Fat serves a useful purpose – it supplies energy and keeps you warm, but there’s absolutely no benefit to having a muffin top. If you’re dealing with an expanding layer of belly fat, should you ramp up the cardio or grab a pair of weights? Read on and find out what role strength training plays in taming a muffin top.
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If you’re trying to get that long, lean look, will high-intensity strength training make it harder? Can you develop strength without building significant muscle tissue? Read on and discover the answer and why strength training is important even if you don’t want muscle definition.
One variable you can manipulate with your workouts is the number of reps you do. Doing so can help you achieve the results you want and help you avoid plateaus. When planning your workouts, should you include low resistance, high rep sets if you’re trying to build muscle? Yes, here’s why.
Are bent-over rows part of your training routine? If so, why not? Read on and discover the benefits bent-over rows offer, what muscles they work, and variation on this exercise.
A healthy diet includes a diversity of protein sources, including plant proteins. Another source of non-meat protein is dairy foods. One, in particular, ranks high on the protein scale, offering all the amino acids your muscles need to grow – but it’s one you don’t hear a lot about these days. Find out what Muscle-Building Protein it is and how it can help you build a better physique.
Burpees – do you love them or hate them? The reality – they’re not most people’s favorite exercise – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them. Read on and discover why burpees, also known as squat thrusts, should be part of your routine and how to increase or decrease the challenge when you do them.
How balanced is your workout? Most exercises work your body through a single plane of motion – the sagittal plane, with less emphasis on the coronal and transverse planes of motion. The result is a body that’s not functionally balanced. Read on and discover exercises that work each plane of motion and why you should work each body part through all three planes for a more balanced and athletic physique.
Lunges and squats – two of the best exercises for the lower body. Is your workout too squat heavy? Time to add some lunges. Read on and discover how to get more benefits from lunges and find out more about lunge variations.
If you remember anything from cell biology, you might know that mitochondria are energy-producing structures inside cells, but there’s evidence that they also play a role in aging and the risk of developing age-related diseases such as type 2-diabetes. Here’s the good news. Exercise helps keep mitochondria healthy and more resistant to damage. Find out more.
If you have lower back pain, you might be tempted to miss your workout – but should you? While you should avoid certain exercises when your back aches, movement is one of the best ways to work through some of the tightness and spasm. Read on and find out what exercises are best for lower back pain, which to avoid, and low back pain “red flags” that suggest you need further evaluation.