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Fallen Hero

One of the reasons we at Body Core are such huge fans of CrossFit is on display at www.crossfit.com today.  The WOD (Workout Of the Day) is named “Bradley” after U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Bradley R. Smith, who was killed in the line of duty on January 3rd of last year by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.  He was a local from Troy, Illinois serving his country in a distant place.  He had not even been deployed a full month at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife, Tiffany, his parents, Gary and Paula, his brother and fellow airman, Ryan, and his daughter, Chloe, who had only been born just the October before his passing.  She was denied the opportunity to know and be raised by an undoubtedly great American. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 Random No Comments

Sweat the Small Stuff

I’m feeling the need to dispel any myth that might be conjured about me at the mention of “fitness” or “fitness industry” in the same breath as my name.  Why?  Because I imagine I’m not too different from many other 36-year-old married fathers of four who work an unhealthy number of hours (mostly in the seated position).  I cannot bench or squat a Ford F150, and I am probably never going to win (or even enter) a marathon, decathlon, triathlon, or Ironman competition.  I am never going to be on the cover of a fitness magazine.  Chances are, you will never see me in a fitness video- even if we produce it.  My blood pressure is slightly elevated – “prehypertensive” – and I rarely count my carbs.  Shockingly, I have no desire to achieve 3% body fat.  In order to do my workouts, I frequently have to move the laundry out of the way, because I work out in my garage.  My biggest fitness claims to fame are that 1) for my height, I am considered overweight due to my muscle mass, and 2) I still wear the same pants size I wore in high school.  I am much closer to being an everyman than I am to being an elite athlete.  That aside, I usually know what I am doing.   › Continue reading

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Friday, May 7th, 2010 Fitness & Wellness, Random No Comments

Anti-Inflammatories and You: Consider This

I’ve had to face facts that I’m not as young as I used to be.  At the age of 36, I have aches and pains that I did not have to deal with at the age of 18… or 25… or 30.  When I exercise, I know it’s not going to feel good two days later.  I can count on there being some tightness, soreness, stiffness, and “tenderness” that goes beyond what I used to experience.  The great thing at my age is that even when I don’t exercise, I can be reasonably certain that something is going to be aching or sore anyway.  I’ve decided that if I’m going to be achy with or without exercise and physical activity, it might as well be because I’m getting after it.  Since I’m refusing to concede much (or anything) to the aging process, I have embraced the occasional use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, otherwise known as NSAIDs, as a means to take the edge off.  It wouldn’t be a Wednesday without a dose or two of ibuprofen.  Okay, occasionally I’ll opt for acetaminophen or naproxen sodium instead.  Rest assured, one of those will be in my system on Wednesday… and a few other times during the week.  The question is: is this a good thing? › Continue reading

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 Fitness & Wellness, Random No Comments

Going Deeper with Body Fat

Body fat.  It almost singlehandedly fuels the fitness industry.  Outside of feeling better and getting stronger and/or bigger, it is the single biggest motivator for people.  We either want to lose it, or we want to avoid getting it.  Outside of the basic biological functions of energy storage, hormone production (leptin, resistin, and cytokine TNF), and body insulation, body fat is Public Enemy #1.  Most people simply hate the sight of it when they look in the mirror.  › Continue reading

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Friday, January 15th, 2010 Random, Weight Loss 1 Comment

Become a Fan!

AbMat is on Facebook... and Twitter.

We’re on Facebook now.  Click here to become an AbMat fan on Facebook.

While you’re at it, you can also follow us on Twitter.

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Friday, December 11th, 2009 Random No Comments

Giving Thanks Again!

Thank You from Body Core, maker of the AbMat!

One year ago, we decided to show our appreciation to those who had visited our abmat.net site by giving a 10% discount on a combo-pack purchase. Well, this has been an even better year, so we’re that much more thankful. To show our gratitude, we are not only offering $4.95 shipping/handling on combo packs ordered between now and the end of the year. We are also offering two more deals! If you order a five-pack, you will get a $27.00 per unit price plus $11.90 shipping/handling. If you order a 10-pack, you will get a $25.50 unit price plus $14.95 shipping/handling.

These deals are available at our secure online store (click on the items marked “SPECIAL”), or you can call us toll-free at 888.330.7080. Just tell the customer service representative answering the phone which deal you want.

* This great offer is limited to UPS Ground shipments within the continental United States.

 

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Monday, November 30th, 2009 Random No Comments

BOSU Can't Do Everything?

Wrong BOSU ApplicationWrong Again, BOSU...
Instability training has been all the rage for a few years now.  Included in that is the heavily promoted and well-known BOSU.  BOSU people have been telling the public for years that performing squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, and curls while on the unit will dramatically improve results and take workouts to another level.  Researchers at Eastern Illinois University recently found that it was no more effective at activating core muscles than doing the exercises on stable ground.  During whole-body weight training, the capacity for maximal core muscle contraction decreases when people exercise on unstable surfaces, such as the BOSU ball. (International Journal Sports Physiology Performance, 4: 97-109, 2009)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 Fitness & Wellness, Random No Comments

Did You Know…?

SEALs Endorse the AbMat

We have been very humbled by the endorsements the AbMat has received over the years.  None means more to us than the one we received years ago from the United States Navy SEALs.  Did you know you can find the AbMat on page 141 of The Navy SEAL Physical Fitness Guide (edited by Patricia A. Deuster, PHD, MPH)?

Navy SEALs Fitness Guide

We are proud of the men and women of our Armed Forces, and we are especially proud that our AbMat plays a part in the fitness training of those who protect this great nation of ours.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Random No Comments

Give to a Great Cause When You Buy on eBay

Sadness Overcome by Mercy

Body Core does not just believe in building quality fitness products.  We are firm believers in giving to worthwhile causes and programs.  The program we love and support the most is Mercy Ministries.  Mercy’s sole purpose is to help heal and restore hurt and broken girls and young women.  Whether it’s depression, self-harm, eating disorders, addiction, pregnancy support, or adoption services, Mercy is there for our hurting sisters, daughters, family members, and friends.  We love Mercy’s mission and purpose, and they are making such a huge difference!

Mercy Ministries

We have set aside units for sale on eBay where $3.00 per unit goes to support Mercy Ministries and the girls they help so much.  The price looks a little goofy at $33.35, but we evened out the higher retail price by offering reduced shipping.  You end up paying only $0.05 more than normal.  Thanks!

(Keep in mind that the units for sale will have the silver logo despite what the eBay listing shows.)

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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 Random No Comments

The AbMat Logo is Changing… a Little

The AbMat is about to take on a new look!  We are switching from the standard red-and-white to a metallic silver!  It’s a win-win.  The look is simple and sharp, and it cuts down on our screen printing lead times significantly.  Our first shipment of the new-look AbMats is scheduled to go out either today or tomorrow.

Metallic Silver Logo

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Thursday, February 26th, 2009 Random No Comments