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Should I Skip Running After Leg Day?

Though being a fitness enthusiast, leg days were always a nightmare for me, and though my mates call me an exuberant kind, leg days used to bring out something totally unseen in me. A day filled with the most tiring and straining workouts – I used to skip leg days many times making silly excuses.

But I have seen many fitness maniacs who love running after leg day. Totally unbelievable for me at first, I used to convince myself that they are just straining their legs beyond the required. Gradually, I started wondering if such an intense workout was necessary for the legs, and I was astounded at what I found.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Six Pack?

As a Personal Trainer, there is one conversation I have all the time. A client tells me they are enjoying the training, they like their results, but they just have one question: how long does it take to get a six pack ?

I get it. It’s the reason many people start going to the gym in the first place. It’s what everyone wants to show off on the beach in the summer. In a lot of ways, it’s the gold standard for looking like you take your fitness seriously.

I know that for people of all levels the question of how long it’s going to take to get a six pack comes up every time you look in a mirror. So I’m going to try to give you not only a timeline, but a way to actively work towards your six pack and know how close you are getting.

Spin Bike Versus Exercise Bike: Decoding The Ultimate Cardio Tool Conundrum

If you are reading this, then chances are you're either looking to buy a workout bike or you just can't decide which bike is best for you whenever you're at the gym. Well, look no further because we are about to demystify this brain racking spin bike versus exercise bike puzzle for you right now.

Both machines will effectively engage your lower body muscles while giving you quite the cardio workout. However, your choice between the two should vary depending on your fitness goals and lower back health. Before we get into the differences, why would you want to hit the bikes in the first place?

Firstly, cycling is great for lower body strength and endurance. They really engage the quads, glutes, hamstrings, hip flexors and calves.

On the one hand, by increasing the pedal hardness, you cause hypertrophy of the muscles leading to greater gains. On the other hand, loosening up the pedals and increasing the intensity is the perfect way to tone those lower body muscles. It's no wonder why professional cyclists have well-built legs.

Secondly, it is one of the best ways to shred some serious calories. If there is one workout that will have your shirt soaked with sweat in just minutes, it is the bike. A number of calories you burn cycling is astounding.

On average, a 185-pound person can burn up to 654 calories in one-hour cycling at a moderate intensity (12-14 mph). What's more, you can add dumbbells to mix to burn some extra calories while toning arms and shoulders. It makes for a great warm-up session for weight lifters as well.

How To Get A Smaller Waist Naturally

The search for an hourglass figure by women has never been this real. Every tabloid, magazine and social media page is flaunting sexy pictures of curvaceous ladies. It kind of makes you wonder how they do it right? Well, one sure way of getting a curvy body is by getting a smaller waist and aiming for bigger hips (I already showed you how).

Maybe you are not vain like the rest of us curve craving lasses. Nonetheless, you should bear in mind that having excess belly fat increases your chances of getting some serious health conditions such as a heart attack, diabetes and in some cases, cancer. I, therefore, cannot emphasize enough the importance of maintaining a healthy body fat around your waist.

So, do you want to know how to get a smaller waist? I will be showing you in a bit. First, a little piece of my mind. You may decide to go under the knife in pursuit of a better body. Sure, this might work for a while, until you get back to your old habits and you are back where you started. Maybe worse.

Do it the natural way, it is way safer, less expensive and will take around two months tops to start seeing results. Ready? Here we go.

How To Get Bigger Hips Naturally, Safely And Fast!

Boys like a little more booty to hold at night! Before you get all worked up, I did not say these words, I’m just the messenger. But truth be told, everybody appreciates a woman with curves in all the right places. One of the things that enhance an hourglass figure is having bigger hips.

Unfortunately, if you were not naturally gifted with some gracious curvy hips, you will have to work for them. I will not promise you results in a week (biggest lie ever) neither will I be talking about surgeries and pills. I will be showing you how to get bigger hips naturally, safely and most importantly, with results.

So, how badly do you want to get hips and a curvy body? If your answer is something like, “so badly”, you are in the right place.

How To Get Rid Of Back Fat And Replace It With Some Toned Muscles

We all have trouble areas in our bodies which never seem to lose fat easily. One of the most common trouble areas for many people is the back. This is probably because it is also the most neglected especially during home workouts. I will be telling you how to get rid of back fat but before I get into that, a quick glance at exactly what causes back fat.

If you have that stubborn back flab preventing you from rocking crop tops and tight tank tops, one of the common culprits for this is muscle atrophy. This is when your muscles lose strength and tone and as result end up being tender or replaced by fat. Muscle atrophy is caused by poor nutrition and lack of adequately engaging a specific muscle.

These two (poor nutrition and lack of exercise) are also responsible for causing fat to accumulate in your back. You can also blame your back fat on genes as some people tend to store fat in specific areas simply because this is the hand they were dealt.

The good news is, despite the reason behind your flabby back, you can lose the fat, gain some muscles and get that sexy back, back! The not so good news is that it will take some hard work since it is not possible to lose fat in one specific area. That been said, there is a lot to be done, so let’s go to town ladies and gentlemen!

What Are The Muscles Used In Squats?

Yes, she squats.

You may have heard and seen this popular meme of a saying on the Internet and that just goes to show how popular squat exercises are these days - and not just for women.

Its popularity may be accounted for how effective it is in working out the body and in fact, it’s considered as one of the most effective exercises in toning the lower body, according to the American Council of Exercise - certified fitness professionals.

But given its effectiveness in enhancing the lower parts of our body, it’s still important to be mindful of the specific muscles used in squats. Inform yourself of this helpful information and how you can benefit from doing squats.

What Muscles Do Deadlifts Work?

Deadlifts have long been associated with huge and bulky muscles - think, Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, that’s been changing for the better as more and more people, particularly women, are getting involved in doing this highly underrated strength exercise.

Before having those preconceived notions about deadlifting, it’s important to know what muscles do deadlifts work in the first place. You’d be surprised to know just how effective it is as a form of workout, but also how easy and convenient it is to do and the numerous benefits you can get by doing it.

What Are Planks Good For? (More Than You Might Think!)

Have you ever considered adding planks into your workout routine?

If you've avoided them in the past, or even questioned how effective they truly are, now might be the time to revisit the move. Looking to take your workouts to the next level or finally sculpt that six-pack in the new year?

Then planks definitely earn a place in your gym routine. When it comes to strengthening your core, while the move might seem simple, there are truly few moves more effective than the humble plank.