Women Working Out in the Weight Room

Some women have a fear of the weight room at their gym. Many women and personal trainers as well believe that if a woman works out in the weight room they will end up with a bulky manly physique. Myths like this are giving resistance training a bad name.

As personal trainers we have to remember that men and women are physiologically different. Men in fact increase muscle mass due to testosterone. While it is true that women also secrete and deliver testosterone just like men do, women do it at slower rates and much less volume.

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This slower and lower dose of testosterone allows women to build a more tone and lean muscle while also increasing metabolism to aid in weight loss. Most women start an exercise program to lose weight and look better, but there is more to it than this. Resistance training has many benefits that will help women’s health, both now and in the future. Looking good is great, but exercise can do so much more for a women’s long-term health. Resistance training may also decrease day-to-day stresses from our fast paced lifestyles.

Stress is a very dangerous and often overlooked factor that can lead to decreased motivation and eventual increase in body fat. Studies have shown that proper exercise can cut stress dramatically. Another often overlooked health issue for women is bone mineral density (BMD). Because of a higher level of estrogen, women are at a higher risk of low bone mineral density than men. A consistent resistance training program can increase BMD in women and dramatically reduce the possibility of osteopenia and/or osteoporosis. A well planned resistance training program can also help posture, balance, flexibility and stability for all ages. These are all very important daily and long-term health.

Cardio vs. Weight Training

Anaerobic exercise may lead to to an increase of metabolism, but aerobic exercise is important too. Aerobic training is very important for the cardiovascular system (“heart health”). Some people have trouble combining cardio and resistance training. First, if the trainee wants to increase power and strength than including cardio exercises can make all the difference. This is because of an increase in the muscle capillary density, increased number of mitochondria, and a possible change in fiber type.

Additionally, if a trainee that wants to increase their aerobic power can do this by combining both cardio workouts with resistance training. This will allow for an increase in aerobic power due to an increase in VO^2 Max. VO^2 Max is the amount of oxygen exchange within a muscle for adequately supplying and keeping the muscle cells functioning properly.

For weight management and exercise in general, the goal is to combine both types of exercise by using circuit training. Circuit training will allow a trainee to increase their aerobic and anaerobic power by incorporating moderate to high intensity exercises with resistance training. This will keep your heart rate up and increase your metabolic rate.

Resistance Training Program Design For Women

A proper program design is specific to the person being trained. Each trainee will begin at different levels based on their condition, so a custom tailored exercise program is very important. Each exercise program should begin with some sort of active warm-up regime to help stimulate proper muscle activation for your workout.

To circuit train effectively, three to four multi-muscle, functional workouts are grouped together to optimize your heart rate and aerobic and anaerobic power output. Between 2 to 4 sets and 10 to 15 reps of approximately 3 or 4 exercises are performed in a continuous cycle with little rest (30 seconds to 1 minute after completing each cycle of the 3 to 4 exercises).

Each group of three to four exercises may primarily target different areas of the body. After the warm-up, the first group of exercises may focus on legs. The second group may focus on the upper body, and the third may focus on the core muscles. This exercise structure can help save time and effort with a busy schedule and may also maximize overall fitness results. Ending each workout with a form of static stretching may also be a good idea. Static stretching after exercise can keep the joints from getting too tight.

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Workout Routines – Do You Know the Techniques The Pros Use?

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Bodybuilders want to increase their muscle size and define it as much as they can. In order to do this, they have to follow special workout routines and special diets to help them maximize their bodybuilding capabilities. A perfect diet would not be complete without a workout to go with it so it is important to focus on both aspects.

If you want to build your body, it is important that your workouts do thee two things – increase strength and muscle mass and cause you to lose body fat to define muscles. These are done in two stages and cannot be rushed. If you are preparing for a competition, give yourself enough time, and be patient and disciplined.

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If you are a beginner, you would want to focus on increasing your overall fitness level. This can be achieved by converting most of your body fat into muscle mass. You would do this by doing a combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise.

At the start, you will do general strength training so you can do your workout routines better because it will teach you proper form. Cardiovascular exercises increase your heart level and helps increase your endurance so you are able to last longer during your exercises. It will also decrease your body fat and help define muscle later on.

Next, you would want to move on to heavier weights and increase your reps. If you don’t, you will encounter a plateau because your body has adapted to your routine and you will no longer lose weight and become stronger. You can find programs that detail when you will increase your weights or the number of reps but your best gauge would be your body and how you feel- if you no longer feel pain after your workouts, your body is no longer challenged. You must be very careful because there is a “good pain” and a “bad pain” which can hurt your health.

It is important to note that lifting lighter weights for more reps will build muscle endurance and lifting heavier weights for one to three reps will build muscle size. Even if you only want to get big and strong, you still need muscle endurance to help you get through your workout routines. The key here is variety and mixing up your weight training program.

When you have gained considerable muscle mass, it might not necessarily show up yet. During these stages, you would need to lose body fat in order for them to be defined. You would have to go back to cardiovascular exercises while still performing some weight training so you don’t lose muscle mass.

Essential Warm-Up Exercises for Effective Work-Outs

Both static and dynamic stretching exercises are known to greatly assist in reducing the chance of serious injury before doing a workout or playing sports, but are they really necessary to maximize performance?

In fact, can we question why the warm-up is really required at all, and if it is, what are the aspects to look at when completing the warm-up regime?

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So really, what does a warm-up actually do for a person?

Well, engaging in a warm-up routine does just what it says it will – it warms your body, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles in preparation for a sporting or exercise activity. And if you think about this, it also helps with anti-ageing.

You can argue that increasing the body’s internal temperature should be good enough to play sports or exercise safely, but this is not necessarily effective as preparation for any intense physical behavior. By completing warm-up exercises you will be increasing the temperature of your muscles and loosening them which in turn increases flexibility.

The loosening of the body’s muscles and dilation of the blood vessels contributes to a greater amount of blood flow throughout your body. This assists in oxygenating the muscles and removal of damaging waste products.

Upon completing these warm-ups you will notice that you are more supple, flexible and show a reduced level of stiffness. This lowers your resistance to certain sporting movements and lowers the chance of injury, specifically muscle tearing.

Further advantages of good warm-ups include an elevated heart rate, strengthened respiratory capacity and positive metabolic level. You will also notice that the nutrients delivered to your muscles assist in lubrication of your joints and prepare you for future work-out sessions.

This increases your resilience and resistance to any cartilage tearing and associated injuries.

Irrespective of the type of sport you will be playing, having a healthy and fit cardiovascular system is essential to your performance; as is flexible joints and muscles to a lower risk of potentially irreparable injury. By completing a 10 to 15 minute warm-up session, that includes both dynamic and static stretching exercises, you can ensure a safer and stronger sporting experience.

There are various types of stretching exercises that can be completed and it is recommended that the area of your focus be specific to the sport you will be playing.

For example, if you are planning on jogging a long distance then you should warm up with a brisk walk; however, if you are planning on playing tennis or golf, you should complete a warm-up activity focusing on low-impact swings.

As the warm-up regime continues so will the speed and intensity of the movements.

This helps you prepare physically for your sporting activity, particularly with regards to your cardio and lung system. It will also prepare you mentally for any high performance activities.

As with any high-impact activity, it is important that you do not push yourself to the point of injury. The idea of a warm-up is to prepare the body for activities, not to perform one.

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How To Design A Good Workout Routine To Build Muscle Mass

A good workout routine should be no more than an hour in length, because after an hour, the “fight or flight” hormone cortisol is released by the body and it inhibits muscle growth.

When designing your own routines, first decide what your goals are. Your goals should be specific, not vague generic goals like “I want to get bigger”, or “I want to add muscle”.

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The more specific the goal, the more likely you are to hold yourself accountable, and therefore the more likely you are to succeed.

Examples could be to gain a certain amount of muscular bodyweight within a certain time frame, or to increase a major lift to a new personal best in a set time frame. The goal should always be set against a time frame, as this will help you keep on track.

Lets say you decide to gain 10 lbs. of muscle in three months as an example.

Having decided on the goal, the next step is to decide what is a good workout routine that will enable you to achieve your objective.

The priority is building muscle, so you’ll want to use the exercises that build the most amount of muscle, which invariably means the major compound exercises like the squat and the dead lift.

I’d bet money that if you asked any major competitive bodybuilder what was the cornerstone of a good workout routine, they’d say the dead lift or the squat.

If you’re able to train both movements hard and progressively and still recover well then terrific, but most of us may find that having both movements in a single routine is too much hard work.

Both exercises can be built up to the stage where you’re moving twice and even three times your own bodyweight. This is desirable because lifting big is a vital part of a good workout routine, but know that it can be very demanding work.

My suggestion is to find out which of those two exercises suit you best, and then work as hard as possible on the chosen movement.

Uppermost in your thinking should be safety – especially if you train at home, you must be sure that you can arrange an excellent safety set up, and this may influence your choice. For example, the squat exercise will require a power rack, or at the very least a pair of squat stands, so that you can dump the bar in safety if you fail on a rep.

The dead lift does not need a power rack, so in this circumstance it may be a wiser choice. If you can do each movement in complete safety it is simply a matter of which one suits your body structure the best.

Having a major mass building lower body exercise is an integral part of a good bodybuilding routine, because your legs and back form a very large part of your overall body muscle mass, and the fastest way to build your body up is to focus on the large leg and back musculature.

Now let’s look at the upper body. This is of vital importance, but even more important is to always pay your dues on leg training, as this will make your body grow all over.

For upper body, a mix of pulling and pushing movements should be used in order to get stronger in pushing and pulling strength.

  • For pushing movements choose from bench press, overhead press and chin up.
  • For pulling movements choose from chin up, one arm dumbbell row, and the shrug.

Because the upper body exercises don’t recruit as much muscle as the lower body exercises, you can afford to have more of them in your bodybuilding routine, but make sure that your workouts don’t drag on for too long as mentioned at the beginning of the article.

You will need one or two smaller exercises like the calf raise and an abs exercise, but don’t add too many small exercises or it will hamper overall progress.

Two short but demanding workouts a week based on major compound lifts, good food and plenty of rest and sleep is the secret to big, fast gains in muscle.

I Just Started Working Out, Why Am I Gaining Weight?

So you’ve just signed up for a membership at your local gym, or you just began working with a trainer, but after the first two weeks you get on the scale and realize that you’re a pound or two heavier. What’s going on? Well first of all, if you have a trainer I’m sure he or she has told you to stay off the scale.

Time and time again as fitness professionals we find ourselves locked in battle with the treacherous scale as people obsess over weight instead of the stuff that really matters i.e., body fat, girth measurements and how your clothes fit.

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So first things first, throw that scale out the window. Whether you gain weight or not has a significant amount to do with many factors, including body type and nutrition.

At Wonderfully Fit, we begin an assessment with a basic test, which is used to measure body fat versus lean mass, resting metabolism (# of calories needed to sustain your current muscle mass without moving) and average metabolic rate (# of calories that should be consumed by your body on average during an active day. When you begin to lift weights, your body which is now stimulated by heavier loads establishes new links between your brain and muscle. Your body begins to recruit more muscle and this increases its demands for energy.

It is this increase in demand that makes you feel hungrier than normal and it represents a change in your metabolism. This is a very critical time for you as you must now make better choices on what to consume and when to consume it, in order to meet the demands of increased muscle activity. The problem that many personal trainers find is that their clients will begin to use this newly revved up metabolism as a sort of credit card which affords them the luxury of eating junk food.

This is however counterproductive to your goals of fat and weight loss and most people will experience weight gain if this is not monitored carefully. This is a time where you have a chance to combine your training with lower calorie, high nutritional value foods and get the most out of your metabolism. At Wonderfully Fit, we encourage our clients to eat often, but to make sure that you’re eating quality foods.

Not only is nutrition a key reason for why you may be gaining weight, but consider this; Muscle is about 70% water and when you work out more; your body’s response places a higher demand for consumption of more water. Also in response to weight training your body needs to prepare itself for heavier loads. One of the ways it does this is to increase surface area by hydrating the muscle fibers in order to increase surface area and provide higher power outputs.

Your lean mass includes muscle, bone and organs. Weight bearing activity stimulates muscle growth and stimulates an increase in bone density. These two things can easily cause significant weight gain within the first couple of months. This is where it is important to have a look at girth measurements and body fat. Muscle is heavier and denser than fat and as more muscle is stimulated, the body’s ability to burn fat increases, which sometimes results in a loss of inches with an overall gain of weight.

Similar to the old saying, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”. Exercise doesn’t make you fat, the choices a person makes, makes that person fat.

At Wonderfully Fit, we believe it’s about changing your lifestyle and by”lifestyle” we mean changing the way your body moves, looks and feels; changing the fuel that you run on and giving you the confidence to take on any challenge.

The take home messages are clear. Throw out the scale and focus on getting stronger and increasing your metabolism by moving more and eating right. The rest will fall into place over time. Rome was not built in a day and your body took years to get this far; sometimes 10, 20 or 30+. The process of reprogramming your body is not an overnight miracle, but a life-long commitment to change.

From an excerpt of Maya Angelou, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude”. Realize that your trainer or fitness coach is there to assist you in reaching your goals, as well as support you along your journey to change. We give you the tools to succeed, but it just may be that your attitude towards food, nutrition and exercise are the only thing holding you back from a better you.

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Mass Building Routines To Build Muscle

You might just be an individual that dedicates yourself to succeeding with your goals. You may also be an individual that commits yourself in the gym in the hopes of packing on some pounds. All the same, if you aren’t getting the results that you believe you should be getting, then you may have to start looking at what you are doing in a little more detail.

You need to look inside for some answers, if you want to figure out what is holding you back. Number one, is the quantity of food you eat sufficient for muscle gains? Secondly, are your workout routines designed for your body type? Number three, do you want to stay as lean as possible while trying to gain muscle?

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These questions are important and is what this article is all about. To help create a pathway to your goals we will now look at these questions a little closer. Cool, let’s do this…

Eating is Something You Must Learn to Love

This may sound funny or maybe even conflicting, if you are looking for how to gain mass the healthy way. Keep this in mind, that if your metabolism is fast and you think you are eating enough food, yet your weight has not changed at all, then I think you may need to increase it some more my friend lol. I know it sounds crazy, yet there are some tricks and tips to make it easier for you. You must learn to take a smarter approach and find some quality foods with higher calories. Things like olive oil, nuts, and other good oils contain massive of amounts of calories and they also offer other muscle building properties.

I believe that this part is one of the hardest things to accomplish, if you are a skinny guy with a high metabolism. It takes time to prepare all these foods, time to eat the foods and money to buy the foods. Heck, if this was the easiest thing to accomplish, then everyone would be walking around like superheros wouldn’t they?

Working Out for Your Body Type

You will never find one workout that is totally better than all the rest. This should be something you fully understand. Still, every workout routine will have a different impact on each person that uses it. Mostly this is dealing with the differences in each person’s body style and also the weaknesses that are related to them. Well if you are looking for workout routines that build muscle then you have to make sure to choose one made for your particular body-type. It makes little difference if you are an ectomorph, endomorph or mesomorph; there are specific ways of working out for each body style that will give you the most bang for the buck.

For instance, if you are a skinny ectomorph trying to build some muscle, then working out the way the pro bodybuilders do will probably hurt you more than help you. That will just end up leaving you frustrated by your lack of gains and probably worse, wounded.

So if you are scrawny, choose power exercises in your routines like back squats and deadlifts. Make sure you keep your workout time down and not too many days a week. Make sure what you do is what is best for you and your body type.

Do I Care About Putting on a Little Fat?

I know you want to gain muscle, yet are you hesitant to put on some extra fat too? Make sure to ask yourself this because this could determine the results that you get. It is possible to burn fat and build muscle, nonetheless, it is not the simplest thing to do and you won’t be able to build quite as much mass either. In order to make sure you are sending enough rebuilding nutrients to your muscles, it is only natural to gain a little fat with the process. Muscle is not the easiest thing to create, so if you are worrying about gaining fat, then this might be affecting your mass gains.

Do not take it the wrong way, adding tons of fat is not on the agenda. Gaining a little bit is okay as long as you are gaining way more muscle than you are fat. It is always possible to burn the fat later after you gained the quality muscle. So if your goal is to build as much muscle mass as possible, you should really not worry too much about gaining a little fat with it. If the amount of fat starts rising too fast then simply cut your calories a little bit until you get it back to the right level.

I hope this article has helped make a couple areas more clear. You may have overlooked a few of these points, but now you know and now all that is left is to succeed.

My 3 Best Motivation Tips To Get You Started Working Out (Again)

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The reason I hear most often for people not working out is lack of motivation. Yes, there are hundreds of ways to get and stay motivated from your doctor telling you that you have high blood pressure to that upcoming Florida vacation or class reunion.

Today I’m going to give you my 3 best motivation tips. If you actually put these tips to work you’ll surprise yourself how quickly you become motivated to workout.

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Tip#1: Go shopping for new clothes

I know you’re probably saying to yourself, “What? I hate the way I look and shopping for clothes is only going to remind me of it. How is that going to motivate me?” Well, being reminded of it is reason in itself, but I meant to go shopping for new workout clothes. Buy just ONE really nice fitness outfit that you’ll look forward to wearing and ONLY wear it to your work outs. Then set a short-term goal like “If I don’t miss a workout this week I’ll go buy another outfit on the weekend.”

Tip#2: Get yourself fired-up… every day

You can’t hit a target you can’t see. Visualization is used by the top performers in every field. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it doesn’t have to take long and WOW does it get you revved up to take action! It only takes a minute or two a day. That’s it. In fact the more you do it, the less time it takes. Here’s what to do:

Take minute and in your mind’s eye see yourself with your best body (not somebody else’s, yours). See yourself looking in the mirror wearing your favorite dress or jeans. Make it vivid – see the colors, hear the usual noises in your house. Let that feeling of confidence and excitement flow through you – don’t hold anything back – just let yourself feel.

Don’t believe me? Think it’s a bunch of “new age” hooey? All I have to say is – Try it (nobody has to know). Set your smartphone timer to 2 minutes. (It’s best to use an audible timer so you don’t keep breaking your concentration by looking at the time). Close your eyes and try the visualization technique I just described and stay focused until the timer goes off. If your mind wanders start again. It gets easier with practice.

Tip# 3: Tell the world your plans

Here’s your chance to use Facebook, LinkedIn and all the people on your e-mail list for something more than sharing pictures of your cat or forwarding bad jokes. Tell everyone you know that you’ve started on this fitness lifestyle that includes working out every day and eating better. Post pictures and results (even bad ones). Funny, it’s the bad ones that motivate me even more. Then invite everyone to check in on you. Peer pressure works, use it to your advantage. Plus your good friends will help you by not tempting you with bad food and bad habits.

Bonus Tip: Stop the scale “routine”

The surest way to kill your motivation is to continually step on the scale. If getting on the scale is part of your daily routine – stop it now! Your weight fluctuates for a thousand different reasons every day. It’s very unlikely you’ll lose weight in a perfectly straight downward line. But this doesn’t mean you should give up. Every single person I’ve met that has exercised and eaten properly and consistently has lost the weight – every single one. AND every one has had struggles and plateaus and just plain “bad days”. But that’s okay. If it were easy, everyone would be thin.

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Using Your Own Home Workout Routines To Build Muscle Safely And Fast

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With a bit of knowledge, it’s possible to add a lot of muscle to your body by designing your own Home Workout Routines. The other good news is that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on expensive equipment if you know what you’re doing.

A terrific benefit of knowing how to design your own home workout routines is that you have absolute control over when you train. No need to wait for someone else to finish what they’re doing at the bench press unit for example.

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You can also design routines that are will work for you – you will always be your own best trainer with a little knowledge.

The first thing you need to know is which exercises to perform. Get that worked out, and then purchase the equipment needed to do those movements.

If you have a barbell and some plates, you can do dead lifts. This is perhaps the most effective muscle builder there is – they work your entire body from tip to toe.

I strongly recommend that you invest in a trap bar – this makes the dead lift even more effective, because it takes some of the strain off your lower back, which means it’s easier to really work the big leg muscles before your back gets tired.

If you have the funds to spare, a power rack is an excellent investment. They’re not cheap, but a good one will last a lifetime, and it will repay itself many times over.

If you can’t afford a power rack then a set of old fashioned squat stands is a reasonable substitute. You may even find some second hand equipment, which is fine as long as it’s solid and stable.

With the power rack (or aforementioned squat stands) you can now safely perform the barbell squat, the only exercise that comes close to the dead lift as a muscle builder.

I’d bet that if you asked any of the top bodybuilders in the world how they built their muscle mass, they would all have used heavy squats or dead lifts to build their bodies.

Also with the power rack, you can do the military press, a terrific upper body exercise that some rate superior to the bench press. Some power racks also have a chinning and dipping attachment, and these are two terrific upper body mass building exercises.

Next, I’d invest in a decent bench. With the bench you can now do the bench press, without doubt the most popular exercise in the world. The bench press can add slabs of upper body muscle. Some adjustable benches are solid enough when flat, but they can be a bit rickety when in the elevated position, so beware!

Do the bench press inside your power rack, and then you can train it really hard and in complete safety.

You can see that it’s possible to design some really effective home workout routines without having to shell out loads of cash on expensive equipment. You actually don’t need to do a lot of different exercises to build muscle – far more important is to get good at a small selection of compound exercises, and then add weight to the bar on a regular basis whilst using impeccable exercise form.

A well designed home workout routine, decent diet and plenty of rest and sleep is the secret to transforming your body and fast.

Good luck!

Understanding how to design and plan home workout routines that will work for your body is perhaps the most important part of bodybuilding.

How Do I Work Out My Back?

The back is one of those areas a lot of us tend to forget about. Why? I’m not really sure, but looking back at when I first started working out, I suppose it was because I couldn’t really SEE it, so I wasn’t aware of how its shape really paled in comparison with the parts that “people see”.

As I get older and building muscle is less about appearance and more about personal goals and health, I’m acutely aware of how important a strong back can be, especially in terms of supporting ourselves during other exercises.

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Enough of that, let’s get to it!

For this particular exercise, let’s focus on the lower lats, a major part of the back that people “see”.

We’re going to do pull-ups again, but this time the setup is a little different.

Take an OVERhand grip on the bar (assuming you have one!). Keep your knees bent and try to keep them in front of you (This prevents your back from arching as well as making sure you’re isolating those lats).

Before you even mess with what your arms are doing, pull with your shoulders. Then bring yourself up until your chin is slightly above the bar (or handles, whatever you’re using). When you get to the top, make sure your shoulders are pressed down, and pull your elbows in toward your sides simultaneously.

Pretty self-explanatory lift, really. The only pointer I can think of is to keep a wide grip; it will help build your upper lats, as well as rhomboids.

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Workout Routines to Build Up Those Muscles

Following a strict muscle building workout routine is critical for anyone determined to build muscle and gain weight. Going into a gym and lifting random weights until you exhaust yourself is not enough.

To achieve your primary objective, that is, to build up your muscle mass, a weight lifting and bodybuilding program must be employed. You definitely have to follow and maintain a muscle building workout routine.

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Three things contribute to building muscles: workout, diet and rest. Here, I will focus on the workout factor. However, you must bear in mind that all these three factors are equally vital to optimal strength gain and muscular growth. Neglecting one factor would mean failure to maximize your muscle and body building capabilities. A well-designed muscle building workout routine program coupled with a solid diet wit the right amount of calories, combined with plenty of rest and sleep is extremely powerful.

All your efforts spent in the gym by working out will all go to waste if your body will not be supplied with the necessary nutrients and raw materials it needs to build up your muscles. At the same time, if you would not get an adequate amount of rest the body needs in order to recover and repair muscles, the whole weight training will be useless. Common mistake of those who are just beginning their muscle building is to focus so much on weight training but neglect the importance of a proper diet and plenty of sleep.

Going back to the weight training exercises, any aspiring bodybuilder must know that his or her focus must be on compound exercises because these exercises stimulate most of your muscles in the least amount of time. If done correctly and with challenging intensity, you would definitely be on your way to building up those muscles.

The most basic yet the most effective compound exercises for weightlifting are squats and bench presses. Squats develop your leg muscles while the bench press is for the upper body muscles. Some other of the most effective exercises include bicep curls and bench dips for the arm muscles, crunches for the abs, pull ups for the back, calf raises for the leg muscles, and military press for the shoulder muscles. The great thing about these exercises is that you need not all those fancy equipment and complicated gadgets to be able to perform them. Aside from barbells, a spacious room is the only requirement.

Generally, if your primary goal is to obtain optimal strength, 1 to 6 repetitions per set of exercises are recommended. For bodybuilding and muscle mass gain purposes, 7 to 12 repetitions are recommended. For an increase in endurance, a minimum of 13 repetitions is recommended. Notice that the more difficult the objective is, the lesser the number of repetitions recommended. This is because in any exercise training, you go for intensity rather than duration. These figures are just general, though.

A periodization technique can be helpful in keeping your muscles growing. Periodization means a shift from heavy routines to light routines consistently. As this would provide a change-of-pace, your body will work more as it tries to adapt to changing physical activity. As a result, more muscle.

Furthermore, certain muscle groups would respond differently to the number of repetitions being done. For example, abdominal muscles respond best to a high number of repetitions. Therefore, changing your range of repetitions on a regular basis will prove to be effective in building up more muscle.

Finding the Motivation to Start Working Out Again

What do you do when you lose your momentum and can’t bring yourself to do your workouts? Recently I was asked if the honest admission that you are getting overweight could be the “jump start” that gets you going?

My answer? Yes, indeed, this would probably do it, although the real trick is to make this honest admission at a time wherein it is possible for you to do a workout.

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In other words, say you get out of bed not having worked out for several weeks. Or for several months. Then say, as you shower, you experience the early morning clarity of a shower talk. You know. The kinds of talks you have with yourself wherein you process the urges to better yourself still ringing in your head from sleep.

During this pep talk with yourself then, say you hear your mental mind telling you how much you want to get back to your fitness routine. Of course, then you might hear your physical mind saying, ugh, I know. I should, but . . . blah, blah, blah. After which your mental mind chimes in with, “where would I possibly find the time to workout anyway.” Body / mind connection at it’s finest, eh?

On the other hand, these kinds of mind / body arguments can often be the momentum-building spring boards which can return you to a healthy mind / body life. Not only to a healthy fitness plan mind you, but also to just about any segment of life wherein you’ve lost your momentum. Education. Time with your kids. Hobbies. Whatever. All can be helped by a positive shower talk.

My point here is though that if you have this shower talk with yourself and then go directly from your shower to a workout, you may indeed succeed. Yes, your mind will tell you, you are crazy. However, if it works, don’t fix it. Just do it.

The thing to keep in mind then is to “strike while the iron is hot.” And this is true for all things, but especially true for attempts to regain momentum in stressful activities such as working out.

 

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Life Coaching Tips For Better Sleep

Are you someone who finds it very difficult to fall asleep at night? Then you need not worry as you are not the only one, for there are millions of such people who suffer from sleep deprivation. Life coaches believe that for an individual to function properly in life, it is essential to sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed.

However, this may seem easier said than done for many. Sleep problems are caused by many factors, most of which are related to our habits and schedules and therefore the simplest solution for better sleep is to change those habits or schedules that cause the problem.

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Here are some important tips to ensure better sleep that from a life coach:

1. Inculcating better habits during the day

Sleep deprivation is largely caused due to unhealthy habits being followed during the day. Life coaching experts believe that if you follow certain practical advice during the day, then it is possible to get better sleep in the night. These include exercising regularly during the day as this helps promote better sleep. Moreover, where possible it is better to avoid napping towards the end of the day as this can disrupt the body’s sleeping pattern. Apart from this, certain changes in lifestyle such as reducing the amount of alcohol or caffeine consumed during the day will help promote better sleep at night.

2. Creating a conducive atmosphere for sleeping

Factors in your bedroom, such as the bed size, its quality, size of the room, ambiance in the room, can affect your sleep ability and quality. By making certain minor changes in your room, life coaches believe that it is possible to create an atmosphere that is conducive to sleep. Your bed should be large enough to hold you completely as well as comfortable enough to lull you into a calm sleep. Similarly, the noise levels in the room, if kept low can also help in better sleep. Proper ventilation and darkening of the room also helps. Lastly, many people tend to watch television while in bed, which could lead to a disruption in their quality of sleep.

3. Prepare well for sleeping

Maintaining a proper schedule is advantageous in all aspects of life, be it your career or even your sleeping pattern. Life coaches suggest that those people who maintain regular times for sleeping and waking up are more inclined towards better sleep, than those who follow irregular patterns. Setting a bedtime routine is another simple way to ensure better sleep. Similarly, they also opine that it is best to avoid foods that disrupt your sleep, especially when you are nearing bedtime. Doing some yoga or meditating or listening to some soft music or reading or even having a bath before bed, all help in relaxing the body and induce sleep.

4. Avoid worries and tensions before sleeping

The human mind is filled with worries and stresses about the future, this could be career related, relationship issues and so on. This constant worry leads to lack of sleep. Business coaches suggest that instilling feelings of confidence can actually help overcome such worries. Self confidence will lead to taking action which gives people a sense of being more in control and eventually leads to achievement, which in turn can help to diminish worries. Many life coaches suggest that for better sleep it is important to stop worrying and start taking charge of your life.

5. Awakening in between and getting back to sleep

There are many people who have a tendency to get up in the middle of the night and then have difficulty going back to bed. If this happens, then it is best to stay calm and focused; if possible, going back to bed and using some relaxing techniques will help soothe your body and make it relax. Most people watch television during such times, without realizing that they are actually causing more harm than doing good; it is advisable to avoid such activities, which will cause the mind to become more active than relaxed.

Following the above mentioned techniques on a regular basis, it is possible to induce sleep and ensure proper rest. With better sleep, people tend to find they feel better, are more energized and focused and are able to achieve more with less effort in their day. Although we cannot always have a proper night’s sleep, it is worth making an effort as often as possible to have a very good night’s sleep.