3 Methods of Circuit Training to Shed Body Fat Quickly
Circuit training is a well-known strength and conditioning method where you perform a series of exercises in rotation with varying loads and equipment and usually with minimal rest. A circuit may be repeated several times depending on your training status and the number of exercises involved. This form of training provides plenty of variety and is useful when training ...

7 More Advanced Exercise Variations
A few weeks ago I gave you a taste of 7 advanced exercise variations. Well, I’m back with 7 more that you can use immediately in the gym to boost your training progress. No time for foreplay. Let’s get straight to it. 1. Accommodating Assistance Back in the mid-1950s, Dr. Arthur Steindler introduced the concept of open kinetic chain (OKC) and closed kinetic chain ...

Attention All Personal Trainers: Guess, Do Not Assess!
Much like my dietary advice this article will go against the grain, so to speak. Every personal trainer is taught that they must go through a thorough assessment with their clients. The more information they gather, the better. Well, after 20 years in this business, I do far less assessing and far more guessing – not to be different, but to be efficient ...

Book Review Of The Elite Trainer By John Paul Catanzaro
The Elite Trainer by John Paul Catanzaro is a synthesis of the very latest thinking in strength training and an indispensible guide to developing individualized programs for recreational and professional athletes. John Paul Catanzaro, B.Sc., C.E.P., C.K., is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and a Certified Kinesiologist with a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Science degree ...

Break The Mould: 7 Advanced Exercise Modifications
Give a guy a set of dumbbells and tell him to curl them. Without even thinking about it, he'd grip those dumbbells right in the middle of the handles and with his palms facing upward, he'd go at it. Now, tell him to lay back and press them, and I guarantee you that his palms are facing forward while he's doing it. Thats pretty much the norm for those two exercises, almost as ...

Challenge the Establishment: Dispelling Five Common Health and Fitness Misconceptions
In life we take many things for granted. People are told to go on a low fat diet and do some aerobic training, and yet they still gain body fat. Your blood work shows slightly altered cholesterol and thyroid levels and right away you’re told to go on medication. The trainer at your local gym rips out a copy of Everyday Stretches (reproduced from a 1987 poster) and ...

Check The References: Don't Believe Everything You Read!
It’s been said that personal trainers receive the majority of information from muscle magazines. What’s frightening is that they blindly apply this new-found (sometimes quite inaccurate) knowledge with themselves, or worse, their clients. Remember, don’t believe everything you read … sometimes a little knowledge can be very dangerous! Well, ...

Eccentric Training: How To Obtain Positive Results From A Negative Action
Eccentric training will catapult strength and athletic performance to a new level if used appropriately. In order to lift a weight, muscular force must exceed the downward force of a load. The opposite occurs when you lower a weight – motor units are turned off until the downward force of the load is greater than the muscular force acting upon it. With less motor units ...

Everything You Need To Know About Supersets And More (Part 1)
Over the years, various techniques have been advanced in strength training. Some have merit, many do not! Partials conducted in the strongest range for an extended period of time is one “antiquated” example. This was advocated as a method to increase the amount of work performed in a given unit of time. Such training would be superior to all others if we only ...

Everything You Need To Know About Supersets And More (Part 2)
Some guys seek size at any expense. They don’t care if their joints take a beating in the process. To them it’s “carpe diem,” seize the day and screw tomorrow! Others are more along the lines of “been there, done that,” and joint health takes a bit more priority then getting huge. A day without aches is a little more appealing to these ...

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