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  • The Jones, Not Just Another Smith

    You may be wondering, what is a BODYCRAFT Jones Machine. How is it different from the traditional Smith Machine. Or thinking, I’ve used a Smith Machine for years, why change now. Stay tuned, this post will answer those thoughts and more.

    We will tell you why you should avoid a Smith Machine. We will inform you of an independent study completed on a Jones Machine vs. a Smith Machine. And finally, let you know the best way to use a Jones machine to its full advantage.

    To define a Smith Machine, it is an exercise piece similar to a power rack but the barbell is locked within the steel rails. This allows for only vertical or near- vertical motion. This makes any exercise on a Smith locked into a fixed plane, and does not allow for free weight or even free weight-type movement. Due to this main feature, the Smith often puts the body in unnatural positions. This can not only limit the benefits of the exercise, but may even cause injury. (More on this point later).

    What Makes the Jones Machine Different?

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  • The Mind - Muscle Connection

    Your Brain’s Role in Muscle Activation

    You’ve probably heard the term, “mind muscle connection” in the gym either by trainers or bodybuilders.  It sounds like it makes sense but what does it really mean?  How do you tap into it and how do you even know if you’re doing it properly?  Listed below are a few simple ways you can dial into your mind muscle connection and get the maximum benefits from your gym time.

    What is the “Mind - Muscle Connection?”

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  • Are You Getting the Most from Your Strength Training Routine?

    Strength or resistance training is one of the most important things we can do for our muscles to keep them conditioned and ready to work. Therefore, it’s important to know if your strength training your muscles in the correct order for maximum benefit and results.

     

    We’ve made it easy to find out. Simply answer these basic questions to find out if you’re getting the most out of your Strength Training program: Continue reading

  • The Power of Compounding: Tips for Your Leg Day

    Compounding Exercises are efficient and effective. Compounding exercises allow you to work many muscle groups within one exercise. You are allowing your body to experience eccentric (stretching) and concentric (contraction or work phase) in 2 or more muscle groups. This builds muscle quickly and efficiently.

    The Leg Press/Hip Sled is a great machine to help you achieve strong and efficient lower body muscles. You can complete a set of leg presses at a desired angle and then experience a Squat using different leg positions all within the same machine.The squat is the most effective lower body exercise you can do for muscle strength. The squat will strengthen your legs, glutes, lower back and abdominals. You will also notice your heart rate increasing due to many major muscle groups working together. A squat can create a cardiovascular element into your strength training program. Continue reading

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