Importance of Core Training

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Core training is a very important aspect of an exercise routine for athletes. When incorporated into a proper workout routine it will help improve neuromuscular control and hopefully reduce injuries. The trunk of the body is considered the core and is comprised of the abdominal muscles, back muscles, pelvic floor muscles and the diaphragm. The core is the basis for all functional movements in sports, and is crucial for everything from cutting, to pivoting, to throwing, etc. Its main purposes are to allow for balance & stability, absorbing force and for the transfer of force/energy to the extremities. The transfer of force/energy affords the athlete the ability to generate additional power with various athletic activities such as a golf swing or a punch.

Incorporating proper technique and core training into a routine will facilitate improved neuromuscular athletic movement patterns which can help with maintaining correct alignment and stability of the spine and pelvis while performing an athletic activity. It will also help the athlete become more efficient with the execution of movements. The strength or weakness of the core will determine the athlete’s ability to move and generate power efficiently while participating in sport. Having good core strength, stability, and efficient dynamic neuromuscular control will facilitate the opportunity for improved sports performance.

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The Truth About Boot Camps

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They are very rapid growing trend. The 3 main reason why they are is as follows.

1. Its is very affordable.

2. You can go with all your friends and try holding each other accountable.

3. There is usually one or two people leading the boot camp, so you can relax a little bit.
But the most important thing you are not being assisted with in boot camps, is efficient resistance training and nutrition. Which are the two main components in weight loss and muscle definition.

Boot camps stress on cardio, yes cardio is a great thing, but in order to maintain your goals of weight loss and definition you have to eat right and train right. Lifting a 5-8lb dumbbell in your bootcamp is not sufficient enough, and the amount of repetitions you are doing are too high in order to stress the muscle enough so it can grow, which is the point in resistance training. More muscle will increase your metabolism, which will then allow your body to burn fat. After 20min-30min all your carbohydrate stores are done. After that, your body relies on easily accessible protein to use as fuel!! This is BAD! This is called catabolism, and your body ends up using your protein stores for energy, this makes it harder for your body to add muscle tone, as you have no proteins no longer in your body to do so.

You are probably wondering. Will you lose weight doing boot camps?
Yes, but it isn’t just fat, you are burning fat and protein stores, which could have potential lead to muscle.
So why would you want to do that, when muscle is what speeds up your metabolism?

Also in boot camps you will very quickly reach a plateau. Which means your body will not change much. I am just here to inform you about what bootcamps are truely doing, it is a money market for most trainers.

The main thing also is they put you on a 3 month contract at $300 which works out to be $10 a session per week. But if you do not attend your money is good as gone. They charge everyone $300 each for there Bootcamp packages. If there are 30 of you that is a quick and easy $3000 for the group. Do you think they really care about your results??

The main thing also is the instructors running the boot camps wouldn’t even last 10min in a real military or police boot camp!

Do you really think they now how to motivate and push you correctly?? When they themselves have never trained to any sort of high fitness standard??




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Most Important Factors To Consider When Losing Weight And Burning Fat

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In general, people will practice cardiovascular activities and forget about weight bearing exercises when it comes to burning fat. Yet there are still many trainers who will say that aerobic exercises burn off fat and weightlifting is only used to build muscle bulk. This statement is not entirely correct because the more muscle mass one acquires through weight-bearing exercises, the more he will burn fat calories even at rest.

Cardiovascular activity combined with weight training will result in much more effective fat loss. Cardiovascular exercises will raise muscle metabolism during the activity and for a short time after the exercise session. Weight training, on the other hand, will raise your muscle metabolism during the exercise session and for a long time after the exercise session. Some high intensity trainers have even seen their metabolism rise for several days following their training session.

Performing adequate weight training exercises should limit your repetitions anywhere from 1 to 20 (more or less). Such resistance on muscles will make their tissue leaner and stronger. The muscle development will take place during the rest period following the resistance training. Therefore, sufficient rest periods are essential.

Whether your goal is to tone or build muscles, it is important to know what happens during the muscle training process. When lifting weights, muscle tissues are torn apart (at the microscopic level) from the stress, and it’s in the recuperation period that your muscles become stronger and, therefore, able to support the extra stress. Usually the recuperation period required is 24 to 48 hours after the weight lifting activity.

The last most important factor to consider when trying to burn fat or lose weight is that lots of muscle mass can be lost as a result. As muscle mass will keep your metabolism high, try to avoid quick weight loss through miracle diets or starvation. This weight loss will be regained just as quickly. Instead, opt for a gradual fat loss routine by combining weight training and cardiovascular activities, and allow muscle mass to build up and increase your metabolism. Results may take a little longer, but they will last for a longer period of time.

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5 Good Reasons Why Women Should Be Lifting Weights

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1. It beats aerobic training hands down for fat loss

Studies show, even when they were performed at the same intensity (ie, the same amount of oxygen was consumed), weight training had a greater effect on the metabolism, and burned more calories for hours after wards. This is because, when you lift weights, you are not only using a lot more of the muscle at a greater intensity, but also building new muscle. And, of course, the more muscle you have, the more fat you burn.

2. It will make you stronger and fitter

I am often amazed at people who can run for miles but can barely pick up a heavy bag. That’s because aerobic activity (like running and step classes) burns a lot of calories but doesn’t build muscle, so you’re actually getting weaker. Research shows, women who lifted weights performed best in tests of strength and power. The aerobically trained group did worst. So, for real fitness benefits, do both.

3. It strengthens bones

Intensity is everything. It’s better to do between three and weight reps with a heavier weight than 20 with a light one. Do it with enough weight and you can significantly increase your bone mass. The exercises best suited to this are those that make the body work harder, such as squats and lunges using weights. This provides valuable protection against osteoporosis, which affects one woman in three over the age of 50.

4. It improves your mood, confidence and well-being

Countless studies are showing that not only can weight training improve your body, but it can also make a real difference to your state of mind. Lifting weights develops confidence, and has been shown in some cases to be as effective as drug therapy in improving depression and anxiety. Interestingly, in research done by Professor Maria Fiatarone in Australia, this was particularly the case when subjects lifted heavier weights.

5. It helps prevent illness and aids recovery

One study found that women who had breast cancer surgery had greater strength and less fatigue after resistance training. It also helps with diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, MS, arthritis and many more conditions that can severely affect the quality of life. Just remember to get clearance from your doctor before starting any exercise.

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Strength Training for Women

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I know this girl. She used to go the gym 5 days a week. Alternating cardio machines for 90 mins. She wasn’t overweight. But neither was she “toned” as she desired. She was skinny & fat.

Yes that exists: skinny & fat. That’s how you become when you don’t give your body the nutrition it needs for recovery. Your body burns muscles & holds fat.

I told her once to get into strength training & eat more healthy. But I got the classic response: “I don’t want to end up bulky & muscular like a man”.

You Won’t Get Bulky. Remember: your bodyweight depends on the amount of calories you eat & expend. Strength training will make you gain muscle & lose fat. But you’ll stay at the same bodyweight unless you start eating more.

Women have lower testosterone levels than men. Muscle mass & strength depend on your testosterone levels. The only way women can get as muscular as man is by using steroids or pro-hormones.

CrossfitBenefits for Women. I wrote about the reasons to starts strength training in the past. They’re the same for women:

* Less Fat. More muscles, decreased body fat at the same bodyweight.
* Balanced Physique. Many women are skinny in the upperbody & bulky in their legs. Strength training will

balance your physique.
* Increased Bone Density. Lifting weights prevents osteoporosis.
* Blood Circulation. Helps combat cellulites on thighs & glutes.
* More strength. Pregnancy, holding baby, householdery,… gets easier.
* Fun. Women really like sports from my experience, especially when they have fun while getting results.
* Physical Activity. Whether it is strength training or something else: you need physical activity to stay “sane”.

How Women Should Train. Same as men. Same exercises. Same sets & reps. Same programs. If your goal is toning up & losing fat, strength is your tool.

Focus on getting stronger on the Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift, Overhead Press & Pull-up. Get on the beginner strength training program.

Women’s Results. The difference in testosterone levels will influence the results you’ll achieve as a woman. In general:

* Increased muscle mass. But less than a man.
* Decreased body fat. 16% for women is the same as 10% for men.
* Increased strength. But again less than a man.

In terms of physique, look at the woman above at CrossFit. She is Cankle free, slender legs, flat stomach,
she is athletic, in shape & not bulky. Women of crossfit are also much more attractive and desired by men, then your common party girl.
Their secret is simple: training hard, consistently, eating correctly & living a healthy lifestyle.

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7 Ways To Achieve Fat Loss

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