The trick to being successful at the gym is to stick with it until getting to the gym and pushing your body to its limits feels like second nature. It only takes about two weeks of daily activity to form a habit, and so really it won’t be too long before getting out there every day is going to become part of your regular routine.
During the holidays most of us want to spend as much time as possible with loved ones, so workouts often drop to the bottom of our priorities list. We all do it because let’s be honest – spending time with family and friends is exactly what Christmas is all about!
It's no secret to anybody who's attempted a chin up or pull up that these exercises can be among the most difficult in terms of bodyweight training. Both pull ups and chin ups require a great deal of upper body strength—and if you can do even one of either, you should be pretty proud of yourself! Still, there seems to be a lot of debate over whether overhand pull ups or underhand chin ups are best for building muscle..
"HIIT" isn't just the shouted refrain of a crazed boxing instructor, but an exercise methodology where participants alternate between short flurries of rapid activity and short recovery periods. The acronym itself, short for High-Intensity Interval Training, covers both entire workout sessions made up of these varied intervals, as well as specific exercises that can be incorporated into a broader routine. Given the ramped up intensity, getting ready is more important than ever, but that doesn't mean you can't also incorporate HIIT warmups before any primary workout.
The most important rule of working out is to never, ever skip leg day. It's hard to go up a set of stairs after hitting a new personal record for lunges, but the biggest muscles in your body are found in the legs, and nobody's six-pack looks good when they've got a pair of chicken legs. Give leg day an extra bit of kick by adding box squats to the mix and you'll lift your way to a killer leg routine each time you limber up the hammies.
Outside every group exercise studio there are eyes peering in. Behind those eyes there’s someone who wonders what makes participants show up to kick, bend and twist together. They’re sweating AND smiling. Why? Group exercise classes are fun, that's why!
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) packs a punch by alternating bursts of very high-intensity activity with brief periods of low-intensity exercise. A good HIIT workout can rev up your metabolism and get you past even the lengthiest and most frustrating of plateaus. Unfortunately, HIIT can also be very hard on the body. If your joints don't feel too hot the day after a hardcore HIIT workout, try moving your efforts to the pool, where you can enjoy the same level of intensity without putting your joints at risk.