Compound Exercises vs Isolation: How to Make the Right Choice

Compound exercises vs isolation

Here is one of the biggest questions around physical activity that pops up every now and then: should you stick to compound exercises or isolation exercises as a part of your training schedule?  Is one better than the other?  If compound lifts are so good  – how come there are so many gyms that offer a huge variety of expensive machines targeting specific muscles? The truth is – both methods can be used to improve strength.  Both methods can be used to build a better body.  But there are scenarios where one would work better than the other. Instead of taking sides, in this article we will explore advantages and disadvantages of both compound and isolation exercise and then try […]

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Weight training for kids – best workout or a way to stunt growth?

weight training for kids

We have previously seen how unsubstantiated fears kept most women away from weights for many decades because someone, somewhere took a liberty of defining women as overly fragile, helpless beings that were unable (and unwilling) to ever lift more than the weight of their purses.  (Of course, producers of 0.5lb barbells missed the fact that just to be prepared for the challenges of everyday life, women would need to lift, push, squat and carry much higher weights – like their own babies). In any case, hopefully, you realize by now that when we compare males and females – there are more similarities than differences in metabolic pathways, muscular function and useful methods to achieve athletic and health goals.  So this […]

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Why you cannot lose weight

cannot lose weight

Let me start with some bad news – you cannot lose weight by following most of today’s conventional advice around what makes the best exercise to lose weight. Most exercise tips to lose weight these days focus on aerobics (often referred to as “cardio”) as the best way to tackle the problem.  They suggest that you should try walking to lose weight, endless running or any combination of demanding fitness activities that will have you sweating buckets and panting like a dog on a hot day. The reality, however, is that – despite following that advice and engaging into endless jogging, elliptical machine training, Zumba and other “fun” activities – the majority of people cannot lose weight and keep it off.  You […]

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5/3/1 strength program: how to get consistent results

5/3/1 strength training

In this article, we will explore the 5/3/1 training program. Strength training is almost an art.  Sure, you can pick up heavy weight in any shape or form and move it around – and (because moving any weight requires muscle power and repetitive heavy weight training leads to adaptation that makes any muscle stronger) you will, no doubt, get some results.  Those results may be especially impressive if you are just starting out – at that point you may not even care much about how structured your exercise is. But, remember – we are not after just any gains at any cost.  We are after the best possible gains we can get using the least amount of effort and time in […]

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Are Separate Arm Workouts Worth It?

Strong arm workouts

Arm workouts consistently remain a popular topic for weight lifters, bodybuilders or competitive team athletes. This is because having muscular (or, if you are a female – well-defined and toned) and strong arms is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally beneficial. Well-developed and strong arms assist and provide stability in larger compound lifts, help in various sports and make daily activities a lot easier.

Understandably, arm workouts are very popular among athletes of various degrees of experience. How do these fit into the philosophy of big lifts and mostly compound body

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Skinny Fat: When Losing Weight is Not Good

skinny fat parade

A very common mistake of “losing weight” can totally mess up your health. How often have you seen thin people resembling oversized stick figures? How often have you secretly wished you were skinny? Perhaps because the media constantly promotes the image of light-weight and slim models – or perhaps you think this would be a healthier version of yourself? Here is why you might have been wrong about this.

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Building muscle after 40 (Part II)

building muscle after 40

Continuing from Part I, we will look into how to prevent age-related muscle loss to extend your life, reduce the risk of injuries and dangerous metabolic disorders. Start implementing these tips today to build a strong foundation for the future!

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Fit at 40 and beyond – Part I (losing muscle mass)

Fit at 40

The risks of not being fit at 40 and beyond are very real. Can you afford to ignore them? What if you never really exercised properly – is it ever too late to start? Let’s start looking into the science of how you can reverse aging, retain agility and strength and look great!

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Nutritional Ketosis, Part II – Ketogenic Diet in Weight Control and Sports

ketogenic diet - bacon-eggs-avocado

Improved body composition and better endurance are only a few of the benefits of ketogenic diet – both have profoundly positive effects on health, longevity and quality of life. But why is ketogenic diet so effective for getting rid of body fat? Why is it more effective than, say, “low-fat” or “low-calorie” diets, popularized and promoted in the last several decades and still prevailing in the minds of most dieters? The second article in the series explains…

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