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.
The stability ball has gained popularity in the recreational and gym markets for a number of years now. According to a study from the departnemt of kinesiology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, it isn’t just a gimmick.
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.
Scientists have argued about the relative merits of concentric, eccentric and static exercise for more than 100 years. In these contractions muscles shorten (concentric), lengthen (eccentric) or remain the same length as they exert tension. Most studies measured strength changes resulting from the various kinds of training, but biochemical and genetic studies hold the key to the effects of each type of contraction on muscle growth.
Short rest intervals between sets prevent recovery but increase the stress of exercise. Long rest intervals reduce metabolic stress but allow greater recovery and increased force output during subsequent sets.
Six-pack abs are a serious athlete’s Holy Grail. But everyone faces the challenge of how to build the abdominal muscles without injuring the back. Many abdominal exercises, such as straight-leg sit-ups, work the hip flexors at the expense of the ab muscles. This makes the exercise less effective for targeting the abdominal muscles and puts excessive strain on the spine.