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Posts tagged “Palm Springs Fitness Center

Lat Variations

Simple training video clips I have fun doing for Palm Springs Fitness Center. Thanks!

A variation of the Lat Pulldown with trainer Dan Partridge. Making your time better spent in the gym with muscle time under tension. Much better than time under tension in a lot of things we do!


She Has Lost 75 Pounds So Far

Another video workout interview I did for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love doing these and in this one, Mariah just puts a smile on your face with her enthusiasm. By the way, she has lost 75 pounds!

 


Bicep Curls With Ava Cowan

From a really great fitness magazine photo shoot series I shot with IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan at Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Ava Cowan

From IFBB Figure Pro Ava Cowan from her magazine workout series photo shoot…

Single Arm Biceps Curls.

Warm Up: Using a lighter weight start with 2 sets of 12-15 reps before moving into a heavier weight.
Set Up: Adjust seat so that the padding is comfortably and completely under armpit. Using a dumbbell as opposed to a machine requires that all stabilizing muscles are warmed up as well.
Working Set: 2-3 sets of 6-12 reps on each arm. Start with the weaker of the two arms. Sets and reps are dependant on lifter’s goals and experience.
Action: Benefit of this angle is you can isolate and squeeze at the top of the movement. On the way down make sure not to lock out elbow, keeping tension on the biceps. Repeat.

Advanced Variation:
Looking for a slight variation and a more advanced exercise?
Try 1 Arm Machine Curls.
Warm Up: Warm up with the 2 sets of 12-15 reps for each arm using a normal amount of weight. You can start with two arms and then move into a single arm warm up.
Working Set: Adjust weight to more than you can lift for one rep. Using the free arm non working arm to help with the positive portion of the lift and then resist the negative only with the single working arm.
1 set of 3-5 reps of negatives.


Heavy Lifting

Some heavy lifting in a magazine photo shoot I did with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Daniel Hill. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Bodybuilder Daniel Hill

 


Training With A Fitness Trainer

When I do these videos for Palm Springs Fitness Center, it is interesting to hear the comments made by the training clients. There is many a commonality. One thing that I do hear over and over is how happy they are to train with a trainer and what a difference it is made for them.

A different workout method with trainer Dan Partridge with his client Ed. Take a few minutes hear and see what they have to say about it.

And how many of us have said this to ourselves? Ed said that without a trainer… “I found that getting myself to the gym was difficult to do, because I always had other things to do”.

“I have a little bit more limited schedule, we’re doing supersets, so we’re doing 30 minutes, but it is more intensive for 30 minutes. It is a better workout than I have ever gotten.” – Ed


On To The Olympia And Arnold

He has gone on to stand on the stage of the prestigious Olympia and the Arnold Classic. Xavisus Gayden actually was first seen in bodybuilding magazines from a photo shoot he had with me at Palm Springs Fitness Center a few years back. Now a star in Men’s Physique, he is also to be saluted for being a United States Marine. Outstanding!

Xavisus Gayden


Don’t Eat The Weights

A fun photo shoot with my buddy Rob Carbo this was! It was for Bodybuilding.com published in Iron Man Magazine. A feature I sourced, wrote and photographed monthly for three years. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Rob Carbo for BodySpace for Iron Man Magazine


Deadlifts With Ava Cowan

An outstanding workout series I photographed over a few days with IFBB Figure Professional Ava Cowan. “Professional” for sure when it comes to Ava!

And be sure to “Like” the Facebook page for our gym shoot location Palm Springs Fitness Center, my favorite gym and to keep up with my posting over there as Social Media Manager. It helps me a lot and I promise to make it fun! Thanks!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Deadlifts done right with IFBB Professional Figure Competitor Ava Cowan…

Preparation:

With feet flat beneath bar, squat down and grasp bar with shoulder width or slightly wider overhand or mixed grip. Start with light weight to not only warm up but to determine what you are capable of lifting.

The addition of wrist straps can great improve your ability to perform multiple reps as well as more weight. If no straps are used, a mixed grip is a great way to grip the bar.
Start with 2 sets of 15 reps before moving into working weight.

Execution:

Lift bar by extending hips and knees to full extension, keeping the bar close to the body throughout the movement. Keep your back flat throughout the exercise and pull shoulders back being mindful not to round the shoulders. Also, keep knees pointing the same direction as your feet. Return and repeat.

The simplified version of the muscles used are:

The grip strength (finger flexors) and the lower back (erector spinae) work isometrically to keep the bar held in the hands and to keep the spine from rounding.

The gluteus maximus and hamstrings work to extend the hip joint.

The quadriceps work to extend the knee joint.

The adductor magnus works to stabilize the legs.

Core musculature remains braced to stabilize the spine.


Training With Flavio

Another quick workout video for Palm Springs Fitness Center with retired Professional Bodybuilder Flavio. Thanks!

 


They Lost 70 Pounds

Another fun video segment I did for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love telling these real stories with real people on their fitness journey.


Love Doing These Videos!

I really enjoy doing these videos for Palm Springs Fitness Center. Faith has had two strokes and was told best for her to get to a gym to workout because she needed a place that had equipment. Then she started working out with her trainer Howard. Perfect! Take a moment to watch, it really is a great story! Thanks!


225 Done Right

225 pounds or 65 pounds, it’s all a matter of doing it right. Anu Mcknight with great form doing incline bench press during our photo shoot at Palm Springs Fitness Center.

His back end solid on the seat, feet planted flat, shoulders and head back. Hands well spaced to make the exercise work the chest and not too close together activating the triceps. Bring the bar straight down to just above the center line of your chest and then back up, not locking out your elbows. Slow, easy and repeat. If you are only moving it in a partial range, too heavy, lighten up.

Anu-Incline_Bench_Press


Triceps Push Downs

From one of my photo shoots. It may have been the first time Angela D Segovia had been published in a magazine. Great fun! At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

I think Fitness Model Angela Segovia looks really good doing triceps during our photo shoot! What do you think?

 


Bicep Curls Done Right

From one of my photo shoots with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dan Decker. Dan has always been one of the most consistent and admired bodybuilders around and been published in more magazines than I am sure he can even tell you. At Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Bodybuilder Dan Decker


Middle Rear Delt

“This is an angle that enables you to target the middle and mid rear deltoid. The more angles that are targeted the more complete the development. It’s the middle rear delt that can be overlooked.”

– A more advanced training tip from IFBB Figure Pro, Ava Cowan. From a magazine workout series photographed by me right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center. Thanks!

Ava-Rear_Delts


Shoulders

My latest video for Palm Springs Fitness Center, my favorite gym by the way! With trainer Bill Bunchak.


Real People Fitness Journey

Real people doing real things on their fitness journey! A short video I shot for Palm Springs Fitness Center. I love doing these stories, been doing them for over a decade for fitness magazines and online resources. More to come! Thanks!

 


Four Days In The Gym With Ava

One of my favorite photo shoots ever. Spending four days in a gym and evenings poolside photographing Ava Cowan. The best!

There is an actual purpose for all of those mirrors in the gym. Just like IFBB Figure Pro Ava is doing here. Watch your form, the movement of the muscles as you do your lifts. It will get you in touch with actually what is happening and also keep you doing things right.

Ava was here at Palm Springs Fitness Center week doing a photo shoot for a workout magazine series. One of the most respected and admired women in the fitness business. Thanks Ava Cowan!

Ava Cowan


Fitness Journey Transformation

I photographed and wrote a monthly feature for Bobdyuilding.com in Iron Man Magazine about some wonderful people on their fitness journey. It went on for three years and this story with Juliet Banks was the last. But way up there as one of the most wonderful! Photographed at my favorite gym, Palm Springs Fitness Center. Thanks!

Juliet_Banks-Before_After

Juliet Banks spent her time devoted to helping others with very special needs. And indeed her own family had very special needs as well. It took a toll on her own health and well being. But there came a time when she realized that she would not be able to help anyone if she didn’t do something about helping herself.

Juliet never wanted to share her story, too ashamed about where she had been. But her involvement in the fitness world brought her to being selected for a feature as the BodySpace Physique Of The Month.


EAT LIFT SLEEP REPEAT

“EAT LIFT SLEEP REPEAT” – Sometimes the fitness women I photograph wear very little clothes or none at all for our photo shoots. Sometimes, like Courtney Solomon did, they wear something that has some really good fitness advice on it!

One of the many photo shoots I have done at Palm Springs Fitness Center. That is where I work out and where I am also now their Social Media Manager. You will be seeing more of my photography and video on their Facebook page, so please check it out and “Like” it, just for me! Thanks! Right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Cortney Solomon


I Love This Book Cover!

Yes I shot it and it is exactly what I had imagined. It was with Doug Brignole for his very successful book “Million Dollar Mu$cle – A Historical and Sociological Perspective of the Fitness Industry”.

In the fitness and bodybuilding world for over forty years, Doug has competed in bodybuilding all around the world since the age of 14! He is a very respected author, speaker, trainer and historian of the world of bodybuilding.

Photographed at Palm Springs Fitness Center where not only have I worked out for eleven years but where I have done many of my photo shoots. Also now the Social Media Manager there, you will be seeing much of my photography on their Facebook page. Please check it out and “Like” it! Thanks! Right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center.

Doug_Brignole-book


From Singapore

Reaching around the world, it was wonderful to have Joan Liew and Augustine Lee from Singapore for their United States gym photo shoot with me right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center. Founders of the Fitness Factory Gym in 2005, they are both International Bodybuilding Champions and among the most respected and best known in the fitness business.

I am also the Social Media Manager for Palm Springs Fitness Center and you will be seeing my photography, some new video features and some fun on their Facebook page. So please check it our and “Like” it! Thanks! Palm Springs Fitness Center On Facebook

Joan Liew and Augustine Lee


Palm Springs Fitness Center

You will now being seeing my photography on the Facebook page for the Palm Springs Fitness Center! And I will be managing their Social Media! It has been my gym of choice since they opened in 2006!

I have also done many many photo shoots along the way in that gym. And I will get to tell you many of the wonderful stories behind them. So go on over and read the first and ‘Like” the page for the Palm Springs Fitness Center! See you there and Thanks!

Amy Sedlatschek in the Gym

Her name is Amy but she has a special title too… Grandma! And a Mom of six!

Amy had been right here at Palm Springs Fitness Center to do a photo shoot for Iron Man magazine and Bodybuilding.com to celebrate her fitness journey. Amy got her start in fitness to keep up with her kids and to conquer her fight with alcohol.

“Part of my recovery plan as an alcoholic is based tremendously on avoiding depression. My love of fitness and thirst for knowledge has kept it at bay…”

Maybe not everybody will look like Amy but we can all be a better version of ourselves. So come on in and workout! If you are not sure how to go about it or feel like you are stuck, chat with one of our trainers. Fitness is a journey and we love having you taking that journey with us! Thanks!