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?
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.
“Should I bulk or cut” used to be the most popular question among new and even intermediate lifters, but now there's a new strategy everyone's arguing over: the “recomp,” or body recomposition.
Before you start looking at changing your diet, changing the amount of weight you’re lifting, or changing the amount you exercise each day, you need to evaluate your fitness environment.
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.
The first full week of the new year is officially here, meaning most are getting back to the gym to pick up where they left off before the holidays. Some may are just be beginning their journeys after a longer time away. Either way, you’ll need a strategy if you’re looking to reach those goals you set. Here’s one to help enhance your physique and make 2017 count at it’s best.
Finding the “perfect “gym is probably one of the most difficult tasks, especially if there are plenty of gyms in your area. I am certain that this short article will help you decide if the gym you are considering is really worth it.
If you are looking to dig yourself out of your training rut with some new exercises you’ve never performed before, these 5 pressing movements are a great place to start. You can implement any of these movements into your press day, upper body day, or chest-only day to switch up your training and fire up some new, fresh strength gains.
Even though Monday aka national chest/bench press day has passed, the training of the pecs is still a very valid topic any given day in Gym America.