Tips To Conquer Your Morning: Slam A Glass Of Water
"A huge glass of water is the last thing I do before bed and the first thing when I wake up. Being refreshed at night helps me relax for bed and then it helps wake me up in the morning. I also use a reminder app with to help remind me to practice affirmations... Sometimes it's as simple as four words. That way the first 15-30 minutes I'm brushing my teeth and prepping for the day, I'm repeating the affirmation from the reminder." - Maillard Howell, owner at CrossFit Prospect Heights
How to master jump rope double-unders (step 1: drop the rope and clap your hands)
You’ve come a long way since your days on the playground. You’ve swapped swinging from the monkey bars forpull-ups, traded P.E. kickball for an adult kickball league, and stopped climbing trees in favor of bouldering. You’re all grown up. But there’s one childhood exercise that’s effective (and fun!) enough to take with you into adulthood: jumping rope. And double-unders are jumping rope, but harder. As the name would suggest, the rope passes under your feettwicein one jump.[...]
Why this trainer left the Corporate World for Crossfit
We’re on a mission to recognize the fitness instructors who don’t just look great on Instagram—but actually inspire us to be better. So together with Reebok, we asked you to nominate trainers for the first-ever America’s Most Inspiring Trainer title.
Maillard Howell, a Men’s Health Trainer of the Day
An assistance exercise, as the name suggests, is a movement that, while capable of building muscle all on its own, is particularly valuable for its ability to optimize your performance in other exercises.
I’m about to tell you strength training’s best-kept secret for spicing things up at the gym
Photo: Getty Images/People Images While spicing things up in the bedroom is a (kind of cringe-worthy) turn of phrase you might hear every so often, people rarely talk about spicing things up at the gym. When your business as usual circuit of burpees, bird-dogs, and deadlifts becomes as tired as your weeknight dinner, a spark of sweaty creativity is all you need to save yourself from exercise fatigue. Friends, allow me to introduce you to progressive overload.[...]
Turkish get ups are the all-in-one workout you can do with just a kettlebell
Full body workoutsare the unicorns of gym o’clock. Rather than lighting up your muscles one by one, you can enlist one (killer) sequential movement that will burn your hamstrings,core, arms, and more like (snaps) that. Turkish get ups are one such nose-to-toes exercise. Once you grab a kettlebell and get the hang of them, your compound workout skills will get an automatic level-up[...]
“Primary focus should be on performance” Howell says.
Red Flag: They emphasize weight and size in their first meeting with you. “If they’re initially caught up in the scale or on measurements—that’s a red flag,” says Maillard Howell, managing partner and coach at CrossFit in Brooklyn and a personal trainer. “
Master the pistol squat (finally!) with these simple modifications
Sometimes when I look around the weight room at my neighborhood gym, I think, “Wow, these people are contorting their bodies into works of art.” One such masterful move I’ve witnessed is the single-leg squat, also known as the pistol squat. Done correctly, it can make a fitness buff look like a human arrow. But it also happens to be one of those exercises that looks deceivingly effortless. You can hack it, though, with three doable (yet challenging) modifications, says Maillard Howell, owner of Crossfit Prospect Heightsin Brooklyn..[...]