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  • How to Deadlift With the Proper Form

    The deadlift is a key exercise for not only building muscle, but also strengthening your posterior chain, and today I’ll show you how to do it properly. There are a few different ways to perform a proper deadlift, but the first and most important thing you need to do is make sure your form is perfect. At 0:49 in the video above, you can see me first demonstrate the deadlift with dumbbells, which you can use if you don’t have a barbell. First, start in the standing position and hold each dumbbell at your sides with your shoulders pressed back. Imagine you have plates stacked around your feet that rise from the floor up to your mid-calf area or a little higher. ....

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  • What’s the Biggest Mistake Most People Make at the Gym?

    Today I want to talk about the biggest mistake that people make when going the gym, whether it’s their first day back after a month or their first day back after a few years. If you’ve been thinking about getting out there and getting back into shape, first off let me congratulate you on taking the first step. When you’re ready to get back in there, these are great tips for you to follow. When you are committed to getting in shape and are really trying to get after it right away, my best advice for you is to slow down. After 15 years in the fitness industry, this one thing has stood out to me most. People tend to go too hard too fast and it ....

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  • You Don’t Need Crossfit—Try These Exercises Instead

    Crossfit is a very popular workout regimen these days, and I have nothing against it—it’s gotten a lot of people in amazing shape. However, from what I know, it’s also gotten a lot of people injured. This may be due to the inexperience of its newer participants, but these exercises I’m about to show you are ones you can do at the gym or at home, and they will help increase your strength and improve your posterior chain. By “posterior chain,” I mean the backside of your body—your shoulders, upper back, etc. The issue with Crossfit is it’s anterior-dominant, meaning it focuses on the front side of your body. Focusing on the ....

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  • Is Your Mattress Affecting Your Workout?

    Your mattress could very well be affecting your workouts. What do I mean by this? How you sleep is going to directly impact every part of your life. Not only will it affect your workout, but it will also affect your overall energy. If your mattress is old or worn-out, it may be causing you a lot of issues. You might wake up sore or tired. If your sleep isn’t as good as it could be, you might want to check out your mattress. You can visit this site to check out different mattresses and compare what they offer. If your mattress is eight to 10 years old (or older), It’s time to get a new one. If you have any questions in the meantime about ....

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  • What You Need to Know About Pre-Workout Nutrition

    Everyone talks about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While that myth has been debunked by various methods such as intermittent fasting, pre-workout nutrition is extremely important. Pre-workout nutrition is the meal that you eat before you train or work out. The general rule of thumb for pre-workout nutrition is that you want to have something in your system. Some people train really early in the morning at 5 a.m. If that’s the case, you may not feel like eating, and I completely understand. That’s why they make things like essential amino acids that can help preserve muscle mass and give you a little boost during your workout. You can ....

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  • Ditch the Treadmill and Try These Fun Cardio Ideas

    Cardio exercises don’t have to be a chore. Even though a lot of people dread it, it can be fun. Today, I have a few tips you can use to get in a good workout and have fun doing it. If you join us at Icon Gym, I can introduce you to “The Tank.” This is no ordinary workout; it’s not a treadmill, elliptical, or a boring stationary bike. It’s something we use to really get your heart rate up while you’re doing something other than sitting mindlessly on a bike. For an added touch, play upbeat, motivational music that you like to your routine. Other fun forms of cardio include:
    Strongman training—find a small tire to go outside ....

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  • My Keys to Dietary, Training, and Lifestyle Strategies

      I recently conducted a health and fitness seminar at Park View High School that I was able to film. Listed below are time-stamped sections of this video of this seminar above so you can jump ahead to specific parts that interest you: 0:10 - My background 0:50 - Dietary, training, and lifestyle strategies 1:50 - Icon Gym psychology 2:37 - Continued tips for improving your posture and preventing overnourishment and malnourishment 5:01 - Practices that help you reach your goals faster 5:55 - Separating detoxification myths from facts 6:56 - Easy-to-implement dietary strategies 8:38 - Steps to take before you get started If you have any ....

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  • Enjoy These Drinks Without Sacrificing What You’ve Gained in the Gym

    Here are a few alcoholic drinks you can enjoy that will do the least amount of damage to your fitness goals: Vodka: Skinnygirl vodkas have been around for a while now. They target those who are trying to stay fit when consuming alcohol. On the label, it claims they have a fewer amount of calories per serving than the regular vodkas. Well, a closer look reveals this is true only because of the smaller amount of alcohol per volume. Simply put, it is a more watered down version of vodka, so watch yourself in thinking this is actually a healthier alternative. Tequila: Tequila is made from agavin, a naturally occurring sweetener which can lower blood glucose levels. Since ....

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  • 8 Small Changes for a Healthier You

    Today I want to go over eight small things you can do to improve your health and fitness in 2018.
    Skip the coffee creamer. A single serving of creamer is 35 calories. I would guess that most people don’t use just one serving, either. So if a person has even just one cup of coffee per day and uses two servings of creamer, which equates to 70 calories, that amounts to 25,550 calories over the course of a year. This is roughly 7.3 pounds.
    Don’t skip meals. This advice seems easy to follow, so why do so many of us ignore it? It’s important to provide your body with sufficient fuel. If you don’t, your body will begin conserving calories and your ....

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  • How Important Are Protein Powders After Working Out?

    How important are post-workout protein shakes? Post-workout timing is crucial in terms of supplementing and providing your body with essential nutrients needed after you’re done exercising. Remember, when you do vigorous resistance training and lift weights, you are breaking down your body.
    So what do you need to do after you get out of the gym? You need to be focused on the recovery process. The quickest way to begin that is with a post-workout protein shake.
    There are plenty of different options in terms of protein powders, whether it be whey, beef, or pea protein. These are all absolutely fine to kick-start the muscle-building and anabolic processes. It’s important ....

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