Sample Weekly Workout Schedule

Having a weekly training schedule organizes training days to ensure that you’re working each muscle group, each skill or whatever your goal is, with enough frequency for results, while also preventing overtraining. If you’re broke or have a limited budget and can’t have a personal trainer write you a routine, I created the below sample…

Lower Body – Adult Gymnastic Strength Routine

Exercise Type: Calisthenics/Gymnastic Strength/Balance Level: Intermediate Goal: Skill development & muscle retention/gain Warm-up 3.5 minute jog around gym 60 sec – 120 sec of dynamic stretches: alternating lunges; side, front, side, repeat – holding a few seconds in each position Total time: approx. 5 minutes Bosu ball pistol squats 3 sets: 6-10 reps This movement can be…

Memorial Day Workout – Upper Body Adult Gymnastics

Exercise Type: Core/Calisthenics/Gymnastic Strength Level: Beginner to Intermediate Goal: Skill development & muscle retention/gain Warm-up 3.5 minute jog around gym Forward and backward shoulder circles: One set: 20 – 30 circles each way Light-weight one-arm kettlebell swings: One set: 15 – 20 swings per arm Wrist circles and stretches: Three sets: 20 – 30 circles each…

4 Rules to Pull-Up Mastery

Mastering pull-ups is difficult for everyone. Some people even have it on their bucket list. That’s a bit dramatic. But I get it. I felt like I was going to pop a blood vessel when learning the movement. While this exercise is difficult for both men and women, women cite more difficulty with it. Part of…

3 Rules to Push-Up Mastery

A proper push-up (knees off the floor) is a basic exercise, but for many, the movement is difficult to learn. Women especially complain of difficulty with this exercise. But, I’ll tell you, performing a correct push-up has nothing to do with gender and everything to do with discipline and dedication. Rule 1: Get off your knees…

7 Reasons Why I Don’t Compete

Bodybuilding seems to be gaining in popularity, and many die-hard gym rats train with the ultimate goal of competing. This goal provides purpose and motivation to train hard. But there’s a fraction of fitness enthusiasts who have no intention of competing – at least not in an aesthetics-based competition like bodybuilding. These people don’t care…

Downloadable Training Routines

What’s Your Goal? These routines have been designed by Certified Personal Trainer, Military Warhawk, and broke, fit single mom, Sylvia Petro. Each routine has been used by Sylvia and tried and tested on her personal training clients.   Premiere fat loss routine – available as rapid download If want to lose a few extra pounds or more,…

My New Training Mix vs Old

For thirteen years (as of 2015) I followed a bodybuilding regime. Now, for the past year, I’ve been following a new training mix of athletic training: mobility, flexibility, and functional exercise. Why the change? I found flaws in my old routine. Strict bodybuilding practices, with limited focus on flexibility, mobility, or functionality, led to muscle…

Standing at Work

Many people sit at work, sit in the car, then plop down on another seat when they get home. They may even get a meal via a drive-thru, when they can, instead, get out of the car and order inside. This type of lifestyle can adversely affect one’s overall health, not just one’s body composition.  A sedentary lifestyle interferes…