Looking to get back to basics with your gym routine this holiday season? With new workout trends, classes, and techniques cropping up on the scene just about daily, sometimes, a simplistic, tried-and-true approach is what we crave. Luckily, there's no need to reinvent the wheel, because many of the most effective workouts are these simple exercises on the pullup and dip bar.
While both standby pieces of equipment for die-hard gym rats, you might have overlooked the pullup and dip bars in the past. While they may not be the most high-traffic areas of the gym, these pieces of equipment can deliver one of the best upper and even full-body workouts, so don't underestimate their value.
Here are 10 effective moves you can work into your routine right now.
I am sure you have come across a typical upright bicycle. Well, a recumbent bike pretty much serves the same purpose as an upright bike the only major difference is the design. When it comes to recumbent bikes, they are designed with user’s comfort in mind hence the seat it reclined backward and the pedals are in front of you.
This way, even your grandma’ can get some cardio out of this bike without worrying about falling off. These bikes come as stationary bikes mostly for exercise purposes or as mobile bikes that can be used on the road for cardio or traveling.
In this article we cover the recumbent bike benefits both stationary and mobile, but before we get into that, a little disclosure. When you are using this equipment for cardio, try to increase the intensity so as to reap the most from your workout.
That said, other than making you look cool while working out, the recumbent bikes come with a boat load of benefits you ought to know. Find out today!
Have you been asking yourself “How many squats should I do a day?” Is it every day or every couple of days? Are you questioning this when planning your workout? The number of squats you should complete per day will depend on your ultimate goal. Read further to learn more about how many squats you should be doing each day.
Progress occurs during your passive recovery. That is during rest. Therefore, completing squats every day is not essential, as this time is for muscle recovery and growth. Completing squats every day may lead to overtraining in which a decrease in performance as a result of your amount of training outweighing your recovery occurs.
Different combinations of sets and repetitions will induce different adaptations to either increase strength, muscle mass, endurance or muscular power. Which goal are you trying to achieve? I have put the following together for you to learn just how many squats you should be completing per day to achieve your goal.
If you are a gym junkie like me, you definitely want to reap the most out of your workout sessions by finding the perfect workout routine. In search for this, one of the most sought after answers is whether to do cardio before or after lifting.
For any strength training exercise to be successful, incorporating cardio exercises is mandatory. That much you know. What you are after is how and when to do this. To ease your confusion, we discuss both methods including the pros and cons and come up with the perfect concoction of the two.
If you are serious about attaining your gym goals with precision, I highly advise you read on.
Pull-ups are the squats of the upper body! I bet you’ve heard that being thrown around. No? Well, they are. This is because pull-ups are vital for upper body growth but are one of the toughest upper body exercises to execute. In fact, now that I think of it, I hardly see anyone doing pull-ups at the gym; which is a huge loss by the way.
Although these exercises are hard to do, they come with a bucket load of benefits. Before we dive into this, I hope I don’t have to remind you the importance of doing this or any other exercise in proper form so as to avoid injuries and reap full benefits. Of course, you knew this! Silly me.
So, the benefits of pull-ups. Apart from the obvious, strong, sexy, Arnold Schwarzenegger shoulders and arms, pull-ups deliver numerous other benefits some of which quite frankly are astonishing. Without further ado, I give you nine benefits of pull-ups.
You have probably been thinking about squatting for a while now, but you are not sure of what’s waiting for you on the other side once you begin. To be honest, there’s very little information on before and after squats, mostly what you get is pictures. While pictures may be helpful, they don’t prepare you for the real feeling.
Before I get into that, I need to emphasize the importance of practicing good form and posture while doing your squats. Without this, you will be in for a whole different adventure, one filled with injuries and zero results.
Now that that’s out of the way, what can you expect after squatting? Take a peek at exactly what you are in for when you start this exercise. I promise not to leave anything out!