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MAPS Prime, A 3-Year User’s Review

I’ve been using the MAPS Prime program from the guys over at Mind Pump for a little over three years now. Even when I’m not running a MAPS-based program, Prime is integrated into my practice. MAPS Prime is a program that helps you self-assess movement and mobility issues that should be addressed when training. It then helps you, step by step, to develop a customized warm-up and recovery program that is specific to you and …

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I used MAPS Prime Pro for 2 years and this is what happened

As a 50-year-old with a history of injuries, I have to do everything I can to not only deal with the injuries I’ve had in the past but to make sure I don’t injure myself going forward. Several years ago, I’d simply had enough. I found myself absolutely fed up with the state of my health at that time. I was in my late 40’s, overweight by almost 40 lbs, and in pain. I needed …

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Rep Fitness AB-5200 Bench: An Owner’s Review

Eight months ago, I ordered the Rep Fitness AB-5200 adjustable weight bench. I didn’t need a new bench (my Rep AB-3000 was working beautifully for me), but I like to buy new gear every now and then, and I’d been looking at the AB-5200 for some time. I originally bought the AB-3000 because of its price and ability to decline. I ended up never using the decline, and thanks to a bonus I received at …

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Rep Fitness AB-3000 Bench: An Owner’s Review

The big four of rack, weights, bar, and bench are essential parts of a complete home gym. It’s hard to say that one of those is more important than the others. It’s not hard to say which will be most noticeable if you go cheap or low quality. Buying a cheap or low-quality bench is immediately noticeable. Safety, durability, and comfort all suffer when using a sub-par weight bench.  The good news is that a …

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How to do pull-ups in gyms with low ceilings.

The pull-up is a foundational functional movement pattern that everyone should train regularly. While it’s one of the more challenging movements anyone can do in a gym, it’s one that has a myriad of benefits that apply to everyday life. The pull-up is also a movement that requires more vertical room to perform than any other resistance training movement pattern. This makes it challenging to do in a gym with a low ceiling. Luckily, there …

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Overhead Pressing in gyms with low ceilings.

In its many forms, the overhead press is one of the best compound lifts you can do when training with weights. After the “big three” (bench press, squat, and deadlift), some consider the overhead press a very close fourth when it comes to critical lifts. While there are a significant number of variations of this lift, all of them require you to press weight over your head. This can present problems for people training in …