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5 Shortcuts to Sculpt Your Body Fast

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  • The 2-4 count is why I quit doing this training class at the Y. Everything was done to loud music and way too fast. I felt like I was slinging the weights around more than carefully lifting them. - 5/21/2012 1:17:19 PM
    at 71 i have worked out forever. i have done everything. none of it's easy. i work out 6 days a week. i stick to a program about 4 to 6 weeks before changing it. 3 days a week i ride the exercise cycle for 15 minutes, 1 minute as hard as i can go, 1 minute moderate speed. i then do 9 yoga stretching exercises. next is 20 minutes of interval training with db, kettlebells, and jakes tower. i do another 9 stretching/yoga exercises. the other 3 days i do the 15 minute ride and then 33 yoga/stretching exercises. i have been within 10 lbs of the same weight for 30 years, with 13% fat. no matter what anybody says, it's not easy and it gets harder every year. - 5/21/2012 10:56:36 AM
  • SHIRLEY1103
    This article should have explained the concentric phase of muscle work is contraction or shortening of the muscle. Eccentric is elongating of the muscle. For example, when one does a bicep curl, you are contracting the bicep, but elongating the triceps muscle. To isolate & sculpt certain muscles you should be aware of contraction/concentric or elongating/eccentric movement and time them as such for a enhanced benefit. - 5/21/2012 10:33:20 AM
  • I hate these types of articles that assume everyone can go to a gym. This type of advise helps only a small segment of society. The gym isn't the answer to America's obesity and inactivity epidemic. - 5/21/2012 8:37:13 AM
    Turn up your tunes is contrary to the advice I received. The ear is a delicate organ. Be careful! I already have ringing in the ear. You really don't want it. - 5/21/2012 8:05:10 AM
  • When I use the elliptical at the gym, I always use a variable resistance program. It has 12 segments, so I set the timer to 24 minutes - each segment is 2 minutes. Then to add variety, I do 2 minutes forward, then the next 2 min segment is done moving my legs backwards. This not only ups the resistance, but it works different muscles. Going backwards on the elliptical is a lot harder, especially with the added resistance. When I finish the 24 minutes, I do 5 minutes of cooldown, then move over to the treadmill. Every other session, I add the weight machines. - 5/21/2012 2:26:44 AM
  • I liked most of these suggestions and I always listen to music when I work out, but the advice to turn the music up may be motivating it will be harmful to your hearing. I actually set a maximum volume on my ipod with my computer in itunes so that I am not tempted to turn my ipod up too loud. Particularly with the in ear headphones that come with an ipod it is very easy to listen too loud and damage your hearing. - 5/14/2012 7:59:24 AM
  • I have done some interval training at the club - and it really makes a difference. I cannot "run" on the treadmill like some of those younger gals, but I can definitely speed it up in intervals. Great article!!
    barb - 3/20/2012 2:13:26 PM
    Thank you for this great article. After I read it, I went to the gym and tried interval training on the Elliptical Trainer. I warmed-up for 5-minutes, then I did 1 minute at a very fast pace, then did 3 minutes at a more casual pace. I did this for 25 minutes! It was great! I have been doing the Elliptical for a few months now and today was by fat the best workout I had on it! - 3/20/2012 2:03:27 PM
  • Another one to save to my "Favorites." Thanks! - 3/20/2012 9:36:42 AM
    Thanks for an interesting article, I will give the 2-4 count a try later today! - 3/20/2012 9:24:59 AM
  • Really enjoyed this article. I workout at home and can easily see how I can add in the super sets and the music! - 3/20/2012 7:53:31 AM
  • Now I know why... I do a circuit training video put out by Crunch called CardioSculpt. They use both the 2-4, and the superset, without labeling them or giving the reason why. Now I know! - 12/19/2011 3:20:55 PM
    The 2-4 count and supersets are new ideas for me and I can't wait to try them. Thanks, Jason! - 12/11/2010 12:39:49 PM
  • Awesome article!!!! Full of gold nugget info :) - 12/11/2010 11:17:43 AM

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