4 Ways to Strengthen Your Glutes February 02 2016

  Not only are your glutes responsible for giving you a firm backside, but they also help in everyday activities as well. For instance, you would find it difficult to stand up from a sitting position or walk up a flight of stairs if it weren’t for your gluteal muscles. Therefore, strengthening them can help you look better and make life a little easier. Here are four gluteal exercises that...

The Importance of Stretching at Every Workout January 16 2016

  When most people think about conditioning their bodies via regular workouts, they usually think solely about cardiovascular activities and resistance training. While both of these are certainly beneficial when it comes to overall fitness, there is another part of an effective, results-producing workout that is often missing. That is stretching. Part of what makes stretching so important is that, when conducted before you exercise, it helps loosen and elongate...

Mistakes Not to Make on Your First Long-Distance Run January 15 2016

    Long distance running is a great way to get and stay in shape. Not only does it help strengthen and tone your leg muscles and core, but it also benefits your heart. It even builds your endurance, which makes it more beneficial if increasing your stamina is as important to you as increasing your strength and speed. However, if you’re a starter who is getting ready to go...

Olympic Barbell Attachments: Clasps vs Collars January 11 2016

  If you’re lifting Olympic sized weights, then you’re probably also in the market for Olympic barbell attachments to use with them. However, there are several to consider when it comes to attachments designed to keep your weights on the bar. For ease in this discussion, we’re going to break them down into two general types: clasps and collars. Clasps are the attachments that you can pinch between your fingers...

Benefits of Working Out With Free Weights at Home January 07 2016

  Most gyms have a more than ample supply of weights and weight machines, allowing you to work any (and all) of the muscles you desire. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a great workout at home using free weights either. In fact, there are a few different benefits to building your muscles without ever leaving your house. #1: Strength Benefits Certainly, using weight machines is a great...

Best Free Online Diet Programs January 05 2016

  When it comes to losing weight, not all options are cheap. In fact, some programs cost hundreds and hundreds per month, which often means that you have to choose between saving your money or saving your waistline…the former of which usually wins. Fortunately, there are some online diet programs that are available at no cost to you. Here are a few of the best ones: FitClick. One of the...

Best 5 Exercises to Strengthen Your Back and Core January 03 2016

  Having a strong back and core does a number of positive things for you. First, it makes everyday activities such as doing yardwork, cleaning the house, and playing with the kids or grandkids easier. It also helps protect your spine, which likely means fewer back problems and a higher quality of life. So, which exercises are key to these two areas? Here are the best five: #1: The Plank...

Foam Roller Directions for Use: Part 2 December 31 2015

  As discussed in part 1 of these directions, foam rollers provide a lot of health-enhancing benefits. (If you haven’t read it already, be sure to read it now.) And now that you thoroughly understand how to use rollers so they promote your upper body, it’s time to take a look at your lower body and what this one piece of equipment can do for you there. Lower Body Foam...

Health Benefits of Using a Massage Stick December 30 2015

  Achieving higher levels of health often means using various pieces of fitness-related equipment like weights, cardio machines, and any other exercise device imaginable. However, there is another piece of equipment that offers a lot of health benefits even though you’re not likely to break a sweat using it, and that is a massage stick. A massage stick is a rod or pole that is typically between one and two...

Foam Roller Directions for Use: Part 1 December 28 2015

  Using foam rollers in conjunction with your exercise program offers a lot of advantages. For instance, they can help release muscle tension, improve blood flow, and they even assist with the removal of toxins that have built up in your muscles as a result of working out, which ultimately means a shorter recovery time and less pain. The question is: How do you use them? Fortunately, foam rollers are...