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Identify the Best Workout for Your Body Type

slender woman silhouetteI was messing around on the Internet the other day and came across this article that discussed the three female body types. The article talked about each specific body type and what kind of training is the best for each type. Again, this is just another opinion from a fitness enthusiast, but I am going to share the article with you.

Three basic body types and workout regimens:

Ectomorphic: Tall and lean body style with a high metabolic rate which makes it hard to gain either muscle or fat. If you fall into this body type, you should perform 20 minutes or so of cardiovascular training three times a week and weight training consisting of three sets of six to ten repetitions with a moderate to heavy weight three to five days a week. (more…)

Split Workout #2: Weight Training

woman lifting weightsThe first split workout routine covered cardiovascular training and a chest, back, leg, and ab workout. Today’s focus is geared toward those who are struggling with the weights rather than the cardio.

As soon as you get to the gym go immediately into your upper body weight training routine (15-20 minutes), followed by cardio (30-60 minutes), and then to your lower body weight training routine (15-20 minutes).

I have put together an upper body and lower body workout for you below. Focus on moving from one exercise to another while trying to keep the heart rate up. I recommend performing two sets of 25 repetitions. Good luck!! (more…)

Split Workout #1: Cardio

treadmillI strongly believe that there are two kinds of workout people, one kind focuses more on cardio while the other focuses on the weights. I have designed a simple split workout routine to help you get the results you have always wanted. Today’s workout focuses on those that struggle with cardio. By splitting your cardio in half, you may help to push past that so called “plateau.”

This is how it works: As soon as you get to the gym, hit the cardio for your normal time (30 minutes), then move to your weight training portion (30 minutes), and then back to do some more cardio (30 minutes). This workout is designed to push you past the limit and to achieve greatness. (more…)

The 30-30 Workout

woman lifting weightsI am always looking for new and improved exercise routines and I came across this one the other day. The simple concept is this: weight train at a high intensity for thirty minutes followed by thirty minutes of cardiovascular training. There was no set weight lifting routine, but I have put together a chest/back routine for you below. The 30-30 workout is designed for those who are striving to lose weight and “tone” the entire body. In and out in an hour, what can be better than that? (more…)

Top 5 Activities To Reduce Stress

women running in a fieldStress is very common in today’s world and can be caused by just about anything. It has been proven that stress damages your health and can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, weight or skin problems, heart problems, and can also weaken your immune system. Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but can help you manage the stress in your life by relaxing tense muscles, improving sleep, and by releasing chemicals in your body (endorphins) that give you a sense of well-being.

Top 5 Activities To Reduce Stress

  1. Running/Walking
  2. Bike Riding
  3. Weight Training
  4. Swimming Workouts
  5. Competitive Sports (more…)

Michelle Obama’s Sexy, Sculpted Arms

obama inaugurationWomen often fear any kind of weight training because they don’t want to bulk-up or look ripped. However, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Aniston are perfect examples of how the right training can give you a lean, sculpted look, without people thinking you’re in a body-building competition.

Yahoo! Shine wrote that you can do the proper training to get “First Lady” arms with just 5 minutes of training a day. Who doesn’t have 5 minutes? Do the following routine, 5 minutes a day, every-other day.

1. Combine a band and a dumbbell. Offers triple toning benefits. Do 8-10 repetitions.

Sample move: Stand on exercise band and hold each end in each hand while you simultaneously do curls with a dumbbell. (more…)

Protein vs. Carbs: Post Workout Fuel

There has been a constant battle between which foods are the right foods to eat after a long, hard workout. Honestly, I strongly believe that it depends on the type of exercise you are doing. Weight lifting is an anaerobic exercise, which means it is done with little or no use of oxygen. Jogging is an aerobic exercise, which requires the muscles and body to use oxygen.

So, according to the latest news about which foods are most beneficial after exercising, protein takes the cake. I honestly recommend eating within 15 to 30 minutes of working out and intaking a combination of the two depending on the type and intensity level of the workout.

After weight training, I recommend intaking more protein than carbs and vis-versa with prolonged running. The body needs both after long bouts of exercise to help replenish (carbs), rebuild (protein), and repair (protein) what was lost and broken down.

See Matt’s Top 10 Post-Workout Snacks.

How to Train Legs, Part II

steve hansonSteve Hanson has been studying health, fitness, and nutrition since 1996. While he now works as a software engineer and web developer, Steve spent several years as a personal trainer and sport nutritionist in southern NH. Steve runs a blog called Project Swole, where health-minded web surfers can go to learn to Build Muscle and Lose Fat more efficiently. Project Swole is a collection of articles, tips, and personal experiences that anyone can use to become stronger, leaner, and healthier.

The Workout Plan

In last week’s How to Train Legs Part I, I talked about the reasons why you should train your legs hard and hopefully helped you to establish some new goals for leg training. Today, I outline a workout to achieve those goals. (more…)

Overcome Working Out Without Losing Weight

Are you constantly exercising and not seeing any weight loss? This happens more often than not. The bottom line is that you need to burn more calories than you eat. This is called a negative caloric intake. This is the only way to lose weight. Diet is the most important aspect of losing weight. Cardiovascular training is a close second and then weight training.

Cardiovascular training increases your heart rate and metabolism, which allows the body to burn more calories for an extended amount of time. Weight training will increase your muscle strength and endurance, but will not enhance the weight loss process all that much. In order to lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. So, if you eat 1500 calories a day, which totals 10,500 calories a week, you need to burn 14,000 calories to lose a pound. (more…)

Sandra Bullock Gets Paid to Stay In Shape

sandra bullockSandra Bullock opens up to InStyle Magazine in the March 2009 issue. The interview included questions from readers and fans, one asking how she stays in shape.

The actress reminded them that it’s her job to do so.

“People ask, ‘How do actresses do it?’ Um, they pay us to do this in order to look good on film. I do Pilates, kickboxing, weight training. When I’m in Austin, I run or ride a bike. If I can work out every day, I will. But there are times when I won’t do anything for two weeks, and I’m like, ‘You know what? I talk enough to burn calories.'”