This study showed that pushing muscles to the max is an effective way to activate and train muscle fibers, but it is not necessary to push muscles to absolute failure. The take-home message is to train hard, but not too hard.
We’re sure you’ve walked into your gym, eyed people using the BOSU ball and wondered if what they’re doing is actually working. Well, it is, according to a recent study published by the Journal Of Strength and Conditioning - as long as it’s being used the proper way.
The holidays are over, so now it's time to turn those post-eating stomach pains into some lean muscle gains. Here is a grueling HIIT circuit that is guaranteed to send your heart rate through the roof.
We’re all different, and, as such, there are no real absolutes in training. So when discussing best practices, it’s always important to keep that in mind. That said, there is research that backs up and provides answers to certain important questions. Like, what is the best time of day to train to maximize muscle growth?
Good back development gives your body symmetry and adds stability and balance to your shoulder joints, which in turn prevents injury and overuse problems. Slippery Rock University scientists, led by Dr. J.C. Barlow, found that most athletes do not have balanced muscle development and are usually inflexible because they do only a few exercises and neglect the rest.
Let’s be honest, walking on a treadmill for an hour is about as exciting as a marathon debate on C-Span 2. That’s why when I post my fat burning workouts, I make sure to keep it fresh so it doesn’t get stale. You’ll never see, “Walk on a slight incline for an hour,” as my fat-burning workout of the day. I’m mixing methods, keeping it fresh and, most of all, keeping it intense.
You can have crusher pec muscles, tree-trunk legs and boa constrictor arms and still look slovenly if you have untoned abdominal muscles. Few things enhance a handsome, manly appearance and announce a good physique better than well-toned abs.
Arterial stiffness is basically how stiff or inflexible your arteries are— if you are looking to live a long life, arterial stiffness is not something you want. If there was ever a person who hates doing cardio, it’s me!
Your biceps don’t just flex your elbow; they also are a supinator your forearm. So, if we want to achieve maximal biceps recruitment when performing bicep curls with either a dumbbell or cable, we must do so in a manner that involves both elbow flexion and forearm supination. This can be achieved by holding the handle in a unique way that you’re likely not currently doing.
If you are too caught up in low reps, always using heavy weight and taking longer rest periods, you are likely missing out on some great results. Which means it’s time you added higher rep work and shorter rest periods to your program, because surfing the heavy weight/low rep and light weight/high rep wave is what breeds high-performance muscle.
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