Working out is not enough for building a perfect body. If you want results, you have to do more than just lifting 10-pound dumbbells and hitting the treadmill. The volume and intensity of your workouts make all the difference. A challenging workout can boost your metabolism, ignite muscle growth, and accelerate fat loss. Over time, it will enhance your strength and endurance, turning you into a better athlete.
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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
Want to shed fat quickly?
Are you concerned about muscle loss?
If so, make sure you plan your diet carefully. Although it’s impossible to lose fat without losing muscle, you can reduce the damage. A high-protein diet and adequate rest can help maintain lean mass and bring you closer to your goals. Also, it’s important to keep lifting heavy without overdoing cardio.
The Truth about Muscle Loss When Cutting
Like it or not, you’ll lose muscle while dieting. In general, pro athletes and bodybuilders use anabolic steroids so they can preserve muscle and shed fat. However, this doesn’t apply to regular gym goers who simply want to stay in shape.
Just make sure you are aware that any diet will cause muscle loss to some extent. » Read more
Everybody in the fitness industry talks about cardio. Any gym you go to is full of people on treadmills, cross-trainers, rowing machines, steppers, etc., performing a steady state cardio workout.
Usually you’ll find a lot of obviously unfit men and women plodding along for 30 minutes or so, on a treadmill at a really slow pace. Is this really the best way to lose weight and get fit? No, it’s not.
You are much better off doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Before we tell you what interval training is all about, let’s understand why cardio is important.
There are many studies that show that a combination of steady state cardio with weight training is good for your weight loss. But here’s the question – while a normal cardio workout does help you lose weight, is it the best way to burn fat? Does it make you stronger and more powerful? » Read more
With so much hyped up information and bogus “breakthrough” exercise methods popping up all the time, most lifters seem to have lost sight of the basics.
While the basics may not be as flashy and exciting as what most of the “other guys” out there promote, they’ll pack raw muscle size and strength on to your body faster than any other method you’ll come across.
In this article I am simply going to list each major muscle group on the body, along with some basic tips for building that muscle as quickly and efficiently as possible. Nothing “revolutionary” or “innovative” here… Just the bare-bones truth about building muscle fast.
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There are many factors that determine how much muscle a person can ultimately build. Training intensity, nutrition, supplementation and rest; these are just a few of the many variables that will contribute to your overall muscle-building “bottom line”.
Another major factor in this giant equation is your body’s natural levels of the anabolic hormone testosterone.
Quite simply, testosterone is the most important muscle-building hormone in your body and is one of the limiting factors that determines how much muscle a person can build. » 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
Almost anyone that’s picked up a set of weights has or will experience symptoms of overtraining at one point in there muscle building program. overtraining can lead to serious injury, chronic fatigue, and even muscle loss.
Overtraining is very common amongst athletes and particularly bodybuilders, since they figure that training as much as possible is the fastest way to massive muscle gains.
This couldn’t be any further from the truth however… » Read more
We all hear about how bad cholesterol is for us and the damage it does to the heart and our blood vessels, but what exactly is it? What makes one kind of cholesterol good and another bad?
Cholesterol is a soft substance to be found in our blood stream and cells. It is made from lipids (which is found in the cell membranes) and a combination of steroids and alcohol (sterol). Although too much of it can have an adverse effect on our health, cholesterol is important as well. It is needed in the formation of cell membranes.
We get cholesterol in two main ways, from the foods we eat, especially synthetically produced foods and it is also produced by our bodies. Some natural foods also contain cholesterol, such as eggs (the yolk primarily), meat and some sea-food. Cholesterol is insoluble in the blood and this is part of the reason why it is so dangerous. » Read more