Building strength and lean body mass all comes down to progressive overload, On the other hand, there are a variety of ways to manipulate training variables to achieve your goals. Here are four variables that you can adjust to reach a higher fitness level and learn how to track them.
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Contrary to popular belief, exercise is safe and beneficial for people with arthritis. As a precaution, talk to your doctor first.
You’ve heard it said that stretching is important for preventing injury, including tendon injuries. Now a new study calls into question the benefits of stretching for prevention of tendon problems. Find out what this new study shows and the best ways to lower your risk for tendonitis and tendonosis.
You’re lifting weights, using good form and pushing yourself – but how consistent are your workouts? Consistency is one of the most overlooked aspects of fitness success. Find out why and discover how to make your workouts more consistent and effective.
The thought of taking a few weeks or a month or two off from training might scare you, but there’s something working in your favor – muscle memory. Muscle memory means you don’t have to start all over again if you stop training for a while. How does it work? Learn more about the science of muscle memory and how it helps you rebuild strength quickly.
What type of exercise attire do you reach for when it’s time to work out – and does it matter? This article looks at various types of exercise clothing, the pros and cons of each, and whether some can actually improve recovery time and exercise performance.
It’s important to replace water when you exercise, but you may need to replace sodium too if you work out for long periods of time. Hyponatremia, or a low sodium level, is a common problem among marathon runners. Find out how to prevent low sodium levels when you exercise.
Without change your muscles will adapt to the stimulus you place on them and stop growing. One way to vary a resistance workout is to change the lifting tempo or timing of each rep. Super-slow training is one way to promote muscle hypertrophy – but what about a fast rep speed?
Who wants to feel sore after a workout? Research suggests that certain dietary components may help ease the discomfort of delayed-onset muscle soreness, the uncomfortable and sometimes painful sensations you feel in your muscles, a day or two after a tough workout. Read on and find out how to eat right to reduce muscle soreness.
Everyone, especially women, need strong hamstrings. Find out how weak hamstring muscles increase our risk for injury, why women need more hamstring work than men, and how to best target this important muscle group.