Activate Your Abs With The Stability Ball

Activate Your Abs With The Stability Ball

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.

Eccentric Contractions Trigger Greater Muscle Growth

Eccentric Contractions Trigger Greater Muscle Growth

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 Or Long Rest Intervals Between Sets?

Short Or Long Rest Intervals Between Sets?

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.

Janda Situps For A Better, Safer Ab Workout

Janda Situps For A Better, Safer Ab Workout

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.

Go Ballistic To Get Stronger

Go Ballistic To Get Stronger

In the 1960s, East German scientists and coaches developed a training technique of performing a heavy strength exercise, such as squats, followed immediately by a power – or ballistic - exercise, such as squat jumps or hurdle hops. A recent study from New Zealand reinforced the validity of that long-held technique.

The Problem With Instability Training

The Problem With Instability Training

Instability training has been extremely popular with athletes for more than 10 years. The theory behind the method is that training on unstable surfaces such as Swiss and BOSU balls forces muscles to stabilize the body to perform the exercise, which requires additional muscle activation. However, very few studies support this theory.

Use The BOSU Ball For Better Abs

Use The BOSU Ball For Better Abs

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.

Bands For Better Biceps

Bands For Better Biceps

You don't need expensive weight machines or free weights to increase strength because, according to a recent study, it’s possible to build muscle strength and size from using elastic bands.

Free Weights vs Smith Machine

Free Weights vs Smith Machine

Many people like to train on the Smith Machine because it’s safe, it allows for what amounts to a built-in spotter, and it makes it easier to lift heavier loads than you can with free weights. But choosing the Smith Machine might not be best for muscle growth.

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