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Here are some ways to create a new you by Constance Ray

We’re now well into the new year, and how have your resolutions fared? Perfectly well, we’re sure. But in case you want to make 2018 the new year of you, here are some ways to make self-improvement a priority in your life. Just work on these few things, and you will feel like a new person in no time.

 

Join a gym — You know you need to exercise more, and you know a gym will help you do it. Start shopping around for a place to workout. Look for affordability, location and offerings. If you’re a person who likes group fitness classes, don’t join a gym with a weak offering. If you like weights, try to find one where bodybuilders and powerlifters workout. If you like having a personal trainer, check to see that the ones who work with that gym are certified. Most gyms will let you try it out first, so give it a whirl before you sign up. You should feel comfortable.

 

Upgrade your wardrobe — If you’ve been lounging around in jeans and sweatpants your whole adult life, it might be time to start looking like a grown professional. Just buy a couple of pieces every paycheck, and you won’t have to break the bank. Also, try to find pieces that can be mixed and matched with some stuff you already have, so you aren’t stuck with the same exact outfit over and over. Shop thrift shops and consignment sales, and you’re bound to find some great buys!

 

Kick that addiction — If you’ve struggled with addiction to drugs or alcohol and are now working on getting clean, there are ways to enhance your chances of staying that way. Studies have shown that diet and exercise can be a great boost to staying free of addiction. Yoga and meditation can also help you become more centered.

 

Quit smoking — This is the year you’ll do it! You know you need to, and you know it won’t be easy. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit. She knows the latest in smoking cessation methods and which ones are backed by studies. She might offer to prescribe medication to make quitting easier, or she might direct you to a local support program. There are so many ways to quit, that if one doesn’t work for you, you can always try another. Just imagine all the money you’ll save. Don’t give up on your lungs.

 

Take some personal time — If you’ve been neglecting yourself for the sake of others, try to make some time for yourself. Go to a spa, get a facial, a mani-pedi and get your hair done. You don’t have to do it all at once, but taking time for yourself is important. It will help you stay refreshed so you can go about your day, as well as help reduce stress.

 

Get creative — Take an art class, write a book, start coloring or work on a long-forgotten project. Using the creative part of your brain will help you focus better on your daily life and boost your overall happiness. It forces you to use a part of your brain that you may not use very often, which is always good for continuing development. Some studies show that art education can even benefit you physically.

 

When you set a goal to improve yourself, you are committing to a better life. And who doesn’t want that? Take each goal a little at a time, and you’ll start to notice your success as you go. The more you take care of yourself, you increase the odds of living longer and living better. Don’t give up on your dreams: You can make this your best year ever.

Constance Ray

Constance Ray

Constance Ray started Recoverywell.org with the goal of creating a safe place for people to share how addiction has affected them, whether they are combating it themselves or watching someone they care about work to overcome it. The goal is to share stories of hope from survivors who know that the fight against addiction is one worth having, because no matter how it affects you, life can get better.

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The Priority Training Principle

The Priority Training Principle

Priority training is a Weider´s training principle, used when a muscle (or muscle group) is not developing at the same rate as the rest of the body. The difference between a good physique and a great physique is proportion, balance and symmetry.

The ideal physique is symmetrical, the upper and lower body are in proportion, and there are no muscles which stand out to the eye as over or under-developed in relation to the others. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always develop evenly.  After a few months of starting a regular training program, most people have already noticed that some muscles grow faster than others. 

Two main factors cause this unbalanced muscle development:
  1. Genetics: meaning that even if you’re diligent about training every muscle equally with the same amount of intensity and consistency, you’ll probably see some muscles fall behind others. That’s simply your body following its natural genetic pattern.
  2. There’s also a natural (unconscious) behavior. Most people give certain muscles special treatment, while other muscles are neglected. The body parts you don’t focus on, your least favorite body parts, or the exercises you find most difficult or unpleasant often get left to last and trained as an afterthought, or blown off completely. If you recognize errors like these and correct them, you can develop outstanding proportion, balance and symmetry.
Balanced body
The good news is, even the most stubborn muscles can be improved by working hard and using the right training strategies. It’s all about making weaker muscle groups your top priorityAmateurs focus too much on their strengths. Priority training is a principle used to improve muscles that lag behind the others. 
 
Here is where priority training begins: with honest assessment. Your first assessment is right in the mirror and you can do that immediately. Next come photos, videos and the opinions of fellow athletes, trusted friends and expert coaches.
Once you’ve identified body parts to prioritize, you’re ready to start making changes to your workout schedule and using priority training techniques. In some cases, this means training completely the opposite of the way you’re used to. That will take an open mind and willingness to change your training habits.
 
Priority training is not a single tactic, but a group of them, designed with one purpose: to put more attention, energy and effort into training the lagging body parts until they come into balance with the rest of your physique. 
 
Here, you’ll find the best priority training techniques that I’ve used and which I’ve taught to my clients over the years. These are classic techniques, dating back to the Weider era, so they’ve been tested and proven for years. Some people start by choosing the one strategy that seems most logical or appropriate based on their situation. But keep in mind, to get better results, you can attack your weak areas using multiple strategies.

1. Change the order of your exercises (train your weak body parts first)

Whatever you train first in your workout usually gets trained the hardest simply because you have more energy and strength at the start of the workout. Whatever you do last in the workout is usually trained with the least effort.
 
Change the order of the exercises in your workout so that the body part that needs the most work is done first, when you are mentally and physically the freshest. Never train your weak body parts last.

2. Change exercises to emphasize specific parts of a muscle.

A muscle has different sides, angles or facets. Some muscles are more complex than others, with fibers that fan out in multiple angles or which have separate heads with different tendon attachment points.
 
For example, the deltoids are well known for being multi-angular with distinct movement patterns for the front, side and rear portion of the muscle.
 
How much you can isolate individual heads of each muscle is controversial, but we know it’s possible to place some added emphasis on different portions of a muscle by choosing the exercises that best activate those portions. 
If you carefully choose the exercises to work the part of the muscle that needs the most work, that one simple change, combined with persistence, can bring everything into balance and create an impressive muscle from any angle.

3. Use a body part split routine with dedicated days for your high priority muscles

Full body workouts are popular, effective and ideal for beginners, for anyone with strength goals or limited days per week to train. There’s nothing wrong with full body training in those cases.
 
However, body part split training is ideal in the case of priority training to bring up a weak muscle, it’s one of the best strategies. You simply choose or create a custom split routine that gives you an entire day dedicated to your prioritized muscle group.

4. Increase your training intensity for your prioritized body parts

This simply means putting more physical and mental effort into every set and every rep. The whole idea of priority training is that you don’t push harder for every exercise or body part; you conserve your energy and put the extra effort only into your prioritized body parts.

5. Increase the volume (more exercises, more sets)

Usually, when you think of progressive overload, you think of increasing how much weight you lift. But another way to increase overload is simply do more sets (increase the volume). That could be more sets of the same exercise, or additional exercises.
 
For priority training, simply do more sets for the lagging body part. More is not always better, but as long as you have the time to do more sets and to recover from the added volume, this is a simple and effective way to increase growth.

6. Train overdeveloped body parts with less volume, intensity or frequency

Although most of these strategies revolve around working harder on the body parts you want to improve, it is entirely possible that to balance your physique to the proportions and symmetry you want, you may also need to back off training your most well-developed muscle groups.
 
It’s ok to train some muscle groups harder, and at the same time train others lighter, if they are already highly developed.

7. Mentally train yourself to focus on improving your priority body part

Mental training is a vital part of achieving your muscle-building or fat loss goals. In the case of priority training, it’s important because many people develop negative belief systems about their “weak” body parts (often blaming them too much on genetics).
 
The mental training starts with believing it’s possible to grow and change your body. You must visualize it and mentally see yourself training hard and growing into exactly what you want to look like. 
 
Change everything to the positive. What you used to call a weak or lagging body part, you can start calling it a priority body part. Stop thinking about it as weak.

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Discounts on Garmin products

As I announced earliear this month, I can offer you discounts on some cool brands. Now is your chance to get a discount on Garmin products (US shipping only).

The number of Garmin watches continues to grow, making the task of choosing the best one for you really difficult. With watches aimed from beginner runners and swimmers to performance triathletes and ultra-marathon veterans, it’s easy to overspend for features you don’t really need or will probably never use.

Choosing the perfect watch is all about your own personal fitness goals and matching a watch to those needs. If you’re trying to make sense of Garmin’s selection, I´m here to help.

To read the full description and get the discount, just follow the links.

Best Garmin smartwatches

Garmin vívoactive® 3

This is a device that’s aiming to bring more than just fitness smarts to your wrist. With the Vivoactive 3, Garmin is trying to push more into the realms of everyday design, too.

From playing to paying, vívoactive 3 is the smartwatch for your active life. Make contactless payments with ease, right from your watch, and with more than 15 preloaded sports apps — you can choose how you like to get fit. Built-in GPS lets you record the distance, pace, location and more for your outdoor activities.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • Quick Release Bands: yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm / Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm
  • Weight: 43.0 g
  • Water rating: Swim, 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
    Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4mm) diameter
    Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $269.99 – $299.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $245.14 – $271.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívoactive® HR

Run, bike, swim, golf, ski and more with vívoactive HR. Its GPS-enabled built-in sports apps track your stats while smart notifications allow you to stay connected — all so you can keep your life in balance. vívoactive HR continues to track activity throughout your day by counting steps and floors climbed as well as monitoring sleep and calculating intensity minutes. You won’t have to worry about this watch keeping up with you. The rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 days in watch/activity tracking mode or up to 13 hours using GPS.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Case material: polymer
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 30.2 x 57.0 x 13.5 mm / Regular: 137-195 mm circumference / X-large: 161-225 mm circumference
  • Weight: Regular: 47.6 g / X-large: 48.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.8″ x 1.13″ (20.7 x 28.6 mm)
  • Display resolution: 205 x 148 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: GPS mode: Up to 13 hours / Smartwatch mode: Up to 8 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $249.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $210.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 35 is slim and lightweight — perfect for daily runs, training and racing. It features built-in wrist-based heart rate as well as GPS that tracks your distance, pace, intervals and more. And since all these stats are captured by the watch, your watch is all you need — no phone, no chest strap. Just put on Forerunner 35 and go.  Ideal for new runners on a budget, they’re the cheapest of the lot and they’re also a little more accessible when it comes to your running stats.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 35.5 x 40.7 x 13.3 mm
  • Weight: 37.3 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 0.93″ x 0.93″ (23.5 x 23.4 mm)
  • Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 9 days / GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
  • Memory/History: 7 activities
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch

Regular price: $199.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $182.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin vívosmart® 3

Your sense of style is uniquely you. Let vívosmart 3 complement that style without trying to overshadow it. Featuring a slim, inconspicuous band, vívosmart 3 is as hip as anything in your closet. Even better, it’s a master of subtlety. The tracker’s hidden display is only visible when you want it to be. When you’re not using it, it disappears into the device. It’s the perfect companion for the office, the gym, the pool and everywhere in between.

Your activity tracker doesn’t define you, but what you do with it certainly can. That’s why vívosmart 3 features a discreet but attractive profile to help it fit right in with any fashion, and its smart features keep you on your toes. Track activity, monitor your heart rate, get smart notifications, and even access detailed fitness monitoring tools such as VO2 max estimate and your fitness age.

DETAILS

  • Strap materia: silicone
  • Physical size: Width: 18.5 mm / Thickness: 9.8 mm / Length (small/medium): 197 mm / Length (large): 223 mm / Circumference (small/medium): 122-188 mm / Circumference (large): 148-215 mm
  • Weight: Small/medium: 20.4 g / Large: 21.5 g
  • Water rating: Swim
  • Touchscreen
  • Display type: OLED
  • Display size: 0.38″ x 0.76″ (9.6 mm x 19.2 mm)
  • Display resolution: 64 x 128 pixels
  • Battery life: Up to 5 days
  • Memory/History: 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data
  • Clock Features: Time/Date, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch

Regular price: $139.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $122.29 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin watch for triathletes

Garmin Forerunner® 935

Offers advanced running and multisport features in a comfortable watch you can wear all day, and it only weighs 49 grams. Provides elevation changes with a built-in barometer; altimeter and electronic compass help you keep your bearings. Evaluates your training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it and offers additional performance monitoring features. Provides advanced dynamics for running, cycling and swimming, including ground contact time balance, stride length and more.

Forerunner 935 will help you monitor your training and recovery so you can better prepare for a race or training cycle. Training status is a new performance monitoring tool that automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re training productively, peaking or overreaching. The new anaerobic training effect metric opens a window of insight to a critical dimension of training, telling you how your training is improving your ability to push the limits. You can even view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: yes (22 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 47 x 47 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 49 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.2″ (30.4 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks / GPS-HR mode: Up to 24 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Forerunner 735XT lets you change things up with ease thanks to built-in activity profiles for running (indoor/outdoor), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool/open water), cross-country skiing, paddle sports, trail running, hiking and strength training.

For brick workouts and du/triathlon races, the auto multisport feature lets you switch sports with just one button press. 735XT is compatible with advanced workouts for running, cycling — and even pool swimming. Create your own custom workouts and download for free from Garmin Connect. Then review your past efforts on the app or share them with family and friends for added motivation.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chemically strengthened glass
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 44.5 x 44.5 x 11.9 mm
  • Weight: 40.2 g
  • Water rating: 5 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 215 x 180 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch Mode: Up to 11 days / GPS mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 24 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 80 hours of activity data
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times

Regular price: $349.99 – $499.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $316.74 – $450.99 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Best Garmin for multi-sport

Garmin fēnix® 5S

For serious athletes and adventurers who want to do more, not wear more — fénix 5S is the perfect fit. This is a premium multisport watch that offers full-size performance in a lighter, sleeker, more compact design. So you can beat yesterday with advanced features such as wrist-based heart rate, built-in activity profiles, navigation functions, and performance metrics that measure the effectiveness of your workout. It’s one smart sport watch you can comfortably wear anywhere — office or outback — to keep pace with your active lifestyle.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: chamically strengthened glass
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $549.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $495.74 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

Garmin fēnix® 5S Sapphire Edition

Beyond their running functions, fenix 5 watches also offer special feature sets to help with swim training, skiing, golfing and paddle sports, including stand-up paddle boarding and rowing. For swimmers, the device tracks your distance, pace, stroke count and more. Ski/Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with Auto Pause for the lift line) and more at your fingertips. The feature set for paddle sports includes stroke count, stroke rate and even distance per stroke. Golf mode gives you yardage to the front, back and middle of the green for any single course you’ve downloaded from Garmin Connect— and also adds enhancements such as stat tracking (fairways hit, etc.), Green View, AutoShot detection and auto measure. Sapphire edition features a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and Wi-Fi® connectivity.

DETAILS

  • Lens Material: sapphire crystal
  • Bezel Material: stainless steel
  • Case material: fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
  • QuickFit™ watch band compatible: included (20 mm)
  • Strap material: silicone, suede or steel
  • Physical size: 42 x 42 x 15 mm
  • Weight: 67 g
  • Water rating: 10 ATM
  • Display type: sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
  • Display size: 1.1” (27.94 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 218 x 218 pixels
  • Color display
  • Battery life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 9 days / GPS/HR mode: Up to 14 hours / UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours without wrist heart rate
  • Memory/History: 64 MB
  • Clock Features: Time/date, GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time, Alarm clock, Timer, Stopwatch, Sunrise/Sunset times 

Regular price: $649.99 – $799.99 (Free shipping)
With discount: $585.24 – $719.49 (Free shipping)

Full description and discount, HERE.

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How a high-protein diet and regular exercise will help you lose body fat and improve your health

After six weeks, it´s time to review Glenda´s progress. I know you´re expectant! You can see in the picture that the changes are clearly visible. If you are a recent follower of this blog and you do not know Glenda, you can read the first part of her story here.

I like the before and after pictures like anyone else but I recognize that a picture is highly subjective and depends on too many factors like light, place, who took the picture, etc. And honestly, a picture doesn´t give too much information to any trainer. It´s great for ads but it doesn´t make our job any easier. So, here are her measurements over these six weeks:

Glenda 6weeks

Looking at the numbers, you do not need to be a trainer to check that her body fat percentage has decreased (from 44.7% to 33.2%), just like her total fat mass (from 68.0 to 47.5). You can also see how her muscle mass has increased from 84.0 to 95.5. This is the reason why not all of the fat loss is reflected in the total weight, she has also gained muscle.

You can also check that she lost inches in the typical conflict areas: abdomen, waist, and hips. Exactly where she (and anybody) wants to lose inches!

These results are available to anyone if you have a proper diet and exercise program. Yes, lifting weights helps lose fat. How? The muscles consume calories. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body will consume. That´s why you need a high-protein diet, to preserve and build muscle. If you restrict your protein intake, your body won´t be able to repair and grow your muscles after your workouts. Is she drinking protein shakes all day long? NO! She´s just eating the right amount of macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fats) every day. She eats what she wants any given day, picking from the recipes I gave her, but taking care of the amount she needs. She makes 5 small meals per day, and she tells me every week that she loves the recipes.

Also, she kicks the gym four times per week… and she hurries up to message me every time she receives a compliment. I couldn´t be happier!! I´m not going to tell you her workout routines, but I can swear that I don´t torture her with burpees, planks or deadlifts. It´s all much easier than that: circuit training, isolation exercises, and some light cardio.

I asked her for some pictures to show you her progress, but we also got some great news from her doctor that she is willing to share with you so, she emailed me these lines about it:

“Hi, David!

I just had an appointment with my pulmonary specialist. I had a constant cough when I last saw her, which was before I started working out with you. When she tested me this week; I could take deep breathes with NO COUGHING!! and she asked what I was doing differently. I told her that I had been working out online with you; and that you had given me suggestions and guidelines for my diet… and what to drink!

She said “I can’t believe it! You’re healed! You are completely cured! So I don’t expect that I will be seeing you again.” WOOOHOOO!

And today, I was wearing a shirt that I had bought right before I started working out with you.

Glenda March1

At lunch, some of my friends said how loose it is and I pulled it tightly…

Glenda March2

even I was surprised. I haven’t completely gotten used to being healthy and not so fat.. and I am going to do even better this last month!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!”

And here she is proud, showing her stomach before the egg hunt on Palm Sunday:

Glenda March3

 

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Best Workout Playlist March 18

Best workout playlist March

Hello, dears!

Here is a new playlist for you to maintain a high pace in your workouts this March. Enjoy!

Playlist:

Vigiland – Friday Night

Infinity Ink – Infinity (Dubdogz & Bhaskar Remix)

Throttle – Hit The Road Jack

Ofenbach vs. Nick Waterhouse – Katchi

Juicy M & 4 decks

Moska – This Is House

Disclosure – White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge

HI-LO – Renegade Mastah

MAKJ & Michael Sparks ft. Fatman Scoop – Space Jam

Tiësto, Oliver Heldens – The Right Song ft. Natalie La Rose

Martin Garrix – Hold On & Believe (feat. The Federal Empire)

Ferreck Dawn & Robosonic – Old Dollars

KSHMR – House Of Cards (feat. Sidnie Tipton)

Deepend – Waiting For The Summer (feat. Graham Candy)

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Weider´s training principles: The isolation principle

Several muscles can be trained as a unit or isolated and trained individually. All muscles are involved more or less in every movement – either as stabilizers, agonist, antagonists or synergistic. If a particular muscle is to be built up, it needs to be exercised as separately as possible from the other muscles.

The isolation principle

The main focus for isolation work is to concentrate fully on using the main muscle to move the weight.
Main Muscles Worked: The muscles that are used the most during the exercise.
Secondary Muscles Worked: Muscles that assist the main muscles in the exercise.
Stabilizers: Muscles that are not worked by movement, but rather assist in stabilizing the body in addition to the weight of the exercise.
Let´s analyze the Barbell Curls, for example:
Main Muscles Worked:
  1. Biceps Brachii
Secondary Muscles Worked:
  1. Brachialis
  2. Brachioradialis
Stabilizers:
  1. Deltoid, Anterior
  2. Trapezius, Upper
  3. Trapezius, Middle
  4. Levator Scapulae
  5. Wrist Flexors
Some people often make the mistake that isolation work is useless and a full compound routine is all one needs to build muscle. While compounds are the quickest way to work your body, they fail to fully exhaust the muscles. This is where isolation work is needed.
While a compound workout is faster, isolations will better target each individual muscle, resulting in a complete workout. This puts more stress on the muscles, and thus makes them grow better than a full compound workout.

What Are Some Of The Benefits Of An All Isolation Workout?

Results: Put in simpler terms, it will give you maximum muscle growth. When body parts are neglected they won’t be able to grow. Isolation movements give you the ultimate edge. You get to hit the muscle group that couldn’t be hit with compound movements, or it wasn’t hit as good and that’s why it’s lacking.
Completely exhausting a muscle. Compounds work multiple muscles at once, yet it is impossible to work each of those muscles to its max with a single compound exercise. One muscle will tire out before the other. Thus the only way to get a complete workout with compounds would be to do a compound exercise for every muscle in your body. And that is not feasible due to energy and time. This is where isolation work shines, each muscle can be worked to its maximum potential that does not take an extreme amount of time or more energy than one has.
Fewer opportunities for injuries: Injuries can arise in all types of workouts, but they are much less common in isolation exercises. This being because compounds are more intense than isolations. They use several muscles at once, which greatly opens the door for one muscle overpowering another, thus resulting in a pulled muscle. Examples are the “Big 3”: squats, deadlifts, and bench press. Squats and deadlifts put a great deal of pressure on your spinal column while bench press puts pressure on your chest and shoulders at once, often contributing to a pulled muscle if the barbell slips.
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Who Would Benefit From Using An All Isolation Workout?

The people who gain the most benefit from an all isolation workout would definitely be people looking for a symmetrical body.
Others who would benefit from an all isolation workout would be older people who may not have the strength or bone support to do squats, deadlifts, bench presses or pull-ups.
Also for beginners, who may not know correct form for the big compound exercises or have enough strength to perform them, would benefit from an all isolation routine.
There are not many people that can do pull-ups on their first day in the gym or can do a set of squats in proper form. An isolation workout would give these people an introduction to weightlifting before they start doing the more advanced exercises. Whatever the reason, an all isolation routine has its place.
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Best workout playlist February 18

Best workout playlist February
Hello, dears! January is almost over and here I am with a new playlist to animate your February workouts. You have no excuse, sweat the T-shirt!! Playlist:
  1. Wiz Khalifa – Young Wild & Free (Konglomerate Remix)
  2. Lost Frequencies & Zonderling – Crazy
  3. Galantis and throttle – Tell Me You Love Me
  4. The most epic sound – tchaikovsky remix
  5. Fergie &Nicki Minaj Vs Taylor Swift-You Already Know Vs Look What You Made Me
  6. Throttle – Baddest Behaviour (Timmy Trumpet Remix)
  7. Tiësto & MOTi – Blow Your Mind
  8. Oliver Heldens – Bunnydance
  9. The Chainsmokers – Break Up Every Night (Dark Heart Remix)
  10. Ehrling – Dance With Me
  11. 3 Doors Down – Here Without You (Sonik & Gon Haziri REMIX)
  12. C2C – F·U·Y·A
  13. Portugal. The man. Feel it still
  14. Indila – Derniere Danse

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Best Workout Playlist January 18

Best workout playlist January

I like to get into my own world. When I am at the gym there’s no distractions, No room for weakness. To make the physical changes you seek you must mentally prepare and be zoned in.

Research consistently finds that listening to music distracts athletes from their “bodily awareness” (read: pain). And a recent study found that not just listening, but controlling and creating music in time to one’s pace had an even more profound effect on perceived effort during a workout. The study found that cyclists actually worked harder when listening to faster music as compared to music at a slower tempo. But too fast is no good, either. Songs between 120 and 140 beats per minute (bpm) have the maximum effect on moderate exercisers.

I assume that many of you are going to the gym next week, so this is an excellent playlist that will help you to give your best:

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Study finds: Strength and hypertrophy adaptations between low- vs. high-load resistance training

Schoenfeld, BJ, Grgic, J, Ogborn, D, and Krieger, J, have reviewed the current body of literature and a meta-analysis to compare changes in strength and hypertrophy between low- vs. high-load resistance training protocols. A total of 21 studies were ultimately included for analysis that met the following criteria:

  1. an experimental trial involving both low-load training [≤60% 1 repetition maximum (1RM)] and high-load training (>60% 1RM);
  2. with all sets of the training protocols being performed to momentary muscular failure;
  3. at least one method of estimating changes in muscle mass or dynamic, isometric, or isokinetic strength was used;
  4. the training protocol lasted for a minimum of 6 weeks;
  5. the study involved participants with no known medical conditions or injuries impairing training capacity.

Gains in 1RM strength were significantly greater in favor of high-load vs. low-load training, whereas no significant differences were found for isometric strength between conditions.

Changes in measures of muscle hypertrophy were similar between conditions.
The findings indicate that maximal strength benefits are obtained from the use of heavy loads while muscle hypertrophy can be equally achieved across a spectrum of loading ranges.

You can find the full article (PDF) here.

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Fitness Advice #1 Start Now

As a personal trainer, the first and best fitness advice I can give you is this: Start today!
You feel motivated right now and you think this motivation will keep growing and growing, leading you to start exercising soon. I´m sure you´ve heard that motivation is what gets you started. Probably, you feel motivated after a long day sitting on your couch and you tell yourself tomorrow morning will be different: you will go for a run, hit the gym or start doing yoga. Then, next morning, nothing happens. Where´s your motivation? Nobody knows. That´s why motivation sucks. Because it´s never there when you need it.
The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, apply the 5-seconds rule. In this video, Mel Robbins explains how we all sabotage ourselves, and how we can stop doing it.
Do not wait until next week, do not wait until tomorrow. Whether it is winning a race, losing weight, gaining flexibility, looking good in a bathing suit, or living a long life, start small and work your way up to a better and better you. Please, don´t fool yourself waiting for the perfect moment to start chasing your dreams. There is no perfect moment to start anything other than right now! After a long day sitting on the couch, there is nothing better than a few exercises to relieve and stretch your muscles. And that it´s much better than waiting until the next day. Now is always better than later.
Do not wait one more second: go to the gym and get that membership, or buy that pair of dumbbells you need to train at home or the pair of running shoes you need… Today is the right moment for you to start. No excuses, no overthinking… Just do it.
The toughest part is yet to be: keep going. Rome wasn´t built in a day. A warm day does not make summer. And let me tell you that after your first day working out, you´ll feel proud. But also soreness, tired, and many days from this first day you won´t feel like training. Those who workout on a regular basis know I´m telling the truth. We all feel like that one day (or week) or another! Remember the 5 seconds rule, kick your excuses out of your head and do what you have to do, keep going. A regular (serious) training plan is usually set for 6-8 weeks. On this journey you´ll have good and bad days, great and terrible days, they´re all part of the process.
I would love to help you achieve your fitness goals, whatever they are: lose weight, gain muscle, overcome a plateau, running a 5k or a marathon… You name it, I´m an old dog with years of experience and tons of tricks in my sleeve to get you where you want to be. If you need a custom training and meal plan, and I could help you, sign up. We´ll work together using Evernote, the best app in the market to set goals, track progress, and get things done. That´s what fitness is about, right? Set goals, get things done, and progress towards your dreamed body.
   

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