High-intensity interval training is a method of exercising that constantly challenges your body, which is what makes it so effective. In addition, research has shown that HIIT limits muscle loss that can occur with traditional steady-state cardio workouts.
A huge bench press, gigantic arms, and tree trunk legs – these are the kinds of goals most lifters chase, but hypertrophy and maximal strength aren't the end-all, be-all for football players, track athletes and other sports-focused trainees. As important as weight room work is for improving strength and speed, athletes need a more performance-oriented, sport-specific approach than the average meathead.
How fast should you lift to maximize muscle growth? This age-old question is an ongoing source of debate amongst bodybuilders and researchers alike. Some feel that explosive lifts optimize fiber recruitment and thus provide a greater muscle-building stimulus. Others claim that performing movements slowly maximizes tension on the muscle, thereby stimulating more hypertrophy. So who’s right?
What’s the best diet, training and supplementation plan for losing fat faster than a celebrity can confess to his or her latest transgression? OK, maybe it doesn’t work as fast as a contrived tear-filled bullsh@# confession, but there are scientifically valid ways to approach this problem.
Mixed martial arts fighters are arguably some of the toughest athletes on the planet. The sport requires you to be technically skilled in a lot of different martial arts and move from one position to the other with exceptional speed, agility and a lot of explosive power. It also requires a lot of cardiovascular endurance, in order to complete the match.
Looking to switch things up and keep growing for your next workout? Resistance bands provide a unique form of resistance that puts considerable stress on muscle tissue, causing considerable gains in muscle mass and strength that is comparable to free weights.
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