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The Most Common HIIT Workout Mistake – Fitness Article

The Most Common HIIT Workout Mistake High-intensity interval training (AKA “HIIT”) has been a popular training method for years. It’s effective and time-efficient. But, as time has gone on, the methods you see being labeled as “HIIT” are getting farther away from the science that proved the effectiveness of these types of routines. Just because the high intensity is good, doesn’t mean adding more and more work is better.  The biggest problem with HIIT workouts is that people took a…

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Is Lifting Heavy Weight Important For Building Muscle Size? – Workout Fitness Article

Is Lifting Heavy Weight Important For Building Muscle Size? There’s an ongoing debate on how important heavy weights are in order to get jacked. As with most trends, public opinion likes to cluster around the extremes. One day heavy weights are critical and the next they’re entirely unnecessary.   Realistically, we need to have a more nuanced conversation about the merits and drawbacks to both high and low load approaches to hypertrophy. From there we can come up with some…

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Band Pullovers – The Torso Builder – Workout Fitness Article

Band Pullovers – The Torso Builder The classic dumbbell pullover is an exercise bodybuilders have been doing for ages. Back in the Golden era they were credited with building bigger lats, pecs, and serratus. Many top bodybuilders also swore they increased the size of your rib cage too. You have probably seen old black and white pictures of people like Arnold Schwarzenegger doing them.   And some people went as far as to call them the upper body squat.   …

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Milk Isn’t Bad For You (But 6 Types of People May Want to Avoid It) – Fitness Article

Milk Isn’t Bad For You (But 6 Types of People May Want to Avoid It) It used to be that few foods seemed as wholesome as a nice, cold glass of milk. Your mom may have served milk with dinner or offered it at bedtime when you were feeling restless. You’ve seen your favorite celebs don milk mustaches as part of an iconic marketing campaign that’s spanned 20 years and appeared to solidify the idea that milk was not just…

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Does Having More Muscle Really Increase Your Metabolism? – Fitness Article

Recently we received the following question from a reader: “I’ve always thought that adding muscle speeds up your metabolism. But then I read this isn’t correct. So what’s the truth: Does increasing your muscle mass really increase your metabolism?” -Phil, Vancouver For as long as I can remember, a lot of people have believed that for every 1 pound of muscle you gain, your body burns an additional 50 calories. On paper, this sounds awesome. But unfortunately, it’s not true.…

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Muscle Confusion EXPLAINED (Everything You Need To Know) – Workout Fitness Article

The idea that you can “confuse” muscles seems stupid… And that’s because it is. Yes, it’s true that you need to vary your training stimulus or you’ll stagnate (more on that later). But it’s not possible to “trick” the muscles by switching from barbells to dumbbells or changing your exercise order. First of all, I’m pretty sure that muscles lack cognitive capabilities… The only thing your muscles ‘understand’ is tension.  If you lift 90 kg for 5 repetitions on the…

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Mind Muscle Connection: How “Focus” Can Make You STRONGER – Workout Fitness Article

Whenever you observe an elite athlete you’ll notice they tend to be incredibly focused. They aren’t browsing on their smartphones between reps or having casual conversations with other people in the gym. It’s almost as if they’re in a bubble that shields them from the outside world and its various distractions.  Not only does it stop them from going through the motions, but it also grounds them and forces them to focus all their energy on the task at hand.…

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What is the Best Way to Track Fitness Progress? – Fitness Article

If you’re actively participating in a program of sport, strength or fitness having reliable markers to track fitness progress may be of importance to you. There are three different types of markers: 1. Physical changes (i.e., body composition). 2. Performance-based progress 3. Mental shifts 4. Health Markers Physical changes are the most common fitness progress marker to track (body weight, body fat, lean muscle, circumference measurements, progress pictures, etc.) but performance-based goals are now gaining popularity too. Maybe you are more concerned with…

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