Bodyweight Training for Strength to Weight Ratio

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TRX and gymnastic rings mix things up a little because they involve bodyweight training instead of lifting weights.

Bodyweight training is actually ideal for general fitness and for functional strength in particular.

The reason is that bodyweight training means you have to lift your own body – something that you regularly have to do in real life.

If you can get stronger faster than you get heavier, then you can increase your strength-to-weight ratio and that in turn will make you far faster on your feet as well as more agile and flexible.

Another advantage of bodyweight training is that it forces you to utilize all the smaller supportive muscles in your body.

When you perform a press up, you are using muscle in your abs, obliques, legs, lower back and more to keep your body rigid and in position.

The same is true when you perform a pull up – and if you try and cheat through the pull-up, then your body will wobble around in the air and you’ll end up wasting energy and tiring out faster.

This gets far more impressive as you start to approach more advanced movements. Imagine the kind of total-body control that is used when you perform a handstand press up, or planche press ups.

Press ups where your feet don’t touch the ground!

If you want to see an example of someone who is truly in command of their own body and their own strength, then look up ‘Ido Portal’.

He moves like an inhuman and will blow your mind regarding the potential of the human body.

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How to Approach Bodyweight Training

The problem is that many people approach bodyweight training all wrong. If you’re just pumping out a set number of press ups and sit ups every day, then you can’t expect to progress much.

Instead, you should be challenging yourself with increasingly difficult moves in your 8-10 rep range and you should be using techniques to push past failure.

In bodyweight routines, you can’t change the weight itself but what you change instead is the way you’re lifting it – which can be just as challenging.

Find press ups easy? Then how about training with clapping press ups and trying to launch yourself in the air?

This move requires some acceleration in the muscles, which the body treats just the same as heavy weight.

The result is that you’ll recruit more of your fast-twitch muscle fibers in order to explode off the floor.

And now if you try and perform some ‘normal’ pushups, you’ll find it’s a lot more challenging.

Likewise, if you perform a push up with one hand, that will also make it harder, as well as this requires you to strengthen your core to avoid tipping.

You can build up to this by placing both hands on the floor but putting 80% of your weight on one hand.

As you get more tired, move more and more weight onto the other side. Now you’re controlling your distribution of weight in order to maximally challenge the muscle.

You can also just move your arms back closer to your waist, which puts you in a position called a ‘maltese pushup’.

This movement lengthens the lever arm – just like the Indian club. Now your weight is further away from your hands, which forces you to work harder.

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The Mechanical Drop Set and Progressions

A great tool at your disposal here is a technique called the ‘mechanical drop set’. Here, you perform as many reps as you can of an exercise and then make it slightly easier by changing the position.

For instance, you might do as many pushups as you can and then change immediately to press-ups on your knees. This enables you to go past the point of failure but still keep going, which makes it much harder.

And in terms of each workout, the goal is to keep challenging yourself to perform more and more difficult movements which are called ‘progressions’.

Once you can easily do 10 Maltese push-ups, you can then challenge yourself to do a single planche push up.

Ultimately, you should aim to get to the point where you’re performing feats of ‘hand balancing’ which will involve moving from one impressive bodyweight position on your hands to another, all in a slow, controlled manner.

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Some Technique in Weight Training

Technique in weight training is very important for achieving the expected progress, but also for protecting the body of the sportsman. The first important thing is to learn correctly the basic movements.

In this type of training, there is a kind of classic set of exercises, which the sportsman needs to master from the beginning. This set includes exercises with free weights like dumbbells and barbells.

While training with these, the movement is not imposed by any machine. When executed without the supervision of a fitness instructor, it is possible that these movements are done in a wrong way, a situation which increases the risk of accidents a lot.

One of the most frequent mistakes is an incorrect position of the spine. Some exercises (bench press, barbell curls) could involve exaggerated arching, while others (sit up bend, dead lift, squats, etc.) involve unjustified flexing (hunching).

These wrong positions can lead to unfavorable stress exerted over the spine, knees or shoulders. Besides, they can direct the effort to other groups of muscles than the ones intended.

The result is that none of these are properly trained because no exercises specific to the muscles are performed correctly.

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In such situations, the sportsman will only feel exhaustion in all his body and will not be able to direct and localize the effort in the zone which a particular exercise should mobilize.

Another example of the wrong technique is exaggerated swinging for exercises which do not need impetus.

This happens most often while raising the weights laterally for working on the deltoid muscles when the sportsman wrongly flexes the knees and uses the lumbar muscles, arching his back too much.

Other mistakes are made when catching the bars. In the case of pull up, for example, and of pushing from behind the neck for the shoulders, a too narrow catch will place the scapular-humeral circulation into a non-physiological, stressing position.

Exaggerated bending forward during squat will force the spine while lowering the thighs below horizontal position will stress the menisci.

Rowing from bending position and stretching back must be done with the back in extension. Otherwise, the risk of the slipped disc might appear.

Not using a belt when lifting very heavy weights can determine slipped disc, but also inguinal hernia or rupture of abdominal muscles.

The technique of breathing must be understood correctly. Breathing in instead of breathing out, blocking the thorax or not can affect the sportsman a lot.

Generally, the sportsman must breathe out during the most difficult part of the movement and must breathe in during controlled coming back in position.

Apnoea (blocking of the thorax) must be used only in the case of lifting heavy and very heavy weights. Or else, it is not justified.

While making an aerobic effort, it is necessary to have a particular breathing rhythm, a pace which can vary according to the cardiac frequency and lung ventilation.

All these examples support the idea that the presence of the fitness instructor during training is absolutely necessary.

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What Are The Functional Strength Training Tools?

 

We talked about functional strength, the compound movements and primal movements along with ‘relax intro stretch’ and foam rolling in the previous posts.

Now, what could be some effective training tools that you can incorporate in your quest for functional strength?

Thus, if the previous were applied, your training regime consists of lots of compound movements, alongside some relaxed stretching and self-myofascial release. Congratulations!

Your training program is already far superior to that of half the people in the gym and will be better for your functional strength and your overall health and fitness.

But there’s just one problem… it’s pretty boring!

Notice in the real world, we don’t do the same five things over and over again. In fact, in the real world, our ‘form’ on each movement is completely different every time we do anything.

You don’t really squat in the wild, but rather you would pick up randomly shaped boulders.

Likewise, you’d be forced to do pull ups on branches that were completely the wrong shape and size or you’d have to run across uneven terrain. Then fight a lion… (maybe).

In other words, training should be constantly changing and varied if it’s really going to mimic the real world and if it’s really going to be ‘functional’.

So how do you ensure your workouts fit that bill? Simple: you introduce some interesting tools and techniques that will mix things up for you.

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Here are some of these functional strength training tools:

Kettlebells

Kettlebells have grown to become some of the most popular tools for use in the gym as more and more people have been waking up to the importance of functional strength.

The kettlebell is essentially a weight that can be used like dumbbell but which has an entirely different shape. Specifically, the dumbbell is shaped like an iron ball with a handle poking out of the top.

What this means, is that when you lift it, the weight is below your arm. That now means that it’s capable of swinging and of creating its own momentum, which you then have to control and fight against in order to perform repetitions.

This then forces you to use your core in what would otherwise be relatively isolated movements. Likewise, it challenges you to lift at awkward angles and to generate power in unexpected ways.

All in all, kettlebells are more functional than dumbbells and provide some interesting new training options.

But perhaps their most important use is the kettlebell swing. This is a movement that involves clasping the handle with both hands and then swinging the weight between your legs while going through a squatting and ‘popping’ movement.

This then mimics the movement you use when you perform deadlifts but means you don’t need to find space in your house for a whole barbell that you’ll be dropping repeatedly on the floor.

It also means that the exercise is much faster, which turns it into a great fat-burning move as well as a muscle-building one.

When you combine these benefits, the kettlebell is alone one of the most versatile and important pieces of training equipment in your arsenal.

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Indian Club Training

Off the back of the kettlebell has come another very popular piece of training equipment: the Indian club. The Indian club doesn’t look like anything special; rather it looks like a stick with a heavy ball on the end of it. Like the kettlebell, though, its strength lies in its awkwardness.

When you wave around the Indian club, the weight isn’t where your brain expects it to be and you’re essentially lifting it against a long lever arm. These combined factors mean that you’re once again forced to engage your core and your grip if you want to keep it under control.

The Indian club is great fun and an awesome training tool if you have a garden. If you use it in the hoes though, you can expect to smash just about everything you own…

And this brings us to another interesting option: which is to just use the stuff lying around your house. You don’t have to spend money on fancy training equipment because almost everything in your house is unevenly weighted and can be turned into a piece of workout equipment.

A great example? A chair that’s strong enough to be lifted and swung around. Here once again, the weight is much greater at the end and if you hold the top of it, you’ll be forced to engage all kinds of muscles just to keep it in place.

Barefoot Running

Another craze that has taken off alongside the whole functional movement… movement… is that of barefoot running.

Barefoot running means taking off your shoes before going jogging, normally through a rural environment of trails that challenge you to jump over ditches and dodge around roots and stones.

When you do this, your toes are able to splay across the ground that prevents you from falling over or twisting your ankle while simultaneously letting you use the small muscles in your foot to propel yourself forward.

Barefoot running should be able to help you improve your gait as well, by forcing you to land with the ball of your foot when you land.

This cushions your fall more than hitting the floor with your heel first, as most of us do and allows the leg to bend like a leopard’s, in the food, in the ankle, in the knee, and at the hip.

Of course, barefoot running doesn’t always mean going completely barefooted as that wouldn’t be very wise anywhere where you could step on glass or sharp stones.

Instead, you can use barefoot shoes like the Vibram Five Fingers. These offer pockets for your toes, allowing them to move freely but also offering just enough protection to keep you safe.

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TRX

Another very exciting piece of equipment you can use for training in a functional manner is TRX. TRX is a device that can attach to a pull-up bar (which you can get for your doorframe for about $10) and which then gives you suspension straps you can rest your hands and feet on.

This then allows you to perform all kinds of cool moves, from bodyweight rows holding onto the handles and pulling your upper body toward the bar to suspended push-ups and bodyweight dips both of which force you to stabilize your body as the handles wobble around.

But don’t actually buy TRX. Why? Because TRX costs about $200 and you can get the very same thing with a pair of gymnastic rings. Gymnastic rings will cost you all of about $20 and which are actually more versatile.

Important: Once again, it’s important at this juncture to mention some health and safety. Injury to the shoulder is common with TRX/gymnastic rings. Likewise, injury to the knee is common with barefoot running and Vibrams.

That’s not to say these aren’t good for you, it just means that you have to be careful and introduce them slowly into your routine while taking care to get proper instruction.


Find Out The Relax Into Stretch And Foam Rolling Routines

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Discover the process relax into stretch and foam falling into your exercise routine. Does this help you more flexible and mobile?

Something you might notice when trying these movements though is that… you can’t. Or at least you can’t very confidently.

This will be a result of all those years of sitting at your desk and not doing anything.

How do you get back some basic mobility and learn to move properly again?

One thing that can help a great deal is to practice stretching, in which case you’ll be able to regain your full range of motion.

How do you go about doing that?

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How to ‘Relax Into Stretch’?

According to Pavel Tsatsouline, the vast majority of us go about this the wrong way entirely.

If you’re used to stretching by forcing yourself into a position until it hurts, then you may actually be doing more harm than good. So stop it right away!

Pavel Tsatsouline is a guy who teaches people to use kettlebells to devastating effect and he’s also the one who came up with the idea of relaxing into the stretch.

In fact, you should also read his book: Relax Into Stretch.

How do we know this is a bad move? Well, it can be demonstrated with a simple bit of self-experimentation.

Simply lie on the ground on one side of your body so one arm and one leg are touching the floor beneath you.

Now, raise your leg up 90 degrees to point right at the ceiling. It should be fairly easy.

Now roll onto the other side and raise the opposite leg up again.

If you can move both legs to 90 degrees, why can’t you do the box splits?

It’s got nothing to do with any ‘tissue’ connecting your legs either. In fact, there is no tissue other than bone between your legs – no ligaments and no muscle to prevent you from doing the splits.

According to Pavel, what’s actually happening is that your brain is forcing you to stop before you reach box splits in order to try and prevent an injury.

Again, it comes down to the fact that you don’t normally utilize this amount of flexibility, which teaches your brain and body that it’s bad news.

More specifically, it comes down to your central nervous system, which is responsible for all the ‘knee jerk reactions’ of your musculature that lie outside the domain of your conscious control.

It’s also your CNS or Central Nervous System that is responsible for your eye blinking when someone is trying to get an eyelash out of it.

Years of training yourself to believe that you can’t do box splits and years of moving within a far more limited range of movement have taught your body to ‘lock’ in place when you try and move outward.

Guess what happens if you try and force yourself into a split? Your body fights back by tensing up your muscles and making it even more difficult. And you further teach your body that it can’t go into that position.

Instead, the better technique is too much more gently ease yourself into these positions and then to actively relax your body as much as possible.

Move to the point where it just starts to hurt and then relax your body as much as possible. The more you do this, the more you’ll remove that knee-jerk reaction and you’ll regain your natural flexibility.

Note that you shouldn’t use this kind of training for your back.

Don’t use it when touching your toes. You are actually meant to be limited in some of your movements and if you override this it can lead to injury.

But for movements involving the legs and the arms, this technique can be highly useful and many people find that it helps them to regain their movement in no time at all.

10 Things You Should Know About Stretching

Before fitness training, one must give importance to doing some warm-up or stretching exercises to prevent accidents or to enhance the output during the training.

There are also a number of precautionary measures and tips to serve as guidelines when doing fitness exercises.

Here are some of them.

1. To increase your flexibility and to avoid injuries, stretch before and after the workout.

Almost everyone knows that stretching before the workout prevents injuries during the exercises.

But only few people know that stretching after the workout when muscles are still warm can increase flexibility.

 

2. Hold your stretching position for more than 60 seconds to increase flexibility.

While holding your position for 20 seconds is enough for warm ups, holding each position for at least 60 seconds will develop the body’s flexibility.

 

3. Do not go into a stretching position then immediately return to the relaxed position, and do it repeatedly.

This is more appropriately termed as bouncing while in a position.  When stretching, hold that position for several seconds, and then slowly relax.

You may do this exercise repeatedly this way.  Bouncing or forcing yourself into a position during stretching can strain or damage some joints or muscles.

 

4. Work slowly in increments instead of immediately preceding to doing the hardest exercise or position.

 

5. Make sure that you have stretched or warmed up all muscle groups.

For some people, even if they have strong bodies, they tend to neglect the neck when working out of stretching.

Stretching the neck muscles can be as simple as placing the palm of one’s hand against the front of the head and pushing it.  Then, do the same to the sides and the back of the head.

 

6. Stretch regularly to continually increase your range of movements and your level of flexibility and strength.

 

7. Workout considering only your capabilities and not of others.

Do not force yourself to do exercises that you are not yet capable of just because there are people who can do it.

Increase your limits slowly.  Listen to your body.  There are days when your body may be too tired that you may have to consider reducing your range of motion.

 

8. Learn to rest.

Rest in between sets and stations to make sure that the body has enough time to recover its energy.

Also, it is advisable that you don’t workout the same muscle groups consecutively for two days.  The muscles grow during the period when you rest and not when you are working out.

 

9. Do aerobic exercises to strengthen your heart.

Aerobic exercises are those physical activities that much oxygen for fuel.  This includes cardiovascular exercises such as skipping rope, running or swimming.

 

10. Music may help you when you want to train for longer periods or to increase your intensity.

You can use mp3 players, CD players or smartphones for this. Just make sure that you brought your headset with you so you wouldn’t disturb people who don’t prefer music while exercising.

 

Apart from preventing injuries and increasing one’s limit, it is also said that stretching is good for a tired body and also for a stressed mind and spirit.

More Fixes for Mobility and Flexibility

For the back meanwhile, yoga can be an incredible tool for improving your ability to move.

In fact, yoga is something that pretty much everyone should do and if you combine it with the techniques recommended by Pavel and a training program full of compound lifts.

You’ll be on your way to increased mobility in no time.

And don’t get this twisted. If you’re thinking now that stretching isn’t going to make much difference to you, or that it’s somehow ‘for girls’ then you’ve got another thing coming.

If you feel tired and lethargic, or if you feel stiff, then you need stretching. Stretching will not only help you to remove pain and discomfort.

It will help you to feel far fuller of child-like energy than you have done for years. You’ll find you’re faster and more mobile and more ninja-like in general.

Stretching all makes us stronger. Studies show that people who stretch regularly are able to lift heavier weights.

It is likely because the muscles and ligaments themselves present less resistance when they try to lift. They’re not fighting their own body as well as the weights.

But note that you actually shouldn’t stretch just prior to a workout.

Contrary to popular belief, this actually makes you weaker and more prone to injury by removing some of the tension that keeps your muscles in place and where they should be.

Stretch after workouts or as part of a separate program performed on its own.

Meanwhile, you should also look into self-myofascial release. This is another health ‘fad’ that’s found its way into the gym that’s nevertheless something you should pay attention to.

Self-myofascial release is what you might also know as foam rolling, though it can also use a tennis ball.

This basically involves rolling around on something solid that will protrude into the fascia and helps to remove knots and ‘fascial adhesions’.

How to Use Foam Rolling?

Without getting into too much science here, the fascia is essentially a large piece of tissue that looks like a thin ‘film’ and that surrounds all of your muscles and joints.

It’s a bit like your muscles have all been vacuum packed and this is what keeps everything in place while at the same time supporting you through movements to avoid movement.

The fascia is something that modern science is only just getting around to looking at but it’s thought by many to be as important, if not more important that the musculature itself.

When you contract your muscle, your brain sends impulses through your nervous system. Once these impulses reach your motor end plates, they release calcium among other things to tell the fibers to begin contracting.

The body needs to remove this calcium over time but sometimes this doesn’t go as smoothly as it should and the resultant build up leaves the muscles contracting in single points.

This creates a tiny localized bulge of tension that can inhibit movement and create pain.

Fascial adhesions meanwhile are caused when the fascia is torn or damaged and end up forming a more rigid, less flexible scar tissue.

The fascia doesn’t show up on MRI scans. Often, this damage goes completely unrecognized but it causes painful movement and other problems and needs to be dealt with.

Foam rolling is essentially like giving yourself a sports massage that really gets right into those fascial adhesions and knots in order to work them out and give you back your movement.

 

To do it, you need to get yourself a foam roller or a tennis ball and then roll your back and other muscles across it.

Move it around directly on the muscle until you feel a sudden twinge of pain.

It should hurt but it should feel like ‘good pain’ that’s somewhat satisfying at the same time.

Self-myofascial release can be used right before a workout and should also have the same benefits for increasing strength during lifts.

Check this video here about relax into stretch and foam rolling.


 

Why Functional Strength Stands Out?

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How can functional strength different from the other so-called fad right now? To be clear, it is not really a fad by any means.

Health and fitness trends come and go all the time but regrettably, not all of them are worth your time and effort.

Some of them don’t work, some of them are over-hyped and some of them are just plain dangerous.

In fact, functional strength is the opposite of a fad and it’s a step in the right direction for fitness.

That’s because functional strength takes it all back to the reasons that most of us started training in the first place. Or at least the reasons we should be working out.

Let’s be honest then, far too many people train ‘for the mirror’.

How many guys do you see pulling their t-shirt up in front of the mirror after a set of sit-ups?

How many women do you see on treadmills wearing the tiniest pants in the world and barely working up a sweat?

Do you think these people are training for the right reasons?

And how about the guy who is so ridiculously muscular that he can’t touch his toes anymore without busting a gut?

This isn’t fitness – not really. And that’s what functional strength addresses.

As the name suggests, functional strength is a strength that is functional.

In other words, it’s strength that you can use. So you’re not trying to look strong or look healthy – you’re trying to be those things.

This is the difference between training like a gym bro and training like Bruce Lee. Which would you prefer?

Who cares about washboard abs? That’s easy! We’re talking about being sharper, faster, stronger and more powerful than all your contemporaries.

And that’s what we call functional training.

Functional because it’s a type of training that helps you to function better out there in the real world – not just look a bit ‘sexier’.

The Way You’re Training ISN’T Maximizing Your Strength!

When you first start working out and going to the gym regularly, you most likely will have fairly modest goals.

If you’re like most people, then your aim is probably to build muscle, burn fat and improve your body composition.

If you manage that and you look and feel better after a month or so than you did before… then likely you’ll take that as a win.

But as you get more involved in your training and you start to really get into the swing of things, you might find yourself feeling that your ambition grows.

Instead of just wanting to improve your fitness generally, you’ll probably start getting a buzz from setting new personal records from shifting more weight and from feeling the power in every movement you make.

Eventually, you become like a coiled spring, waiting to pounce and explode into action.

And when you get to that point – where you start wanting to be better than ‘normal’ – you need to reassess the type of training you’re using.

Is your current training program optimal in terms of building muscle?

More importantly, is it optimal in terms of building strength?

Are there other things you could be doing that would help you to become more powerful more quickly?

If you take a look at your current methods of training, there’s probably a fair amount wrong with them from a functional standpoint.

That’s fine, to begin with, you were most bothered about getting into ‘slightly better shape’ and for that purpose, they sufficed. It’s just that now you’re upping your game.

What’s the problem with regular training? What does that even look like?

Well, no doubt you’re probably training either full-body with some light exercises (press ups, curls, pull ups, jogging, tricep extensions) or you’re training usi

How To Lose Weight With Functional Strength?

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What can functional strength do with weight loss? But before that, let us find out first the importance of functional strength.

Significance of Functional Strength

The phrase “functional strength training” refers to a time for exercising each muscle group for strength to perform everyday activities in a simpler and easier manner.

Enhancing day by day movements with the muscles you use for everyday activities such as walking, sitting, standing, lifting, pulling, and pushing, among others.

You start to increase your functional strength by following a fun and simple routine right in the comfort and security of your home.

No compelling reason to go to the gym or to use fancy equipment. Working at home also implies that no one is looking at how you are dressed.

Similarly, as with most exercise regimens, variation in your routine will help to keep you engaged and upbeat.

When you are actively present in the moment, you will have more fun.A sample five day plan could include a day for each of the following, aerobic training using stair steps and jogging.

The next day you might have a day of stretching with yoga.

Then take a rest day followed by resistance training and a day that includes Pilates. As you can see, fancy equipment is not necessary.

Repetitions of daily movements may be all one needs to get started on a functional strength training program.

While waiting for the coffee to brew in the morning, use the counter to perform a few push-ups might be an easy way for you to incorporate bicep, triceps, and shoulder strength into your day.

Put aside an entire hour or more at one time. Functional strength training can be completed daily in short bursts throughout the day. Just remember to use everyday activities and repeat repetitions to build strength.

Proper nutrition along with the all of the above will bring about positive changes in your overall health. You will find your energy levels developing.

Even the sluggishness seem to fade as you become stronger and healthier. Another side benefit is having a good posture.

Another key point to remember when you are out there attempting to build up a high level of strength, it is not going to come quickly without a proper good foundation.

This is to say that if you are regularly eating unhealthy food, it will be very hard to keep up and build strength than it would be if you always went out of your way to follow a good diet to the letter.

While you do not have to go overboard and be really strict with your nutrition plan, keeping to healthy foods, in general, will go a long way towards helping you develop a substantial amount of strength.

And with good posture follows healthy bones. Functional strength training is a fun and simple way to increase strength, flexibility, balance, agility, and speed.

By simply starting to exercise and sticking to it, you have the opportunity to reduce diseases like heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.

You also create a better way of life for yourself by helping to maintain your weight, bone structure, and muscle mass.

Additionally, exercise helps contribute to healthy mental states, keeping us smarter, saner and happier.

Functional strength is essential for good health, daily exercise and daily routine builds one’s muscles. Find opportunities to work out in everyday activities to improve your health strength condition.

Weight Loss and Functional Strength

Functional strength helps to reduce weight through routine exercises and other practices involved in weight reduction.

Numerous individuals think negative about this matter, but the fact is, weight loss is easier provided you are interested in taking part in the daily exercise.

Exercise is good for you no matter what time of day. However, when you go for a walk or do some other kind of exercise in the evening, it is more effective in light of the fact that the digestive system or the metabolism slows down in the night so exercise can help boost your metabolic health.

Thirty minutes of aerobic activity before dinner will increase your metabolic rate and keep it elevated for 2 hours further even after you stop exercising.

This implies that if you go for an evening walk or do some other form of exercise after your evening meal, then this exercise will burn off a few of the calories that came from the meal and reduce the likes of weight gain.

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The following are six useful tips to get you on your way to losing weight.

1. Use Intervals when performing cardio.

Interims are short blasts of high-power exercise, followed by a rest period. This is then rehashed.

You can utilize this strategy in the exercise center, beginning with the bicycle and advancing on to the cross mentor, treadmill or stepper.

Additionally, in the event that you can’t get to the exercise center, hit the ground outside and run interims between light posts. Sprint a hole in the middle of posts and after that walk or run.

2. Eat fresh and avoid processed food.

This concern ought to be self-evident, just giving the body what it needs.If you might want more information, then examine the best eating regimen for weight loss and wellness.

3. Add weight training to your workout to boost fat loss, build definition and enhance useful quality.

Try not to stress in case you’re a lady you won’t get lifting so as to protrude muscles up a weight.

The thought of utilizing weights as a part of the fat blaze is the more muscles utilized at a higher power, the more calories smoldered.

Use compound activities instead for quick, useful weight loss.

4. Constantly have breakfast, an essential meal of the day.

Eating consistently reduces the amount of fat stored by your body! Likewise, whenever you need to increase great definitions you need to bolster the muscle and not starve it.

5. Think thin and change your weight gain habits.

It’s one thing to want to lose weight and another to take on the challenge. Don’t start a new healthy lifestyle half-hearted.

You need to surround yourself with positive thinkers and remove all negative thoughts.

People who think you can’t do it are a waste of time and should be cast aside until you can show them otherwise.

Furthermore, reduce the temptation in your diet by gradually removing the weight gain food from your cupboards and then keep them out!

6. Understand home training and remove all excuses!

If you understand how to train from home, then there is no problem when you can’t make the gym or if you go traveling.

Best Exercise for Weight Loss

The best exercise for weight loss is, in fact, a combination of cardio workout and weight training.

The general public does one or the other. On the other hand, with the intention to both burn fat and gain muscle, on the way to lead to better weight loss, the combination is necessary.

It is highly vital to exercise for weight loss. Diet is equally essential in the battle of the bulge. However, to stay the load off longer and develop into a healthier individual, the workout is best.

Research shows that weight reduction will increase by 56% when blended aerobic exercise and power training.

After all, this makes sense since you are changing the fats you lose with healthy muscle that, when used continuously, will burn the ones extra energy.

You can also devour and stay your weight at right degree or even continue that can assist you to lose weight.

Not all exercise is created equal. At the same time as it is precise that simply shifting will help a few workouts will help your efforts exponentially.

Center your attention on energy and cardiovascular training for the best results. Make a promise to yourself to create a simple workout plan and keep on with it. The consequences might just amaze you.

Strength Coaching

The most efficient factor about strength training is that your efforts change into cumulative to the point the place you’ll be able to burn calories to your sleep.

As you construct muscle, you’re going to building up your metabolism. Work with lower weights and extra reps to build lean muscle that’s not bulky.

Do not fret if your paintings aren’t instantly apparent. Not only that, as you shed extra pounds, you’ll screen the smooth, attractive muscle below the fat.

Another great benefit of potential training is that as you strengthen and reinforce your muscles, you scale back your chance of injury.

Too many would-be athletes injure themselves by hopping on a treadmill without just right muscle tone and wind up temporarily sidelined with an injury.

They feel defeated and are much less most probably to take a look at once more, striking their weight reduction objectives in jeopardy. Ask a teacher to set up a proper newbie regimen for you that you’ll stick with.

Cardio Training

As power training builds up your muscle tissues, aerobic coaching will work to burn off that layer of fat that may be concealing them.

Any other vital part of the aerobic workout is that it’s great for your heart that is doubly necessary in case you are overweight.

Some of the absolute best things approximately cardiovascular exercise is that it does not just simply jumping on a treadmill or an elliptical trainer.

A few other people do experience these, and in case you are one in every of them, extra energy to you.

However, folks want something with a little more variety. Many sports and video games also include aerobic, including:

– soccer

– basketball

– racquetball

– tennis

For people who find themselves looking to ease into exercise and cardiovascular coaching, a perfect choice is swimming. It is simple on your joints and provides an excellent workout.

Plus, it gets rid of the whole “sweaty” excuse. Many gyms offer water aerobics classes designed to get your heart pumping at the same time as being simple in your body.

Exercise is vital for weight loss for lots of reasons. The repetition of weightlifting and resistance training builds bone mass will increase metabolism and makes long, leaner looking muscles.

Cardio exercise builds strength for your heart and lungs, which in flip extra successfully makes use of the oxygen to your body. Exercise for weight loss is also a good idea to diabetes sufferers.

Exercise lowers blood sugar and is helping the frame’s cells settle for insulin within the body better. Exercise can also help in handling a normal blood drive and decrease cholesterol.

Generally, exercise is excellent for increasing your power levels. If you’re feeling better bodily, you’ve got extra energy to head out and do more.

You’ll develop into an additional active particular person with a positive outlook on life. Endorphins are released while you exercise, so you’ll be able to you’ll want to ride top to your “prime” for a while.

To sum up, functional strength exercise enhances weight loss when necessary measures are put in place.

 

 

 

What are the Primal Movements and Compound Movements?

 

Are you familiar with the primal movements, compound movements or big lifts?  Check below which exercise movements you have been including in your routine.

 

Primal Movements

Our modern lifestyle makes us difficult to move around and leads us to suffer some body pains. Perhaps, you have seldom meaningful and challenging physical activity.

 

Due to the usual office work, most people spend their days sitting down in front of the computer. Sitting is not good for your body and your health.

 

Why? Because when you sit, you are forced into an unnatural position. Think about it. There were no chairs in the wild and you would never have made this movement.

 

When you sit at a desk, it forces your legs into a right angle. This then means that your hip flexors – the muscles that move your legs upward in front of you – will be shortened and tightened.

At the same time, your hip extensors found around the back will be stretched and elongated.

 

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In other words, you’re gradually destroying your joints and musculature.

And you sit like this for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week!

Then you come home and sit like it some more!

So how would you relax in the wild? Simple! You have to squat.

 

Squatting is the natural equivalent of sitting and it’s actually really good for you because it puts us in a full body stretch.

 

Today, a fair proportion of people are actually incapable of squatting at all. Try it yourself. Are you able to completely squat down while keeping your heel flat on the floor?

 

 

This is considered one of the basic, fundamental movements that all of us should be able to do. In fact, there are thought to be seven of these ‘primal movements’ which are:

  • Squatting
  • Lunging
  • Bending
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Gait (walking or running)
  • Twisting

According to experts, these 7 moves form the natural basis for everything our bodies are designed to be able to do.

 

These are all the movements we would have used in the wild and they are all the movements that you should be able to perform easily and powerfully as a functional human being.

That’s then where you have to ask yourself, how comfortably can you squat right down to the ground?

 

The issue for many people is that squatting causes tension in the Achilles heel due to lack of practice. The result, they’ve lost basic mobility that they should have.

If you’re in the same boat, then you’re almost operating at a serious deficit.

 

If you can’t do these basic seven things, then chances are that you’re lacking in fitness, in flexibility, and in general health. And it will very likely lead to injury and other problems somewhere down the line.

 

So can you guess where we’re going to go with this? That’s right. These are the basic movements that a good training program should be made up of.

By training the 7 primal movements, you’re able to strengthen yourself through all the regular movements that you might face in daily life and you’re able to prevent injury in all of them.

 

If you incorporate these 7 movements into all your workouts, then you’ll be practicing these basic, essential move sets under heavy load.

 

The result for this. You’ll develop more power, strength, and mobility in every way that counts. You’ll feel more stable and you’ll move faster and better.

 

 

Compound Movements 

Perhaps, your average workout regime will involve a whole lot of bicep curls, tricep extensions and resistance machines, like chest press which mean, you’re going to be isolating the muscle group.

 

In turn, that means that you’re focussing on just that one muscle through a movement that only uses one ‘joint’ as the hinge.

 

When you curl a dumbbell – if you do it correctly – you are using only the bicep and nothing else. The same goes for performing bench press – this isolates the chest as much as possible.

 

On the other hand, were you to perform a regular bench press, you would actually be involving a ton of smaller supporting muscles as well as completely different muscle groups.

A bench press utilizes the pecs, the deltoids, the triceps, the core and more.

 

So, which is more functional do you think? Which is the more likely to be useful in the real world? Of course, it’s the bench press, which is the same movement you’d use if ever you were trapped under a boulder.

 

Or perhaps if you were playing with your kids by holding them over your head. What about the bench press? That would probably never be useful in real life.

 

Likewise, for the bicep curl, this movement is completely non-functional. When do you ever curl something in real life?

 

The closest you would come is carrying shopping but of course, you don’t curl your shopping bag! In reality, carrying shopping is much closer to a movement known as the ‘farmer’s walk’ which happens to be a more functional move.

 

Compound movements include things like bench press, squats, deadlift, pull ups, press ups – all things that use multiple muscles working together.

 

Why? Because that’s how you use your musculature in real life. You almost never isolate just a single muscle group.

If you want to train yourself to be more functional, you should aim to use as many muscles at once as possible.

 

Another point to consider is that when you train with these kinds of moves, you activate more of your body.

The result is that you burn more calories and your body produces more ‘anabolic hormones’ like testosterone and growth hormone – which leads to more muscle growth even once you’ve put the weights back down.

 

Of course, when you train with only big lifts like the bench press and the deadlift, the individual muscle groups don’t get as intense a workout.

Pull ups don’t hit the biceps as hard as pull ups and they don’t create as many micro tears more on that in a moment.

 

So in other words, you might not see the same bodybuilder type physique immediately if you use this more functional training.

But you will see more overall growth and you will be able to lift and push more weight in a real-world setting.

 

To reiterate again, compound movements  are your movements that utilize multiple major muscle groups at once in unison.

Examples of compound lifts include:

  • Squat
  • Deadlift
  • Bench press
  • Pull up
  • Press up
  • Overhead press
  • Kettlebell swing

 

What’s also cool about these movements, they actually lead to better fat loss and muscle gain. That’s because the body responds to us training our muscles by producing a variety of hormones called ‘anabolic hormones’.

 

These include growth hormone and testosterone, which in turn tell the body to start burning fat and building muscle tissue.

 

The more muscle you use, the more of these hormones get released.

So, as you can imagine, something like the squat that incorporates all of your biggest muscles into one powerful movement will really encourage your body to go into a muscle-building zone.

 

What’s also key to point out at this stage, is that compound movements also allow you to lift heavier weights. Why? Because when you go compound, you’re using more big muscle.

 

More big muscle means more power, means more weight! And as you might imagine, the more weight you move, the more intense the workout becomes for the body as a whole.

 

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Movements to Kick Off

So with that in mind, what are some compound movements that you can use to start targeting the seven primal movements?

Here are some examples.

  • Squatting – Squats, deadlifts, kettlebell swings
  • Lunging – Lunges, side squats
  • Bending – Deadlifts, sit ups, leg raises
  • Pushing – Bench press, overhead press, push up
  • Pulling – Pull up, row
  • Gait– Jogging, running, walking
  • Twisting – Heavy bag, twisting sit-ups, cable woodchop

 

Therefore, if you take these exercises and combine them into a workout, you’ll have performed a routine that targeted every important movement the human body is capable of.

That recruits a huge amount of muscle and that puts the body into a highly anabolic state.

 

Important: Before you try any of these movements, it’s important that you learn to do them properly. This is kind of the whole point.

 

If you don’t learn how to use the moves properly then you’ll actually just be rehearsing and learning bad movement patterns, which will in turn cause you to become increasingly injury prone.

 

Little mistakes like rounding the back during a squat can even lead to an immediate injury so make sure you find a trainer in the gym or someone who looks like they know what they’re doing and ask for help.

 

You can find plenty of instruction online but nothing beats actually speaking with someone who can see your form and correct it in person.

There’s way more to functional strength and fitness than that. Functional training comes down to flexibility, to diet, to running form and much more besides.

Chances are you’re not stretching the best way possible right now or training for the optimum cardio benefit.

Thus, if you want to learn how to make the very most of your body and to become the healthiest and most powerful you can be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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