Doing hundreds of sit-ups a day is not going to get you a six-pack unless your diet is in check; furthermore, there are better exercises for developing rock-hard abs than sit-ups! For example, it was discovered that out of all the possible abdominal exercises, hanging leg raises activate more abdominal muscles than traditional sit-ups. Exercise selection is important, but researchers have also added another component for developing rock-hard abs: exercise speed.
Hormones such as human growth hormone (GH) and testosterone have been shown to play a role in muscle hypertrophy and strength gains. One of the core training principles for muscle hypertrophy among weight trainers is short rest— less than 1 minute between sets. In 1988, anabolic hormone guru William Kraemer, Ph.D., performed a study that literally changed the world of weight training overnight.
Scientific studies show that post-exercise cold-water baths decrease inflammation, speed recovery, promote post-workout healing, reduce muscle soreness, decrease muscle pain and stiffness, and boost energy levels.
Most exercise programs designed to promote fat loss use low or moderate intensity walking and jogging workouts. Unfortunately, they seldom work. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be the answer.
Most kettlebell exercises work the body in a very dynamic way that link and coordinate large muscle contractions and promote smooth, powerful movements. While there are countless varieties of kettlebell exercises, the swing, one-arm snatch and one-arm clean and press are central to most kettlebell training programs.
Bored with cardio – even HIIT cardio? Of course you are. It happens to the best of us. But don’t worry - a new study from Southeastern Louisiana University is here to offer some help.
If you’re reaching for pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to cut the pain and get through those days of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), you could be seriously inhibiting your ability to gain muscle.
Most people believe that slow, controlled contractions during weight training activate the muscle fibers best. Spanish researchers found the opposite - at least on one abdominal exercise.
A study on mice from the University of Wyoming showed that increasing capsaicin in their diet increased energy expenditure and metabolism.
People have been lifting weights for thousands of years, yet we still can't agree on the optimal number of sets and reps for building strength.