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. Continue reading 3 Surprising Reasons You Might Not be Building Muscle
Many people mistakenly believe that any and every weight exercise is going to produce large and bulky muscles. Whether you’re seeking bulky or lean muscle definition, it’s important to understand how different exercises will affect your body. Read on to learn about bulking up versus gaining lean muscle mass. Continue reading Bulking Up vs. Gaining Lean Muscle Mass
Proper workout practice encompasses many factors. From choosing the right workout gear to focusing on ignored muscles, fitness includes many aspects. An important factor in fitness is undertraining and overtraining. While ignoring certain muscles can cause muscle imbalances, overtraining brings its own set of issues. Here are the two most overtrained muscle groups. Continue reading Two Most Overtrained Muscle Groups
Everyone has a favorite workout routine, which could include anything from running, playing sports, or even doing housework. Usually, a favorite workout routine involves exercises that target certain muscle groups. Exercises involving the arms, legs, and chest incorporate the majority of the most popular workout routines. As fitness buffs become accustomed to these habits, they risk ignoring certain muscle groups. Failing to engage these muscles could prove to be detrimental to their overall fitness goals. Here are the top three most ignored muscles that may need a little more attention. Continue reading Top 3 Most Ignored Muscles
Resistance training is a great way to build muscle and keep a certain level of strength. As your training regimen progresses, you may start to feel like it’s getting too easy. The weights that were once a struggle don’t make you work as hard. Your body is made to adapt to whatever is demanded of it. Building muscle and strength is your body’s way of adapting to your workouts. If everything seems easier, it’s most likely because your body has completely adapted to your current routine and you need to add more weight. Here are a few signs to look for that can help you determine when you need to add more weight to your workouts. Continue reading 5 Signs You Need to Lift Heavier Weights
Protein, protein, protein! Many fitness junkies will tell you that they live and die by protein. They have it in their daily shakes, breakfast, dinner, and snacks. Protein is believed to be a cure-all for many. Looking to lose weight? Protein. Looking to build muscle? Protein. Protein does have many health and fitness benefits, but there are a number of protein myths we’d like to clear up. Continue reading Top 4 Protein Myths
Parents are always looking for new ways to keep their kids physically active. Many enthusiastic moms will sign their children up for a youth league sports team or a summer gym program, but most start hesitating once weightlifting makes an appearance. In 1983, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement that recommended against weightlifting for children due to how its high injury rates may stunt growth. It wasn’t until the late 2010s that public opinion has slowly started shifting thanks to new research. Continue reading How Young is Too Young for Weight Training?
Leg exercises are known to be some of the most commonly overlooked in the fitness world. This is so because many fitness seekers tend to spend more time working on their chest, back, arms, and core rather than building their leg muscles. This is a great mistake as strong legs are essential for a complete and balanced physique. Whether leg exercises are new to you or you are looking for some more effective exercises to perform, we have outlined a few of the most effective. These multi-joint leg exercises outrank the likes of leg extensions and leg curls and can get you well on your way to strong, toned legs. Continue reading 3 Most Effective Leg Exercises
We’ve all seen it before. Someone lies down on the bench press to lift an incredible weight and ends up using every muscle from their neck to their legs to try and get that massive load up. It may be a common mistake but that doesn’t make it okay. This is most common when someone is trying to hoist up a weight that their body isn’t ready to lift. The body is then forced to use other muscles to assist the targeted muscles in keeping the weight up. To keep you from having to suffer the consequences of improper form, we have provided you with three key reasons why you should focus on your form. Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Proper Form is Important When Weightlifting
One of the hardest lessons for starting athletes is figuring out how much weight they should be lifting. Should they be focusing on more reps rather than more weight? Should they be lifting to the point of pure exhaustion? When should they lift heavier? Even after you figured out the balance between reps and weight, the time will eventually come where you feel like you should be doing more. You may feel like what you’re doing is too easy, but how much is too much? Continue reading When Should You Lift Heavier Weights?