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.
Getting ripped is a goal for many, but few will actually achieve it. To really showcase your hard-earned muscle, focus needs to be not just on lifting and training but on burning fat and cutting the junk from your diet. Fact: body fat blocks muscle definition. So attack it! And try these tips to finally get that lean, cut physique you desire.
You’ve been training like an animal, but the results just aren’t showing. What gives? It’s likely you’ve hit a plateau—a point where gains are minimal and your body is working only to maintaining only base-level strength. Frustrating, indeed. But before you throw in the towel, check out these helpful strategies to push past plateaus and start packing on muscle again.
Post-workout nutrition is arguably the most important meal of the day. The quality and timing of your post-workout nutrition can make or break your performance and recovery. In the last segment of Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition, we discussed how to prime your body for peak performance and recovery with proper pre-workout nutrition. This week, we will dive into the most important nutrition principles surrounding the post-workout period to ensure you maximize your progress in the gym.
You notice those big, brightly colored, bouncy-looking balls every time you’re at the gym—but what on Earth are you supposed to do with them? Stop staring and go grab one! Balance balls, also known as stability balls, are easier to use than you think, and they offer a wide variety of fitness benefits, from increasing flexibility to building strength to improving coordination and balance. Training with a ball is especially great for targeting core muscles, an area often neglected in our workout routines.
If you’ve shied away from strength training because you think it’s going to blow up your arms, making you look like a cartoon-character bodybuilder, you’re not alone. Many women avoid using weights because they don’t want to get “buff.” But the truth is, adding strength and resistance training to your workout routine comes with a number of benefits, with toned, attractive muscles being just one of many.
Think you’ve got the perfect ab routine—and you’ve got it down pat? You might be in for a surprise. Many misconceptions exist about abdominal exercises, so if you’re crunching your days away and still not getting the tight, toned abs you crave, there’s a chance you may be doing something wrong. Read on to learn more about the top ab myths from bodysculpting experts at MuscleTech.
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