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Enjoy the benefits of using improvised unconventional objects in your strength training

Exercises with improvised unconventional objects (e.g., sandbags, rockballs, and weight sleds) can really set your fitness practice apart. These exercises are a lot of fun and very challenging, but not so challenging that people can't do them. They have a great impact on the overall body. They challenge you in ways that fixed weight will never do, and provide simulation for real-life crises and situations. That's because they force the body to adjust to irregular shapes and uneven weight distribution. Most unconventional objects are easy and inexpensive to make, with materials like rock gravel and ... Continue Reading

Enjoy the benefits of using improvised unconventional objects in your strength training 2018-04-04T21:03:50+00:00

Strength training: The trouble with the no pain, no gain philosophy

"No pain, no gain!" has been recited over and over again perhaps by millions of people. It is almost a mantra unto itself. Today I venture to rock the proverbial boat on this well-worn cliche, due to its misuse by so many people. There needs to be a distinction made between focused, dedicated, relentless effort and physical pain (which is often the warning sign of an impending injury). A while ago I was watching an online video on strongman training. I respect these guys a lot, and I value the way they train. One thing ... Continue Reading

Strength training: The trouble with the no pain, no gain philosophy 2018-04-04T20:59:12+00:00

Do you believe certain incorrect myths about strength and weight training programs?

We find that many fitness professionals sometimes have misconceptions about developing strength, power, and muscle endurance. Read some of the myths below and see which ones may apply to you. If you are interested in learning more about REAL strength training, sign up for "Strength for the Streets" on our website.   MYTH ONE: Cardio activities increase metabolism the same or more than Strength training activities. FACT: Once a cardio workout is done, its effect on metabolism ends. Research shows that a high intensity strength workout can keep the metabolism up for hours to days ... Continue Reading

Do you believe certain incorrect myths about strength and weight training programs? 2018-04-04T10:24:49+00:00

Is your fitness program about beach muscles or true strength?

In our experience, there are two types of fitness programs: The first type of program is great for clients who want "beach muscles" and/or want to look pretty. The second type of program builds true strength, endurance, and power. It is important to be honest about which kind of program, and which results, you offer. In the first case, you are toning the body. But you aren't giving people the kind of strength they need to be more effective in their everyday situations, in crises, or in sports. To get those kinds of on-the-street real ... Continue Reading

Is your fitness program about beach muscles or true strength? 2018-04-04T10:19:07+00:00

Self-Defense Training Tip: Does fighting back really make a difference?

Many people question whether ordinary people really can fight off muggers. Now at least three long-term studies provide proof, and this is good news for members/trainers with The Family Safety Institute. A 10-year study of attacks on women (covering 733 rapes, 1278 sexual assaults, and 12,235 regular assaults) showed that resisting an attempted attack lowered the odds of the bad guy completing the act by almost two thirds. A study of 3,206 assaults against women revealed that women who fought back early in the attack (as we teach in our Family Safety Institute program) were ... Continue Reading

Self-Defense Training Tip: Does fighting back really make a difference? 2018-04-04T10:14:45+00:00

Self-Defense Training Tip: Know and teach the vulnerable spots of the body

The human body is loaded with vulnerable spots. To defend yourself effectively, and teach your clients to do the same, one must focus on these spots and strike them. So, what are the vulnerable spots of the body? If you are attacked, focus on these spots on your attacker: Eyes. Poke and scratch. Ears. A good cuff to one or both ears is very disorienting. Biting the ear also works. Nose. A strike to the nose can distract somebody. Throat. Poke the throat and your attacker will need to recover. Sternum/solar plexus. Striking here can ... Continue Reading

Self-Defense Training Tip: Know and teach the vulnerable spots of the body 2018-04-04T10:11:43+00:00

Get a Street Smart Guide when you teach Self-Defense with the Family Safety Institute

The world is not the way it used to be, when kids  could ride their bikes alone all day and even into the night, or when women could walk alone in the dark and not worry. That's why we provide you with a Street Smart Guide to use to give to your clients when you teach Self-Defense when you get Certified as a Self-Defense Fitness Trainer with us. Your clients need to be aware and alert at all times, and your information could make a huge difference to them. Here are a few tips you ... Continue Reading

Get a Street Smart Guide when you teach Self-Defense with the Family Safety Institute 2018-04-04T10:05:57+00:00

Boxing Fitness Tip: Do less (plus a boxing fitness marketing tip)

Here are two boxing fitness tips for you, one about boxing fitness form, and one about attracting boxing fitness clients. First, a tip about boxing fitness form: In Boxing as in many sports, it is important to DO LESS to get more. So many people use too much energy throwing punches. They flail around with their arms, have too much extraneous movement, and lean in and out with their body (and head, making for a great target). Do less. For instance, with the upper cut, use the core to drive the punch upward. The arm ... Continue Reading

Boxing Fitness Tip: Do less (plus a boxing fitness marketing tip) 2018-04-02T23:14:45+00:00

Excerpt from our Strength from the Streets Manual: strength, power, and endurance defined

Here is an excerpt from the "Strength for the Streets" Program Manual by Frank DiMeo: What separates "Strength for the Streets" from other programs is that we focus on the most difficult 15 seconds to 15 minutes of your life. We're not worried about making you pretty or slim, or helping you to lose weight. This is not a program to look like a body builder. We are going to build your strength so you can move something heavy. We're going to build your power to give you that explosive speed, and muscle endurance as ... Continue Reading

Excerpt from our Strength from the Streets Manual: strength, power, and endurance defined 2018-04-02T23:10:18+00:00

Family Safety Self-Defense Tip #1: Make yourself an inconvenient target

The first secret to protecting yourself is to be an inconvenient target to an attacker. Of course, this means exercising street smarts, a subject we will cover in another blog article. But sometimes street smarts are not enough. Sometimes, like it or not, you have no choice but to protect yourself. In such a situation, you must become an inconvenient target. Attackers look for easy prey. You want to be a challenge. Therefore, if somebody approaches you in a way that seems strange, you MUST be prepared to make a scene and to shock and ... Continue Reading

Family Safety Self-Defense Tip #1: Make yourself an inconvenient target 2018-04-03T16:59:14+00:00
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