It takes months of training to build strength and lean body mass, but what about maintaining the gains once you’ve achieved them? Is there a minimum amount of training you need to do for maintenance? Find out what research shows.
The muscles that make up your core are important for stability, power and injury prevention. If your core lacks strength, it’s time to give them more attention. How strong are your core muscles? Here are 4 signs they’re weaker than they should be.
What is regional hypertrophy and how might it impact your training? Some evidence suggests that muscles can be “shaped” through resistance training, not just increased in size. If so, you may have more control over the way your body looks than you think.
Have you ever thought about the impact losing weight has on bone health and bone density? This article discusses the effect calorie restriction has on bone density and how you can keep your bones healthy when you’re trying to lose weight.
There are a number of variables you can manipulate to fine tune a strength-training workout. One that most people forget about is rep speed or tempo. This article discusses the benefits of slow reps versus fast reps when building strength.
What type of exercises do you do to strengthen your core? Some core exercises only work a single muscle group, like crunches. Others are integrative core exercises that incorporate muscles in your proximal and distal trunk into the movement. Is one better than the other for building core strength? Find out what research shows.
You’ve heard about the importance of protein – why you need it and how much you need. Protein helps to fill you up and keep you full longer. A recent study looked at the effects of a high-protein diet on weight gain, body composition and metabolism. Find out what interesting conclusions it drew.
What can kids teach you about fitness and nutrition? A surprising amount. Young children are more in touch with their bodies and naturally enjoy movement. Discover 5 things kids can teach you about staying fit and healthy.
Can you adopt a very low carb diet to lose weight and still work out at a high intensity? This article looks at the role carbohydrates play in fueling exercise and why diets that are very low in carbs are detrimental to performance.
You often hear people recommend drinking more water in the belief that it helps with weight loss. Is there any truth to this idea? Discover what research shows about drinking water and its effects on body weight.