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!
Do you feel that? The pain in your butt and thighs after squatting? Well, that means you are doing it right and hitting all the right muscles. What about lower back pain from squats, is this normal?
In most cases, pain in your back after squatting is not a good thing. It can result from a number of reasons such as using the wrong workout technique to injuries at the gym. So, is there a way to prevent lower back injuries when squatting? Absolutely. Stick around longer to find out.
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.
A wide and large chest is something every man would dream of having. And having a large triceps is another factor that adds to a man’s attractiveness. However, choosing the right workout is really crucial in making your workout effective. Here is the list of 5 chest and tricep workout to help you avoid the confusion.
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.
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.
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.
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.