How quickly and easily you develop strength and muscle depend, to some degree, on the hormonal response you get from training. In fact, there are five key hormones that impact the results you get from strength training. Find out what they are and how to optimize
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You may be surprised to find you’re stronger on some days than others. What causes a weight training workout to feel easy one time and harder another, even when you’re doing the same volume and lifting the same amount of weight? Read on and discover five reasons your strength can vary from session to session.
How often and hard do you work your chest muscles? If you’re female, you might not consider chest work to be that important. After all, you don’t want bulging pecs like a male. Still, there are benefits to having strong chest muscles both for aesthetic reasons and for functional strength. Find out why chest training is important for women and the most effective exercises for strengthening your chest.
When you work out, how do you sequence your exercises? Most importantly, does it matter? Read on and find out how exercise order can impact the results you get from weight training and how to choose the best sequence to maximize your gains.
What do you do between resistance-training sets? Do you do an active recovery or a passive one? Rest periods are another training variable you can manipulate in your workouts. Find out what the advantages and disadvantages of various rest period strategies are.
It becomes more challenging to find time to work out as the holidays approach, but working out is just as important, if not more important, around the holidays. Don’t let your fitness goals fall through the cracks this year. Try these 7 holiday tips to stay sane and fit.
One of the best ways to stay healthy after menopause – both mentally and physically – is to exercise. Now, a new study shows exercise may offer more benefits for postmenopausal women than their younger counterparts. Find out more about exercise and the role it plays in health during the second half of life.
Do you periodize your strength training? If so, what type do you use? This article discusses various approaches to periodization and which seems to be most effective based on research.
Get the low-down on fast and slow-twitch muscle fibers. The difference between the two, how they impact your training, and why it’s important to train fast-twitch fibers with intensity as you age.
You hear people talk about the importance of stretching and how it increases flexibility – but does it really? Find out more about what happens when you stretch and whether it actually makes your muscles more elastic.