The importance of proper breathing during exercise cannot be overstated. Failure to breathe properly will not only cause your workout to suffer, it’ll cause you to suffer too. Adequate oxygen is absolutely necessary to provide your muscles with enough fuel to endure a strenuous workout. Not only that, oxygen is a critical part of the fat burning process. Without it, the body begins producing excess carbon dioxide, resulting in fatigue, loss of endurance and impaired fat burning. Fortunately, learning to breathe correctly isn’t hard. Here’s how: (more…)
Are you looking to build an impressive physique? Then compound exercises are your new best friend.
Building considerable mass is a long and arduous process — why make it any harder than it needs to be? Compound exercises are well-known not only for their difficulty but their ability to help put on considerable size. Free weight, heavy compound movements recruit far more muscle fiber, use multiple different joints, and stimulate a greater central nervous system response than isolation exercises. Compound exercises require so many muscles to work in tandem that they also stimulate a greater release of human growth hormone (HGH) from the pituitary gland. If you’re looking to put on size, that’s exactly what you want. (more…)
Training the glutes isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Your glute program should be set up based on your goals, which means squats and deadlifts may not be your best options. Depending on what you want to achieve, there are a multitude of effective glute exercises that can help you build strength, size, and power. (more…)
There’s no doubt about it: winter often leads to lack of activity. Earlier sunsets, later sunrises, and colder temperatures aren’t exactly inviting circumstances for physical activity. Couple that with the prevalence of cold weather comfort foods, and we have the perfect recipe for a winter slump. True, cuddling up inside may be appealing for a few months, but come spring, people often lack energy, despite a desire to get outside and enjoy themselves. So, how can you overcome your winter slump and get back into the swing of things? Here are a few ways to spark your motivation and make strides toward your new year’s health goals: (more…)
Looking for a low-impact exercise with high-impact calorie burning potential? Swimming is a phenomenal option. In fact, swimming can burn just about as many calories as biking, running, and dancing, but without the potential for joint wear and tear. Whether you’re a beginner or you swim like a fish, here are three water workouts sure to test your coordination, cardio capacity, and endurance. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and the lady in your life is sure to be wondering just what you’ll think up this year. While a dozen roses are never a bad idea, branching out when it comes to Valentine’s Day gifts is sure to earn a few brownie points. Chocolates and stuffed teddy bears might be cute, but for the woman who prioritizes health and fitness, these fitness-friendly gifts are sure to get her excited and may earn you extra points for thinking outside the box. (more…)
Staying committed to an exercise routine is no easy task. Those who maintain a regular training schedule know too well how tempting it can be to forego the gym in favor of the couch; but when you’re consistently hitting the gym and not seeing the results you work so hard for, working out can seem a bit discouraging. So, what might be causing your plateau? Read on to find out why you may not be building muscle, despite a concentrated effort in the gym. (more…)
Few things make a workout better than having a great training partner. Many people can attest: having someone there to push you can often take a workout from average to amazing. In fact, studies show that people who work out in the company of others release more endorphins than those who go it alone. So, who better to train with than your significant other, right? Not only can you push each other to achieve your goals, but working out together can strengthen your bond over a shared interest. Here are a few workout ideas to try the next time you’re looking to switch things up. (more…)
Not a fan of boring cardio? Most people aren’t; they just do it because they think it’s necessary. Step into any gym and watch as dozens of people run and bike to burn off those pesky calories. But what if there was a better way? Does burning calories have to be so mind-numbingly boring? What if there was a way to burn more calories than running or biking for an hour every day?
Well, there is a better way – and it’s called HIIT. (more…)