As time goes on, there are more and more “ways” to exercise. If you look in the gym the next time you go, how many different variations are there on what are the core exercises each time? From boxercise to funky pump, insanity to CrossFit, we are being exposed to so much more different types of exercises than 20 years ago. On top of that, we have so many different diets to choose from that we are just plain confused about which one is best for us. Does the paleo diet work better because of the lack of carbs, or does it just make you plain tired because you haven’t replenished your glycogen stores? When it comes down to it, the basics have always been there, and they worked for everyone, from Eugen Sandow to Arnold Schwarzenegger, or from Nikki Fuller to Bev Francis. They never spoke of isolating one small muscle and working that until they were blue in the face. It always came from the basics of biomechanics and “old fashioned” weight training programs.
Hollywood transformations have long been a subject of intense public scrutiny. From Christina Bale’s incredible body transformations for what seems like most of his movies to Charlize Theron’s weight gain for Monster, we the consumer have read in amazement at the lengths actors seem to go to in order to secure a part.
This, it would seem, is not a recent phenomena. Something that became clear to me recently as I read Heather Addison’s excellent monograph entitled Hollywood and the Rise of Physical Culture. Dealing primarily with the period 1910 to 1940, Addison showcases how both male and female stars of the age faced an almost daily struggle to keep and maintain a svelte physique.
One such technique was the ‘Lamb-Chop and Pineapple’ diet, the topic of today’s post which was favoured by many females actresses during the 1920s.
Are you a fitness fanatic? Or have you started 2017 with the aim of getting in shape? Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced gym-goer, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting the most out of the gym. If you tend to follow the same routine, and you restrict yourself to the same machines every time, it’s time to branch out, and see how much more you could you achieve if you’re open to trying new things. Here are some tips to ensure you’re getting more for your membership fee.
The dream of immortality is a common one and is evident in the human culture as seen in books, movies, and products being sold to make us look young. From the Ancient Greeks, Chinese and Romans we still see the hope of immortality in several pieces of evidence. Although humans might not be gods, science has found ways to promote longevity.
Here are some of the practical tips you can follow on how to increase your lifespan:
Discussed previously on this website, Bradley Steiner was once the go to man for hardgainers seeking to gain weight and muscle mass. Focused on both exercise and correct nutrition, Steiner’s advice in the 1980s is as timely now as it was back then. For all those muscle fanatics struggling to expand their chest size, the below advice will no doubt be of interest.
We’re not going to be starting a war on which system is better and why it is. The simple fact is that CrossFit has made a big impact and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere too soon. There are a lot of people who have been getting into exercise through this particularly high-intensity system and that’s only a good thing, so long as they’re responsible about it. So instead, we’re going to look here at why CrossFit has made such an impact and why it won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
One of the lesser known figures from the golden age of bodybuilding, Chuck Sipes was nevertheless one of the most influential men in the iron game during the 1960s and ’70s. Known for his chiseled physique and intense training methods, Chuck would regularly engage in seemingly tortuous activities in the pursuit of muscle. Thankfully for us however, his advice on abdominal training was relatively mild by his standards, though no less effective. Written circa 1968, the below ab routine will undoubtedly be of use to novice and veteran alike.
Lower back pain is an all too common problem these days for the average office worker. Long stints in the chair, hunched over, with poor posture. It’s little wonder back ache is one of the leading complaints for desk jockeys. If just sitting for extended periods of time causes such pain, imagine what lifting hundreds of kilos in a squat or deadlift does to the lower back!
It’s this juncture between the regular Joe and the super strong that the Reverse Hyper Extension Machine takes it place. Once a niche piece of equipment, the machine is beginning to crop up in more and more gyms. Though not my new gym but that’s a personal gripe!
So what is this machine that promises to strengthen the lower back, resolve back pain and build a damn strong posterior chain? Where did it come from and, perhaps most importantly, who invented it?
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So you are working hard, eating well and you have your mental health in check. However there are some days when you look at social media, see your mates eating the best burger you have ever seen and you reminice. Clean eating, it’s the only way to maintain your bodyweight, right?
Weight training, not only does this type of strength training grant you a boost to your physical work capacity, it can help you complete activities in your daily life. With weight training, you’ll be able to work harder and longer. Weights help our bone density, promote a fat-free body mass that will turn fat into muscle and prevent muscle mass from transforming into fat. It will increase the strength of your body, muscles, tissues and tendons. This will help your body’s motor abilities and will decrease your risk of injury. Confidence and quality of life can be gained thanks to strength training.