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30 Sep

Workout Harder or Smarter?

People train for many different reasons, and these reasons point out the difference between a “fitness enthusiast” and an “athlete." If you train steadily, with diligence, in order to reach goals (not just to vent stress) you must be considered an athlete. One could disagree with my definition, related to training for achieving results, but surely there is something that every athlete (especially professionals) shares between them: the way they perform in order to reach the training goals.It’s all about training and mental approach. If you’re a champion, you are because you have the mentality and the training of a champion. There is an anecdote about Tim Grover, one of the greatest NBA coaches; at the end of every match he used to ask Michael Jordan:...
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29 Sep

4 Ways Drinking Coffee Can Benefit Your Health

For many individuals, the only thing that successfully gets them out of bed in the morning is the promise of that steaming hot, velvety cup of their favorite brew. While sometimes you might bemoan your caffeine addiction (especially when it comes to your wallet), imbibing a mug's worth or two of coffee can actually be quite beneficial to your overall health and wellness in the long run. To celebrate National Coffee Day, here are four ways your daily roast can actually give your body a boost. 1. Cardiovascular Protection While you shouldn't completely eschew a solid cardio workout, coffee can be quite the heart booster. A Japanese study reveals that getting in your daily dose of coffee can be key to heart...
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28 Sep

Studies Prove Fitness Trackers Do Indeed Work

This should come as a huge sigh of relief to anyone who’s shelled out a few hundred bucks for a fitness tracker – multiple studies have proven that the devices actually deliver on their promise of keeping their wearers active and fit. A recent case study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that fitness trackers and health apps are adept at bettering one’s overall fitness. The authors culled information from more than 224 different medical and health studies that examined the relationship between the usage of fitness trackers and positive changes in one’s lifestyle. Whether it boiled down to fitness, diet or cutting out bad habits like smoking, the result was always the same: using fitness trackers...
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25 Sep

How To: Review Your Workout with Beast

Intro: The Exercise The Dimel Deadlift is a great exercise I’ve been using since a while among the many deadlifts variations, I saw this exercise on a video by Dave Tate, I want to him here as he’s always a great source of inspiration and education! The exercise is a variation of the Romanian Deadlifts and it is basically a Hip Hinge based movement that works the whole posterior chain with a very quick inversion from the eccentric to the concentric phase. The idea behind this variation is to make the RDL even more explosive and almost plyometric with very high speeds and short Time Under Tension. As Dave suggests in the video below, this exercises is good when performed with long sets (15 to...
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13 Sep

How To: Create a Workout Using Beast

One of the great features of using Beast Sensor is that you don’t have to choose from a set list of exercises but that you can create a custom workout tailored to YOUR training goals. To Start: go to and log in using your username and password. This is the dashboard where you can 1) view all your data from prior workouts, 2) create new exercises that are currently not in the Beast list on your app, 3) plan and schedule your daily workouts. To start look through the list of exercises and check to make sure that all your desired lifts are there. If not simply click on the ‘Exercises’ tab and select ‘New Exercise’. Here you can name the exercise...
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12 Sep

Moov Now Gets Nifty Hardware and Software Upgrades

Moov Now
Moov Now is a wearable and fitness tracker that pretty much covers all of your bases – it’s a multi-sport device that offers fitness and activity tracking, analyzes and coaches you on your form thanks to 3D technology, talks to you while you workout like your little buddy and is a quirky looking, water and dust proof accessory to rock around your wrist. Simply put, you can’t really go wrong with Moov Now when looking for a quality fitness tracker. That rings more true than ever thanks to recent software and hardware updates. Prepare for your Moov Now workouts to get better than ever before now that the company is integrating them with MapMyFitness and Strava. That’s right, now your workouts...
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8 Sep

The Importance of Tracking Sports

“As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information” –Benjamin Disraeli In my opinion the importance of informations relies in its objectivity: information without knowledge is nothing, but info is a concrete starting point on which you can base your future reasoning. Regarding sport, it’s mainly about performances. Knowing exactly the athletes’ conditions allows coaches to plan their workouts focusing on the specific targets that they need to achieve. One of the first pioneers of statistics applied to sport was Charles Reep, an accountant with a great passion for soccer. Reep was an analyst who focused its efforts on English soccer, searching for schemes in the player’s movements on the field. In the 50’s, he analyzed more...
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5 Sep

A Detailed Look into Power: The Difference Between Strength-Speed and Speed-Strength

Browsing through our blog content or reading different articles on Velocity Based Training you may have encountered the terms strength-speed and speed-strength. Even if the two terms may sound similar they refer to two different things. The first term, Strength-Speed refers to moving relatively heavy loads as fast as you can, The typical speed targets to develop this trait with Beast sensor should be from 0,8 to 1,0 m/s. A typical display of Strength-Speed is a football linemen blocking at the line of scrimmage. There is a Strength constraint on a heavy load and there is a Speed goal trying to move the resistance as very high speeds. In Speed-Strength the priorities are switched. The term refers to moving at very high speed with the maximum load possible. You can develop this...
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2 Sep

Rest, Don’t Quit

Various training schemes and protocols have been made across time. Every day coaches, athletes, bloggers and fitness enthusiasts post workouts about strength or power development, weight loss, core strength, rehab and so on. Few of them talk about RESTORATION TIME, even it is one of the most critical component in physical preparation. Often best athletes are the ones who have the ability to recover faster after trainings and games. What you are going to learn by reading this article is that recovering when you feel tired or fatigued could be not sufficient. If you think that rest is for losers, you are wrong. Quitting when you have to grind is for losers, rest when is needed, instead, is about growing and...
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31 Aug

5 Benefits of Training with a Strength Wearable

There are all kinds of wearable technologies on the market today; tracking steps, calories, speed, heart rate, velocity, power, etc. We live in a era where technology is king and we are all connected, and at times over connected. But how can you benefit from a strength wearable? 1. Goal Setting: as a former athlete, we have worked out all our lives. Every day we had something scheduled for us, practices, gym sessions, classes, etc. When that is all over it is hard to go to the gym with a plan and goals. Using a wearable like Beast, you can schedule your workout, and you can use the data to set and obtain goals. 2. Workout Planning: when going to the gym, most...
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