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Do You Actually Need “Cardio” Exercises?

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Do You Actually Need “Cardio” Exercises?

In this piece, I have an intriguing talk about cardio exercises, which will hopefully get you thinking in a different way, and trying new things. You may know that I’ve been called the “anti-cardio” guy before, but this week I’m back to posing the question to you. Do you certainly need cardio exercise to get slender and in good shape? By the way, you’ll see in a moment that I’m certainly not “anti-cardio”, just “anti-traditional cardio.” Most fitness buffs, weekend warriors, or anyone trying to get fit or lose body fat, think about the fact that they should “cardio” workout to achieve these goals. They would never even have reservations about it. Then again, I’m not only questioning it, I’m going to dispute it! In fact, you may be surprised to discern that a number of the slimmest and meanest people I know (men and women), DO NOT do any type of normal or traditional cardio. And I’ve spent over 15 years exercising in various gyms and hanging out with athletes of all kinds, so I’ve practically seen it all. I will mention that there can be a site for low to moderate level cardio for really obese or deconditioned people, but even in those cases, there can be more helpful methods. But what exactly is “cardio”? Most people would believe “cardio” to be working away aimlessly on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike, or riding on an elliptical contraption while watching the TV at their ultra-modern gym. This is what I name “traditional cardio”. This is probably why most people get fed up with their exercises and give up after a couple of months without seeing any outcomes. However if you look closer, “cardio” work out can be considered any form of exercise or motion that toughens the cardiovascular system. I’m not going to get into anything procedural, like increasing your VO2 max or something like that. To keep it easy, if it gets your heart working, and makes you huff and puff, it’s cardio. I don’t care if you’re using dumbbells or a barbell and every person calls it a weight training exercise. It’s still conditioning your heart. Let’s take a look at a couple of illustrations. Take a kettle bell clean & press for example, which necessitates lifting a kettle bell from the floor up to shoulders, then push pressing overhead. And listen up ladies, because even though this is typically seen as a manly exercise, it doesn’t really matter if you’re not lifting 250 lbs; if 45 lbs is heavy for you, then you will nonetheless benefit just as much. At first glance, most people imagine the barbell C&P just as a weight training or strengthening exercise. However, I ask you to complete a hard set of about 10-15 reps on the C&P. If you made use of a challenging enough weight, what you’ll find is that your heart rate may be up to about 80-90% of your suggested max, and you are breathless, like you …

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What’s in your kitchen?

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What’s in your kitchen?

Eating for fat loss is easy, don’t you agree? If you consume fewer calories than you spend in a specific time period, you lose weight. Take in more calories than you burn up and you gain weight, correct? Not quite! Although it’s true that your total caloric intake against your caloric expense is one of the most valuable aspects in whether you gain or lose weight, there are a number of factors that makes this a bit more complicated, such as: 1. Counting calories does NOT work at all! Nobody can precisely count calories. Controlled research indicates that most people (approximately 75-90%) constantly downplay the amount of the calories that they consumed when they are required to keep track of it. Let me illustrate to you why counting calories is unreliable and absolutely obsolete (provided that you follow one of the chief points that I’m going to tell you). 2. The type of control that you have for your appetite as well as your craving destroy how most people try to achieve a calorie goal. If your appetite is out of control and your cravings have a mind of their own, how do you think you can possibly achieve your desired calorie range in order to lose weight? Well, most people can’t, and that is the problem! There is, however, a trick that you can learn in order to control your appetite, as well as your cravings. 3. Hormonal discrepancies If you’re consuming the wrong foods without even knowing it, this may be throwing your body’s hormonal balance off its mark and lead you to eat a lot, thereby decreasing your metabolic rate, and paving the way for other problems that can prevent your body from burning up fat efficiently. If you continue to read on, you’ll see how you can undo these faulty eating habits that are likely causing your body’s hormonal disruptions, and transform your body into a fat-burning entity, just the way it was meant to be. And don’t try to tell me about the “Food Pyramid.” The Food Pyramid? You must be JOKING! The truth is that the food pyramid has led a lot of individuals down the disheartening road of weight gain in the same way as the food companies with their misleading food labels. What Then, Are These So-Called “Healthy Foods” That Are Causing Your Body to Gain More Fat? I can’t begin to tell you how many instances I’ve walked into the kitchen of a client that has hired me for nutritional consultation, and most of the time, I’m surprised by what I see. I look into their refrigerators and kitchen cabinets and see them LADEN with foods that they believe are “healthy” (or have been misled by clever food labels into thinking they are healthy), but in truth are fat-storing snares in disguise. It’s not surprising to see foods such as: whole grain breads whole grain cereals whole grain crackers soymilk tofu or “veggie burgers” orange juice apple juice skim milk margarine pre-packaged “diet” dinners …

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The 3 Greatest Abdominal Exercises that Are NOT Your “Regular” Ab Exercises

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As a substitute of the typical ab habits that we see so frequently with crunches, situps, leg lifts, etc, I would like to give my readers better alternatives for metabolism-boosting high intensity exercises that work their entire body while also working their abs. Thus, not only creating rock hard abs & core, but also creating a much better fat-burning exercise session than a usual ab workout. I’m going to show you an example today of one of my preferred “ab workouts” that doesn’t include any exact “ab exercises” at all. This is actually a full body routine that works your abs quite hard indirectly, and jump starts a good metabolism boost!  It’s in a tri-set plan (similar to a super-set but rotating between 3 exercises instead of 2). These are: Renegade Dumbbell Rows Front Squats with Barbell Mountain Climbers on Floor A sound rep scheme that may be used for this could be 3-4 groups of 8 reps for each exercise, or more groups for less reps, such as 5 groups of 5 reps of each exercise. Mountain climbers can be completed for a time period (such as 30 seconds) instead of “reps”. Exercise Descriptions: Renegade dumbbell rows are done by starting in a push-up pose with the hands on 2 dumbbells. You then row one dumbbell up while steadying your body with the other arm. Bring the dumbbell to the ground and alternate the rowing arm while steadying with the opposite arm. This stabilizing outcome during the rows produces incredible work for your total midsection core area. Believe me… you’ll experience it in the abs! Front squats are done similar to back squats, conversely with the barbell in front of your body on the front of your shoulders instead of resting on the upper back as in back squats. You stabilize the barbell on your shoulders by crossing your arms and pushing your fists into the bar against your shoulders while maintaining your elbows out in front of you. This entails a little practice at first, so you will want to try to find a licensed trainer at your fitness center to help you with the form. Front squats necessitate extreme stabilization strength from the abs due to the barbell weight being shifted to the front of the body instead of the back. Even though this is generally a leg exercise, you’ll experience this one in the abs big time!  Any time I do front squats after not having done them for a while, I get a really intense soreness in my abs the subsequent day. Mountain climbers are made by starting in a push-up position and then moving your feet in and out so that your knees are moving in under your chest and then back to a starting position. It sort of resembles climbing a mountain but flat on the floor. If you would like an advanced version, you can shuffle your hands 8-10 inches forwards and backward in addition to the leg activities. This really becomes …

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