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Fitness Tips – March 2016

 

  1. Eat a balanced diet, lower in fat, lower in sugar and higher in fiber.
  2. Diets don’t work. Exercise is the bottom line behavior for weight management.
  3. When trying to lose fat, aim for a maximum of 4 pounds a week excluding water weight.
  4. People don’t stop exercising because they grow old, they grow old because they stop exercising.
  5. It’s easy to lose weight. The challenge is to keep it off. Exercise works…maybe try it?
  6. Don’t worry so much about your heart rate when you exercise. Use common sense and pace yourself so you can talk.  
  7. One of the best ways to reduce stress is to exercise – this is a common fact!
  8. The older you are, the more important it is that you get exercise. Exercise makes bones denser. Exercise helps maintain mobility.
  9. Exercise, if it were a pill, it would be the most widely prescribed medicine in the world.
  10. Statistics are like bikinis. They only reveal half the truth. – Men’s Fitness – 
  11. Upper-body weight training will help women maintain lean body mass. – Women’s Health & Fitness – 
  12. The best aerobic exercise is the one you’ll do every day.
  13. If you don’t seem to be getting more fit, you may be exercising too hard or the wrong way.
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Workout Plan Program For All

Hello Everyone,

So this training mixes a lot of different aspects of fitness together and it was made in mind for a good friend Caro as well as someone else that I am currently helping out; Jenna!

Hope this helps others out! Just note that the more body parts you add in per day the more complicated your schedule needs to be.

 

 

A superb four day workout program that’s perfect for you! I’ve tried a lot of different workout’s out there and designed this one to push and expect a lot to meet the needs of beginners and veterans alike.

Why make it difficult to motivate yourself to exercise.  With these great routines, you will be pumped up, you will have more stamina, and you will have a mind blowing body!

The 4-Day Workout Program is a high-intensive program that’s designed to shed a layer of fat and build layer upon layer of muscle.  It is split up into four individual workout routines – complete with supersets, tri-sets and HIIT for additional resistance training.  They will work together to form a well-rounded program for your benefit.

In my mind, like others have come up with already…it’s not rocket science, you have 3 variations depending on your schedule, goals and fitness level – you must follow 1 of 3 variations below:

  1. Standard Split – 4 days per week:   A – B – OFF – C – D – OFF – CARDIO – Repeat
  2. Accelerated Split – 5 days per week: A – B – C – D – OFF – CARDIO – A
  3. High Intensity Split – 6 days per week: A – B – C – D – OFF – A – B

Note: For excellent results: It would be beneficial to add additional cardio on an off day of training.  This can be substituted by sports or other forms of activity by yourself!  Look it also helps adjust you to motive yourself after this is all said and done!

The same workouts might not fall on the same day each week. That’s good so your body doesn’t adapt too quickly!  But regardless of which track you are following, you must always follow in alphabetic order.  Meaning from A > B > C > D even if you miss a day!  Do NOT conveniently miss leg day because you are making up excuses.

Lastly, don’t make your rest time between sets more than 1 ½ minutes!

Follow this religiously and rigorously for 8 weeks plus another 4 weeks if you want to change it up and you will see improvements with your body and mind!!

Last But Not Least:

  • Adjust the weight to your own ability and gradually increase it over time. Use the heaviest weight possible for the given number of repetitions without sacrificing your form.
  • If you’re new to lifting or training in general, take this as a good primer and go slow!
  • FOR MY VETERANS WHO THINK THEY DON’T NEED THIS ANYMORE BECAUSE ITS TOO EASY – DON’T FORGET THAT AS YOU GET STRONGER YOUR MAX WILL CHANGE THEREFORE YOUR PERCENTAGES WILL CHANGE TOO!!!
  • As always, it really doesn’t matter how hard you work during your workouts. If your diet is crap and you eat garbage, you will not see the results you want and you will blame the program.  Help cultivate the muscle by feeding it things it can use! 

Here’s your routine break down 8 weeks:                                      Here’s your routine break down 4 more weeks:

Workout 1 – Legs & Cardio (A)                        Workout 1 Additional – Leg & Shoulders

Workout 2 – Shoulders & Abs (B)                   Workout 2 Additional – Bicep & Tricep

Workout 3 – Back & Biceps (C)                        Workout 3 Additional – Chest & Back

Workout 4 – Chest & Triceps (D)                    Workout 4 – Legs & Cardio– Legs & Cardio/Abs

 

Good Luck!!

 

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What is a superset? – Are there Variations?

I would like to thank leanitup.com and bodybuilding.com for more information towards these subjects and the articles they provide.  For more information, I have provided hyerlinks to their websites for further information.  To sum things up, just keep reading.

I would also like to thank Marcus from http://www.mindtomusclefitness.com for supporting my blogging and giving me a different but great understanding of supersets.

Check this out https://www.mindtomusclefitness.com/supersets/

Let’s begin with standard sets because they are what most people do during their weight lifting or exercise sessions.

Example:

3-4 sets of 10-12 reps – Bench Press w/ 1 minute rest between

There are several ways that this can be good but not great or even superb!  After a while your body doesn’t feel a burn or fatigue, because it isn’t stimulated by the basic sets or reps ratio amount anymore.  This is a big part of muscle building and retention of resistance training, but that same way of thinking can also prevents 90% of people from venturing into more challenging workouts (without a kick in the butt from a trainer of course!).  It also leads them towards natural plateaus and lack of “want” to come or continue doing exercise.  Lets admit it, we do exercise to look good and feel good! If I don’t look good and cannot perform, there is no point anymore! SO YOU HAVE TO CHANGE THINGS UP!

“This is where a BIG problem remains — relying exclusively on traditional, standard sets leaves an enormous amount of muscle growth AND fat-burning potential untapped.”

Sure you’ll stimulate muscle growth for a period of time when you first start out with standard sets and rep ratios, but the body will adapt over time and growth stagnates even if you change your exercises. Moreover, traditional sets aren’t that intense, outside of major anchor lifts like squats, and/or dead-lifts etc. Elite physical athletes are constructed through high intensity and challenge for change — standard sets generally can’t escalate to that level and evolve your muscle.

“Push FORWARD and tweak the way you train. Here are 5 powerful set variations that can toss a wrinkle into your routine, galvanize new results and burst frustrating plateaus, and crank up fat burn to full-blown incineration mode.”

That is why, there are different styles of building workouts to maximize potential; here are some…yet another way to Bust through a plateau!

  1. Super Sets – What is it?

Super sets are a series of two exercises performed in a row without rest.  When doing these for the first time, you may find your endurance/stamina to be a problem.  This is required learning for anyone who wants a killer physique. When you are “supersetting”, there are a variety of options, the most basic set variation and the launching pad for more advanced techniques is:

Complete 1 set of 1 exercise immediately followed by a 2nd set of a different exercise, without rest (and change weight or equipment, if necessary).  You can either superset within the same body part or train a different body part.

Example —

  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Flies, 12 reps

 

 2. Circuit Sets – What is it?

Also known as circuit training, circuit sets are a super set consisting of 3 or more different exercises back to back to back, without rest.

Like supersets, Circuit sets can hit one muscle group, or combine multiple exercises across muscle groups.

Example —

  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 50 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Flies, 25 lbs, 12 reps
  • Push Ups, 20 reps

 

A different way of looking at circuit training sets can be found here

  1. Drop Sets

Drop sets are unique among athletes because they’re concerned purely with cosmetic improvements and not necessarily performance.  They are geared towards increasing muscle size (hypertrophy) without being conducive to strength, power, or speed increased gains.  In fact most athletes want the opposite of bulk!

Completing 2+ sets of the same exercise — without rest — decreasing the weight used in each subsequent set.

Weight on drop sets can decrease by as much as you want from set-to-set, depending on how many mini-sets you do.

Example —

  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 100 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 70 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 45 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 25 lbs, 12 reps

A great link for drop sets can be found  here

  1. Strip Sets

Complete 3+ sets of the same exercise — without rest — increasing the weight used in each subsequent set. This conventionally works best on machines with a weight stack, but it can also work with dumbbells or barbells but  keep in mind that hoarding 10 sets of dumbbells might be a little issue.

After reading a little more about drop sets, athletes use strip sets more commonly because it has a tendency to increase speed and power rather than cosmetics.

Start strip sets with a moderate weight and continuously jump by 10-50% per set, depending on how many mini-sets you do within one strip set. I like to increase until failure at the end of my workout.

Example —

  • Calf Raises, 100 lbs, 15 reps
  • Calf Raises, 125 lbs, 15 reps
  • Calf Raises, 150 lbs, 15 reps
  • Calf Raises, 175 lbs, 15 reps
  • Calf Raises, 250 lbs, 10 reps (reached failure)
  1. Burnout Sets

Complete an exercise using a light weight (less than half the lbs in a normal set) until you literally can’t complete another rep.

Do burnout sets either as a standalone set or as the final set in a super set/circuit set; they’re most effective at the END of a workout.

Example —

  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 50 lbs, 12 reps
  • Dumbbell Chest Press, 20 lbs, 38 reps (to failure)

References:

Leanitup.com – Supersets

Bodybuilding.com – Drop Sets & Circuit Training Variations

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Fitness Tip #3 – Some of the Best bodyweight motions

Hello Everyone,

I just found the article again to help everyone out that follows my page.  I develop routines and fitness workouts for a lot of people and have a career in recreation but just thought I would help out anyone that wants to make their own.  These are just some of several hundred of motions you can do with your body.

Good luck

Be safe, and walk in peace.

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