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Welcome to our “Shark U.” educational series! Here you’ll gain valuable insights into fitness theory, exercise form, nutrition, motivation and other topics aimed at getting you in kick-ass shape.

At Shark Fitness Training, we emphasize our program as a way of life, and we intend for these educational resources to further you along in that aim. We promise everything here is worth your time and attention.

Shark Fitness Training: “No Excuses. No Nonsense. Just Results!” And now, a few good reads to boot!

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If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Well. Let’s Talk Tempo!

What Part of the Lifting Movement Delivers the Results? Both – If You Lift With Proper Tempo Throughout 21 years of training civilians and military, I’ve stressed proper technique as being THE most important aspect of optimal training…followed very closely by high intensity. When you speak about correct training form, it generally can be broken down to two areas –

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Fixed Machine, Barbell or Dumbbells – Which is best and WHY!

People are often intimidated by the free weights when they go to the gym and default to fixed machines, unintentionally performing less effective exercises. Gym confidence comes when you learn how to work in the gym – what exercises to perform, the proper sequence and tempo, and what equipment to use. Today’s Shark U. lesson takes a look at the

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You Gained Weight During COVID. Now What?

It’s time to turn the tide on current weight gain trends! It seems like every day there is an alarming new study showing statistics of weight gain during the last yer and its detrimental effects. A year or so ago as the pandemic began, we learned that comorbidities – including being overweight or obese –   dramatically increased risk for

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Portobello Mushroom Quinoa Gratin Recipe

The Shark HQ kitchen has been trying out and adapting some new recipes and this one passes the test of healthy, delicious and nutritious! We experimented with a base recipe and our final recipe includes protein-rich quinoa and low-fat, smaller quantity alternatives to some of the ingredients (heavy cream, yikes!). This dish can be used as a vegetarian main entree

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Easy Sucks. Hard Work Saves Lives.

Wouldn’t it be great to see years of neglect disappear in a couple of weeks with the help of a supplement, ointment or ingenious device? What if ANY level of activity worked? Strolling around the neighborhood, yoga or dance classes just don’t cut it. For physical training to be truly effective it has to be hard…really hard. It includes having a

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Why you should NEVER do dips.

Despite being one of THE most common exercises, chest and triceps dips are NOT a good movement. Not only do they have a very limited range of motion but also can damage and weaken the connective tissue in the shoulder.   What Should You Do Instead of Triceps Dips? The safe and more effective alternative is the triceps push-up. Unlike

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Stop Overcomplicating Your Nutrition

A Simple Nutrition Strategy that WORKS Let’s talk about a habitual or lifestyle nutrition strategy that is simple. You don’t need to overcomplicate things. I’ll address the endless supplements, fad diets and fasting another time. Regardless of how hard you train, real success in weight management and overall health comes from your diet. Let’s start with one very basic yet

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“Cardio” vs. Endurance

Fitness Truth Bomb! Strength Training IS Cardio Training! The two basic categories of exercise are strength and endurance training.  Many incorrectly think that the term “cardio” doesn’t apply to weightlifting…that is wrong.  Cardiovascular training is anything that elevates and maintains the heartrate in the training zone for an extended period of time.  Ideally, that is 45 minutes or more. Most

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The Top 5 Signs of an Effective Fitness Training Program

What is the difference between being active and training? There are five key points to identifying the difference between an activity and legitimate training program. How does your program stack up? Balance. Your program should address all areas of the body equally: top and bottom, front and back and side to side. Range of Motion. Each muscle of the body should be

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Oblique Ab Exercise: Low to High Hack

This is a great exercise to target the guts, specifically the obliques, but you must be diligent about the form. You can perform this exercise with a cable machine set on the lowest anchor point or use resistance bands with a low tie-off. Begin with your resistance band tied off low; squat down with your upper body rotated 90 degrees

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Put your money on resistance training!

The undisputed top value in exercise is resistance training.  It offers more benefits than any other method of training and be tailored to produce specific results for each area of the body.  Plus, if done correctly, has exceptional cardiovascular benefits as long as you don’t screw around between your sets and maintain an effective training heartrate.  Unlike any form of

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