BEATING GYM INTIMIDATION

It’s unfortunate, but plenty of people feel intimidated at the thought of joining a gym. Walking into a huge open room with hundreds of mysterious machines is tough and what’s worse is that the members seem to be in great shape and know exactly what they’re doing. It’s not hard to see why so many people think they’re too out of shape to join a gym. The good news is that there are many choices for how and where you workout and each gym offers a different type of atmosphere. The trick is to find one that feels welcoming to you. … Continue reading BEATING GYM INTIMIDATION

CALF GAINS

Band-resisted Calf Flexion Sit on a mat with your legs extended out in front of you. If, in this position, it’s difficult for you to keep your back straight, elevate your hips by sitting on bench or yoga block. Place an elastic resistance band around the balls of both feet. Keeping the knees straight, point and flex the foot forward and upward, maintaining tautness in the band throughout the movement. Single-leg Standing Heel Raise Stand on a step with one foot, with the heel hanging off the edge. Make sure the ball of the foot is securely on top of … Continue reading CALF GAINS

QUAD BLAST

One of the biggest barriers to getting healthy and fit is information overload. If you’ve Googled just about anything related to losing fat, gaining muscle, and getting strong, you know what I mean. You quickly realize that you’ve entered a circus of umpteen experts and “gurus” in a free-for-all melee to get your attention and money. Well, I have good news: Out of all the quads exercises you could do, a small handful stand head and shoulders above the rest. If you simply focus on progressing on these superior  exercises, you’ll have no trouble building fantastic quadriceps (and legs). Before we talk exercises, though, let’s talk … Continue reading QUAD BLAST

WINTER BEACH BODY

With Christmas dinner looming on the horizon, and the threat of endless festive parties ready to eat and drink your carefully-honed summer beach body away, it’s more important than ever to keep on top of your fitness. To ensure that, by the time summer 2018 rolls around, you’re still looking trim, we turned to Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Max Lowery and Matt Roberts – masters in their field of personal fitness – for the best exercises, tips and techniques to keep you ticking over this winter. Dumbbell Clean to Press – “This exercise is perfect if you are short of time and still … Continue reading WINTER BEACH BODY

CONCENTRATION CURL

The concentration curl is an old school move that can produce real results, but only if you’re ready to buy in and work with perfect form. You wont be able to mindlessly shift and swing your body to help to lift the dumbbells, like some people do during standard standing curls—so be prepared to be humbled by the weight if your form is sloppy. Top-level trainers like Men’s Health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S. and Don Saladino use the exercise to build major league biceps. “The strength of the concentration curl is in how it helps eliminate any excess shifting at the shoulder joint during biceps … Continue reading CONCENTRATION CURL

MONDAY: CHEST DAY

Why the first day in the working week is International Chest Day. 1. It gets a large muscle group out of the way early in the week.  Unless you trained over the weekend, Monday is often the start of a new training cycle and starting your week with a larger body part can be a great idea. On Monday, you often have more energy because, psychologically, you know that you have to make it through the rest of the week and you want to make this first workout count. Also, if you’re someone liable to skip training sessions later in … Continue reading MONDAY: CHEST DAY