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Move more of your body more often and in more interesting ways with the Get-Fit Guy! If you want to begin an exercise routine and don't know where to start, or if you've been working out for a while and aren't getting the results you want, host Brock Armstrong will give you the tips you need to reach your fitness and movement goals. Get expert information on the latest fitness trends and advice on everything from toning your arms to running a 5K or simply building more movement into your day ...
 
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Having strong chest muscles can simply help you move through your daily life with more ease. But what if you want the chest of a Greek god or a superhero? Here are some tips for getting a defined chest. We want to know how Get-Fit Guy can help you reach your fitness goals! Take the Get-Fit Guy survey (https://bit.ly/gfgsurvey2020) Read the transcri…
 
Our lifestyles have been getting more and more sedentary for decades but research shows that we have hit new levels since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Could a little thing called movement snacks be the key to staying fit and healthy? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Jo…
 
Elliptical trainers are well-known gym staples, but what if you prefer to be outdoors? Enter elliptical bikes! Once a fitness fad, these contraptions seem to be gaining enduring fans. Are there advantages to choosing them over a regular bicycle? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regul…
 
Not long ago Kettlebells were a little-known piece of gear used only by Russian musclemen. But today, kettlebell exercises provide the ultimate combination of cardio, power, coordination, and stability all packed into one neat movement. Here is a breakdown of how you can use them to get fit. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Ti…
 
Walking is a fitness superfood! Biomechanist Katy Bowman joined me to talk about how to walk effectively and maximize the impact this simple, everyday activity has on your strength, stability, overall fitness, and health. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the con…
 
Does gaining muscle make you gain weight? Is there anything to that old saying that "muscle weighs more than fat?" Here's what you need to know if you're exercising your butt off but the scale numbers seem to be moving in the wrong direction. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular …
 
At the end of the eighteenth century, 'pneumatic' (gas) chemistry was at the forefront of scientific knowledge. In 1799 the remarkable physician Thomas Beddoes opened the Pneumatic Institute in Hotwells and set about finding a cure for tuberculosis using gasses isolated from air. I spoke with author and cultural historian Mike Jay to discuss the wo…
 
Dancing is a fun and effective way to get your body moving and build fitness. Mike Peele—actor, dancer, choreographer, and fitness program creator—joins Get-Fit Guy to dig into how he thinks we can use less training and more inspiration in our fitness programs. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the news…
 
Beachbody's website claims that “INSANITY is the hardest workout ever put on DVD." But does that make it the best workout? Or even an effective one? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.c…
 
You've probably heard the term "stability" in conjunction with some of your exercise and workout programs. But what exactly is stability, why do you need it, and how do you get it? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links:…
 
Burpees are a super-effective full-body exercise. So why do we hate them so much? This three-step plan will make you love (or at least tolerate) burpees and other tough exercises. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: …
 
Occasionally we all simply need to zone-out and let our bodies do what they want to do. But, if all of your workouts involve some type of distraction or other, it may be time to add some mindfulness into your workout regimen. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the…
 
Do you like your exercise time to be fun and unstructured? Here are Get-Fit Guy's five essential exercises you can do almost anywhere and at any time to keep strong and fit—no gym memberships or yoga pants required. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversat…
 
This week I spoke with Mark Steeds and Roger Ball to discuss their new book, 'From Wulfstan to Colston: Severing the Sinews of Slavery in Bristol.' Covering over a thousand years of history, the book charts Bristol's long involvement in trading enslaved human beings. We discussed the two titular characters: St. Wulfstan, who was responsible for end…
 
To celebrate the 500th Get-Fit Guy podcast episode, we looked back at my most popular topics of all time based on what you listen to and search for. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.c…
 
Paddling your kayak or canoe involves working a specific set of muscles. Here's how to prep those muscles so you're ready to hit the water. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health…
 
We avoid the most difficult parts of most challenges—the last eight percent. But adding even a little mindful movement to your day can help you defeat anxiety, rumination, and stress. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Lin…
 
When you start a resistance training program, your muscles don’t change much at first but your nervous system does. A new study shows that you may need more than just reps to make your strength training stick—you need to deliberately train to strengthen your nerves. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the…
 
Studies have shown that exercise can slow down and even prevent common causes of vision loss. But what type of workout is good for your eyes? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/heal…
 
It's easy to get fired up about a challenging new fitness program. But when the enthusiasm dries up, then what? Small wins formed by consistent habits are the key to getting and staying fit. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitt…
 
This week I met with Professor Madge Dresser to discuss the Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963. The boycott against the Bristol Omnibus Company over its racist employment policy was the first black-led protest against racial discrimination in post-war Britain. We explored race relations in Bristol around the time of the boycott, and why its legacy continu…
 
Percussive and vibration massagers are the latest among a neverending parade of recovery and performance fitness trends. But do they work? Vibe with Get-Fit Guy to find out. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https:…
 
These days, most of us are wearing masks, at least in public places. But do training masks, and even our personal protection masks, have fitness benefits? Here's what science says about restricted breathing and exercise. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conv…
 
What does drinking alcohol before, during, or after exercise do for your fitness? There's been a surprising amount of research, and the results are mixed, just like a cocktail! Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: htt…
 
"Getting huge" isn't required to get fit, but it's fun! And even if you don't want huge quads, there are many reasons to make them stronger. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/healt…
 
BODYCOMBAT is a boxing and martial arts based workout that you can do in your own living room. Is it worth your time and energy? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/ex…
 
Small calves can lead to slower sprints times, less stability on the court, lower jumps at the hoop, and a higher risk of injuries. Let's look at some simple strategies to strengthen them. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter…
 
You work hard to stay fit, and you'd like increased muscle definition to show for it. This strategy prioritizes fat loss and muscle gain to get results. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtyti…
 
That flew by fast! Like all good things, season 1 of Art of the Build has come to an end. This is a short wrap-up episode updating listeners on the show and plans for season 2. Subscribe to the weekly maker digest: https://artofthebuild.fm Support the show: https://patreon.com/artofthebuild Thank you to the amazing makers that appeared on season 1:…
 
Ever wonder how those super tiny electronic components on circuit boards are placed so accurately? With machines of course. Industrial pick and place machines can cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Stephen Hawes is helping to make this technology more accessible by developing a much cheaper and open source pick and place called The Inde…
 
You probably know about how much you weigh. You may even know your approximate body fat percentage. But do you know what your muscle mass is? Here's how to find out and why it's important. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter…
 
Ashley Harwood, a master turner, shares her biggest wood turning to date, a pedestal and foot for a Barolo table. Or 4 of them rather. And I want to emphasize that when I say gigantic, I’m not exaggerating, or using that word frivolously. Listen to Ashley's stories about the many safety considerations involved, what happens when a piece being turne…
 
Does your microwave cabinet have a slide out spice rack? No you say? Well then listen up because this episode has the fix to that problem, as well as tips and insights for anyone that wants to apply their woodworking skills to improving their home. Mark used to be a photographer and graphic designer by trade, but now he runs Gunflint Designs buildi…
 
Failure isn't a weakness; it's an opportunity. A training log can help you track your failures and learn from them to become a better athlete. Here's how! Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirty…
 
Ben has a very specific material that he builds from: recycled skateboards. He’s made bowls, he’s made a bat, he’s even made a skateboard. On this episode Ben talks about about a particularly interesting skateboard project, a skateboard guitar. Subscribe to the weekly maker digest: https://artofthebuild.fm Support the show: https://patreon.com/arto…
 
James is an electrical engineer, former toy designer, and most importantly he’s a builder of amazing robots and other contraptions (like the robotic bowling bowl collaboration with Mark Rober). One of James' most epic creations are his 7ft tall extremely robust "performance robots". These "Chappy-like" robots have many degrees of motion, really coo…
 
Is your movement balanced and stable, or do you move in a way that could lead to fitness injuries? A functional movement screen (FMS) will help you pinpoint weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook an…
 
Elisha of Pneumatic Addict is a former hairstylist turned maker and DIYer who in her words is here to demystify tools and the lumber section of the hardware store. Many of Elisha’s builds are primarily out of lumber, but she incorporates metal a lot too. A perfect example is her wood and metal cable bed that combines a really smart and sturdy bed f…
 
Robert Cowan builds combat robots. He is part of the Copperhead team on the BattleBots TV show, and he also builds a lot of smaller "insect weight" bots that he competes with regularly. In this episode Robert discusses Psychotic Break V2, a beautiful carbon fiber and S7 tool steel bot that weighs only 3lbs and packs a scary amount of kinetic energy…
 
A recent study challenged the commonly held belief that you have to lift to failure to gain muscle size and strength. Should you heed it? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-f…
 
There’s a very good chance you’ve seen Jimmy DiResta's work, and if not, you’ve probably seen DiResta stickers or spray painted lettering in other maker channels. I hop on with Jimmy to talk about his Forged Bowie Knife build, why knife making is so appealing to him, and we get surprising insight into how he views the knives he makes (hint: he's no…
 
One of the recurring themes in Laura Kampf’s work is repurposing common items into something completely different. Like turning a zippo lighter into storage for bits, creating a bike sidecar out of a beer keg, or the many different objects that she has turned into BBQs. In this episode we talk about the clever design of her level jack grill and how…
 
If you have loose skin after weight loss, first celebrate your weight loss victory! Then, learn more about the factors that affect skin elasticity and what you can do to help your body snap back. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and …
 
When Matt Cremona decides to build an heirloom piece of furniture, he doesn’t just wander over to the local lumber store and pickup some lumber. That would be too easy. Matt’s an urban logger so it’s more far likely that he found a recently cut down tree in the city, hauled it home on his log trailer, sawed it on his custom bandsaw mill, dried it i…
 
I first came across Emiel’s channel last year when I was working out how to build my own miniature pinball machine. Emiel built his own machine and since then he's built other little inventions like the Oreo cookie dispenser, a DIY belt grinder, and the topic of this episode, a playing card gun that shoots cards 200km/h. We go into how Emiel create…
 
Get-Fit-Guy's guest, Tom Holland, embraces the philosophy of “excessive moderation.” Could it be the key to undoing the damage of our overly sedentary lifestyles? Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular updates. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Links: https://www.quick…
 
Arriving at the end of the First World War, the 1918 'Spanish' Flu was one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, killing between 40 and 200 million people worldwide. I spoke with journalist and historian Eugene Byrne - we discussed official strategies to combat the spread of the flu, as well as its local impact on Bristol.…
 
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