You're miserable: achy, feverish, and exhausted. Your head is pounding, and you're nauseated. All the tell-tale signs are there; it's the flu. Before you stock up on ginger ale and jump into bed for the week, you might consider phoning a... Read more
Most people believe that all exercises are good, safe and effective. After all it's exercise—and that has to count for something, doesn't it?
The truth is that some common exercises aren't safe at all (especially for people who... Read more
It’s a common problem for many who exercise. It makes everyday activity difficult, and scares a lot of people away from any physical activity. It’s lower back pain. For those of you who suffer from it, there is hope. While there... Read more
Running may be challenging, but it is an activity humans were designed to do—and it's something nearly everyone can enjoy if we allow time and patience for our bodies to adapt to the demands of the sport. But that doesn't mean that prop... Read more
Navigating your way around the weight room can sometimes feel like an obstacle course—especially if you are not familiar with the surroundings. You can easily injure yourself if you're not being careful or attentive. In probably the largest... Read more
Muscle does NOT "weigh more than fat". It is MORE DENSE: the same weight takes up less space. A pound is a pound, fat or not. That being said, your body may have found its "happy weight". How tall are you? Even at 5'2", my happy weight is about 140.... Read more
Add in some strength training. As you build muscle, it will help you look slimmer since muscle is more dense than fat (1 lb muscle takes up less space than 1 lb fat). You can lose a clothing size without changing your weight much w/ strength training... Read more
As a beginner at the gym I am using the machines for strength training. What exercises can I do to workout my stabilizer muscles which don't involve using free weights?
Michael... Read more
It depends on your body. The more muscle and less fat you have, the more slender you will appear. Muscle doesn't "weigh more"; it is more dense (equal weight takes less space). A pound is a pound, no matter its composition.... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
Love handles, the spare tire, the middle age spread: Call it what you will, but nobody likes having excess flab around the waistline (not even when we name it cute things like "muffin" top). And while you can target the oblique muscles loca... Read more
For some people, safety and form during a workout is a huge priority. For others, it's an afterthought. If you work out without the careful eyes of a trainer or instructor watching your every move, it can be difficult to know if you are exercisin... Read more
I had a bad ass workout with my trainer yesterday, burpees, renegade rows into pushups, reverse lunges with hammer curls, jumping jacks with weights among other things. Unfortunately I strained a chest muscle and it hurts right now. Took some advil... Read more
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