It can be overwhelming trying to build your own weekly split that works for your schedule, time, cardio and each body part. All we need is a few extra days each week, and we’d be good to go!
The squat is one of the most difficult and complex exercises to perform and/or teach. There are so many variations in stance, foot position, bar position and depth. Is there a “correct” way to teach or practice those variations? No. Every BODY is different, and that must be taken into consideration when squatting. Think about injuries, structural genetics (femur length, torso length, hip structure, etc), mobility and lifestyle (desk jobs, etc). All of these affect the squat position and depth in a major way.
Most of us LOVE carbohydrates. But, while we love them and they make us feel energized, satisfied and strong— we restrict them because we don’t know enough about how they work within our body and how they work around our workouts.
It is easy to come up with leg exercises that work your hamstrings and glutes— squats, leg press, lunges… the list goes on. And, sure, all of those exercises will definitely work your quads, too— it’s usually just secondary to hamstrings and glutes. The tricky part is coming up with exercises— or WAYS to alter exercises— that will take some of the glute and hamstring focus out and use your quads as the primary mover.
March is National Nutrition Month— how cool is that?! That makes this a great month to reflect on nutrition and see which areas we can improve upon. Nutrition is an important piece to the puzzle of our fitness success. In my opinion, it is what separates the good from the great.
With the weather starting to get warmer, I love taking my workouts outside as much as I can. Living in Arizona, it’s easy to do that nine to 10 months out of the year! From bodyweight workouts, to cardio, HIIT, active rest and even yoga or stretching, getting outside for these activities can change things up just enough to keep you from hitting a plateau.
Squats can be the ultimate intimidator. But don’t stress— I’ll walk you through it and get you building glutes, quads and hamstrings like a boss!
It truly feels impossible to get to the gym on a regular basis with a newborn—or kids of any age for that matter, I’m sure! My gym is a six-minute walk from my front door, and I STILL can’t get there. So, I invested in some basic home equipment
If you go too heavy, you could get injured. Also, going too heavy at the beginning of a program doesn’t set you up for success with gaining muscle mass in a steady, progressive nature. In order to have success in your weight training program and avoid plateaus and burn-outs, you need to have a plan and the right starting point.
Is there anything more important than your workout when it comes to getting fit? Yes, there is. And it’s called: Get some rest! We all struggle with it— we want to keep lifting heavy every day, we don’t know what to do with our hands on rest day, “active” rest, etc. So, what DO we do on rest day and WHY do we NEED to make it part of our weekly training split?
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