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If you want to build a great physique, it would be impossible to do it without having a great back. The muscles in the back are some of the largest muscles we have in the body, and they’re super important.
They play a big role in protecting your spine and can help you lift heavier weights too. But, what are some of the best exercises to train your back?
Well, you have several different options when it comes to training your back. You can even use a variety of equipment, like free weights, machines, and bands.
Of these different pieces of equipment, my favorite to use for [...]
Exercising regularly can be very beneficial for your overall health and wellness.
From lowering stress to helping prevent heart obesity, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of exercise.
But as beneficial as exercise is, it can still be tough to decide how often we should be working out.
So … how many days a week should you be working out?
My mom always used to say, “No watching TV until you finish your vegetables!” While I didn’t understand it at the time, she really did have my best interests, specifically my health, in mind.
That’s because kale, spinach, broccoli, and other green vegetables can offer a lot for your health.
Now, I think she actually pushed me away from vegetables in the short term. I probably didn’t eat a single vegetable in college! However, I’ve come to realize just how important they are!
Each and every one of us knows that we should eat [...]
How many times have you heard that the more you train, the better your results will be?
I don’t know about you guys, but when I started working out, I thought that training twice a day was going to get me jacked. I really had no concept of what it took to see results!
I thought that being in the gym 10 times per week was the only way to get myself to where I wanted to go. Little did I know, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, rest is essential for seeing the results you’re looking for in the gym. If you’re struggling to figure out how often you should lift weights, you came to the right place.
Bloating is a pretty uncomfortable feeling, and I don’t know anyone who likes it. If you're unfamiliar, bloating is a feeling of excess fullness or swelling of your belly. When it happens, it is no fun at all.
You may feel bloated due to a variety of different reasons…
• Food intolerance
• A menstrual cycle
…or you could feel bloated from overeating.
There is a reason why flexing your biceps is a common symbol used to showcase your strength.
The biceps, although small, are some of the most noticeable muscles by those around you. Having big, defined biceps can be a head-turner for sure!
The best part is that these muscles aren’t just there for show. They serve a purpose, and we use them often without realizing it.
If you’ve ever taken the trash out or carried a load of laundry, which I’m sure you have ... you know exactly what I mean. That's right, you used [...]
If you’ve been working out, or even if you’re interested in working out … you’ve probably heard of the term “bulking” before. Usually, this is a term you’ll hear guys use when they’re talking about wanting to gain weight.
After all, that’s what “bulking” is … a plan to gain weight. When I was growing up, I really wanted to gain muscle. Let’s just say, I was one of the small, frail, shrimpy kids in my class. That’s when I first heard of the term "bulking" in relation to fitness.
Now, a lot has changed for me since then. But, I do still focus on building muscle or bulking from time to time. Whereas I used to think that bulking was all about lifting heavy weights and eating a ton of junk food … that isn’t really the case.
The truth is, bulking is about eating in a calorie surplus, getting enough [...]
The first protein shakes were invented in 1952, by Bob Hoffman. They were called the Hi-Protein Shakes. If you haven’t had protein shakes back in the day, you aren’t missing out! I don’t imagine those very first shakes tasted very good at all.
Ever since then though, protein shakes have come a long way. Today, they are a huge part of the fitness world! Some of them actually taste pretty incredible now too!
However, the question remains: When should you drink a protein shake?
Well, it depends.
Planks are a super popular exercise that can help you make massive progress with your fitness. Heck, they can even improve your quality of life!
I’m sure you’ve heard of planks before, but in case you haven’t … let’s talk about what they are. Planks are an isometric strength exercise for your core. They can help improve your posture, your balance, and even help encourage better breathing. On top of that, planks are a great exercise to keep your spine safe and strengthen your back (1)!
I’ll teach you everything you need to know about planking, and exactly how you can add it to your exercise routine. Trust me when I say, you [...]
Whether you’re just getting started in the gym, or you’ve been an avid lifter for years … you may be wondering “How many days a week should I work out to build muscle?”
When I first started training, I would go into the gym and demolish one muscle group for 2+ hours at a time. I thought that I could go in and hit one thing hard every day of the week. Well, that may have worked for a bit when I was young. Sadly, not anymore.
Eventually, my results slowed down, and the nagging injuries [...]
As a former athlete, I get asked this question all the time: “How much protein does an athlete need?” This is something I wondered as well when I was growing up.
Unfortunately, I never got a straight answer. I didn’t even know the difference between a quality protein source, and a not-so-quality protein source. In fact, I'd just look at the labels and assume that the more protein it had, the better.
That’s probably what led me to eating a whole frozen pizza after every one of my workouts. I mean come on, the one I got had 70g of protein! I had to be doing good, right? Wrong.
So, how much protein does an athlete need? The answer [...]
Protein is an essential nutrient for supporting muscle recovery and growth. However, getting all the protein your body needs from food alone can be challenging.
This is why many people turn to protein powder. I certainly use it! After all, protein powder is a convenient tool to increse your protein intake, and help you reach your fitness goals.
But, with so many different kinds of protein powder on the market, choosing the right one can be tough. Each type of protein powder has different properties and benefits.
If you want to know how to choose the right protein powder for you … keep reading! In this article, I’ll walk you through the different types of protein powders out there. I’ll also cover what you need to consider when choosing the right protein powder for your goals.
We all know how important protein is for building muscle. After all, your muscles are made out of proteins! That’s why I’m sure you’re wondering how much protein you actually need to build new muscle.
I’ve been in your shoes before too. I used to think that the more protein I ate, the better. To a certain extent, this can be true … however, you can overdo it too!
Today, we’ll talk about everything protein: How much you need, how much your body can absorb, how much is too much, and even good protein sources to seek out.
That way, you’ll know everything you need to know when it [...]
Look, I get it. Life can get busy, and fitting a workout into your busy lifestyle can be hard. Sometimes that means we have to get a workout in late at night.
I’ve been there myself … it was getting close to 10, and I had to decide whether to workout or hop into my cozy bed.
A lot of us wonder if it’s too late. Some of us even wonder if working out at night can keep us up or not.
Maybe you really enjoy working out at night, and it's been your routine for some time now. That's awesome, and there is certainly nothing [...]
Growing up, I always thought of whey protein as this huge jug of powder for bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I figured it was something they took to get as big as possible.
It seemed like all whey protein powders were promoted by bodybuilders and other big names in the fitness industry. So it only made sense that it was a product for bodybuilders, right?
Well, it turns out that whey protein isn’t just for bodybuilders and serious fitness junkies. Whey protein can be for anyone looking to get better results with their health or fitness goals.
Believe it or not, there are actually a ton of benefits to whey protein past just helping with muscle growth and repair. Stick around to find [...]
There are more people now than ever trying to lose weight. I get it, weight loss may be simple, but certainly isn’t easy.
No matter what diet you follow, you have to burn more calories than you eat. There is no way around that. You could even try every diet on the internet, but if you burn less calories than you eat, you won’t lose body fat.
The reason it gets difficult to lose body fat is because your body will fight you every step of the way too.
When you’re eating in a calorie deficit, your body may increase hunger cravings to get you to eat more. It’s even possible your body sheds [...]
Weight loss is hard, I get it. When I first started my fitness journey, I wanted to see results right away. However I could get to my end goal the fastest was what I wanted.
I searched far and wide online to find every secret I could to lose weight. I searched for the best foods to eat … the best workouts to do … the amount of sleep I needed … and way, way more.
One of the questions I really wanted to know was this: What should I eat before or after a workout to lose weight? I wondered, is there a benefit to eating before my workout? Is there a benefit to eating after my workout? What [...]
Growing up as an athlete, I always heard that protein powder was the key to getting jacked. Because of that, I was always eager to get my hands on some.
Other times, I heard that protein powder will make you “bulky” … and it was said in a negative way.
Well, everyone has an opinion. However, what I’ve come to realize through years of research and experience is that neither is true.
A lot of people wonder: “Does protein powder make you gain weight?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as a [...]
The deadlift is often referred to as the king of all exercises, and for good reason. Deadlifts are one of the biggest bang for the buck exercises in the books. They work your entire body, and you can load them super heavy!
As a result, they’re great for building strength, packing on muscle, and burning a lot of calories. In a way, they really are almost a one-stop-shop lift.
The deadlift isn’t just for bodybuilders and hardcore gym-goers either. Deadlifts are a great way to improve your posture, leg strength, and grip strength [...]
Losing weight… It’s a major concern for a lot of people. In fact, it’s the number-three most reported New Year’s resolution. The top-two resolutions are to exercise more and eat healthier.
Given that, I'd say there’s a good chance that the desire to lose weight is actually sitting at number one. However, losing weight isn’t always easy.
The equation for weight loss (Calories Eaten - Calories Burned) is pretty straightforward. Even with how simple it is, actually dropping those excess pounds can be a pretty tough mission.
Outside of diet and exercise, there are other factors that play a role in weight loss too. Lifestyle, habits, medical conditions, and [...]