Monthly Archives: December 2015

Firefighter Fitness – Hotshots

  Hotshot Training: Could You Handle The Heat? In the wake of the tragedy in which 19 hotshot firefighters lost their lives fighting a wildfire in the hills of Arizona in June of 2013, I was left with many questions. … Continue reading

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One Giant Set to Giant Arms

 One Giant Set to Giant Arms Informed bodybuilders have always known the importance of the eccentric, or negative portion of a rep. This is where a lot of the micro damage occurs within the muscle tissue. Damage that will be … Continue reading

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The One & a Half Rep Intensity Technique

Increase Your Intensity 150% with the One & a Half Technique Once you’re past the beginner stage of your resistance training life you’re bound to hit some plateaus. This is a good place to add some intensity techniques like super … Continue reading

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How To Do Dips By The Iron Guru

Dips By the Iron Guru by Jim Vaglica Most of you are too young to remember Vince Gironda. He was known as the Iron Guru and he opened Vince’s Gym in North Hollywood in 1948. Vince trained some of the … Continue reading

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Jim Vaglica’s Intro to CrossFit

A Crossfit Competition “How hard could it be?” I was presented with the opportunity to compete in the 2013 Nevada Police & Fire Games, held each August in Las Vegas. The competition brings in over 2000 competitors and offers more … Continue reading

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HIIT Cardio

Don’t Waste Time on Cardio – Crank it Up with HIIT When I walk into my gym I often see familiar faces walking on the treadmills or methodically cranking away on the elliptical machines. When I finish my workout some … Continue reading

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How to Build A Six Pack – Why You Have No Abs

By Jim Vaglica How to Build A Six Pack “ Why You Have No Abs” So you’ve done more leg lifts than a toll gate and you’ve spent more time in a Roman Chair than Julius Caesar but that coveted six … Continue reading

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How to Increase Your Bench Press

Most Common Bench Press Mistakes As soon as I walk into any gym I start critiquing every lifter. I can’t help myself. “Those are some great half reps buddy” or “lady, if those dumbbells were any lighter they’d float away.”Sometimes “pal, … Continue reading

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Get a Grip on Thick Bar Training

 Get a Grip on Thick Bar Training By Jim Vaglica Question #1: What muscle group can be seen more often than any other? Answer: Forearms Question #2: What’s the most functional strength you can possess? Answer: Grip Strength Weightlifters and … Continue reading

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