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Summer Ready Arm and Shoulder Workout

Spring and summer are around the corner which means so are summer fashions. Arms and shoulders are about to be on display, so now is the time to make sure they are show-ready.

This is a giant set, so make sure you have all weights and bands ready to go. 

  • Zottman Cus for all forearm and bicep work

  • Band Pushdowns for tricep work

  • Face pulls for back shoulder work

  • Lateral raises for front and lateral shoulder work.

Shoot for a few rounds, 10-12 reps each exercise. 

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Your Children Are Watching!

People try to scare new Moms.  They make them believe their babies are all watching their every move so they act proper and always do the right thing as a perfect role model.  Is this the case??

Here’s the deal - while you definitely don’t have to be perfect all the time, children are looking to their parents to role model behavior, habits and what a healthy lifestyle will look like.  Here’s an awesome story to prove that THEY ARE WATCHING! 

We just celebrated Veteran’s Day here in the US and since it was a “holiday” many daycare’s were closed.  Amy, my client (also my blog and website consultant and one of my ex-athletes I coached at NK) didn’t have anyone to watch Hadley, her beautiful 14 month old daughter.  My Mom was off from her school so she agreed to watch her in the gym while Amy got her lift on.  Hadley got to meet all the gym goers that morning and she loved it.  Amy went about her normal routine and got her big lifts in while Hadley was entertained by my Mom (Linda).  She would peep out to see her Mom do some big lifting now and then.    

Fast forward 2 weeks later and Amy has reported and shown me videos of Hadley’s new “passion”.  She walks up to anything she can get her hands around (a big table, a hug ball bigger than her own body, and even a brick) and proceeds to pick said object up in the air and start walking with it.  Check out the video below to see her in action: 


Looks like Hadley was watching her strong Mom that day in the gym and wants to emulate her actions.  We are just glad that she is taking to weight training at a mere 4 months! Haha!  I think it’s safe to say that Hadley (and many other babies) ARE watching their Moms after all!  Just glad Amy is a great role model and being healthy for her baby Hadley.      

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Part 3 of 3: Why Semi-Private Training May Be Right For You

Social media is everything nowadays.  Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter. Being “social” has taken over everything from making online purchases, to hitching rides, to even processing payments for businesses.  It’s a crazy social world out there.  While “social” media is an integral part of our lives, the real social aspect of life is interacting with people in the same room still.  The definition of social media is to participate in social networking. Making friends and making real connections (not just a Facebook “friends” who you’ve never met before) is still the backbone of our society.  It’s something that people still value, and look for in their daily lives.

Semi-private training allows that to happen organically.  You are inevitably working out with a few people in the same room, sharing equipment and getting to know people more than in a normal gym situation. As opposed to the autonomy of a big box gym, or the isolation of totally private training, the small private studio atmosphere allows people to communicate with each other day in and day out.  With semi-private training, people to tend to lift at similar times with many of the same people.  As people get more comfortable with each other, people tend to open up and form bonds and they get strong(er) together.  I have seen this happen numerous times!

Lots of my clients over the years have even taken that gym friendship and created long lasting friendships outside the gym.  It is a real cool thing to witness, knowing it is all coming together under my “roof”.  As an example of this, some of the ladies even got one of my clients baby gifts after her first born a year ago.  That wouldn’t happen in a big box gym culture! 

In addition to that, the collaborative spirit of semi-private training lends itself to support inside the gym. You can often find members cheering others on as they go for a particularly heavy or difficult lift.  Goes to show how powerful this little semi-private model is for friendships.  Semi-private training makes real connections, real friendships, real social networks.      

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Part 2 of 3: Why Semi-Private Training May be Right For You

In Part 1 we talked about the best of both world’s in Semi-Private training when it came to finances. The ability to get personalized attention without having to pay ridiculously high pricing.  Today we are going to talk about the autonomy of this type of training.  What do I mean about autonomy?  Well, let’s dive in and see.  

Some trainers try like heck to “keep you in the dark” in the fitness world so they can hold onto you forever. They may queue you for proper form, but won’t explain the mechanics and the “whys” behind the workout.  My semi-private training style is all about teaching the client as much as I can/they can handle.  This allows for great “self-coaching” after teaching them the form and how they can feel their own body in correct form. This means that outside of the gym, you can continue to move correctly, promoting optimal health and reducing common injuries.

I also talk about the “why”, and teach them to think for themselves on whether to go heavier or correct their form.  While I will always be there to guide and offer advice, I also want my clients to take control of their own training. Someone who takes the lead on their workout program is more invested, and more likely to push themselves to that next step (under my watchful eye of course..)  I want to create this culture that they almost “don’t need me” every second, thus making an autonomic client.  This makes the gym run very smoothly so when I do have a new(er) client I can focus on them when need be.  

Many people like this kind of gym environment because they feel safe while performing the lifts, but don’t feel like they are being micro managed every second of their workout. It’s like having controlled freedom.

Autonomy works in a small gym setting where I can easily still watch every person, new or veteran client, and make sure everyone is doing their program as best as possible.  Speaking of programs, each client has their own sheet, their own lifts they are working on each day they come into the gym.  This alone makes them start to “own” these specific lifts they have to perfect and make strong(er) each and every session in the gym.




Next week is Part 3 of benefits of Semi-Private training!  

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Part 1 of 3: Why Semi-Private Training May be Right For You

Don’t we all like “best of both world’s” scenarios?  Committing to a solid workout routine is difficult enough, and when you have to compromise on that routine, it can make it difficult to to stick to. Well here at Jtab we have a few “best of both world’s” situations.  I learned early on in my training career that I was going to focus on a style called semi-private.  Today I am going to focus on one of the benefits of this style of training.  

Nowadays everyone is trying to find the cheapest prices for their favorite products, right?  Go to a store and see what the want and immediately take out their phones to see if they can get it cheaper on Amazon, etc.  I admit I do that also sometimes.  When it comes to training and fitness there is no difference.  Planet fitness’s popping up all over the place and offering $10/month memberships for whole gym access.  What could be better than that, right?

Most people have come to realize that private one-on-one training is pretty expensive.  I mean go to your boutique personal fitness center, or the local big box fitness center and you are looking at a price of at least $60-100/hour.  On top of that, they want you to buy a “package” or 5-15 sessions and before you even know it, you’ve spent a month’s mortgage on “personal” training.  Those sessions will last you a month or two and then you’re left to re-up.  This leads to a quick exit of training when people realize they can no longer afford the steep prices.  No one is faulting the trainers here, they need to make a decent hourly rate so they can live, right? But for most of the middle class, this expense is out of reach. 

Enter semi-private training.  This is the game changer, the “best of both world’s, the win/win/win scenario.  Most semi-private is typically more than a half the cost of private training.  This is due to having more than one person in at the same time.  The trainer can spend great quality coaching time on you and the others in the gym, yet you pay way less that the private option.  This allows the client to keep up with training month after month, without blowing their budget.  On the flip side, it allows the trainer a better income while charging their clients a fraction of what personal training costs.  I feel this is the ultimate win/win.  If the trainer is skilled, you will not notice any drop off from one on one to semi-private in terms of coaching, cueing and spotting.  While the client usually is responsible for their own sheets and setting up and breaking down their equipment, that is the small price to pay for paying a fraction of the cost of training.  

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Can You?

Bodyweight… the near mention of it sends shivers down your spine for some (most) people. Many people aren’t happy with their body weight, or feel that it’s higher than it should be. Yet we carry our own bodyweight around all the time.  

In the strength and conditioning world there is an unofficial “goal” of being able to deadlift and carry your own bodyweight. Being able to do so, generally says good things about your health, strength and body. I have been training people for over 15 years and often work with clients to get them to a point where they can comfortably deadlift and carry (hold and walk with) their own bodyweight.  I have seen aches and pains go away, body composition improve, and confidence go up.

So, the question remains, can you lift and carry your own body weight? If the mere thought of having to pick up something up equal to your body weight seems impossible, it’s time to surprise yourself a little. Give me a call at 401.529.5089 or shoot an email to jtabtraining@gmail.com and let me help you build up your strength.

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Runner's Drill: Single Leg Balance

You all know that at Jtab we are all about strength training. Not only does building muscle burn more calories and fat over time, but it can also work as a great cardio that's less destructive on your knees, hips and ankles. However, for those that do enjoy running, it's important to include strength training to stay strong and reduce the risk of injury. Today on the blog, we have an exercise that is especially important to all you runners out there.

This single leg balance strengthening drill is an all in one workout that works ankle stability, as well as strength in your feet, glutes, abductors, quads and core. So all you runners out there, check out this video and get strong (er)!

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The Value of Personal Training

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Value is defined as “estimate the monetary worth of (something)”.  This leads me into one of the questions I get all the time. “Why should I spend money on personal training”? Well - that’s a question you won’t even have to ask once you see the “value” of it.

This about what you “value” and spend money on all the time. You pay an accountant to handle your finances. You pay a store for clothing instead of making them yourself. You pay an electrician, plumber or carpenter to come fix something in your house when you break. We are willing to spend money on these things because not only does it save us time, we know that it will be done right.    

So when it comes to our body’s, why are we so willing to cut corners? We only get one body, so why aren’t we willing to invest in ways to take care of it? Whether it’s paying more for higher quality food, or investing in personal training, placing “value” in your health is one of the most important things you can do.

At Jtab Training I teach clients how to lift and exercise properly under their current abilities. What is the benefit of this? You are getting a better workout, in less time, and with fewer injuries. The words I hear a lot are, “I would be lifting improperly or wasting my time at the gym if I weren’t training with you”.      

I started my small personal training studio business because I felt I could add a lot of “value” to client’s fitness routines. In many cases, and especially when it comes to your health, choosing to invest in the right way of doing things ends up saving you time and money, as well as helps you reach your goals faster and more efficiently. 

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Got 30 Minutes?

get a full body workout in only 30 minutes in East Greenwich, RI

Have less than 30 minutes to train yet still actually want to get a good workout in?  No problem, Jtab Training has your back (and glutes and quads and arms and shoulders also haha).  New to Jtab Training, but not a new fad or training philosophy at all, is the idea of getting in a complete full body workout by doing only the major, or most functional, movements as a circuit.  The workout will be simple yet effective and time efficient, making it perfect for those on a tight schedule.  These workouts include all the “big” moves, so you are burning many calories and building lean muscle all at the same time.  In addition, these “big” moves elevate your heart rate for conditioning training.  We will be offering these to members and non-members as a drop in price of $5 (paid via Venmo or cash at time of visit).  There will be beginner circuits and intermediate circuits based on an individual’s level.

Email Joey at jtabtraining@gmail.com with questions or to learn more so you can start start to get a taste of the Jtab experience with no membership required!  

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What Kind of Exercise REALLY Changes the Body?

Sometimes you have to do things that are not in your wheelhouse to get the results you want. With summer right around the corner, results are something all of us are focused on. Well, maybe not all of us.  Don’t care about body composition results and looking good for the Summer?  Then stop reading now and carry on......                          

OK, if you’re still reading you want to change. The time has passed where you say you're going to do it and nothing happens. You REALLY WANT TO THIS TIME.  Well, you are at the right place.  Today I'm breaking down the best approach to get this done. Take note, this is not the list of what you “like” to do, but what actually works - there is probably a BIG difference.  This list would normally start off with the first 3 things being NUTRITION, NUTRITION, NUTRITION. You can't change your body without changing your nutrition. However, today we are going to bypass that, as we dove deeper into that last week. So take a few minutes and check out that blog. Go ahead, I'll wait....

OK, you're back! So, after a solid lower calorie/higher nutrient diet, the list looks like this:

  1. Heavy resistance training.  High weight for lower reps (in the 1-5 range).  I can not express this ENOUGH.  When you cut calories to lose fat, your body will start losing muscle mass.  That is a critical error in most people’s approach to fat loss.  As we age, we are already losing muscle at an alarming rate, UNLESS you train to keep muscle.  My friend Tony Gentilcore says “what makes muscle, keeps muscle”.  He means that lifting to always try to “gain” muscle, especially while on a reduced calorie diet,  will help you keep the muscle you have and possibly even gain some new muscle.  That is a good thing for body composition (remember, this list is not what you “think” you should be doing, but what you SHOULD be doing for proper recomposition.)  Heavy resistance training also encourages bones to strengthen and possibly even add some bone mass over time.  
  2. Hypertrophy training.  Lower weight for higher reps (in the 5-12 range).  OK, now that you got a heavy lift in to encourage bone health and muscle strength, now is the time to tap into that strength and use it for slightly higher reps and higher sets.  This will do two-fold. A) It will add some nice mass to the muscles that you just worked. This will, in turn, make you look leaner and thinner, yet have some muscle on your frame. B) Burn those calories by doing the reps in a circuit fashion.  Done correctly (Jtab training will show you how to) this leads to enough cardio conditioning while still building or keeping muscle that you will see fat loss changes even after only a few sessions.  
  3. Sprint/ropes/sled/bike sprint work.  This could be timed work or rep work (do six 5-10 second sprints, etc).  1 or 2 days a week should be plenty, unless your nutrition is AWFUL (which it should be if you did the nutrition work we mentioned at the top of this blog first).  Rope work usually is timed for 10-40 seconds of work with a minute break and repeat.  Usually 5-30 minutes is all you need for this “all out” work. Or do what you can handle before you get sloppy and start working less intensely.  
  4. General movement “work”.  Yes, just be more “active”.  Go walk around stores, light hikes, park further away from the entrance of stores/grocery stores, clean house, walk around the neighborhood.  Do light activities that you ENJOY!  As long as the other 3 (again the amount of time you should devote to each is dependent on diet and nutrition) are done intensely, you can just do what you enjoy doing. 

There you go, and easy recipe to follow that may hard to execute week in, week out.  Maybe people find that having accountability helps them keep to this schedule so they don't fall off the wagon and start seeing results before the warm weather hits. If this sounds like, reach out to Jtab Training today to set up your first appointment and see how we can help you change your body correctly!

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Move of the Week: Squat to Push Press

At Jtab Training we're all about moves that work multiple areas of the body at once. This all-in-one powerhouse will help get your heart pumping, blood flowing and fat burning. In addition to building all over muscle, by working some of the largest muscles in your body, it becomes a great cardio workout as well. So grab some light, to medium, dumbbells and get going!

Move of the Week: Leg Circuit

It's so beautiful out today that we decided to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! Since the weather is FINALLY warming up, today's move actually consists of 3 different exercises put together into a circuit. (Hey, short season will be here quicker than you think, so you'll be thanking me later). In this "Move of the Week" we're combining squats, lunges and jumping to get your heart racing, fat melting and your butt high and tight!

Tips to Keep In Mind:

  • Keep your knees pointed out
  • Keep your abs and core tight and engaged
  • Keep your chest tall
  • Stay back on your heels
  • When jumping, land softly
  • If jumping is too hard on your knees you can sub out for mini step-up (on a box or ledge) or more lunges
  • Attempt 8-10 of each exercise per circuit

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Move Monday: Rotational Core Exercise

It's all about the abs again for this move monday. However, today we're bringing you an ab exercise that not only works your core, but your glutes, hips and shoulder. Have we mentioned we love multi-tasking here?

Tips to Keep in Mind:

- You can use anything in your house that weight about 5-10 pounds for this exercise
- Rotate from your hips to focus on your glutes
- Keep your core tight and engaged throughout the entire movement
- Attempt 3 sets of 10 reps per side

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Funny Friday - Get a Grip

Most gyms ban chalk because of the mess it makes. However, anyone who has lifted anything heavy knows the struggle of being able to hold on to the weights effectively. At Jtab Training, we not only allow chalk, but encourage people to use it. There are straps available, but utilizing them too often won't strengthen your grip or forearm development. The next time you feel your hands slipping, "get a grip" and reach for the chalk instead of the straps.

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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

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Move Monday: Yoga Plex

Many of us on the East Coast got pummeled with snow this weekend. After shoveling out for 2 days, many of you are probably nursing sore a tight muscles this Monday morning. Because of that, today we're not focusing on a muscle building move, but on more of a stretch. This Yoga Plex stretch is great for releasing tight muscles in your hip flexors and your upper back. 

There you have it! Hopefully this has helped ease some of your discomfort today. See you back next week for another Move Monday by J-Tab Training.

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Move Monday: Goblet Squat

It's MLK Day and at J-Tab Training we don't take a day off! The gym is rocking today and we're back with a brand new move for you. Goblet Squats are an awesome way to work your glutes and tighten and tone your legs all while using your abs to brace yourself. By holding a weight in front of you it forces your abs tight throughout the entire exercise. You can use a dumbbell, kettlebell or anything you have at home that can add some weight. If you need a little more of a gauge of how to far squat, put a low box behind you.


Things To Remember:

- Keep your abs tight and locked to work them, as well as protect your lower back
- Keep you spine straight and shoulders down and back
- Knees follow your toes and point slightly out
- Squeeze your glutes at the top. 

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Move Monday: Half Kneel One Arm Pull Down

The Half Kneel One Arm Pull Down is one of those multi dimensional moves that is designed not only to work your body but to assist you throughout the rest of your workout. By working your lats and back, this pull down is the perfect way to strengthen if you struggle with doing the more traditional pull up. On top of that, this move is designed to assist you in other workouts, like deadlifts, so you can continue to increase your lifts safely and effectively.

Check out the video below to see how to perform this move as well my tips and tricks to get the most out of this workout:

Things to remember about your form:

- On the kneeling leg, keep your glutes tight and engaged
- Use your opposite hand to hold down your rib cage
- Make sure your elbow move straight down your side
- Feel your lats squeezing (think about crushing someone's fingers in your armpits)

Check back next Monday for another exercise to add to your workout routine. Now get out there and get stronger!