While lower body work is often a majority of most athletes' training volume, the upper body is of similar importance. There is a great variety of muscles in the upper body, each serving a purpose (or several) and deserving of attention in the gym—which means doing more than vanity-weight bench presses and bicep curls in … Continue reading 3 Upper Body Exercises No Workout Routine is Complete Without
Losing weight—fat, specifically—is a common goal for many, especially as summer approaches. Being within a normal weight range not only allows you to look good, boosting confidence, but also staves off potential health concerns; obesity is linked to increased chances of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, among other issues. Getting healthy is always an admirable … Continue reading What’s More Important When Losing Weight: Diet or Exercise?
Running is still the most commonly associated activity with cardio—but, for many, it's not the optimal route. Running, especially on older treadmills and pavement outside, can be hard on the joints, especially the knees and hips. And while many find it quite enjoyable, for others running is a total bore, which means they are less … Continue reading Save Your Joints With These Five Low-Impact Cardio Alternatives
Caffeine. Have you heard of it? Many of us consume this precious resource daily, often via coffee or tea, and increasingly via energy drinks and supplements. However you get caffeine into your system, the effect is the same: this central nervous system stimulant is best known for increasing alertness. That alone is reason enough for … Continue reading Four Reasons Everyone Should Consume Caffeine Regularly
Abs, they say, are made in the kitchen. True? Absolutely. The rectus abdominis—that so-called "six pack" we all chase ahead of beach season—doesn't have high potential for hypertrophy. This means that, regardless of how intense your core work is, your abs will never experience the same level of growth as, say, your legs or back. If … Continue reading Earn Your Abs Without Giving Up the Pizza: This is The Best Way to Diet
You've probably heard it before. Now you'll hear it again: in an efficient training program, recovery is as important as working out. Why do you keep hearing this? Because it's true. The Cycle of Training The salience of sufficient recovery lies in a fundamental idea of training progress: to become stronger and faster, we must … Continue reading How to Optimize Your Training Program with Smart Recovery
The Rider was written by Tim Krabbé in 1978, and, although not translated to English for decades after, is now considered a must-read among cyclists. One review for British daily The Guardian went so far as to suggest that "nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing." (Madly enough, this … Continue reading Five Quotes from Tim Krabbé’s “The Rider” Every Athlete Can Learn From