Cardio At Home

Great advice, I love the fact I don’t need to run these days, working out at home using these exercises burns way more fat than running does give it a try , maybe swap it around and do a bit of both, that will help keep things interesting.   Although running always promises a good workout, there are others ways to get a cardio kick. For your next workout, try giving the treadmill a rest for alternative moves like jumping jacks and squats. With no equipment needed, these exercises can be done at home and will increase your heart rate, tone your body, and get you out of a running rut. Give this list a shot and get ready to sweat! Via : http://www.fitsugar.com/Cardio-Workouts-Without-Running-32359627...

Effective Exercise Programs – How To Lift More

Doing the same old exercises time and time again in the gym can lead to a plateau…not to mention it gets really boring. Modifying exercises every 3-4 weeks keeps your workouts fresh and ensures that you’re constantly seeing progress. However, too much change can be a bad thing. Constantly changing exercises every workout can prevent your body from ever adapting to a stimulus and halt any progress. The key is finding the right balance to maximize your program. Ideally, the modification or alternative exercise will still work the same type of motion or movement pattern but in a slightly different manner. This will ensure that your body still gains strength in a certain move, but the exercise is different enough to spur huge gains. Each week, look for a new exercise alternative to spice up your favorites, prevent boredom, and mix up your routine to avoid plateaus. This week, we’ll switch out the barbell curl with a drag curl. The Old: Barbell Curl The New: Drag Curl How To Do It: Use a traditional barbell, but for beginners, use a cable set up. Stand in front of two cable pulleys at ground height. Grab one handle in each hand and step forward in a lunge stance so that your hands are extending behind your body. Set your shoulders back and assume a tall posture. Keeping the handles close to your body, curl the weight up “dragging” it just in front of your torso. Keep your elbows behind your body at all times throughout the move. The Difference: By locking your elbows into place, all of the work is focused...

How Much Exercise Should You Do?

via mensfitness.com The science behind fitness and health is wild, crazy and ever changing. One minute a study supports a particular claim, then next it’s the worst thing you could humanly do to or for yourself. Sometimes you’ll even find the same questions looming around the industry with mixed reviews, perspectives and findings. In efforts to calm the madness, each week here at MensFitness.com we’ll scour the Internet, tap into forums and ask our friends on Facebook and Twitter about what question in fitness we can get some firm answers to.   This week, we explain how much you should be working out. Q: How often should I train per week for different goals?   A: Whether you want to put on size, cut down and get lean, add strength, or just maintain, the amount of times per week that you train can be a direct correlate to your results. As a general baseline, if you’re looking for any sort of results, I’d strongly recommend that you don’t spend any less than three days per week in the weight room. You won’t be accomplishing anything by training less than this, and your weekly training volume will simply be too low, which won’t have lasting effects on strength, muscle volume, or caloric burn. But let’s get more specific.   When training for fat loss and cutting, focus on doing 3 to 4 workouts per week. Fat loss workout programs often involve total body training, large movements, and a lot of energy expenditure to kick start the metabolism. That’s a lot of effort, and can run your energy stores thin if you don’t...

Something different – Hoop Dance Fitness

Instructor: Kristina Sutcliffe, of Lyons, has been hula-hooping for more than five years and teaching for four. She regularly travels to retreats across the United States and continues to learn. She has a bachelor’s in modern dance from the University of Colorado and also teaches Zumba. She runs O Dance studio and teaches hoop throughout Boulder County. What is the workout? Hoop Dance Fitness is a low-impact, aerobic, dance-based, fitness class that uses hula-hoops to get you moving and sweating. It is designed to expand your range of motion, strengthen and tone your muscles, get you active and open your minds to learn something new (thereby creating new neuropathways in the brain). The format of each class depends on who is there. In my class, we learned a few tricks and transitions and then played with music. The various moves were broken up into three different difficulty levels, so the class accommodated beginners, like me, up to advanced students. “We use playfulness to integrate it with your body, and that’s when the heart rate goes up,” Sutcliffe says.   What’s different:  “Most movement is so linear, and in this, we incorporate the spiral direction,” Sutcliffe says. “For people who are avid bicyclists or swimmers, shake it up a little bit. It’s great cross-training.” We also used the right and left sides of our body equally — which totally freaked my left hand out, when for the first time in 33 years, I asked it to participate in the world. When she asked us to spin the hoop on our left hand, I stood there for about five minutes trying...

Start A Fitness Regime At Home

Increasing your fitness level is a great goal. It may seem difficult if you have not exercised regularly, but you can achieve it with the right information. The fitness tips here are going to assist you in reaching your fitness goals. This will make you healthier and make life more enjoyable! Don’t focus on just using crunches to strengthen your abdomen. Through university studies, it has been shown that 250,000 crunches only burns a pound of fat. Simply doing only crunches means that you aren’t getting as much of a workout as you need. Vary your abdominal exercises for superior results. Grow your own garden. Gardening is a great workout. Weeding, digging, and being on your knees working the soil is required for a good garden. Gardening is only one thing that can be done at home in order to stay in shape. Resistance training will build muscle and shape your body. Strength training is a great way to increase your metabolism. This means your basal metabolic rate will be higher. Be sure you give each muscle group a day of rest before working it again. Daily exercise is the most tried and true path to fitness. Doing this means that there is a purpose to your hard work. It’s best when you begin working out on a daily basis. You will want lighter exercise on occasion so that you can provide adequate rest for your body. When you are working out, wear comfy clothing. At some gyms you may find are more like fashion shows than a place to exercise, and you may feel pressure to dress accordingly....

Rock Climbing 101 –

  Chelsea Piers Although I always enjoy a good cardio workout, I often steer clear of strength training. That’s because it’s probably my biggest weakness, fitness-wise, so I know I should do more strength training–not less. Thankfully, I’ve recently discovered rock climbing, which provides a great workout for both your arms and legs. It also helps to improve flexibility (another weak spot for me). And even though it seems pretty stationary compared to say, running, after climbing for a few hours you’ll definitely break into a sweat (and burn over 700 calories an hour!). I had my first rock climbing experience at Chelsea Piers in NYC where I tried belaying, a technique in which you wear a climber’s harness and a partner helps prevent you from falling too far. I would love to say that I mastered every climb, but the truth is I was utterly exhausted after three hours, and had to repel back down halfway through my last climb. But I did learn a lot, and, now that I (sort of) know what I’m doing, I’m determined to go back and try again, and maybe even try bouldering, which is rock climbing without the rope and harness. Here are a few facts and tips I picked up along the way: Knots matter. Before I could even start climbing up the wall, I was given thorough training instructions on how to tie a figure eight knot. This is what secures the climber’s harness to the climbing rope, so it’s important to master this one! Be aware of numbers. Rock walls aren’t colorful just for fun. The colors indicate...