September 27, 2010

How To Train The Core For Maximum Performance And Development

The term ‘core’ is typically synonymous with the image of a well developed set of abs, concealed by little to no bodyfat. And while a well developed, lean midsection is commonly considered as one of the more appealing muscle groups in the eyes of both men and women, the abs are just one of many muscles making up the core, and their purpose goes beyond their visual appeal.

Generally when one struggles to either increase their strength, or bring up a lagging muscle group, the first thing that comes to mind is to look locally, and train the lift/bodypart more. Logically this makes sense, because why would you look elsewhere than directly at the area in which improvement is sought.

September 19, 2010

Everything You Need To Know About Fast-Twitch And Slow-Twitch Fiber Distribution

Whether your goal is related to aesthetics, or performance, having an understanding of how your muscles are designed is probably in your best interest if maximizing your time and effort is important to you. There are three primary types of skeletal muscle fibers and they are recruited in order from slow twitch, to fast twitch I, and fast twitch II. Each type of muscle fiber’s ability to generate, and maintain force, is inversely proportionate, and directly related to its size.

September 13, 2010

Basic Nutrition Info That Everyone Should Know To Help Them Accomplish Their Goals

As it relates to nutrition, you get out of your body precisely what you put into it which is why nutrition is just as important as strength training if you want to maximize your return per investment of time. While training is the catalyst to which there’d be no results if you didn’t train, if you don’t provide your body with what it needs recover from the training then you’re selling yourself short. If you put in quality nutrients on a daily basis your body will function optimally and you’ll more than likely live a stress free, healthy life, disease free and look and feel just the way you want. On the other hand, if you put in processed garbage and trans fats then you’ll more than likely see negative changes start to take place to your physique and health profile.

If You're Going To Do Cardio, Do It Right So You Don't End Up In Worse Shape

A lot of people associate weight loss with ‘cardio’, assuming that if they want to ‘tone up’ that their efforts are best spent slaving away on a piece of cardio equipment at the gym, but this just isn’t an effective way to go about losing weight at all. While there are benefits to doing cardio, if the goal is fat loss and improved body composition, then there are much better ways. Humans are not aerobically designed like we once were thousands of years ago. We’ve adapted to become more anaerobically designed, which means short bursts of energy followed by brief periods of recovery is how we are meant to perform.