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MAPS Prime, A 3-Year User’s Review

In Programs by Tim Steward

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

In Programs by Tim Steward

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

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

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

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on April 19th, 2021 at 05:48 pmThe 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 …

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

In Equip Your Gym, Guides, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:45 pmThe 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 …

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Overhead Pressing in gyms with low ceilings.

In Equip Your Gym, Guides, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:44 pmIn 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. …

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Picking the right size motor for your treadmill

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 27th, 2021 at 05:35 pmWhile all treadmills look similar to each other, some key differences will help you determine which treadmill is right for you. Deck height, deck cushion, belt width, platform length, and motor size are just a few. Some of those differences will determine how well the treadmill performs. Others will determine how long the treadmill lasts. Some, like the size of the motor, will impact both. For this …

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The best indoor cardio solutions for home gyms with low ceilings

In Equip Your Gym, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:46 pmMany home gym owners seem to think that all they need is a treadmill or rower or tend to leave the cardio out altogether. In my opinion, both sides of that argument are wrong. As I’ve written about numerous times, all home gyms need three basic components: Space to train Resistance to train with An indoor cardio option That said, what if you are trying to build …

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Building a Home Gym You’ll Love in a Room with a Low Ceiling.

In Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:49 pmThe very first home gym I ever saw was in the early 1970s. My grandfather and uncle had carved out a small back room in their basement that held a drum set and a small home gym. That gym consisted of a heavy bag, a speed bag, a flat/incline weight bench, and a set of plastic covered cement weights from Sears (I later got a set just …

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Can you put a treadmill on the second floor?

In Equip Your Gym, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021 at 01:01 pmAn average treadmill measures approximately 3’ wide x 6’ long x 5’ high. What may surprise you is that a treadmill of this size needs an area about 7’ wide x 12’ long x 8’ high. I cover all the reasons why in my article here, but in the end, treadmills take up a fair amount of room! In fact, they take up a lot more room …

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Is BowFlex the best option for an all in one home gym?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:28 pmI’ve owned two Bowflex home gyms in my life. Their late-night infomercials featuring super-fit models training for “20 minutes a day, three days a week” hooked me. Twice! While I don’t still own either of those machines, I do look back on them and wish I’d used them more often. Both times, they became very expensive clothes racks for me. Not because they weren’t decent machines, but …

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Building a great home gym, what do you really need?

In Guides, Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:40 pmAsk ten home gym owners what you need to build a great home gym and I can pretty much guarantee you’ll get ten different answers. That’s because each of those ten people has different needs and enjoys different types of training. This makes it hard for someone trying to build their own home gym to figure out what they should and shouldn’t get. Should they get free …

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Adding mirrors to your home gym… Everything you need to know.

In Plan Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 28th, 2021 at 07:28 pmAlmost every commercial gym I’ve ever seen has mirrors on the walls. It’s part of the deal when building a gym. They are useful for both the patrons and the trainers and it would be hard to make a case for not installing them. So when people are building their home and garage gyms, a commonly asked question is should they install mirrors? If so, where do …

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Why and how to mix bumper plates with iron plates

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on February 27th, 2021 at 06:06 pmBuilding a home gym can get expensive. And it can get that way fast! So finding places to save money without sacrificing functionality becomes important to those of us on a budget. One of the best ways to stay on budget and still get a functional gym is to spend money where you need to and look for ways to save in areas you don’t. My best …

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Horse Stall Mats, Are They Really the Best Choice for Home Gym Flooring?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 16th, 2021 at 01:41 pmWhen you build a home gym, one of the first decisions you have to make is what to do with the floor. Not only do you need a reliable surface to train on, but you also need to prevent damage to the floor below. Most home gym owners use one of two options: Horse stall mats or rubber flooring made specifically for gyms. Most people who post …

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Do you really need an Olympic lifting platform?

In Equip Your Gym by Tim Steward

Last updated on March 10th, 2021 at 06:27 pmWhen I was planning my full gym build-out, one of the first things that went on my list was a weightlifting platform. It seemed like every gym I looked at online had a platform. I honestly didn’t even know why I might need one (or not). I simply figured it was something you needed if you were going to be training at home. Did I mention that …