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Oct 14, 2015 2:16:34 PM

 I love dips as much as anyone but also attest that dips can get monotonous if not spiced up.  So why not throw some spice in your dip and make your arms and chest burn a little more?

This is a burnout technique meant to increase the amount of dips you can do in each set. If you can do a set of 5–15 unassisted dips, give yourself a pat on the back and then go grab a band.  

This quick video will show you how to perform dip burnouts until muscle fatigue by adding incremental elastic assistance. 

We advocate using at least two bands.  The bands offer various assistance tiers; for example, you can do the first set with a heavy black band, the second set with a robust purple band, and finally the third consecutive set with both the heavy and robust band.

Dippity do-da dippity day my o’ my what a rubber band day. 

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Oct 14, 2015 1:56:50 PM

People often ask how to optimize their workout for efficiency. One trick worth noting is the power of the push-pull combo.

What does this mean in practical terms?

First, we advocate the super-set training method. A super set is when you string multiple sets together to form one continuous set before resting. We advocate super-setting exercises that strengthen different muscle groups (such as pushups and pull ups). By combining multiple exercises that target different body parts prior to resting you do two things: (CONTINUED)

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Oct 11, 2015 11:52:12 PM

Now that we’re settling into fall weather, we get to stop paying crazy expensive air conditioning bills. Yay! Not so great, however, is with cooler temperatures and shorter days it’s easy to fall out of our healthy diet and exercise regimes. Here are 5 fattening fall fitness problems and ways you can get it around them.

1) Problem: Busy school year


It usually takes a month or so to get into full back in school mode. Now that we’ve been in school for a month you and/or your kids are back to doing homework and shuffling to extracurriculars. The more you and your family have to take care of, the less time there is to exercise.

Solution: Break up your workouts

If you’re juggling work, school, and extracurriculars, chances are you don’t have a block of time to devote to working out. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. Schedule a couple of workouts a week on your calendar that you can keep. On the days in between, break up your workouts instead. Use your Rubberbanditz resistance band while you’re waiting for food to cook or while you’re waiting for your kids to finish soccer practice.

2) Problem: Fall TV


Fall is when all the great shows you missed desperately come back after that annoyingly long summer hiatus.  Now that your favorite shows are back on the air, they are a time commitment in and of itself.

Solution: Workout during the commercial breaks

Let’s be real, there is no way you’re going to miss that new episode of Scandal for a trip to the gym. To fit your workout in, make use of the commercial breaks. Do some jumping jacks, push ups, and of course use your resistance band. Bonus* this will save you from awkwardly channel surfing during the commercials.

3) Problem: Lack of Motivation


Good bye bathing suits and hello baggy sweaters! Everyone knows the pressure of looking good in a bathing suit, but when you can get away with loose sweaters there is way less pressure to be on top of your game

Solution: Go Shopping

When my little sister is tempted to be a couch potato she wears a tight T shirt. It reminds her to lay off the potato chips and do her intense pilates workouts. Use the change in weather as an excuse to vamp up your wardrobe and opt for a few pieces you know will inspire you to stay in shape.

PS Halloween is right around the corner, so you can always buy a sexy Halloween costume in advance.

4) Problem: Shorter/Colder Days


When it’s chilly and the sun’s going on down, it’s ridiculously hard to force yourself to go to the gym. Not to mention it’s not the safest to go for a walk/run/hike in the dark. Hm perfect excuse to stay home tonight. Helloooo fuzzy socks and kindred fires….


Try to use your lunch break for exercise. If you have thirty minutes, go for a walk around the block and then do some resisted squats and push-ups in your office. If you have an hour, you can fit in even more. That way you won’t be battling the climate later at night.

5) Problem: Lots of warm comfort foods

pumpkin spice latte

In the summer nothing’s better than fresh smoothies, but as the cold weather encroaches warm comfort foods and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes look mighty delicious.


Pick your own produce. Autumn is a great time for harvesting your own fruits and vegetables. You can pick your own apples, corn, and pumpkins for Halloween. Plus how perfect will you look on Instagram apple picking in your flannel.

Oct 6, 2015 1:32:34 AM

With the change of seasons, we get to switch from muggy heat to nice crisp winds. Its also time for beautiful, colorful leaves and nice baggy sweaters. But while there is plenty to love about autumn, one thing that’s not so great is flu season is vast approaching. While the chillier weather is inevitable, however, getting sick doesn’t have to be. Here are some ways to circumvent the flu this year:

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Sep 22, 2015 5:35:30 PM

Hi Banditz,

As a first time dad, I can attest that the only thing more rewarding than watching your child grow up... is getting a workout while watching your child grow up. Family time doesn’t need to come at expense of ‘hit the pump shop and get jacked time’. [For all you non-meatheads I’m referring to gym workouts].

There are plenty of options that allow you maintain your physique and your loving-parent status. Did you know that bodyweight workouts are the number 1 fitness trend of 2015 according to the [scholarly] ACSM journal

Additionally, Mia and I would like to formally introduce the emergence of ‘babyweight training’...


Need more babyweight training ideas? All you have to do is ask.

Have some babyweight training ideas to share? Ping us an email.

In health,

Poppa Ari & Baby Mia

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Sep 18, 2015 1:25:34 AM


Perhaps it’s just because I live in LA, but it seems like everyone and their dog is going gluten free. Even though I took nutrition classes in college, I admittedly don’t know much about gluten other than everything comes gluten free nowadays. Turns out I’m not alone. If you skim through the video, you’ll get a good laugh at the many people who are devout to their gluten free lifestyles and don’t even know what they’re avoiding. But hey, this is LA and we’re a little nuttier than the rest of America.

So what is Gluten?

Depending on who you ask gluten is synonymous with death, but it’s actually a protein. Or rather it’s a combination of two different proteins: gliadin and glutenin. Gluten acts as a glue, and helps food hold their shape.

Where is Gluten found?

Gluten is found in the plant’s endosperm. The endosperm is a tissue produced by plants that surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition. We grind wheat endosperm into flour to create yummy breads and pastas. Gluten is not only found in wheat, however, its also found in rye, barley, and triticale.

Since you’re probably not looking for the gluten right off of the plant, you’re more likely to run into at the grocery store in items including:

  • breads
  • baked goods
  • soups
  • pasta
  • cereals
  • sauces
  • salad dressings
  • roux
  • malt/malt vinegar
  • food coloring
  • malt vinegar
  • beer

Or you know… just all the good stuff.

So is gluten bad for you?

While most of those items aren’t exactly the healthiest, gluten itself isn’t the worst for you. Gluten is a serious problem for those with celiac disease or those who suffer from a gluten sensitivity. For those who suffer from these conditions, even in taking a small amount of gluten can be severe.

For those of us who are lucky enough to be free from these conditions, however, going gluten free might not magically solve all of our health problems.

“People who are sensitive to gluten may feel better, but a larger portion will derive no significant benefit from the practice. They’ll simply waste their money, because these products are expensive,” claims Dr. Leffler an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

When you should go gluten free:

Perhaps you really are one of the unlucky ones who experience a gluten intolerance, but before you start up a gluten free diet, you should go get yourself checked out by the doc. As great as web MD is you’ll want the real doc to help you plan out a healthy gluten free diet. If you think you’re experiencing these symptoms, you might want to get yourself checked out.


Common symptoms found in adults:

  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • bone loss or osteoporosis
  • depression or anxiety
  • tingling numbness in the hands and feet
  • seizures or migraines
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis


And if you’re worried about a little one, common symptoms found in children:

  • abdominal bloating and pain
  • chronic diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
  • weight loss
  • fatigue
  • irritability and behavioral issues
  • dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth
  • delayed growth and puberty
  • short stature
  • failure to thrive
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


For more resources on celiac disease check out our links below:

Sep 2, 2015 12:02:34 AM

When I think of romance I easily picture myself getting hot, sweaty, and out of breath ;) It’s not always, however, in the dirty ways you might be thinking. Exercising with your significant other is a great way to keep fit and improve your relationship. Still not sold on the idea of potentially sweating it out in front of your partner? Check out our 7 reasons why you should start exercising as a couple.

1) You’ll both be looking hot AF


Hopefully you love your partner for what’s on the inside, but a sexy exterior is always an added benefit. Working out together means you’ll both be in tip top shape, which only helps keep the passion alive.


2) Prevent the Inevitable Weight Gain


Love is great, but the inevitable extra pounds most people add on when getting into a new a relationship sucks. Its easy to replace to gym time with cuddling and dinner dates. Not to mention there is less incentive to look good when you have someone who loves you unconditionally. Working out together, however, means you don’t need to choose between fitness and couple time.  


3) Endorphins <3 <3 <3

In the wise words of the Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.” You might not be plotting your partner's murder, but it will help you keep your cool next time they do something annoying.

4) You have a easy access workout buddy

 The best part of being in a relationship is you always have a companion. Therefore no need to look hard for a workout buddy when you have the perfect one already there.


5) Cheap Activity you can do together


Dating can get expensive. You have to come up with and pay for activities to do together as a couple (no, watching Netflix every time does not count as a date). Going for a hike, bike ride, or busting out your resistance bands on the beach can be a great way to do something without spending tons of $$$


6) Better Sex


If this doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will. Regular workouts means better sex. And with both partners revving it up in the gym, you’ll both be bringing your A game to the bedroom ;)


7) Stronger muscles -> stronger relationship


Exercising together can be  great way to strengthen the intimacy in your relationship. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship,” says marriage and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Jane Greer.

Did I convince you? Try out these Rubberbanditz resistance band exercises to kickstart your workout date!



Lateral Lunge

1) Position you and your partner so the band is circling both of you at the waist
2) Lunge out in opposite directions

Warrior Lunge
1) Face back to back with about a foot in between with the band around both of you
2) Lunge forward alternating legs

Backwards Lunges
1) Face each other
2) Lunge backwards alternating legs, going against the band’s resistance

Aug 30, 2015 4:33:32 PM

Personal training is a hard industry to break into. If you don’t have a distinct competitive advantage identified from the beginning, it’s going to be quite a journey. Luckily, with the rapid advancement of technology, you have a wide array of new tools and resources to help you turn your passions into a way of life (and a paycheck!).   I was watching the Hunger Games the other night (I know I know, I’m really late on the Hunger Games bandwagon), and I started to notice some interesting themes that can apply to developing your career as a personal trainer.

hunger games

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Aug 20, 2015 7:11:53 PM

3 Ways To Utilise Resistance Bands In Your Sandbag Training Workouts

Sandbag training has long been utilized as a means of athletic conditioning but, like all training tools, it’s easy to get into bad habits and that means your results can plateau. This can lead to diminished returns in your performance or any other results you’re aiming for, and also take some of the fun out of your training. While the Sandbag Fitness workouts often contain a range of body weight exercises, like Push Ups and Pull Ups, one training tool that can also be used alongside your sandbag is the resistance band. In this article I’ll explore 3 tried and tested ways to get the best out of pairing these 2 tools.

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Aug 10, 2015 2:26:38 AM

When I think of active people, I imagine bodybuilders and yoga addicts who spend their entire life in lululemon workout gear and obsess over protein supplements. But just because you might not be a gym rat, doesn’t excuse you from living an active lifestyle. Make a few tweaks and you’ve gone from sedentary to burning an extra few thousand calories a day. Try these quick tips to get yourself into a fit lifestyle without ever setting foot in the gym!

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