I’ll admit it—I’m vain. So when I put on my summer tank tops a few months ago and noticed the dreaded "batwings" growing on the back of my arms, I panicked. I was too young to have my arms jiggling when I moved! I had to d... Read more
Think you’re too old to start a strength training program? Well think again! Strength training is just what your body needs to fight the loss of muscle, bone mass and strength that comes with age.
Everyone, no matter how young or old, shou... Read more
Remember when you were a kid and claimed that your dog ate your homework, when really you just didn't get around to writing your book report? Of course, your teacher knew you were fibbing. While most of us are past blaming the dog instead of taki... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Every movement we make—from walking to driving—involves our muscles. Muscles are unique. They have the ability to relax, contract, and... Read more
Pop quiz: Can you name the most important muscle in your body? Nope, it's not your abs, hamstrings or triceps. It's your heart!
The human heart is an amazing muscle, capable of pumping about five quarts of blood throughout the body every... Read more
So I am trying to figure out an optimal workout schedule. My idea right now is to do three days of 1 hour cardio sessions and 3 days of weights/muscle training sessions each week, with a day of rest. I would alternate the cardio days and the... Read more
Strength training is the best. Yes I mean lifting weights, bench pressing, squats with barbell, deadlifts, etc. It is very effective on weight loss. Only disadvantage is that it gets you hungry. #girlwholifts... Read more
Strength Training on the Go.When I am at work, I take strength training breaks twice a day.In the bathroom, I do 2 reps of wall push-ups, 2 reps of wall rocking (chair rocking without the chair), wall squats, standing adduction and standing abductio... Read more
I used to have trouble working strength training into my schedule. When making tea, I used to put the water on, go sit down and wait for the water to boil, get up, pour the water into the teapot, set the timer, go sit down and wait for the tea to br... Read more
As a member of the Baby Boomer generation, each year I edge a little closer to those wonderful golden years. In just a little over six months I will be celebrating my 50th birthday, a milestone I am eager to reach, after all how can I complain when I... Read more
If you are concerned about how many calories you burn during strength training, chances are that you are actively trying to lose weight (or might want to ensure you are eating enough to support strength training without losing additional weight). Alt... Read more
Hello all. I had a great strength training session w/ my trainer. The workout was back heavy and boy do I feel it today. After the workout I did 20 mins of hill intervals on the recumbent bike. Luckily though, after my workout, I went home, took a sh... Read more
Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 Strength Training program is a good program; but, with just 4-compound routines; one a day 4-days a week was just not aggressive enough for my goals.
So after 1-month on his program I switched back to Bret Contraras' 2x4 Str... Read more
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