I was answering questions on the forums last week when I came across a question that stood out to me because I could completely relate to it. It dealt with a fitness enthusiast who was new to indoor cycling and purchased an indoor cycle bike to do my Cycle Max DVD. In just minutes of starting she was feeling completely exhausted, defeated and so discouraged that she wondered if this workout was something she could ever work herself up to completing?
You need protein, but there are lots of myths about this important macronutrients, how much you need and how to get it, especially if you’re physically active. Here are five things about protein you may not know – but should.
What is an eccentric contraction? You may have heard this term bandied about, but aren’t sure exactly what it is and how it can affect your workout. Find out what an eccentric contraction is and how eccentric training can lead to new strength gains.
Body fat percentage says more about your body composition than body weight. One inexpensive way to measure body fat percentage is by using calipers. How accurate are skinfold calipers for determining percentage of body fat?
If you have a stress fracture and want to maintain your muscular and cardiovascular endurance levels, it is important to not cease exercising altogether. A stress fracture can be a great excuse to dust off the bicycle in your garage, visit the pool or hit the gym’s cardio room or perhaps try a zero impact indoor cycle workout like Cycle Max or some of my workouts from the Low Impact Series. Always check with your doctor about which type of exercise activity would be appropriate for your type of injury.
I’ve been making high intensity cardio videos for decades, so you can bet that I’m excited to see this type of workout featured as one of the hottest new trends in the fitness industry. My two newest workouts, Cross Fire and To the Max mix high intensity cardio along with metabolic training to give you the ultimate fat burning and conditioning workout. But how can this type of training benefit you?
An easy way to remember the meaning of hypertrophy is to think of the meaning of atrophy. An atrophied muscle is one that has become smaller through lack of use. Hypertrophy refers to the process of making muscles larger through resistance training.
Good nutrition is important for fueling exercise and maintaining health. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for people who are trying to lose weight to restrict calories too much while continuing to exercise. Here are five problems this can cause.
Tired of drinking artificially colored and flavored sports drinks? There’s a natural alternative – coconut water. Find out what new research shows about coconut water and how it compares to traditional sports drinks for rehydration during exercise.
You’ve probably seen people at the gym who spend hours lifting heavy weights. You may have admired their discipline and devotion, but a certain percentage may be suffering from a condition called muscle dysmorphia. This condition is often referred to as “bigorexia.” Find out more about this disorder that causes people to become obsessed with getting bigger muscles.