Looking to ramp up a boring exercise routine? Try some total body exercises. Total body drills always zap energy and get the heart pumping. But be forewarned: they aren't easy, nor are they very fun. But the hard exercises never are, right?
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Stability balls are good for other things besides breaking furniture and causing whiplash. You can get a pretty good workout if you use them correctly. I use the stability ball, also called the Swiss ball or balance ball, to help my clients not only train the core but also the legs and upper body. What you work depends on how you use it.
"Fix the butt, fix the body" is a common gym philosophy. That's because fit hips bring a slew of health benefits.
Balance is one of those use-it-or-lose-it skills. One of the benefits of balance training is to increase joint stabilization. As your muscles struggle to stabilize, your joints become stronger.
I've always had a healthy appetite. I typically finish my meal before my wife finishes hers. One day, Kristin polished off her entire dinner before I completed half of mine. If the five tests the day before weren't enough proof, this was the clincher. We're pregnant! Now what?
Being a good workout partner is more than just showing up. Your partner is counting on you. Your presence and your eagerness to work out may be your partner's only motivation that day. They won't tell you, but that is often the way it is.
Clients' eyes get wide with fear when I tell then they will be doing plyometrics as part of their workout.
It's Monday, and you know what that means. It's international chest day in the gym! Guys tend to do their favorite routines on the first day of the week, and the bench press is ranked up there with arm and abs exercises.
If you want abdominal muscles to mesmerize others, here are a couple of more core exercises to add to your inventory.
Here's some simple science that will help you understand how lifting works. This is best illustrated when talking about back, but it applies just as much to all lifting.
You need to be aware of a few dangers in the gym. One is getting stuck under heavy weights you can't lift. Another is using sloppy form in an exercise and then getting hurt. The most harmful is sloughing off. These dangers can be avoided by having a workout partner.
A line of dumbbells at the gym start out harmlessly enough, at 5 pounds. A few steps down the line, you'll spot the 20s and 30s, then the 60s, and before you know it you're at the 140-pounders thinking, why bother? I'll show you why gyms provide a variety of dumbbells.
I'm about to reveal a fitness tip that most pros don't talk about. Whatever your level of fitness, you need to know about one of the most important things: you need to know about one of the most important areas of fitness.
It's a hip day! So find your favorite hips and watch closely for today's pointers. There's no need to be shy when evaluating posture. So really, be looking.
Can't quite get that one yoga pose? Is your bench press lacking in strength? Is picking up the kids becoming increasingly more difficult? The problem could be solved with some shoulder conditioning.
Do you want a great workout tool that you can take almost anywhere? Stretchy bands are a great way to add resistance without purchasing expensive machines and cluttering up the garage with weights. Today I'll show you how to use bands to work the legs and chest.
What good is muscle if it's not usable? All those lunges and leg presses, with isolated quad and hamstring conditioning, need to be good for something. Right? You can put all your hard work to the test with plyometrics.
The body deteriorates with age. Understanding this can help trainers know how to help you get in good shape in spite of the physical challenges. The trick is to be educated and dedicated.
When was the last time you played hopscotch? Do you dare try it today? Think about it. Hopping on one foot without touching the sidewalk with the other. Then bending down, on that one foot, to pick up a rock or taw. It was fun once. But if a child's game sounds like an injury waiting to happen today, then you might need to work on your balance.
Do you hate doing cardio? Try combining your cardio and weight training by using kettle bells. Kettle bells are like cannon balls with handles attached. I like them because they work the body's posterior chain very well -- mainly the hamstrings, glutes and back.
Revisiting basic exercises with a critical eye can help identify faults in your form. Last week we looked at the push-up. This week, we discuss pull-ups and chin-ups, which work a majority of the muscles in the back.
The basic push-up is a pretty easy exercise. It's also an effective one, especially when done properly. Push-ups are a great measure of strength and make a good addition to your favorite exercise circuit.
Since it's already February, you're probably making good strides with your cardio program. Before long your abs will start to show, and you'll be ready for the pools or the California beaches. When those abs do emerge from winter's hibernation, you want them strong. To strengthen your core you'll need a few good exercises and some applied principles.
"How old should my teens be before they start to lift weights?" I get that question from parents regularly. Training teenagers is fun for me because they see results at a faster rate than most other clients. The combination of youth and natural...
Why work one muscle when you can work two? Why work two when you can work them all? If you want to burn serious calories and wake up your routine, try throwing in a total body day or two by combining a few of your favorite exercises.