Category Archives: Strength

How to do Standing Cable Pushdowns with the V-Bar

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Standing Cable Pushdowns with V-Bar

Select an appropriate weight and attach the v-bar to the cable. Standing with your feet approximately shoulder-width apart, hold the v-bar in front you just below chest-level. Push the v-bar down without moving your upper arms or shoulders until your arms are straight, pause, and then reverse the motion. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Standing Cable Chest Press

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Standing Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the stabilizing arms so that they are parallel to the ground. Face away from the cable machine and hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Then, while keeping your forearms almost parallel to the ground,  push the handles away from your chest. Pause and reverse the motion stopping just before the weight stack rests in its original/resting position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Dumbbell Lunge

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Dumbbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder-width apart while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Then, step forward and slowly lower your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Next, push-off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the dumbbells by not allowing your arms to swing. Also, keep your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, when you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Barbell Lunge

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Barbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart with a barbell resting on your upper back and shoulders. Begin by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Then push off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the barbell and your upper body by keeping your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. When you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do an Ice Skater Exercise

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Ice Skater Exercise

Stand with one leg forward and bent at approximately 90 degrees while your other leg is crossed behind you with only a slight bend. Then, jump sideways, in the direction of your back leg, switching your arm and leg positions in the process. Maintain your upper body in an upright position, and reach your opposite hand toward your front foot while your other arm is raised with your elbow bent at 90 degrees. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Barbell Biceps Curl

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Barbell Curl

Hold the barbell with our hands approximately shoulder-width apart and with your palms facing out. Then, curl the barbell up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Bodyweight Lunge

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Bodyweight Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart. Start by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Make sure you avoid letting your back knee touch the ground, and also be sure to keep your torso in an upright position while being careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, push-off your front foot to reverse the motion.  When you reverse the motion remember to engage/tighten your abdominal and butt muscles, and return to the starting position. Continue the exercise for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Fly

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Seated Cable Chest Fly

 

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles out to your side so that they’re level with your chest. Maintaining a slight bend at your elbows, squeeze the handles toward each other until your hands meet in front of you, pause and then reverse the motion. Pause again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Dumbbell Lateral Raise

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Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Hold the dumbbells at your sides with a slight bend in your elbows. Now lift the weights away from your sides until your upper arms are parallel with the floor, pause, and then slowly reverse the motion back to the starting position. Continue the repetitions for a duration that best suits your goals and personal level of fitness.

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How to do a Standing Bent Over Dumbbell Row – Palms ‘In’ aka ‘Hammer Grip’

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Standing Bent Over Dumbbell Row – Palms In

Stand with your feet approximately shoulder width apart. Bend your knees slightly and lean forward at your waist so that your torso is almost parallel to the ground. Now hold the dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing-in or toward the sides of your body aka “hammer grip,” and while keeping your elbows bent slightly, use your upper back muscles to lift the weight to your sides. Then, slowly reverse the motion, and return to the starting position, again maintaining a slight bend at your elbows. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

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Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the thigh support. Holding the bar at shoulder-width and with your palms facing you, pull the bar down and in toward your chest, stopping just below chin-level.  Return to the starting position as you control the weight, while being careful to keep your shoulders down; not allowing them to scrunch-up toward your ears. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 7 and 8

 

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How to do a Dumbbell Biceps Curl

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Dumbbell Biceps Curls

Hold the dumbbells with your palms facing out. Now curl the dumbbells up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your personal workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Keep your forearms almost parallel to the ground, and then push the handles away from your chest, pause and reverse the motion, stopping again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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4 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

Vegetables, baby…Vegetables! Get ready to rock that swimsuit!

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 5 and 6

Only 4 weeks until summer is here! 

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6 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 3 and 4

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The Spring into Summer Swimsuit Freak Out Solution, 8 Week Workout – Weeks 1 and 2

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2 Months to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

 

Bikini and board shorts season is coming…SOON!

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The 2 Months Until Summer Swimsuit Season Strategy to Blast Away Your Belly

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Turn Your Back Onto This…and Get the Back You Have Always Dreamed Of!

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Define, Tone and Strengthen Your Chest with These Cable Exercises

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Chest Exercises – Cables 101

If you’re like many people, the first exercise that probably comes to mind when you think about chest exercises is the classic barbell bench press. However, chest exercises aren’t limited to the bench press. In fact, there are a variety of other chest exercises that you can perform with cables!

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5 Outstanding Cable Exercises to Define and Tone Your Shoulders

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Hours for LA Fitness – All Clubs are Open on MLK Day 2015

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Is LA Fitness closed on MLK day? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the Martin Luther King, Jr. day hours at LA Fitness clubs.

All LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs are OPEN and will maintain normal operating hours on MLK Day, Monday, January 19th, 2015.

 

One More Weapon to Fight Flabby Underarms

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Learn from the Past with Living Healthy’s Top 5 Series and Articles of 2014…Happy New Year!

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday Hours 2014


Is LA Fitness closed on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for these holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2014 Holiday Season.

New Year’s Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day Hours for LA Fitness. Thursday, January 1, 2015 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Club is closed on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2014 Holiday Season.

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday Hours 2014


Is LA Fitness closed on New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for these holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2014 Holiday Season.

New Year’s Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Year’s Day Hours for LA Fitness. Thursday, January 1, 2015 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Club is closed on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2014 Holiday Season.

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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Why use Cable Machines? Learn ‘Why’ AND ‘How’ Beginning with Biceps

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Get Better, Nicer, Defined Arms by Doing These Exercises!

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Simply the Best…Exercise for Your Chest!

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Get ‘BACK!’ An Astounding BACK, that is!

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A Simple and Effective Exercise to Define Your Back Muscles

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Challenge Your Core and Build a Six-Pack with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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The Next Step in Creating Lean and Sculpted Arms

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The More You Row…Guess What Happens?

 

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The Better You Look.

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3 Fat Shedding Cardio Machine Programs You Need to Use

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Cardio Machines 101 – Choosing the best programs for losing weight and body fat.

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2 Simple Exercises to Sculpt Your Shoulders

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Look Your Very Best with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Single Muscle Group Exercises

Do you want to look your very best? With this combination of exercises you will focus on individual muscle groups in order to tighten and tone targeted areas of your body.

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How to use the 4 Most Popular Cardio Machines

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Burn More Calories and Work More Muscles with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Multi-Movement Exercises

It’s impossible to miss them. You know, medicine balls, those bright colored balls with numbers on them. Though you have seen them in the gym for as long as you can remember, you’re not quite sure what to do with them, or how to use them, rather.

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Get Great Triceps and Defined Arms with These Dumbbell Exercises

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Get Defined Biceps and Amazing Arms with These Dumbbell Exercises

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7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

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If you’re like most people, this is the time of year you’re trying to define your abs & lose your love handles. After all, we all want enviable abs for the summer. If this sounds like you, these 7 Plank exercises can help you achieve your goal.

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30 Minute Workout and 3 Weeks to Define Your Body for Summer Swimwear (Part 3)

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The ‘Which Way is the Beach?!’ Arm Workout – 3 Week BIG Bicep Challenge

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Summertime is almost here, and for many of you that means you are starting to work out so that you can look great in swimsuits and tank tops at the many beach outings and pool parties you’ll be attending. Well there is no time like the present to make your summertime fitness goals a reality! Seriously it’s time to get started.

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30 Minute Workout to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 2)

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Swimwear season is just 6 weeks away! Is your body beach ready?

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Find out how Being in Great Shape Helped this Person’s Career

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The Earth Day Full-Body ‘Around the World’ Workout

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30 Minute Workout and 9 Week Program to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 1)

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Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?

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Dumbbells 101 – Sculpting Your Summertime Shoulders

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Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to say “GOODBYE” to sleeves and “HELLO” to cut-offs and tank-tops. Oh, and let’s not forget swimsuits. Now that your shoulders are going to be exposed, it’s time to advance your shoulder workouts by incorporating some dumbbell exercises.

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Spot Train for Strength and Definition, NOT Fat Loss. Learn why!

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Weight Machines 101 – Leg Machines – Smaller Muscle Isolation – (Part 3)

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Break Through Weight Training Plateaus with Drop Sets

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We’ve all been there…You’re working hard and seeing consistent results, and then one day you notice the progress stopped…you plateaued.

This is when it’s time to add some additional strategy to your routine with drop sets. Drop sets are an awesome addition to get you past that plateau and on to new results.

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Dumbbells 101 – Chest Exercises

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When you’re just beginning a strength training routine weight machines are an excellent option to help you build a solid foundation. However, as you continue to progress you should begin to substitute some of those machine exercises with dumbbell exercises to help build additional overall strength and balance.[i]

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20 New Ideas for the New Year

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Hours for LA Fitness – All Clubs are Open on MLK Day 2014

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For 2015 MLK Day hours CLICK HERE.

Is LA Fitness closed on MLK day? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the Martin Luther King, Jr. day hours at LA Fitness clubs.

All LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klub are OPEN and will maintain normal operating hours on MLK Day, Monday, January 20th, 2014.

 

Weight Machines 101 – Arm Machines – Biceps

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15 REAL STORIES of Fitness and Weight Loss in 2013

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Top 10 TOP TIPS of 2013

blog-top-10The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.

But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Holiday Hours 2013

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Portrait of a College Athlete – Bethany, Cross-Country Runner

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2013

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Is LA Fitness closed on Christmas and Christmas Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Christmas Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.*

Christmas Day Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are Closed.*

Kids Club is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2013 Holiday Season.

*Lake Success club closes at 11:59 p.m. December 23, 2013, and is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day.

Weight Machines 101 – Leg Machines – Complete Leg Exercises – (Part 2)

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Weight Machines 101 – Leg Machines – (Part 1)

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Core Work Outs and Ab Exercises 101 – Part 1

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From Recruit to Law Enforcement Officer – James’ REAL STORY

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Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 2 – Lifting Weights / Resistance Training)

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Want to SHRED BODY FAT?! Follow These 4 Steps

If you are frustrated with your body fat, don’t worry. You just need to alter your approach, and combine these 4 Steps to help you shed body fat.

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Weight Machines 101 – SHOULDERS

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Weight Machines 101 – Back Machines

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Weight Machines 101 – Arm Machines – Triceps

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The Life of a Navy SEAL SERE Instructor – Scott’s REAL STORY

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