Author Archives: Jim Vaglica

Was I Prepared for a Reality TV Adventure Race?

Was I Prepared for a Reality TV Adventure Race? “You’ve been chosen to compete in a month long adventure race. This will be a multi-million dollar Mark Burnett production to be aired prime time on ABC. Here’s a list of … Continue reading

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Be More Than Strong – Be Tough

 Be More Than Strong – Be Tough I would say far too many guys at the gym believe being strong automatically makes them tough. Undoubtedly, this comes from the fact that in the animal kingdom, size tends to intimidate. While … Continue reading

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How Does A SWAT Team Really Train?

 How Does A SWAT Team Really Train? It was late July and the lead story on all the local news stations was the record setting heat and humidity predicted for the day. There was a health advisory warning against any … Continue reading

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Strong Grip of the Law

The Strong Grip Of The Law by Jim Vaglica Years ago, when I was a young rookie cop, I made a lot of arrests. One night I decided it was time to lock up this bad guy, so I moved … Continue reading

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What does it take to be an American Ninja Warrior?

What does it take to be an American Ninja Warrior? This writer went deep into the world of the modern day ninja to uncover the physical and psychological demands of the world’s most challenging obstacle course. As a kid you … Continue reading

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How to Retain Muscle After Surgery

 How to Retain Muscle After Surgery I laid back on the bench and I went through the same set up ritual I’d done thousands of times before. My three warm up sets were complete and this was my first working … Continue reading

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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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