that syncs up to your natural circadian rhythm. The research suggests that the most metabolic benefits occur with a eating window of no more than 12 hours and, unlike my Lenten fasts, occurs during the day (source).

Studies have shown that adherence to this way of eating may save you from a number of the leading causes of death. Several recent discoveries about the death-defying benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Every other day fasting found to reduce obesity and insulin resistance by changing gut bacteria (source)
  • An 11-hour eating window associated with a significant reduction in breast cancer risk & reduction in recurrence (source)
  • Frequent fasting has been shown to reduce the insulin-like grown factor 1 (IGF1) which has been show to proliferate the growth of cancer cells (source)

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I’ve been partaking in time restricted eating for the past 3 weeks and I’ll admit it’s pretty tough for someone like me. I have a very active job and some days I leave the house before 7am and don’t return till 8pm. Thankfully I’ve been very good at packing a lunch full of nutritious and satiating foods that help me get enough fuel in during my eating window.

Even though I started my current intermittent fasting plan with no desire to lose weight, I’ve lost nearly 5 lbs in 3 weeks. I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but when you’re 5’11” and 160, losing 5 lbs without really trying is pretty significant. As great as the weight loss is, I’m more excited by the possibility that this way of eating can help me prolong my life.

Another way to prolong your life is with regular exercise, which is why you should try the weekend workout featured below. This workout includes several variations of one of the most beneficial exercise there is, the squat.

Squats are considered a compound exercise, which means they are multi-joint movements that require the use of various muscle groups. Try to knockout these various forms of the squat and make sure you let us know in the comment section below or on social media (FacebookInstagram or Twitter) how you feel the next day. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level. ENJOY!

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Weekend Workout – Get your kicks with this bodyweight workout

Even though it’s important to get a little R&R on the weekend, you don’t want to TOTALLY neglect your workout routine. With that in mind, here is a workout that combines a pair of common bodyweight exercises with two basic striking techniques.

Head to the ETT YouTube channel (link) if you need further instruction on the jab + cross and/or front kick exercises. I recommend performing the workout in interval format (30 sec work/30 sec rest) for 12-16 minutes. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Let us know in the comment section below if you completed this or any weekend workout. ENJOY!

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ETT Wrap Show Ep.11

This week’s episode of the ETT Wrap Show is compelling to say the least. Tyler and I discuss The Tampa RiverwalkUFC news and how different body types can effect how a specific exercise is performed. We spend the remainder of the episode answering several……interesting listener questions. You can get your question answered by us on an upcoming episode by simply leaving it in the comment section below. You’ll hear in this episode that we’ll answer pretty much any question. ENJOY IT!