Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on the best way to train abs. Whether it’s doing bodyweight ab exercises for higher reps to keep the midsection tight and trim, or weighted moves for lower reps to build up the bricks of the six-pack, the differences are as diverse as the qualifications of the fitness professionals who espouse them. They can’t all be right, can they? Training abs differs from the way you approach training other muscle groups. For one, abs have a higher ratio of slow- to fast-twitch muscle fibers than most other muscle groups. What’s more, even a little body fat can blur your ab definition, so any approach must also address diet. In my experience, there are a number of smart ways to approach your ab training, and others that don’t seem to be as effective. Bodybuilding.com asked me to compile a list of the most important ones, which we’re collectively calling “laws.” Hopefully you can walk away with more than a few nuggets that’ll enable you to train smarter on ab day. To read more click here!
Archives for April 2015
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I know my diet isn’t perfect? Between family, work, and running around, I just feel tired a lot of the time. Maybe there’s something missing in my diet that would give me the energy I used to have.” If you answered yes, or simply feel that you could use more energy to get you bursting through each day, please take the next few minutes to learn these eight nutrition tips to improve your stamina and performance. Plus you’ll be getting information on the nutrients you need to fight the chronic diseases that are of increasing concern to women. If you have a friend that could use a boost, print this out for her. Busy women often find themselves skipping meals, eating “empty” snacks, skimping on vitamins and overstuffing with fat-free foods. Women also have to realize that what works for men may not work for them. We have different nutritional requirements. To help you meet those requirements, here are eight nutrition tips. Follow them, and your stamina and performance should improve, plus you’ll be getting vital knowledge about the nutrients you’ll need to fight some chronic diseasesthat are of increasing concern to women. To read more click here!
You know how on Facebook you sometimes see “it’s complicated” under relationship status? That’s how fitness is for many people. It’s as if, somewhere in your heart, you know you want to be with fitness forever, but it can drive you gaga with all the ups and downs you have to deal with in the “relationship.” You and fitness might hit the rocks from a lack of excitement, stress, or very little reward for what you put in. Each of these could very well lead you to take a break and do your own thing. Everyone feels this way at some point—unhappy or less motivated about their fitness and health. I’ve fallen out of love with fitness more times than I care to admit, but that’s just life. The daily grind can interfere with health goals, our well-meaning friends and family members can keep us from achieving certain physique goals, and one errant cookie can make you fall to the Dark Side. Thankfully, it’s a lot less complicated than you’d imagine to revive a stale or inert fitness relationship. Start implementing at least one of these seven actions into your daily life to rekindle an old flame! To read more click here!
Think you’re hardcore — or that you have a hard core? Prove it! These 41 midsection-mangling moves are some of the most advanced on the planet. They’ll help strengthen your torso from a variety of angles and in a variety of ways so you’ll be ready for all the movements initiated by your core — which is just about every move you make! To read more click here!
When I started my weight loss journey six years ago, I topped the scales at 300 pounds. I spent the first 25 years of my life overweight, miserably bouncing from one fancy fad diet to the next in an attempt to drop the unwanted fat. All of them seemed to work for a few weeks, but then I gave up on the diet and myself. But when I embarked on the last weight loss trip — the one that worked, and stuck — I started asking myself important questions. I can almost guarantee I would not have sustained my 125+ pound weight loss these last six years if I hadn’t asked myself these five questions. To read more click here!