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Workout Bling: What You Need To Know About Jewelry In The Gym

Workout Bling: What You Need To Know About Jewelry In The Gym

Perhaps you’ve rushed to the gym after work or seeing your fabulous girlfriends so you forgot to take off your jewelry, or maybe you always wear your engagement ring to the gym - you’re not going to take that beauty off! Well, maybe you should. Here’s why it’s better to leave the bling behind next time.

No Gym, No Problem: Try This Water Bottle Workout For Your Lower Body

No Gym, No Problem: Try This Water Bottle Workout For Your Lower Body

Who says you need a gym or dumbbells to get fit? Create your own functional fitness station at home with this water bottle workout. PumpUp member @rachaelgervais filled up a gallon-sized jug with water to create some extra resistance. She used chairs as stand-ins for plyometric boxes. Get creative with what you already have!

3 partner exercises that will get your heart pumping

3 partner exercises that will get your heart pumping

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If you're out of ideas for gym partner exercises, fret not. Let equipment inspire you! This gym partner workout is full of fast-paced moves that will elevate your heart rate while having fun with your workout partner. All you'll need for this is a resistance band, battle ropes, and a gym buddy!

Resistance Band Running

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Partner 1 holds both handles of a resistance band. Partner 2 will step into the loop, positioning herself or himself a few paces further away. Partner 1 drops down into a squat, anchoring the band while Partner 2 leans forward and sprints. Slowly and gradually decrease the speed of your stride when finished, easing up on the band when the runner has completely stopped.

How does this help you?

Resistance band running will help you to increase the agility of your sprints. You'll be almost as speedy as the road runner, and your lower body will have more power to drive you further and faster over longer and longer distances. The extra resistance will help you to improve your stride frequency, which will in turn enhance your performance in various sports and allow you cross the finish line faster during short-distance runs.

Battle rope skips

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Partner 1 harnesses the battle ropes to a stationary anchor, dropping down into a half-squat position. Make small waves with the ropes, alternating forearms to lift the ropes off the ground and engaging your core to add power to the movement. Once Partner 1 establishes a rhythm with the ropes, Partner 2 explodes upward and across the ropes, making sure to land softly. Jump back to starting position. Don't strain yourself during this workout.

How does this help you?

Battle ropes will help you to condition your arms, shoulders, and abs. Plus, you'll look and feel like a BOSS. Holding your lower body in a half squat throughout the exercise will actually allow your partner to jump over the ropes, and it'll help you strengthen your hamstrings, quads, and glutes. Not only will jumping elevate your heart rate and increase your agility, it also has long-term health benefits. Jumping has shown to build bone density, coordination, and prevent against common running injuries.

Partner decline sit-ups

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If Partner 1 is strong enough, Partner 2 hooks legs around Partner 1, staying anchored at the knee. Your core is braced, legs slightly bent to lower your centre of gravity (this keeps you more stable). Partner 2 crunches up vertically.

How does this help you?

This is an advanced move. Use a bench to do a decline sit-up if you're a beginner. The decline sit-up will target the muscle responsible for hip flexion and spinal rotation.

The ultimate partner workout that will get your heart pumping with just 3 moves! Running with a resistance band, battle rope skipping, and decline sit-ups with a partner. Try this workout! Find out more on the PumpUp Blog

Enjoyed these partner exercises? Have ideas you'd like to show us? Tag your best workout videos featuring partner exercises with #TeamPumpUp on Instagram so that we can see what you've got! Thanks to PumpUp member @vania_cienfuegos07 and @its_anjela_baybee_19 for demonstrating these moves!

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What does your dream gym bag look like? It is our most trusted companion on our busiest days. Packing a well-stocked gym bag is, well, an art and PumpUp member @ella_emilie does it beautifully. We wanna know what your gym essentials are. Share a photo about it on PumpUp for a chance to win some swag!

Full challenge: http://blog.pumpup.co/tagged/challenge

Spotlight Series: Ronan

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At PumpUp, we’re proud to have some of the most passionate and dedicated users who care about their health and well being.

Recently, we spoke with Ronan L. from Toronto about his experience working out with the PumpUp app. Here’s what he had to say:

I have been using the Pump Up app for about three months now, can’t speak highly enough about it. 
 
For many years, I was an avid gym-goer. I would workout three to four times per week. As a relatively slim person, my ambition at the gym was to add weight and muscle and over the course of about 4 years, I had added about 15lbs in muscle. (Quite the achievement for me!) However, last year due to some personal circumstances, my attendance at the gym dropped off substantially and I ended up not working out for about 6 consecutive months. Over that period much of the muscle mass that I had worked hard to put on faded.
 
In December, my life circumstances changed again and I resumed my gym attendance. I had heard about Pump Up from a technology blog so decided to give it a shot. The first thing I noticed about it was how it forced me out of my normal routine. Even when I was going to the gym regularly, my workouts had become somewhat static; however, PumpUp introduced me to a number of new exercises that I hadn’t considered before and encouraged me to engage in types of training that I did not do regularly (i.e. cardio/core). This made my workouts much more engaging and interesting and got me working muscles that hadn’t been used in my workouts, if ever! 
 
I also find the workout summaries at the end of each workout to be effective at encouraging me to complete an entire workout (and not cheat). Even though the cues are subtle, the indications that I did not complete an exercise fully are encouraging enough to make sure that next time I do not cheat, or cut out early on a workout. 
 
Even though I have only been going back to the gym for about 4 months now, I have already put back on most of the muscle mass that I lost and I attribute that success primarily to PumpUp. The workouts are engaging, the instructional elements intuitive, and the tracking and feedback loops motivating which all keep me coming back to the gym, using the app and constantly pushing myself to put more into - and get more out of - my workouts. 
 
It’s stories like Ronan’s that remind us why we’re building PumpUp. Each and every day we aim to improve the fitness, health, and lives of people across the world! We’re proud to hear that PumpUp has helped Ronan in his fitness journey!
 
Do you have a story on how PumpUp has helped you? We’d love to hear it.
 
Ps. Don’t forget to download PumpUp to start living a more active and healthy life!

Meet PumpUp Pat

Meet Pat — PumpUp’s awesome mascot and your new gym buddy!

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We’re still not to sure where Pat came from, but he’s rumoured to be the long-lost cousin of Osmosis Jones. That didn’t matter too much to us, because when we met Pat, we knew he had to be our official mascot! When we offered Pat the job, he had only one simple request: he gets to help design everyone’s workouts. How could we say no to that?

Pat has an infectious energy about him — it’s hard to explain. He motivates you to be your best and is always there with words of encouragement to keep you on track! He’ll give you that kick in the butt we all sometimes need to get up and hit the gym! To truly experience Pat’s energy, you’ll just have to work out with him.

Welcome to the team, Pat! We look forward to Pumping Up with you!