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Best Fitness Blog Posts

With the new year comes new followers and we wanted to make sure all of you who have joined our Survival and Cross community know exactly where to find the best fitness blogs. 

When it comes to fitness blogs it can be tough to click through pages and pages of content so we wanted to make sure it was easy for you to know what you are looking for and exactly where to find it on our website! 

This weeks blog post is going to contain a complete list of our best fitness blog posts, categorized.  If you are new to our community you can catch up on all of the awesome information we've written in the past.  If you're just looking for that one awesome blog to share with your buddy, you'll be able to find it easily on this page.  

So here it is, all of our best blog posts in one spot for you easily grab and use to knock out your workouts and get into the best shape of your life! 

Jump Rope Exercises

What the heck is a Double Under? Glad you asked!  Double Under’s, DU's, Power Jump - whatever you want to call them-  are performed when, the participant needs to jump up higher than usual while swinging the rope twice under his feet.  Ok great, sounds easy, right?  But have you ever actually  tried it? If you have, you might have experienced certain sensation when that pretty little speed rope comes whipping around and smacks you square in the hiney leaving what we like to call 'DU Tattoos' - wear these...

Whether you are a new to our Survival and Cross community or an old timer around here, everyone could use a refresher on the best and simplest ways to shed belly fat.  After all, losing belly fat is probably one of the main reasons anyone embarks down the path to a fitter lifestyle, along with getting toned and gaining muscle.   We’re here to provide some of the best information on how you can shred stubborn fat and tone muscles using a jump rope.  As Amazon’s #1 best selling jump rope...

How to Improve Your Jump Rope Skills Great, so you have read through a couple articles online and you know how beneficial jump roping is for your regular fitness routine.  You know it is a great form of cardio that you can do almost anywhere and you know how it helps tone and tighten muscles and build agility at the same time.  But, how do you actually improve your jump rope skills? Don’t let the broad scope of the question blind you from our very simple answers.   While there are...

Summer is almost here and you might already be getting burned out and burned up trying to spend hours jogging outside to get your cardio in.  With the heat coming up and schedules getting crowded, take one of these jump rope workout videos out for a spin! We've found the top 5 most entertaining and effective youtube stars using jump ropes in their workouts and put them together for you here in the blog.  Most of these are only cardio!  So all you will need is your phone or tablet...

Whether you are new to jumping rope or you are a seasoned pro, a few good tips can always come in hand and help you improve.   If you've found yourself struggling with your jump rope, or you've hit a plateau in your jump rope workout, check out our 5 Best Tips to Jump Rope Like a Pro. 1. Start on Your Level Don’t jump ahead of yourself!  If you are new to speed jump ropes or haven’t done it in years, then take your time.  You will not suddenly...

Upper Body Workouts

Bored doing crunches and sit ups?   Not seeing the results you expected from your ab workout?  Ramp up your ab workout again and start seeing (and feeling) the immediate results with these awesome ab workout exercises and tools.   So, you have been doing crunches and sit-ups like nobody's business, you know your diet is on the right track and you’ve started seeing some abs peak through the area of your midsection.  But the results are disappointing.   Don’t waste your valuable workout time on boring ab exercises that...

We’re only into mid-January, but, we all know spring is only a few months away!  Take these next few cold winter months to do some indoor core exercises to strengthen and tone those abs.  By summer, be ready to rock that bathing suit and show off YOUR bodyweight ab exercise results.   Keep in mind: Your core contains 3 main groups to target: Upper, middle, and lower abs.  Each group is made up of various muscles that you either can or cannot see but all play their part in sculpting...

You know the challenges of a HIIT workout.  (Hight Intensity Interval Training)  But in case you have forgotten the benefits, check this out: It's effective - Research shows you can achieve more progress in a mere 15 minutes than in an hour of cardio training. Burns more calories - The effect of all that intense exertion puts your body's repair cycle into hyperdrive meaning you burn more fat and calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you do with steady slow training. No or little equipment needed...

Being a routine gym goer, you might hate the idea of doing calisthenic body weight exercises.  But sometimes, the situation warrants it.  If you’re stuck at home or don’t want to put the money into a gym membership, there are still ways you can get ripped and fit without paying out of pocket.   This weeks blog will focus the best body weight chest exercises you can do at home. Keep in mind: You need to keep in mind that your chest has four parts; lower, upper, inner and outer.  Most...

Are you going to be a New Years resolutioner this year?  How about taking a look at your past New Years resolutions.  Have the worked for you?  How's the year been? If you're ready to revolutionize your body and workouts this year, start small, but go big!  Try this amazing 20-minute full body HIIT workout that will help you jumpstart your New Years resolution workout plan.   Workout Tips: Each complete set is 10 minutes long. For the easiest run-through grab an interval timer to make sure you keep to...

Last week our blog focused on building strong, muscular legs and lower body exercises.  We challenged our VIP group to a squat challenge, performing 100 squats a day for 2 weeks.   To anyone who has taken the challenge, how did week 1 go?  If you aren’t in love with squats yet, don’t worry, you will be.   But this week, we want to move to the core area and give our followers a healthy dose of “six-pack facts, tips and tools” that can be used to go along with any kind...

Do you ever watch those fitness video blogs of super hot fit chicks who claim, “I swear I never do cardio”?   Yet here you are, burning hours on the treadmill or elliptical wondering what you are doing wrong because you still feel like you’re carrying a few (dozen) Christmas cookies in the form of extra weight. While weight training is a great way to build muscles that allow your body to eat the fat it intakes in a more efficient way, there are other things you should do alongside it...

Have you ever felt stuck in your back routine or are you trying to figure out a better back workout for muscle mass gain?   There are a ton of different exercises you can do to build back muscles depending on your style of working out whether it be at the gym or at home.  But it's a little overwhelming trying to research through all the thousands of articles the internet has to offer on back workouts.  We've taken the boring work out of it for you and listed some...

Let’s state the obvious.  You use your hands, fingers, and wrists every single day.  If you are active at the gym and lift weights, then your hands have the even bigger task of helping you succeed in performing your best bench presses, muscle ups, bicep curls, and everything in between.   Grip strength training can be a widely under-estimated exercise but can offer great benefits.  Some of the grip strength and wrist mobility exercises and even be performed while at your desk in the office.  Who loves getting some training...

Lower Body Workouts

Are you going to be a New Years resolutioner this year?  How about taking a look at your past New Years resolutions.  Have the worked for you?  How's the year been? If you're ready to revolutionize your body and workouts this year, start small, but go big!  Try this amazing 20-minute full body HIIT workout that will help you jumpstart your New Years resolution workout plan.   Workout Tips: Each complete set is 10 minutes long. For the easiest run-through grab an interval timer to make sure you keep to...

Everyone loves a challenge. Just like everyone loves toned, strong legs.  We are going to give you both in this week's blog.  (Well, one you have to work for.) This week we want to challenge our community to a 2 week, 100 squats a day challenge.  This is a tough challenge but is totally doable for the beginner, intermediate or advanced athlete.   What is the 100 squats a day challenge? You perform 100 squats a day in a single sitting.  Easy right? You’d be surprised. The challenge is 4...

Working out your legs can be one of the most rewarding workouts you can experience.  Your lower body (legs) are responsible for carrying you everywhere you go!  And of course, who doesn't love building a booty and thinning their thighs?   Check out some of these awesome leg day workouts you can do either at home or at the gym!  Focusing on glute isolation and not just compound movements, Whitney Simmons shows us how to grow those butt muscles in some simple yet effective workout moves.  By using resistance bands,...

At Home Workouts

Apartment life?  Yeah, we get it.  Small tight spaces with thin walls that let you hear your neighbor cough.  Maybe you're a college student in a dorm room or just bought your first 2 bedroom, one bath house.  No matter your tight space living situation, there is no situation that makes a good enough excuse for skipping a workout.  For those days when you just can't get to the gym or your budget doesn't allow a gym membership, this blog is for you.  We searched the internet for some...

We all know you are the dedicated gym go’er and fitness enthusiast in the family.  You religiously find time to get in that workout no matter how busy life may be.  But the holiday season is fast approaching.  This means your workout routine might be compromised through no fault of your own.   What are you going to do when you don’t have time to get to the gym and spend a whole hour going through your normal routine?   We’ve compiled a list of the six best apps that are cheap...

How To Avoid Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness For those, “Oh gosh, I can’t move” days after your workout. If you’ve started on your fitness journey then you know all too well the feeling you get after a hard workout.  That, “aah, yeah, I did something” feeling in your muscles of a job well done and a pump that promises gains in the future.   But these gains come with pain.  As the day goes on muscle soreness creeps in and you start to feel as if you can’t even lift your...

Fall is in full swing and the seasonal shift is unavoidable.  But a shift in your muscle gain or weight loss program should not be in the picture.  This winter season, don’t let the great food, good times, and a chilly weather cause you to slack off on your fitness routine.   Avoid the extra pounds before they even have a chance to latch on!   This fat blast killer workout is designed to engage multiple muscle groups...

Nutrition

So you’re a dedicated athlete pushing towards your next Personal Record and striving to be the best burpee master in your box.  Or you’re new to the gym and you’ve stuck hard to your fitness regimen for the past few months and you know now this is the lifestyle for you.  Whoever you are, you hit your workouts hard and consistent and you love the results you’ve seen so far and are dedicated to getting better every day. And then you walk by a...

What an awesome holiday season we had this year!  So much fun, festivities, and food was had with family and friends.  I’m sure, you enjoyed the season and splurged a little on your normal eating habits and workout routine but, it’s time to get back to feeding your body “living” food again.  Food that will help flush out the Christmas Calories and help get you that flat stomach again. Why Should You Detox? Every day we are naturally exposed...

Now that 2018 is here, we have the opportunity to hit reset on a fresh year.  We are all trying to come off of the holiday high and get back to our regularly scheduled program, (work, gym, eating healthy, life in general). Our bodies need the occasional reset as well.  With all the extra holiday calories you more than likely consumed, give your insides a little much-needed help by detoxing some of the harmful and extra chemicals that may have built up. What is detoxing? Simply put, a detox is...

To Keep Your #FITLIFE Stress Free This Season With the crisp fall, air comes the smells of baking apple pies, pumpkin spice...everything, sweet potato casserole, ham, turkey, stuffing, and all the goodness that the holiday season brings.  It is the season when anyone and everyone breaks out the really good “once a year” recipes and usually we want to “just taste” everything in sight.   Co-workers bring junk to work, your family makes extra goodies at home, and your mind is literally bombarded with food ads all over the media.   How...

10 Easy Low-Carb Weeknight Meals (For When Life is A Mess But You Want To Eat The Best) Next week we will be saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall.  Hopefully, you have successfully survived your first week with the kids back in school and that busy work week you’ve been dreading.  Does anyone else feel like you barely made it through?  #handsup When the work week is long and you don’t feel like putting much thought into dinner, pull out one of these quick and easy low-carb recipes...

Spring is in the air again and our schedules are soon to be packed with outside activities, home duties, hectic schedules and working out. Have you ever considered planning your meals ahead to save you stress, money, and time? As much fun as it is to cook, if you are like me, you’d rather not have to think about all 3 meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Preparing your meals on the spot will often lead to hasty decisions like Stove Top Stuffing and Ramen noodles.  Can you say carb and calorie...

 

If you have heard any news at all this week, you will have heard about (or even personally experienced) the scorching record-breaking heat wave that is raging across America.  We thought it is only fitting for this week's blog to host a list of some of the best healthy homemade ice cream recipes you can find. Most of these are very simple and only require an ice cream maker or a blender to create.  Try one of these yummy homemade recipes and let us know how it tastes!  If you happen...

The month of February is American Heart Month. As you are continuing to live your own healthy lifestyle or even getting yourself ready for the warm, sunny days of summer, having a well-balanced diet will lower your risks of the many risks that attack the heart. A balanced diet can lower the risk of heart disease, lowering high cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and obesity. To help you continue down the road of healthy living, we've traversed the internet and created these lists of heart-healthy foods you should consider....

 

 Equipment

So, you woke up this morning and decided you were going to get into shape, start a gym routine, or just generally increase your physical preparedness because you just watched the last episode of the Walking Dead.   Well good.  But then you realized you’re too cheap to spend the monthly dues for a gym or YMCA.  Nothing good comes cheap - but good can come from a little bit of hard work and some DIY...

Staying in shape these days can be a real chore that takes effort, dedication, time and money.   Or does it?   You might have had a taste of the gym life and find that it doesn’t really fit your lifestyle.  After a long day at work, driving an extra 20 minutes to your nearest gym to wait around for a machine to use, might not sound too appealing.   How about building your own garage gym, with the gear you love, no wait time, and you don’t have to...

If you have been spent any time at a gym working out or done any research at all online for some at home workouts, then you might have seen an ab mat in use at some point.  Most gyms do not keep ab mats on hand because they use machines instead of core training.  However, they are missing out on one of the greatest and easiest to use fitness tools of all time.   An ab mat is a simple way to increase the effectiveness of your old-fashioned sit-ups by...

With so much hype buzz around High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), expensive gym memberships, and trendy fitness style groups, it’s easy to forget how simple working out at home can be.  Old school tools such as exercise balls have been stuck with out of date labels that are misrepresented as “old” or not challenging enough. Too many people associate exercise balls with their granny’s yoga classes and boring crunches.  But if you’ve ever used it in a real workout, you know better.  By performing your typical exercises on an unstable...

And Why You Should Wear Them Compression sleeves for your arms and legs is not a new technology and have been around for decades.  They are seen in the marathon runner's world and previously known as the dorky striped tube socks.  In the medical industry, they have been prescribed to help maintain blood flow in diabetic and varicose veins patients.   However, the benefits of using compression sleeves are now being recognized in the gym and by those who lead active lifestyles such as bodybuilders, weightlifters, nurses, cyclists, and boxers....

Best Band Exercises for Bombarding Muscle Groups With a Blast of Power for Mass (yeah we like to unleash a little bit - it's part of who we are at Survival and Cross) “Resistance bands aren’t for me.  I prefer heavy free weights - not some rubber band my grandma uses during her pilates class.”   You’ve probably heard someone comment about bands before or even said this before yourself.  (Although, kudo’s to your Granny for staying in shape and staying off the couch)   What you might not know...

Hope everyone enjoyed Valentine’s Day yesterday!  Everyone loves a good partner WOD, and what better way to celebrate post-Valentines Day by putting in a good workout with your best friend? After a night of home-made dinner recipes or awesome rich steaks at your favorite restaurant, red roses, and chocolate covered strawberries, knock off those extra calories!  Ever heard of the saying: “Better together?"  We have the perfect workout solution just for that using our very own Survival and Cross Resistance Band! Grab your Survival and Cross Resistance Band, a partner,...

 Don't get us wrong, strength training machines can be great for building stronger, toned muscles.  There are countless stories of people who use them during their regular fitness routine to build stronger lifts, stronger legs and get heavier lifts.   But used incorrectly or sometimes even overuse, can cause injury and waste your precious gym time.  The reason?  Isolation.  Exercise machines are typically designed to work one muscle or muscle group at one time.  This lets other supporting muscles take a break.  Typically, the supporting...

Fitness Lifestyle

How To Set Yourself Up for a Successful Workout Every Single Session How hard do you find it to stay motivated in your daily fitness routine?  We are now coming into mid-March and I know a lot of us set some pretty high goals in January to set ourselves up for success on this road to becoming better humans.  Then again, others who were already on this path might see a workout as part of the daily grind. How do you stay self-motivated during the, “I don’t really want...

Yey, winter. Some of us love it, some of us hate it.  We’ve worked so hard all summer, crafting our physic to reach out maximum physical potential...or at least we’re working towards it.  We have goals.   But now we have to cover up, bundle up, and shiver up because… BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! Speaking from experience, it’s harder to workout in the winter.  When that alarm goes off and the room is still 55 degrees but under the covers, it’s nice and toasty, we don’t want to get up....

 Remember the days of limitless energy and flexibility as a kid?  We could run all day long, do flips out of the swing, and pull-ups on monkey bars while never missing a beat!  If you were like me growing up, you were always outside being active and so you got to eat anything you wanted without any consideration for weight gain and you never cared about muscle building. If you have kids now, you might watch them sometimes...

At a local cafe recently I couldn’t help but overhear a group of people complain about the different aspects of going to a gym.  It sounded like none of them were very committed to the idea of working out and that they expected results fast.  They were seriously knocking all the time it took away from their social life, the cost, and even how crowded it was,  It sounded like none of them were really committed and if you ask me, I wouldn't expect any of them were committed to...

 Your metabolism is the energy factory for your body.  If you are experiencing a low metabolism then you might feel sleepy during the day, experience a lack of weight loss even though you are working hard at the gym and have an increase in mood swings.  Not good!   We want to crank up that metabolism so your body is better at processing the food you eat and energy you burn.  Who doesn't want to have more energy even on those tough, stressful...

5 Myths About Weight Training Women Want to Know (If you want to lose weight you should read this) Raise your hand, ladies, if you go to the gym and head straight for the cardio machine for an hour and then call it quits. *hands raised*  There are many reasons why you might think an extended cardio session on a treadmill is the best thing for you.  You might feel like you don’t know what to do in the weight room so you stick with what you know.  You may...

Do you ever notice the people who just seem to have it all together in life?  They eat healthily, they are fit and trim, they can juggle their work, household, and they have a social life all at once!  Pretty amazing talents! We have tallied up the top 7 habits highly fit people live by.  These areas are the most important aspects of living a healthy, fit and active lifestyle.  If you are tired of being on the roller coaster ride of your fitness...

...And what you should do to fix it We know that exercising is the most important thing for your physical body.  We religiously read articles about how to improve our workouts and we diligently show up and sweat it out at the gym every day.   You don’t have to be a scientist to know that a regular fitness program will help slow down the aging process and will promote healthy skin, joint, muscles, body and overall well being.  However, what if there were some bad habits in your routine...

If you have heard any news at all this week, you will have heard about (or even personally experienced) the scorching record-breaking heat wave that is raging across America.  We thought it is only fitting for this week's blog to host a list of some of the best healthy homemade ice cream recipes you can find. Most of these are very simple and only require an ice cream maker or a blender to create.  Try one of these yummy homemade recipes and let us know how it tastes!  If you happen...

 

 

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