The Chain of Learning is what turns me on and drives the way I approach my life. I simply love that moment when something clicks and it is 100x even more powerful for me to see it happen for someone else.Read More
This video concludes a three-part series on push-ups. This series should go a long way in helping you find your starting point, clean up your technique, and progress you when you're ready.Read More
Temperatures are dropping, crowds are scurrying to find pumpkin spice flavored goodies, and the winter boots, hats and scarves are making their first appearances. Though the crisp air and grey skies might tempt the masses to indulge in winter’s hibernation early, a great many New Yorkers are gearing up for the fall hiking season. Read more to find out where to go!Read More
In the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I am most thankful for the opportunity to step out from “behind the desk” to immerse myself in the day of the life of a trainer. Understanding, appreciation and passion for this craft is a key component of what Iron Lion strives to provide to its clients. I’m pumped at the chance to climb my way to the top of the fitness ladder, in addition to the relationships we’re building amongst the best in the business. The most important point for us at ILP is to build client trust. We want you to feel safe yet challenged and we couldn’t do that without continuous education.Read More
Sometimes connections to a gym are not specifically goal oriented or geared around weight loss.Wanting to feel good in your body is very important to many current and perspective clients. As we age, regular exercise becomes essential in keeping our bodies and minds healthy, and allows us to maintain our independence longer. Especially clients who want to be energetic and agile, meet Joan Garrison.Read More
The keys of success through Alex’s eyes are “finally finding exercises that challenge me without discouraging me.”Alex now looks forward to her time at the gym with her 5-day per week program "The coaches and other members have become friends that are borderline family. The support each member shows one another is so unique. It helps reinforce my commitment to myself, my strength and my health” Alex stated. You can now find Alex swinging the 64-pound kettle bell, deadlifting 205 pounds on the trap bar for homework, and randomly doing inchworms like a crazy person (it’s her favorite exercise, yes we know…. strange). “My body continues to surprise me, and I am lucky to share those physical wins with my Iron Lion Performance family,” Alex explained.Read More
The 90/90 split squat is a great exercise that often gets overlooked. A well executed split squat exhibits the ability to stabilize the pelvis statically. Static stabilization needs to be solidified before we can do more dynamic one legged drills, such as the lunge. Enjoy the video!Read More
The change from private training to semi private training was initially a concern with varying ambitions, however, individual programming and a strong presence of community at ILP allowed this new team to collaborate and learn something special from the other; something they had not experienced in their previous years of training. Julia says, “It’s not just about personal gains anymore, it is about seeing your partner succeed and own the movements well.”Read More
Many people, myself included, have grown up active and have been taught to push through a little bit of pain. We think that if we ignore the problem, it will go away. If I can do a little, I can do a little more. This often results in making the injury much, much worse. The sooner that you fully accept your situation, the quicker that you will be able to take control and get the appropriate care.Read More
The lateral lunge has many benefits. One major benefit is in it's carry over to agility and speed drills. A well executed lateral lunge demonstrates the ability to transfer and absorb energy from one hip to the other. Check out the video to dial in on your lateral lunge.Read More
Getting the bell off the floor with proper technique during our swings,cleans, presses is going to be crucial as the weights gets heavier. When we don't set-up correctly, we put ourselves in poor position to express our strength (waste energy) and this could lead to poor performance and injury. Check out the video to dial in on your swing form.Read More
Welcome to the second edition of Take Pride Tuesday’s, as we would like to introduce you to Pauline Kakkos. Pauline is one of our fiercest members within the Lion’s Den and has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. In sitting down and talking to Pauline it was very clear that this warrior was not aware for what she was about to discover within her inner sphere. “It started out as a goal to lose weight, and now has become more than that, as I now want to be strong. This has become who I am as a person,” Pauline stated.Read More
Matters of mindset and mental approach have long been of interest in the world of athletics, but a recent abundance of research and literature on the topic has peaked my interest in how it can help all of us achieve our goals in and out of the gym.
Today, I’d like to mention a popular idea of Fixed vs. Growth Mindset, made famous by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, as demonstrated in the graphic below.Read More
The goal of “TAKE PRIDE TUESDAY’S” is to show growth in our fellow team members and share their success stories. Each week we will focus on a success story within our community to broadcast real life victories to empower you to push yourself to the limit and achieve great strength and command of your physical sphere—after all, strength is not given, it is earned.
This week we will focus on one of the Den’s co-founders, Ricky Borg. It isn’t always easy as a married, parent of two, to work on his health, but in making the time, Ricky has experienced great results—weighing in at 165 pounds (a loss of 22 pounds) and dropping two pant sizes, Ricky is on the road to a much healthier lifestyle.Read More