Gaining muscle without gaining excess fat can be challenging, but it’s achievable with the right nutrition strategy. Beginners can experience significant improvements in muscle growth and fat loss simultaneously as their bodies adapt to new exercise stressors. Unfortunately, accomplishing both of these goals at once becomes increasingly difficult as conditioning levels advance. This is why elite-level athletes and bodybuilders dedicate specific periods of time to one goal: either gain muscle, or lose fat.
More than 30 years after they were published, pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infamous bicep peaks continue to motivate gym-goers. You can walk into just about any gym in the country and see people performing Arnold’s signature bicep move – the Dumbbell Concentration Curl – as they envision their biceps growing taller and taller with every repetition. Though the Concentration Curl is a great exercise for developing the two main heads of the bicep, there is an unsung hero here that seldom gets the respect it deserves: the brachialis.
Looking for a quick workout that will burn calories, tone muscle and improve coordination? Pick up a jump rope! Did you know jumping rope at a moderate pace for just 15 to 20 minutes can burn up to 200 calories—that’s almost the amount in a candy bar.
Who doesn’t want to look in the mirror and see bulging biceps and six-pack abs? In order to get continuous results from your workouts, you’ve got to increase their intensity—and do it often. Switching things up regularly will bring about the changes you long to see. A good way to do it? Try supersetting.
What’s the best way to recover from that tough workout in the gym, long run or strenuous cardio session? If you’re a woman, your recovery needs are a little different than a man’s. The most beneficial thing you can do for your body is to plan and consume an optimal post-workout meal. It may just be the most important meal you eat all day.
You could set the timer and trudge through another half hour on the treadmill in a crowded, stuffy gym. Or, high tail it out of there and burn 200 calories doing something you actually enjoy! Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, if you choose activities that interest you or keep you entertained, you’re much more likely to stick with a program that ultimately reveals a healthier, slimmer you.
Twice a year, we get motivated to start fresh. January inspires promises to get diets in order, lose weight, get in shape and make other self improvements. But by summer, many of us have lost track of those goals and are back at square one. Then the start of a new school year rolls around. The itch for positive change resurfaces—especially for those of us with kids.
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