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How to Warm Up Properly to Improve Performance & Avoid Injury

An effective warm up can improve your performance in your workout or sporting activity as well as prevent injuries. However, some common methods of warming up may actually increase risk of injury and reduce your strength and performance.

For example, many people still perform passive stretches before working out, which can temporarily dampen the nervous system activation of the muscles you stretch and leave them weaker for a couple of hours. This not only reduces performance in your training session but can also lead to joint instability which increases risk of injury.

Dynamic Warmup

Another popular way to warm up is to run on the treadmill or hop on the bike for a long, slow, low intensity cardio session before hitting the weights. While there may be some benefits to a brief cardiovascular warm up, there is no need to expend a significant amount of energy doing cardio before training. There are more effective and time efficient methods for preparing yourself for a workout, such as a dynamic warm up and core activation isometrics. Continue reading

Core Training For Beginners – Effective Ab Exercises and Routines

GUEST POST from Paul Vandyken

With the fitness culture becoming more popular and more people becoming aware of the benefits of working out, a large variety of people from different walks of life are now hitting the gym. Many of these people are looking for effective exercises and routines to train their abs in the hopes of developing a strong core or to get a six pack.

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Unfortunately, what many don’t realize is that you can potentially injure yourself by performing exercises incorrectly or by choosing the wrong exercises. However, if you know what you’re doing and you do it the right way, you can achieve the result you’re after. Continue reading

Advanced Core Training for 6 Pack Abs

As I discussed in my previous “6 Pack Abs” tutorials, the key factors for revealing your abs are:

1) Training – MRT workouts, alternating high volume and high intensity training; and HIIT on an empty stomach.

2) Nutrition – Reduce carbs (especially high GI carbs and starches like most grains), avoid processed foods, include healthy fats and proteins, stay hydrated, watch your portions, track your caloric intake, and pay attention to peri-workout nutrition.  Check out my blog post on nutrition here =>  Nutrition Guidelines for 6 Pack Abs

A good full body training program (like the one I outlined in my previous tutorials) that will burn calories, increase your metabolism, and bring on the After-Burn Affect, along with an intelligent nutrition plan, will help you reduce body fat while maintaining your lean muscle tissue. This is the key to revealing your abs… fat loss through a solid nutrition and fat loss plan; core training alone does NOT reduce belly fat. Once you have been training for a while and have developed a decent strength base while improving your body composition, you will benefit from including some more challenging exercises for your midsection in your exercise routine to make your abdominals really “pop”.

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