The standard plank exercise is an exceptional way to build core strength while supporting spinal health. But if you're looking for a way to jazz up your typical plank day routine, give the following three variations a try. These twists on a classic will target your abs, obliques, and core in new and super challenging ways.
If you've watched the summer Olympics anytime in the last decade or so you know that Michael Phelps is one of the best athletes to grace the sport of swimming in a long time. Not only does he grab up every medal available but the guy is rocking one of the best bodies in the world, and he got there by spending most of his life training in the water. There's a reason that swimmers are known for not only their speed and agility but their lean and ripped v-shaped torsos. Swimming regularly can help you burn a tons of calories and with a few expert moves, it can also help you get one step closer to a killer body.
Which would you rather hang from: your neck for a couple of hours a day, a melon, or a leather armchair? Neither? Good answer. Posed another way, what weighs 12 pounds, yet puts 60 pounds of relative weight on your neck and back while you look at your phone or tablet screen? Your head! That’s a problem according to Dr. Kenneth Hansraj, MD. Hansraj, of New York Spine Surgery and Rehabilitation. Simply doing some "Tech Neck" Exercises could help fix this problem.
Our fitness industry has bred an unfortunate obsession with “doing more” in the gym. I’m sure you’ve witnessed this pattern of thinking. Whether it’s someone proudly posting about their two-a-day workout routine, talking about how many group exercise classes they took during the week (or even day), or bragging about how much time they spend in the gym during a typical session…it’s a widespread belief that you have to spend a lot of time working out to see results. Here's why it's not a bad thing to optimize gym time and get on with the rest of your day.
If you're looking for a new and exciting way to amp up your stale workout routine, ditch those weights and grab some weighted ropes. Once relegated to the world of martial arts, battle ropes has recently gone mainstream. The trendy workout approach is especially ideal if you need to let off a little steam at the gym. Unleash your fury on those ropes -- the more you do battle, the stronger you'll grow.
There are few athletic pursuits more relaxing than lap swim, an all-body workout that is both mentally and physically fulfilling. Start your day with a dip in the pool -- you'll emerge feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to take on any challenges that lie ahead.
Want more muscle? You should. Increasing muscle mass helps boost your metabolism, burning calories while at rest and changing your entire physique. And if you want to build muscle fast, you need to know that muscle growth depends largely on how well you take care of yourself throughout the day.