Old habits (or in this case, old ways of thinking), die hard. Science and health developments have made leaps and bounds in just the past few years! Some of the info we’ve been taught may not line up with what modern scientists have proven to be true. Let’s get a little update.
How much is too much when it comes to core work? That’s a tricky answer. You’d be hard-pressed to do a workout that doesn’t involve your core in some way. That’s because the core is your body’s powerhouse. Your “core” includes the muscles that lie below your chest and above your knees (abdominals, back, quads and hamstrings). Your core allows you to balance and execute intense cardio and strength movements. Many people tend to focus on just the abs. That’s a mistake!
There’s nothing like trying to open a feisty jar of pickles or protein powder to remind you about the importance of grip strength. But, did you know that along with helping you satisfy your kitchen cravings and deliver a firm handshake, a strong grip can make the difference when it comes to hoisting a heavy barbell, delivering the winning shot on the tennis court and helping you achieve a host of athletic and fitness goals?
Have you ever heard of “sleeping glutes” or heard someone talk about their diminished lack of push-off in their big toe or a calf muscle that doesn’t “fire” when they need it? Though these conditions might sound minor at first blush, it’s serious stuff. Experts have realized that many injuries, chronic pain, and less-than-stellar athletic performances can be linked to inactive or underactive muscles. What’s the solution? Muscle Activation Technique (MAT®) Training!
Over the years, massage therapy has become increasingly popular, and for many people, it would be the main event in their dream day off work. However, various misconceptions have been spread about massage.
We know that regular exercise is fantastic for our bodies, with benefits including growth, strengthening, cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, and postural alignment. We also know that it’s beneficial for our minds through endorphins. Now a study has found out that exercise may actually help your brain grow too!
Anyone looking to improve their health, fitness, and appearance--whether a seasoned gym-goer or a complete newbie--needs to focus on a few things when it comes to their workouts: working hard, working smart, and ensuring that their diet supports their goals. But even the most dialed-down nutrition plan and hardcore training program can become even more effective once the right supplements are added. With the insane amount of choices, though, it can be hard to figure out which ones are right for you. Read on to learn about some of the best beginner workout supplements around and why they really do make a difference.
Everyone has heard that the early bird gets the worm and when it comes to sculpting your ideal fit body, morning workouts may be the boost you need to get up early. While not everyone is bright eyed and bushy tailed before noon, starting things off with a workout can set a positive tone for the rest of your day. Just think about it, the hardest part of your day will be done before you even step foot in the office!
Fitness marketing that is geared specifically towards women is often just a hodgepodge of tips for slimming down, 5-minute miracle workouts and a list of superfoods that promise to banish belly fat without any extra work. While a combination of these tips along with a killer workout routine may work well for some, one thing is glaringly missing from women's fitness advertising, real weight training tips for women who want to build muscle. But the fear of bulking up and other crazy weight training myths are enough to keep some women —side-eyeing Gwyneth Paltrow right now— from lifting anything more than 3 pounds during their workouts!
Being called an uptight yippee when you’re trying to concentrate is not much of a compliment unless you’ve been busting your butt in your workout kingdom and focusing on core strength and toning up. Then, being called out for having rock hard glutes or the tightest of tight tushies when you walk in the gym door will make you nod, smile and secretly thank the staple of kettlebell exercises you’ve perfected; kettlebell swings.