core exercise


A Brand New Offering from Coach Joey!

Conjugate: combining two or more parts to form a single bigger piece.

When it comes to lifting, I’m always striving to find new ways to combine different techniques (or conjugate them) to make unique, fun and of course most effective workouts for my clients.

I am offering a variation of the conjugate method to my clients already doing 2+ days a week. The complete program is 4 days per week. For those unable to commit to that, I have a 3 day version condensed as well.

Spring is here, Summer is coming, and I want to offer a different approach in getting strong and lean with more days/week. It’s time to up the anti and fast track your results. For those wanting to try it, you have to be able to commit at least 3 days a week and optimally 4 - and the program runs mid April through Mid July, perfect for getting you summer ready.

What is the conjugate program exactly? It is a Strength and Hypertrophy Program with dedicated days for each “function”. There are 4 days, alternating upper and lower body (2 lower, 2 upper per week or 1 upper, 1 lower and 1 longer full body day). Each day has a specific focus, which makes the conjugate different than other programs. One lower body day is all about hitting a 5 or 3 rep max of the squat or deadlift for that day (max effort lower), one upper body day tries to find your 5 or 3 rep max for the bench press (max effort upper body), etc. The other day(s) are rep(hypertrophy) work or dynamic effort days. On the other 2 days there is a dedicated day for high rep lower body work and a day dedicated to high rep upper body work. In layman’s terms, you alternate between days where you max out heavy lifting, and days with lighter way and higher reps.

Not only is this aimed towards getting you summer ready quickly, but I am offering this at a MASSIVE discount. Please reach out to me for more information on pricing, but let’s just say you’ll be getting even more workouts, for less money. It’s a win/win for all!

A couple of disclaimers: This is not for beginner (and tif that is you and you’re not ready yet for a more advanced program and that is totally fine). You also have to have an idea of basic movements in order to switch out different exercises weekly or monthly. Remember this is a huge discount for more days so there will be some more autonomy on your part if you (chose) to do it.

For the right people it will create a great growth and strength stimulus and also added bonus of burning lots of calories from added lifting days (and intensity).

Who’s ready to start cranking up the intensity at Jtab? Whoever wants to give it a go and can COMMIT to at least 3 days(better with 4), then let me know!  Stop by and see me at the gym, send me a DM on Facebook, or email for more information, pricing and to sign up!


Band Zercher Good Mornings

We’re back with another at home exercise this week. These Band Zercher Good Mornings are easy to do at home with minimal equipment (all you need is a band). Not only does the “zercher” part strengthen your core, but this movement also promotes lower back health and strength, glute and hamstring development, and upper back strength. Check it out!


Zercher Squats

Today we're showcasing the Zercher Squat. This powerhouse move works multiple areas of your body. This move has the benefits of a regular squat (legs, quads and glutes), but combines super core activation to work your abs at the same time. It also helps safeguard your lower back as there is less of a potential of pulling or injuring it, and helps take the pressure off your spine by putting the weight at your mid torso. As if all that isn't enough, you'll even get a bonus shoulder workout.

A big thank you to our Jtab squat model Aaron Binek.


Mini Band Upper Body Workout pt. 2 of 2

The mini band is back and welcome to pt. 2, upper body. Today we're using the mini band to work not only your arms, but your core and midsection as well. 

All 3 of these exercises can be done at home, without the use of extra weights, while still getting an excellent strength workout. These exercises will help you strengthen your shoulders,back and arms, tighten your core and burn calories. Combine these with the lower body workout in pt. 1 and you'll have a great, full body workout.




Jtab Tip: Stop the Pain From Shoveling

Shoveled lots this weekend? Well, we're guessing you used the same side and hand to do it, right?  And now you're feeling the effects today? Well that oblique is overworked and need to re-fire the other side oblique. Hold a heavy Dumbbell, Kettlebell , or whatever you have in the house house on same side that you shoveled with to get the other side firing up. Check out the video below to learn more!


Move of the Week: Plank Variations

Anyone that has ever exercised, or knows anyone that exercises, knows that planks are one of the best all over body workouts. They rock your core, arms and legs in one fell swoop. However, holding a plank for 60 seconds or more can get really boring, and instead of feeling like a good all over workout, they can start to feel like a chore.

Today we've got the cure for plank ADD. The multiple variations in this video will help you maximize your plank workout while combating the boredom that comes with holding a plank for a long time. So, get out there and get planking.


Jtab December Challenge - Glutes and Core

Just because it's the holiday season, doesn't mean you should let yourself go. In between the holiday eating and parties, jump on into our December challenge to keep your muscles firing and burning calories all month long. First, check out the video below to learn the proper form, then be sure to visit our Facebook page each day for a new challenge. Everybody get out there and get going!


Move of the Week: Full Body Exercise Ball Workout

Even though it's after Labor Day, summer is not over! With temperatures in the 80's this week, chances are you're still going to be wearing those shorts, tank tops and dresses, which means you have to keep all those parts looking good! Today we're featuring 2 exercises you can do on a ball that will work your entire body.

The first is called a Reverse Hyper and focuses on your glutes and hamstrings. Remember to keep your core tight and squeeze your glutes at the top for maximum impact.

The second is called "Stir The Pot" and is not only excellent for your entire core but will get your shoulders firing and looking great in those tank tops.


Move of the Week: Ball Roll Out/Walk Out

Today's Move-of-the-Week takes the plank to a whole new level. Using the instability of a ball (or walking out if you don't have one) it forces your core, shoulders and glutes to work harder to keep you balanced. This move is great for an awesome core workout, as well as shoulder stability and glute strength.

Tips to Keep In Mind:

  • Keep your knees, hips and shoulders in line
  • Keep your core tight
  • Pull down using your lats to move back and forth


Move of the Week: Hard "Core" Ab Exercise

Ok we're not "ducking" around any more (thanks autocorrect!). Summer is basically around the corner and we're working the abs today to get ready for it. Today's Core Exercise is all about rocking the plank PLUS getting a nice hip stretch while doing it. You know we love double duty workouts and today is no exception.

Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • Keep core tight and engaged the entire time
  • Do NOT rock your hips while getting up. Keep your body straight.
  • Pull your knee up for a nice hip stretch


Move of the Week: Bird Dog

Ok, who doesn't love an all over workout in one move? Want something even better? This full body workout move can be done at home! As in, inside your house where no one needs to see you.

Today's move is call the Bird Dog. This move rocks your core and glutes as well as focuses on shoulder stability and strength. Can you get any better than that?

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Keep your core tight and your lower back flat
  • Keep your toes pointed down throughout the movement
  • Keep your body flat and level as you push your leg and opposite arm out


Move Monday - Plank Threesome

With temperatures reaching the mid 60's this week it has us thinking about the summer and bathing suit season. In order to get ready for the warm weather, today we have a plank threesome that is guaranteed to get your core (and the rest of your body) burning. This is a  combination of three different moves including a rocking plank, side-to-side plank, and hip rotational plank to work all sides of your core

Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • Keep your core engaged and tight
  • Keep your quads and glutes tight
  • Keep your head straight
  • When moving your hips always return back to home before moving to the other side.


Move Monday - Ball Leg Curl

Ah it's Monday again and after a weekend of fun, it's time to get back to business. Today's move is all about just that - business. This move utilizes an exercise ball (which most people already have in their house) to work 3 main areas - core, glutes and hamstrings. 

Things to Keep In Mind:

  • Make sure your feet are pointed up and facing the sky
  • Keep your core engaged
  • Don't excessively arch your lower back
  • Keep your palms facing up 
  • Press your shoulder blades into the ground


Move Monday: Reverse Lunge

Ah lunges. Everybody may hate doing them, but everybody loves the results you get from them. This reverse lunch move helps to strengthen your glutes, hamstrings, quads AND your core. Talk about an all-in-one workout!

Tips to Keep in Mind

- Use (or create) a line on the floor that you can keep your feet on either side of
- Keep your abs engaged and your torso upright
- Bring your knee down to the floor
- Use a weight or dumbbells to increase difficulty
- Attempt to do 3 sets of 10 reps per side


Move Monday: Stir the Pot

It's beautiful here in Rhode Island today and the nice weather has us thinking about spring and summer. So what do we need to do to get ready? Abs of course. This move utilizes a ball that you may already have in your house or can easily find in all gyms. 

This multi-tasking move works your entire core (not just the front) as well as helps you with the stability and strength of your shoulder.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Keep your hips up
  • Keep your core tight and engaged 
  • Move your legs wide if a beginning or closer together if you want more of a challenge
  • Move in small motions to ensure balance before trying to go larger
  • Go in both clockwise and counterclockwise direction
  • Try to perform 3 sets of 10 in each direction