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THIS WEEK ON THE GYM SERIES, PERSONAL TRAINER JACK SHOWS US 4 BACK MOVEMENTS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL GYM ROUTINE. ADD THESE IN TO IMPROVE YOUR BACK’S SIZE AND STRENGTH.
THIS WEEK ON THE GYM SERIES, PERSONAL TRAINER JACK SHOWS US 4 QUAD MOVEMENTS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR INDIVIDUAL GYM ROUTINE.
One thing people often get wrong about fitness is that they believe they need dozens of pieces of equipment to get a good workout.
In fact, one of the most basic and effective pieces of training equipment is found in virtually every home in the land – a set of stairs.
Here are some benefits of using stairs or steps as a workout tool.
Stair training gets your heart rate up, fast
Walking, jogging, and running are all perfectly good ways of getting a decent cardiovascular workout.
Climbing a flight of stairs, or using a stair climber machine is just a more efficient way of getting the job done, however.
The key is in the added resistance of the climbing motion, which causes you to work against gravity by “pushing” your body up, one leg at a time, against its own weight. At the same time, the fuller range of motion in the joints of the lower body forces your muscles to exert themselves more to complete the movement.
In other words, walking or running up a flight of stairs is more strenuous than walking or running along a flat road.
One benefit of this extra strain is that you’ll be able to burn more calories and get your heart rate up in less time when using a stair climber than when using a treadmill.
FWX suggests at least twice as many more calories are burned on a stair climber as on a conventional walk over any given period, with a 165lb individual burning 657 calories per hour on a stair climber, and 314 on a 3.5mph walk.
You can work your whole lower body with stairs
The motion of walking up a flight of stairs activates just about all the muscles in the lower body, meaning that stair-based workouts can be a great addition to your leg training regimen, helping to build strength and endurance while improving cardiovascular fitness.
Specifically, when climbing stairs, you engage your gluteus maximus, hamstrings, quadriceps, and, to a lesser degree, your abs.
Depending on how you choose to train using the stairs, the entire workout can also be very low-impact, meaning that your joints withstand less abuse than they would when going for a jog.
With stairs you can train for strength, power, or endurance
One of the great thing about training with stairs is that you can use them for a variety of different exercises, targeted either at explosive power, intense cardio work, or lower body strength building.
Just be careful about what you’re doing, and keep the risks in mind before getting started.
To use stairs to do an HIIT workout which will leave you gasping for air, stand at the foot of the flight and step up and down from the first (or second) step as quickly as you can, until you’re too exhausted to continue. At this point, you should continue the exercise at a slow pace until you regain your breath, then repeat the “sprint.”
To use stairs to work on developing explosive power, stand at the base of the stairs, squat, and jump with both feet at once to the highest step you can reach in a single bound. Then, walk back down again and repeat. This is essentially using your stairs to do a “box jump.” Take special care when performing this exercise, as there’s always the risk of you putting a foot wrong or misjudging your jump, and slipping. Do this exercise barefoot, or wearing shoes with good grip.
To use stairs to do a targeted strength workout for the lower body, do “stair lunges,” by climbing several steps at once and going into a deep lunge with each step. The deeper the lunge, the greater the distance between the legs and the more reps you do, the more you will exhaust and work your muscles.
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This week on the Gym Series, Personal Trainer Jack shows us 4 chest movements to help you with your individual gym routine.
Welcome to the “FWX Gym Series – Videos”. This week, Personal Trainer Jack, shows us 4 chest movements to help you with your individual gym routine. For more tips on fitness and nutrition, visit www.fitness-worx.com
Posted by Fitness Worx on Friday, May 5, 2017
As tempting as it may be to go all-out, rest isn’t just an optional treat for the weak-hearted and un-dedicated. It’s an essential part of your training, and if you neglect it, you’ll pay the toll sooner or later! When you’re really ‘on a roll’ in the gym and find yourself smashing PRs left, right and centre, the last thing you might want to do is take a rest day – or even worse – take a week or more off training.
As tempting as it may be to go all-out, rest isn’t just an optional treat for the weak-hearted and un-dedicated. It’s an essential part of your training, and if you neglect it, you’ll pay the toll sooner or later.
Rest days prevent injury and CNS fatigue
Every time you hit the gym for an intense workout – whether it’s a HIIT session on the treadmill or a powerlifting routine in the weights area – you’re doing damage to your body. As a rule, this isn’t a problem. It’s actually the whole point of working out. You do minor damage to your muscles, and exhaust your lungs and heart in a controlled fashion, so that your body adapts to the stress and recovers stronger and more capable than before.
But when you overdo your training or cut back on your much-needed rest, those intentional “micro-injuries” can easily become real injuries that prevent you from training indefinitely, or worse.
And this damage isn’t just limited to an increased risk of spraining your ankle, tearing a tendon, or suffering a rotator cuff impingement, either. There’s an actual condition known as Overtraining Syndrome (OTS) which refers primarily to the stress done to your body’s central nervous system by training too hard without sufficient rest.
If OTS gets too severe, not only will your strength and conditioning gains wither away to nothing, but your immune system will suffer, your mood will plummet, and your body will let you know, loudly and in a variety of ways, that something’s wrong.
Rest to allow your body to catch up and strengthen. It’s a proven way of reducing your injury risk.
Rest days boost morale and keep you moving forward
One of the most important parts of any fitness routine – and one of the most often overlooked – is consistency. It’s all well and good to hit the gym like a wild animal fighting for its life, but that intensity won’t be worth anything unless you’re able to maintain it over a significant period of time.
Progress in the fitness world is made by moving in the right direction in a controlled way, one step at a time. Not by going wild for a little while, then burning out and taking a month off training.
One of the easiest ways to go off the rails in your training is to lose morale and end up giving in to feelings of irritation, hopelessness, and despondence. And one of the easiest ways to end up there is by overtraining to the point where you dread and despise each workout, all while not giving yourself enough time to recover.
If you overtrain to the point of breakdown, not only will you be physically unable to train for a while, but your mood and motivation will take a serious battering, too.
Muscle is built while resting, not while training
It’s an old axiom of strength training that muscle isn’t built in the gym but the kitchen and bedroom. You might also have heard something weird-sounding like “lifting weights is only 20% of building muscle”.
There’s a reason why these statements are floating around the fitness world. Weight training is just the beginning of the muscle-building process. It’s the stage in the cycle where you break down your muscle tissue so that it can adapt to the newly introduced strain and grow back stronger.
For it to actually do the “growing back stronger” part, it needs to be allowed sufficient rest and nutrition for the recovery to take place.
Interestingly, a major part of this recovery and growth happens during sleep, as confirmed by studies which have shown growth hormone to spike dramatically during deep sleep.
When should you take a break from training?
How much rest you need is largely dependent on how you feel at any given time. A generally accepted rule of thumb is that you should take a rest day after each day of intense training, with plenty of sleep, to ensure that you avoid accidentally overtraining.
This is often the way things are done with full-body powerlifting style workouts, where three training days a week, with a rest day between each, is a common formula. For more bodybuilding-oriented “split” workouts which target one body part a day, it’s common to train up to five days in a row, as long as each body part is only worked once or twice per week. Weekends should still be taken off to allow your CNS to recover.
In the event of CNS overtraining, or a strength plateau you just can’t seem to overcome, allow your body a week or two off training to recover before diving back in.
In the event of an injury, you’re just going to have to avoid straining the wounded limb until it’s fully recovered – whether that takes weeks or months.
Thank you for reading – The FWX Team