Why 6-Pack Abs Don’t Come in 6 Steps

Headlines such as “Hard Abs Made Easy” and “6 Steps to a Solid 6-Pack” may sell magazines, but seriously: If six-pack abs were attainable in six steps, wouldn’t we all be walking around with rippling washboard abs?Most of us aren’t, despite countless crunches in a myriad of angles and variations. Here’s why doing those six steps isn’t giving you that six-pack. First off, lower abs, upper abs and obliques don’t exist as functional units. “The notion that any abdominal muscles […]

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Ouch! Training and Tendinitis

Training and Tendinitis

Tendinitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon–the thick fibrous cords that attach muscles to bones. Tendinitis causes pain and tenderness just outside a joint and can occur in any of your body’s tendons, including the shoulders, elbows, knees and heels. It is generally caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected area. Question is, can you still lift weights if you have tendinitis? If you’ve been diagnosed with tendinitis, you should rest the injured area and avoid activities that […]

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Pregnant? Why Protein’s a Prerequisite

Why Protein's a Prerequisite

If you’re a regular in the weight room, you understand the importance protein plays in repairing and building muscle tissue. But do those needs change for pregnant women? The recommended daily allowance of protein for pregnant women is between 75 grams to 100 grams. Women carrying twins, meanwhile, should get an additional 25 grams of protein, beginning at about 20 week’s gestation. That would amount to about 100 to 125 grams of protein per day. Protein is essential for the […]

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The Full Flak on Flaxseed, Flax Oil and Fish Oil

Flaxseed is experiencing a boom, and for good reason. It’s high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which have been shown to help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar, lower the risk of certain cancers, and reduce inflammation. Flaxseed can be consumed as flaxseed oil or flax seeds. So what’s the difference between flaxseed and fish oil? Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Flaxseed oil, meanwhile, is rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which […]

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Why You Don’t Need a Trainer to the Stars

Why You Don’t Need a Trainer to the Stars

Have you spotted photos of bikini-clad Jessica Alba in the weekly glossies at the supermarket this week? Alba, who gave birth to a baby girl in June, has lost the 27 pounds she put on during her pregnancy–thanks to trainer Ramona Braganza’s 321 Baby Bulge Be Gone plan. So what is this 321 plan that all the new Hollywood moms, including Halle Berry, are following to get back into shape? If you eat clean and exercise, you’re probably already following […]

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Brew Coffee, Roast Pain!

Brew Coffee

Back-to-the-grindstone Monday pop quiz: What is the world’s most popular stimulant? If you guessed caffeine, you’re correct! Cheap, safe, legal and socially acceptable, it’s no wonder 4 out of 5 Americans drink it, consuming more than 400 million cups a day. But did you know brewing some fresh java in the morning means less pain during and after your workout? In fact, a morning cup of coffee may curb post-exercise pain better than aspirin. In a University of Georgia study, […]

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Back vs. Front: Weighing In On Squats

What’s best: The back squat or the front squat? According to strength coach Charles Poliquin, both are great exercises, but the back squat has a bit more wiggle room. “You can lift more weight in the back squat with some forward leaning. You can’t do that in the front squat without hurting yourself,” he tells T-Nation. But that doesn’t mean you should do away with the back squat, Poliquin explains. “There are over 70 ways to squat; saying you need […]

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Running to Music Increases Endurance

Adding some Red Hot Chilli Peppers to your run can benefit your health. According to a new study by the Music in Sport Research Group at Brunel University in London, carefully selected music can significantly increase your physical endurance and make cardiovascular exercise a more positive experience. Researchers had 30 participants run or walk on a treadmill while listening to tracks by Queen, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Madonna–and were asked to keep in strict time with the music’s […]

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