There’s Something About Barbells

This morning I did an all-barbell workout–why not? There is something about barbells, there really is. What? Hmmm… I’ve always been a lover of “old school,” for starters.

My dad was old school. So were his friends. Some were WWW II vets, as he was. Simple men, not given to a lot of extraneous talk. They’d probably never blog, btw! 🙂

I don’t actually remember him using barbells, but he did bowl! Ok, I’m digressing…

A barbell does not depend on electricity or batteries. It doesn’t need an update every few weeks or even every year. It’s so versatile. And as a tool for compound lifts… well that’s where it really shines!

Think about it. It’s often on the floor. And you pick it up and do something with it. Lift it off the ground–deadlift. Flip it to your shoulders–power clean. Hoist it overhead–press or jerk, depending on if you use your legs to assist.

And don’t forget the chest work, from the bench. And even ab work, because it rolls!

If I only had one workout tool, it would be a barbell–and of course enough plates for a lifetime of strength increase.

So let’s get to lifting. And flipping. And pressing. And rolling. You’ll see what I mean. There is indeed something about barbells.

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). For more information, go to greekphysique.online/about. Contact Patrick at info@greekphysique.online.

It’s Not a Sprint, But It’s Not a Marathon Either

The truth is, that whether it’s a sprint or a marathon, you’re still in a RACE. And lifelong fitness and health is not a race at all.

This occurred to me when I saw some guys doing a PX 90-influenced workout this am. Nothing against it, in fact, there were some cool exercises they were doing. It just reminded me, watching their intensity, how many people burn out with fitness, because their workouts are not sustainable over the long run.

I favor old-school, full-body weight, bodyweight, and kettle bell training, for the most part. I favor this, because it is very effective for fat loss, muscle growth, mobility, and central nervous system training.

But more importantly, I favor it because I love to do it. We will do what we love more religiously and enthusiastically than what we do not love.

And that makes everything we do more effective.

“Happy” lifting!

Patrick

 

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). For more information, go to greekphysique.online/about. Contact Patrick at info@greekphysique.online.

The Gym is a Candy Store

I have early memories of my dad taking me to the local YMCA. I remember playing in the gym, and seeing the gymnastics bars and mats, and the weight room, and the pool. Good memories.

Even as I got much older, I’ve always found it thrilling to go to the gym!

Now, I love to work out in different settings–outdoors as I mentioned in my previous post, in a garage or basement. But I have to admit my favorite place to train is in a gym–nothing fancy, but it’s gotta have barbells! Dumbells are good too, and Kettlebells are great. But there’s something about barbells!

I like to keep in mind the simple things, and the simple reasons to work out. I know everyone has goals–they want to lose weight, gain muscle, get healthy, etc. All worthy goals. But my main drive for working out, has always been because I’ve enjoyed it!

I know not everyone is the same as me, but for all my clients, I strive to give them a piece of that joy I get from going to the gym and pushing the weights around.

Yes, to me, the gym is a candy store. Merry Christmas, everyone. Let’s go get some candy!

Patrick

 

Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). For more information, go to greekphysique.online/about. Contact Patrick at info@greekphysique.online.

I’m Not a BodyBuilder, I’m a Full-Body Builder

Training this am in the cold but sunny, beautiful outdoors. Training full-body movements–with Kettlebells, Equalizer bars, and bodyweight.

In defining what I do, I would say that my interest is training the whole body, as much as possible, as a unit, for the purpose of health, aesthetics, and hate to use this overused word, but “functional” fitness.

Full-body training has a lot of advantages:

    1. The movements are more natural, and therefore tend to be somewhat easier on the joints than isolated movements.
    2. More efficient, quicker training.
    3. Proportional development is simplified.
    4. Fully body work brings in a cardio element, for those–like me–who hate long, boring cardio training.
    5. The central nervous system gets a great workout.
    6. Training outdoors (when possible) offers obvious benefits, such as sun and fresh air. It also tends to foster increased creativity in finding new, improved ways to train. Which brings me to #7…
    7. FUN. Creativity is fun. Enough said.
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    Let’s get out there and train!
    To your health and fitness,
    Patrick
      Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC, a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). For more information, go to greekphysique.online/about. Contact Patrick at info@greekphysique.online.