Category Archives: Exercise

What Is The Core

What is the core? I see a lot of people at the gym claim to work out their core when they actually are working out their abs. So what exactly is the core? Simply put, the core is the group of muscles that connects your upper body (head, chest, shoulders, and arms) to your lower body (legs and feet). It consists of the abs, the obliques (the sides of your abs) the lower back, hip flexors and your glutes (butt). The core is a lot more than just a six-pack and its function is a lot more complex than just looking good on the beach. Whenever you lift something off the ground or you throw somethin…

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The Drawbacks Of Conventional Weight Training Split Routines

By now you must have gotten a pretty good idea that I am a proponent of strength or weight or resistance training. Having been doing some form of resistance training since my 20’s I have always been drawn to lifting weights over, say, running on the treadmill (although at one point in my life I was addicted to running). But I have always stuck to conventional methods of training perpetuated by the bodybuilding community.  In the past few years, thanks partly to CrossFit, I got interested in the Olympic style of weight training or functional strength training and realized it was much more…

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Best Ways To Boost Metabolism

Here is an article from health.com about the best ways to boost your metabolism.
The most noteworthy tips are:
1) Strength train with intensity to build muscle. Go HIIT!
2) Eat protein to preserve and build lean muscle mass (the best fat burner of all).
3) Eat protein for increased food thermogenesis preferably early in the morning.
4) Eat healthy fats. Healthy fats promote fat burning in the liver by recycling old fat.

WHAT IS BEST FOR FAT LOSS: CARDIO OR HIGH INTENSITY TRAINING

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

Before I begin I would like to mention to all the readers and my friends who love running marathons and do the century bike rides that they continue what they are doing because it is commendable and requires a lot of discipline to do what they do and is very healthy to do so. In this article I am only making an attempt at clarifying the purported benefits of cardio for fat loss.

So, what is best for fat loss? Long duration low intensity aerobic or short duration high intensity anaerobic training? Most of us think it has to be the former because that’s what we have b…

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THE ULTIMATE BODY WEIGHT EXERCISE – BURPEE

Sounds like an aftermath of a full meal, eh? Actually burpee is a form of body weight exercise that recruits the most amount of muscle in a single exercise. If you recall from my earlier posts, I am a proponent of full body exercises or compound movements as opposed to isolation movements. An example of a compound movement is the squat. The squat recruits all the muscles of your legs (front and back) and your posterior chain (butt and lower back). Percentage wise it recruits almost 70% of your body’s muscles. On the other hand an isolation movement like the crunches only recruits the abdominal…

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