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Whether your looking to build lean muscle or cut fat, our Training articles can productive inspiration and ideas to assist you reaching your fitness goals. Written by published fitness authors and personal trainers, our training articles can give a boost to your motivation and focus.

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5 Functional Exercises to Supercharge Your Strength

Functional strength isn’t always a priority when it comes to strength training for a lot of people, despite being one of the smartest and most logical ways to train. It offers you true strength that you can transfer into real world movements that can help you in everyday life, as well as helping you to develop muscles all over your body, cut down your body fat, and generally make you a healthier person, rather than just trying to look bigger and be able to lift more during any given particular exercise, as is with a lot of bodybuilding type exercises.
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The Only 4 Abdominal Exercises You Need

The abdominal muscles are your foundation.

Without a strong core, you leave your body susceptible to an array of injuries. For instance, back pain is frequently caused by a weak core - more specifically, a weak transverse abdominis muscle.

So, how can you train the abdominals efficiently and effectively? How can you lower your risk of future injuries or pain?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need to perform hours of crunches. And no equipment is required either.

The following 4 exercises target all your abdominal muscles, including your rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis, external oblique muscles, and internal oblique muscles. In fact, they may be the only abdominal exercise you need.

Let’s dive in!

1. The Plank

The plank is a common go-to exe

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How to boost strength and fitness with martial arts

The first task is to pick a martial art. You have a wide number of combat sports available, so do some research and pick one that interests you the most. There are grappling types such as Judo, Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and, striking types such as kickboxing and Muay Thai. You could also try your hand at traditional boxing, you can try kick-dominant martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do or if you prefer a mix of all, you could try MMA, which combines multiple different disciplines.
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Time Under Tension for Size

Lower and lift, that’s the typical way in which we perform gym based exercises whether they be bodyweight calisthenics, free weight dumbbell and barbell lifts or machines designed to hit specific muscle groups or movements. We use these exercises to damage the muscle tissue within our workouts and through rest and quality nutrition and supplementation
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The many benefits of yoga

Yoga is arguably the oldest organised exercise system in the world. It dates back thousands of years and while it originated in India, yoga is now practiced all around the world. There are numerous of different yoga styles which differ in terms of moves performed, equipment used, class duration and workout intensity, but all yoga styles can be extremely beneficial for both men and women

1. Yoga increases flexibility and mobility

The postures, positions, and exercises of yoga invariably involve stretching. Sitting down all day can leave muscles short and tight and yoga is the perfect antidote for inactivity. While stretching at the end of a workout IS beneficial, it is seldom enough to deliver noticeable increases in flexibility. In contrast, a yoga class is an hour or more dedicated to stretching and that will have a big impact in your flexibility. 

To make getting into these stretched positions easier, many yoga practitioners wear yoga pants

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Arm Size Made Simple

Arm size is one of the key features of a muscular and athletic frame in all. Arguably one of the key parts of an impressive physique, ask most men what they hope to achieve from any training regimen and with the years beach season fast approaching who wouldn’t want to be able to display great upper arm size.

 

Arm Mass Anatomy

When you ask people, what makes an impressive arm the first reaction will usually be the two Biceps portions (the long and short head). Not so many people will say the often-overlooked muscle that is the brachialis muscle (that sits underneath the bicep muscles), this muscle makes considerable contribution to the size of the arm.

While a feature of great arms is of course large biceps sitting between the shoulder and the elbow, it must be stated that the largest portion of the arm is the Triceps muscles.

These muscles give the arm the powerful horse shoe shape

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All You Need To Know About Training Volume, Intensity and Frequency

Once you are passed the beginner level and know your way around the gym you will probably start to ask yourself what you can do differently in order to keep progressing.

Should you train 5 days a week instead of just 4 days?

Should you hit some body parts twice a week and some just once?

Should you increase the weight or just increase the reps or sets?

If you find yourself in this position, this article will go right down your alley. The answers behind all those questions stand behind training volume, intensity and frequency.

Once you get to know the basics of these 3 little concepts, you will be able to design you own workout splits and follow a workout routine which matches your own personal needs and you own personal schedule best.

Volume, intensity and frequency are the only 3 things you need to consider when you look at a workout routine. Before we dive right into it, please note that the same exact principles will apply to both males

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5 Workout Tips Every 30-Something Guy Should Follow

 

In your twenties, everything is easy – going to the gym, playing football, riding a bike and jogging every single morning. You had the motivation, passion and patience for everything, but all of this changes as soon as you turn thirty. Suddenly, you don’t have that much time nor willingness to invest all your energy into working out. That’s why being physically active is challenging once you get older, so you need to adapt to a new regime. Here are five tricks that might help you through the process.

Fitness and stress

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Weightlifting myths for runners - busted!

If you’re a runner, and particularly if you’re a female runner, you’ve probably heard at one point or another that you don’t need to weightlift. You’ve probably been told that lifting weights will make you “big” or “bulky” and that, especially if you’re a runner, being any “bigger” or “bulkier” than you need to be will simply slow you down, which is about the worst thing that could happen to any runner out there (barring injury). You’ve probably been told that runners ought to be as “lean” and “toned” as possible and that lifting weights isn’t exactly conducive to either of those goals or attributes.

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, the world in which we live is saturated with nonsense like this. Runners seem to think

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How to stick to your New Year?s fitness goals

 

Of all the people who make New Year’s resolutions, only about five percent manage to keep them. Yep, a whopping 95 percent of new Year’s resolutions FAIL and usually before the end of January.

It doesn’t matter how motivated you are on January 1st, seeing things through to the end can be tough.

Avoid becoming another New Year’s statistic by using these motivation-boosting strategies.

1. SMART goals

Applying the acronym SMART to your fitness goals makes your resolutions more concrete and quantifiable, so you are more likely to reach them.

S – specific. It’s not enough to say you want to get fit or lose weight; be more specific. How much weight, how much fitter? Giving yourself a clearly-defined target to aim for significantly increases your chances of success.

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The Benefits Of A Couples Workout

Working out on a regular basis is beneficial by itself, but believe it or not, according to recent studies, working out with your romantic partner brings you into a whole new field of benefits. From reduced stress, better overall health and boosted confidence to strengthening your relationship and connecting even more with the one you love.

 “Relationships and fitness go hand in hand,” says Amy Baglan, CEO and founder of MeetMindful.com. “They are both hard work but well worth it. A romantic relationship that is worth something is always going to be hard work, just like getting in shape and becoming healthier require time and effort.”

Baglan also explained that if you approach your relationships the same way you approach your fitness goals, there’s significant potential for you and your partner to form

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3 Weight Training Myths For Women

Womens bodybuilding

For decades, a majority of men have discovered the many benefits of weight lifting for getting in shape and ensuring one’s overall health. However, very few women have yet to start strength training. In a survey conducted in 20,000 gyms across the UK, it was found that while cardio usage was equally split between men and women, only 7% of free weight users are female. Fear of getting bulky and other misconceptions are causing women to shy away from the free weights room, that’s why it’s important to debunk these myths once and for all and find out how strength training can be beneficial to a woman’s health.

The surprising benefits of weight training

We’re all familiar with how weight training can give you strong and toned muscles,

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