I walked into the commercial gym yesterday after a long day of work excited to begin my workout. After warming up I proceeded to the squat rack to start my resistance training workout. I unfortunately ran into a bit of a roadblock. I was planning on starting with some Back Squats but there was a young man in the power rack performing barbell biceps curls with horrible form (a definite no-no!).
Body for Life is more of a bodybuilding routine although it doesn’t use an excessive number of sets. You work your upper body twice and your lower body once during the first week. The second week, you work your lower body twice and your upper body once. You continue to alternate each week. This keeps you from overtraining.
The raised heel provided stability and prevented damage to any of the lower extremities. But what about enhancing the performance? The weightlifting shoes not only have a raised heel but also have a hard sole which helps with lifting the weights. A hard, incompressible sole prevents the force which is produced to lift the weight from being dissipated against the floor. A shoe with a soft sole, like sneakers, not only prevent the force which is produced by the lifter from being used to lift the weight, but also make the base of the lifters body very shaky.
Medicine Balls are a great tool depending upon your fitness goals and your current training level. For an athlete in search of sports performance enhancement, Medicine Balls are a great tool because they can be accelerated in a rapid fashion through many planes of motion. If general fitness is your goal, you can perform many traditional gym exercises with a Medicine Ball as well. Medicine balls come in all shapes, sizes, weights, and colors. Be sure that the ball you pick suits your needs. By the way, these are also great for outdoor workouts on a sunny day!
Powerlifting is a strength sport that involves three lifts – the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Powerlifters usually perform multiple heavy sets of low repetitions, focusing on strength and power as opposed to size. These three lifts are all good for wrestling. But, doing only those three lifts may not meet all of your needs. And, focusing only on heavy weights and low reps may not be best if done exclusively.
One bonus tip to increase your ability jump higher in basketball is stretching. Stretching relaxes and improve the circulation of your muscles. Stretching is going to help you improve your verticals by leaps and bounds and move you closer to dunk a basketball.
Some people swear by bodyweight training. Combine that with a weighted vest and you have yourself a tough workout plan. Others claim that barbells and dumbbells are better. Some say that resistance is resistance and it doesn’t really matter.
That sounds odd, as a benefit for a loss of fat. However, a verdict minutes and think about what happens when the form is to be. It is true that you quit. Well, this May seem obvious, but if you are training too early, you lose ability, a key for training in this case the promotion of fat loss. In general, the technique must be in the absence of fatigue. And I fully agree with…95% of the time. When I recruit weightlifter, I have something very interesting. I have some of my best lifts (remember the Olympic weightlifting, the style is very, very technical), if I was sometimes, the tired. I mean, I feel that I am not even a truck I’m trying to lift.
Pavel states, “if you look at the training of the strongest people in the world, be it weightlifters, powerlifters, strongmen, whatever, there’s one universal truth. They always lift heavy, in terms of percentage of one rep max, they always keep their repetitions low, and they never, ever train to failure.” His workout promises strength without bulk.
After the grand tour it was time to sit down and sign the papers that allowed me to be a privliged member of Fit N’ Fun. I began to tell the lady a little about my background and my profession and she began to panic. “Excuse me sir I need to go to the restroom,” she replied as I was telling her about my work in the industry. A few minutes later a man approached me and informed me that the employee I had been speaking with was sick and would not be able to continue talking with me. He informed me he was the manager and he would be able to help me with anything I needed. I let the manager know that the sales tactics used by his employee were very mis leading and this facility was not equipped with the tools or staff to train anyone that was serious about fitness.
One of the things I try to do in life is to be continually improve, to be better at the end of the day when compared to the beginning. This applies very much as a fitness professional. I want to constantly improve so that my clients get better and better results, more and more consistently.
My workouts, were almost all leg and hip based at the time, as I was training for the sport of weightlifting shoes. Squats, deadlifts, pulls, more squats of different variations were all part of a day’s workout.
Crossfit gear is pretty easy to find online. Just type it into a popular search engine and bam, you have several sites offering a lot of similar products. However, you need to find reviews on the equipment, so you know the equipment is quality and will last a long time. So make sure you either type reviews into the search engine as well, or ask people who have bought similar equipment.
Stepping back from the suggestions above you see that fitness at any level is the same transition; challenge-work-reward. That “challenge” is the thing that forces you to get out of your comfort zone. What you will see is when you do get out of your comfort zone the reward makes you really happy you did. This realization will change you into the kind of person that looks for new challenges. You become the kind of person who is always growing and developing in and outside of the gym. This outlook will change your life.