Many of us seek the iconic six-pack abs—and to achieve this, we perform a thousand crunches per day. Others want big arms to fill out their t-shirts and bicep curl until the dumbbells fall out of their hands. Or perhaps we're after a toned butt and thusly start walking around with an exercise band around … Continue reading The Great Irony of the “Spot Reduction” Myth
Why do we train? Some do it to look better. Others do it to be more functional at their job or in daily life. Some do it for physical health purposes. But what about our mental health? Those who work out consistently long-term readily understand the benefits of regular training, both physically and mentally. If … Continue reading Even Moderate Training Can Help With Anxiety and Depression, Studies Show
Running, while a popular activity and good cardio, can be notoriously hard on the joints. And a running injury can affect people's training for weeks, if not months. For decades, researchers have studied the biomechanics of runners to understand how to minimize injury. Most of that research has looked at vertical forces through the leg … Continue reading Change Your Running Gait to Minimize Risk of Injury
Some of the world's best tennis players grunt almost religiously on their big hits. Often distinct, its nuances reflected in the type of shot, the grunt was an extension of the player; a piece of their personality—one which critics have claimed is unnecessary and a tarnish on an otherwise quiet, gentlemanly sport. Studies, however, … Continue reading Hiyah! The Performance Advantage of Grunting in Sports
Powerful legs are an indispensable tool in any athlete's kit, regardless of the sport they play. From golf to football to MMA, a player's performance benefits from a lower body capable of explosive movements. And, yes, it helps with traditional lifting in the gym, too. Most people start building leg power through heavy barbell squats … Continue reading How to Develop Fast, Powerful, Explosive Legs
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?