Meditation is like a very quiet superpower. Learning to clear your mind and breathe deeply can give you a competitive edge in all aspects of athleticism, in fitness and beyond. The benefits of meditating before a workout, after a workout and in-between are numerous.
Kettlebells are among the most versatile types of workout equipment out there, but many people shy away from using them because they're not quite sure how. With a little bit of time and practice, it's easy to incorporate kettlebells into your daily routine to improve strength, burn calories, and enjoy a little variety. Specifically, we've outlined three beginner kettlebell workouts you can perform at any fitness level.
Some gym-goers seem to care more about their reflection in the mirror rather than their strength and fitness. Not you. No, you're not here to just mess around. You're here to get strong and be healthy. That's right: you're a champion---and that's why you deadlift. Check out these awesome deadlift variaions that will make you feel like Hurcules.
You've never given much thought to the handful of rowing machines in your gym, have you? Maybe you walk right past them on your way to your favorite elliptical. But, one night you log onto Facebook while eating some cheese curls and see a video of your high school nemesis using his now 40-something-year-old sculpted frame to crush a world indoor rowing record. Sheesh! Rowing can whip anyone into tip-top shape offering up a total-body workout that increases muscle tone, speed, and endurance.
If you want to improve your speed, whether you’re an athlete or simply want to boost your overall conditioning, it’s crucial to integrate plyometrics into your weekly training program. Plyometric exercises involve explosive movements, like sprinting, bounding and jumping. They work several muscles at once and help to maximize force production. And they can suck, both literally and figuratively! If you’ve ever done plyometrics, you know how quickly the energy is sucked from your body, leaving you gasping for air and counting down the seconds until your training session is done. But there’s no arguing the effectiveness of plyometrics for making you a better athlete, more conditioned and faster!
Despite being one of the most popular pieces of gym equipment, the treadmill sometimes gets a bad reputation, especially in the running world. A lot of runners worry that treadmill running will impede their ability to perform their best on race day. However, treadmill training can make you a better runner. Let’s face it: Sometimes we aren’t able to go outside and hit the ground “running,” whether this is due to weather, time of day or travel.
One of the beautiful things about running is that you can typically start within a few seconds of walking out your front door. It’s convenient when you’re traveling or stuck without a gym and when you need to just blow off some steam. Running also helps you burn calories and build serious endurance.
When it comes to losing weight, many people wrongly think that cardio is the only way. While cardio is important for initial weight loss, it is not and should not be your only method to shed fat. Melting fat off your body has a lot to do with what's underneath it: Muscle.
Have you ever tried a TRX class or exercise before? If not, you might want to start doing so as soon as possible!