Looking to improve your workouts?
Want to get better results in less time?
Then you might have to make some changes to your exercise routine. If your goal is to lose weight, do compound moves, HIIT, and full body circuits. Isolation work is great too, but it doesn’t necessarily aid in fat loss. Once you achieve a shredded physique, focus on isolation moves. » Read more
While your body shape may indicate certain things about your type, there is a difference, and it is worth knowing about.
What Is Meant By Body Type?
You have most likely noticed that your body is not the same as your friends’ or co-workers’. Some people tend to be curvy and lean, while others are top-heavy and soft. The reason for such difference is that everyone is born with a different body type.
The type of your body relies completely on genetics. You will notice that your body type is similar to your siblings or parents. Because your type is a genetic trait, it can be impossible, or at least quite difficult, to change. » Read more
1) The Deadlift
Not many weight training exercises work as many muscle groups and build muscle as fast as the deadlift. The neck, traps, upper, middle, and lower back, glutes, hamstrings, quads, biceps, forearms, and abs are all utilized in the deadlift.
No other exercise is a better test of overall body power. While uninformed people always ask, “how much can you bench,” the question they really should ask is, “how much can you deadlift?”
A deadlift is the most basic exercise anyone can do. Bending down and picking a weight up off the floor is the one weight training exercise that mimics everyday real life situations. » Read more
“Give me a 64-ounce steak, double-baked potato with extra sour cream and an apple pie for dessert. No, not a slice – give me the whole pie, please.”
If you have ever had the opportunity to go out with a bodybuilder for dinner, you would be familiar with that kind of order delivered to the distressed waitress.
These high-carbohydrate, high-protein, and high-fat diet meals were the popular method for packing on muscle and climbing the scale. “I’ll pack on all the weight I can now, then melt off the fat later,” was the common motto. » Read more
Whether you want to wear a tank top or a slinky dress, your arms are going to take center stage.
And while you might not think of your arms as being overweight, a lack of tone can make them appear out of sync with the rest of your trim and muscled body.
To help firm things up, you need arm toning exercises that not only build muscle, but also do so without adding bulk. Thankfully, it’s much harder for women to add bulk to their bodies, so these arm toning exercises are only going to tighten things up – just in time for the warmer months and that special occasion you’ve been dreading.
It’s easy for many women to focus on their lower bodies as that is where most women tend to accumulate weight. But if your arms are out of shape, this can make your body appear unbalanced. Your arms need to be strong in order to help you maneuver through your day as well. » Read more
Also known as pushups, press ups are a great way to tone and shape the upper body without requiring any exercise equipment. They can be performed no matter where you are and cover a majority of the upper body musculature which makes them the perfect addition to any strength training workout.
Which muscles do press ups work?
Press ups are extremely effective for toning the upper body, but the muscles that are targeted specifically include the pectoral muscles and the triceps. The pectoral muscles are the chest muscles that stretch cross the breast plate, while the triceps are the muscles that run along the back of the upper arm.
There are also some benefits to the deltoid region of the shoulders as well. If you move your hands in different positions for the press ups, you can also affect different sets of muscles. » Read more
What are athletic supports?
Athletic supports are accessories that athletes use to protect various body parts from injuries that can occur while competing of exercising. Others use supports when they return to active play after suffering an injury.
Athletic supports can be used in any sport or activity as needed, although some supports are created with particular activities in mind, such as body shirts made specifically for basketball players.
There are athletic supports for just about any body part:
The different types of athletic supports:
Back supports are a popular type of athletic support used by professional basketball and football players to protect and support their backs, especially after a previous back injury. The types are the dual adjustable back support that both supports and enables heat retention. Back supports are also referred to as back braces; although there are actually back braces that do a lot more than provide support. » Read more
What are the chest muscles?
The chest muscles are the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor, hence the popular slang, ‘pecs’ in reference to the chest. The bigger of the two, the pectoralis major covers the sternum, the clavicle and joins the shoulders to the upper arms. The pectoralis minor is below the pectoralis major.
What do these muscles do?
The chest muscles are responsible for moving the arms in and out, that is close to the body and away the body, as well as rotation of the shoulders and shrugging. Chest muscles are also important for good posture.
Chest workouts are an important part of the exercise routine for certain groups of sports people: tennis players, swimmers, rugby players and any other sport where you have to lift or throw an object. » Read more
What are dips?
Dips tend to work a number of muscle groups at the same time, namely, shoulders, chest and arms (triceps). Dips are a resistance form of bodybuilding exercise that use a pushing motion to achieve the desired results. Dips are performed on various types of exercise machines and equipment, namely, parallel bars; power rings (used by gymnasts) chin dip and chest dip machines.
Techniques for performing dips
The techniques for performing dips are dependent on the types of dips being done. There are different types depending on the primary area being worked, chest dips, triceps dips for the arms, bench dips, the parallel bar dip and best of all, the free standing dip. » Read more
Pull ups are one of the most effective exercises you can do, and one of the simplest. The only equipment needed to do a pull up is a bar to pull up on.
But just because pull ups are simple, doesn’t mean they’re easy. Many people cannot perform even one pull up. But, if you add this exercise to your strength training routine, you’ll see a significant increase in your strength.
Which Muscles are Worked When Performing a Pull Up?
Pull ups work the major muscles of the back, the upper arms and the shoulders all at once. » Read more