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March 19, 2018

Full Body Workout Routine

Full Body Workout Routine - Using Bodyweight Exercises to Get Great Results


When it comes to working out you always have options. Doing body weight exercises gives you options even when you don't have weights to use. That makes working out at home easier even with little space to work with.
Workout Routines
So what are some body weight exercises you can do to get a stunning body with your new full body workout routine?

1) Push Up - The most well know and most used body weight exercise is the push up. It is a great exercise to build a strong upper body.

If you are just beginning working out you might want to start doing pushups with your knees on the ground until you build your strength up. There is no shame in that. Everybody is in a different place in their fitness quest.

2) Chin Up - Another very commonly used body weight exercise is the chin up. All you need is a chin up bar, if you don't have a chin up bar you can use a low lying rafter somewhere, make sure it is secure.

If you need assistance use a chair to help you get through the reps until you are ready to do regular chin ups.

3) Chair Dips - Another great exercise to attack your upper body. Chair dips work your triceps, shoulders, and chest. Be careful if you do too many you will wish you didn't the next day or two.

4) Rows - This is a little different than the other examples on the list. Do this one if you don't have a pull up bar handy.

Lie under your kitchen table, chest at the edge of the table, pull yourself up as high as you can to the bottom of your table. Be careful when doing this, if you don't have a very sturdy kitchen table do not attempt this exercise. Your significant other would not like it at dinner time if there is no kitchen table to eat on because of your morning workout.

5) Squats - The first few exercises mentioned target upper body, but squats when done properly blast your lower body. There are plenty of variations of squats.

Including: regular squat, pistol squat, split squat jump, prisoner squat, sumo squat, lateral squat, Bulgarian squat. Some of the names are pretty hilarious.

6) Lunges - A close cousin of squats, lunges are an excellent body weight exercise to build strength in your legs. Do squats and lunges regularly and watch your leg strength explode.

7) Step Up - Have one leg on a higher elevation than the other. Step the lower leg up to where the higher leg is. Inhale as you lower exhale as you are coming up. Do about 8-12 reps per leg.

There you have it a great full body workout routine using body weight exercises. You can build strength with your upper and lower body in just one workout. How cool is that? Get busy burning those unwanted calories.
March 12, 2018

Weight Lifting Workouts

Weight Lifting Workouts For Insane Muscle Growth


Weight lifting workouts are the cornerstone of any successful muscle gain program. Without the proper stimulation, your muscles simply will not grow. If you're trying to build muscle mass but don't know how to structure your weight training workouts for muscle growth look no further.

While everybody knows that weight training is the way to go if you want to build muscle mass. Very few people understand the basics of designing a growth stimulating workout. Listed below is the framework that I use to put together 90% of my weight lifting workouts.

Weight Lifting Workouts

Before we get into the workout structure, It's important to talk about the muscle building process and how it works. Here's a simplistic overview of how the muscle building process works:

In order to build muscle mass you must first stimulate muscle growth with intense weight lifting workouts. After you have given your body a reason to grow, you must then focus your attention on fueling muscle growth. Just like your car, your body will not function properly without the right fuel (nutrients). After you have put in the hard work to stimulate and fuel muscle growth, you must give your body a chance to actually grow. The fancy term for this process is rest and recovery.

That's really all there is to the muscle building process. Armed with this knowledge, you should have a better than average idea of what it takes to build muscle.
Here's the formula for growth stimulating weight lifting workouts

1.) Always perform a complete warm up prior to jumping into any weight lifting workout. If yo decide to skip the warm-up and jump right into your workout, you will get hurt!

2.) limit the duration of your weight lifting workouts to 60 minutes max. I personally like to design them to complete in under 45 minutes. There are two reasons that I strictly follow this methodology.

The first reason is that studies have shown that the muscle building hormones begin to spike within 30 - 45 minutes. If you continue to train past the 60 minute threshold the muscle building effect of your workouts will not be as effective as an intense weight training session during your bodies peak hormonal period.

The second reason is that you'll have a very hard time maintaining the proper muscle building intensity level for more than 60 minutes. Another way to say it is - If you are able to train for 2 - 3 hours, chances are your workouts are not intense enough to stimulate muscle growth.

Besides, who has the time to commit to 2 -3 hours a day in the gym anyway?

3.) Design the majority of your workouts around compound exercises like squats, bench press, dead lift, rows etc. If you really want to add an isolation exercise into the mix, make sure that you only perform it after you have completed at least 1 heavy compound movement.

4.) Train heavy to stimulate muscle growth. If you're serious about building as much muscle mass as quickly as possible you need to train with heavy weights through a complete range of motion. I've found the 6 - 8 repetition range to be effective for most body parts.

5.) Incorporate stretching and flexibility into your weight training routine by stretching between sets.

6.) Focus on only 1 or 2 body parts per workouts max! If you want to stimulate muscle growth you need to hammer each muscle group with heavy weights. If you're trying to cram in 3 or 4 different body parts you will not be able to train heavy enough towards the end of your workout.

7.) Perform between 2 - 4 sets of each exercise beginning with your heavy compound exercises first and moving on to your secondary isolation exercises second.

8.) Rest for 2 - 3 minutes between sets. This is enough time to allow for complete muscle recovery, but not so long that your body cools down between sets.

9.) Train each body part only 1 time each week. This will allow for full muscular recovery between workouts.

Here's what a typical chest and bicep workout looks like following this model:
  • Bench Press - 4 warm up sets, then 3 sets of 6 - 8 reps.
  • Dumbbell Incline Press - 2 sets of 6 - 8 reps.
  • Straight Bar Curl - 4 warm up sets, then 3 sets of 6 - 8 reps.
  • Alternating Dumbbell Curl - 2 sets of 6 - 8 reps.
While it may seem counter intuitive to limit your weight lifting workouts to 60 minutes, you'll soon find that you can actually train with heavier weights and wind up stimulating more growth in the process!


February 24, 2018

5 Best Exercises For Building Mass & Power


There are plenty of exercises to choose from in the Iron Game, but only a handful are considered essential exercises.
And of that handful, five are what's known as tools of the trade exercises, the indispensable few you must have in your workout program.

Building Mass


Here are the five best exercises on the planet for building muscle and power. Add these to your workout and watch your gains soar.

1. The Squat 
The big boy of all weight bearing exercises. The squat has been called the king of all exercises and rightly so. The squats have am indirect effect on your body, meaning squats work just about every muscle in the body, especially the thighs and quads. Even the calves get worked with heavy squats.

2. The Deadlift 
Another exercise with massive indirect effects. The deadlift works the whole body and some say all you need is the deadlift and a pressing exercise and you're in business. The hamstrings and back are the hardest hit. The deadlift is also the best ab exercise around. Do a couple sets of good, hard deadlifts once and see how sore you abs are after.

3. Overhead Press 
Great exercise for your shoulders and upper back. Do them standing up instead of setting down. Why? Because it's harder that's why. The old timers did heavy presses and they always did them standing. Many of the old-school lifters liked to press heavy dumbbells to work one arm at a time. Barbells or dumbbells, either way, do presses.
4. Bench Press 
Works the chest and the triceps hard. No need to do wimpy tricep pushdowns or french presses with this bad boy. Heavy benches are the only exercise you need to work your chest and triceps.

5. Chins 
The chin up is the best bicep exercise around, bar none. Try this experiment: Flex your bicep but keep the palm of your hand facing away from you. You should be looking at the back of your hand. Now grab your bicep with your other hand and feel how soft it is. Now rotate your wrist so that the palm of your hand on the flexed bicep is now facing you. Did you feel the contraction? That's what happens during heavy chins. If you're getting off too many reps, add weight to your body. If you can't do chins, switch to pulldowns instead, but keep your palms facing you.

There you have it. The five best exercises for building mass and power. If you make these fabulous five the foundation of your program, lift heavy and with max intensity, you'll be out-growing your clothes before you know it.
January 29, 2018

The Best Exercises to Include In Your Muscle Building Routine



As you go about you workout routine, it is important to discover the best muscle building exercises that you can be doing. This will point you in the right direction by eliminating wasted time, and mobilizing you to spend your energy on exercises that are proven to provide excellent results. Fortunately, there are a number of time-tested, basic exercises that have consistently provided outstanding muscle and strength gains for professional athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, and for anyone willing to put in the required level of work.

Muscle Building Routine

The benefits of muscle building exercises are well documented. Incorporating them into your workout routine will build lean muscle mass, which will increase your body's metabolism, allowing you to burn fat more efficiently. It will also lead to significant strength gains. An added benefit to doing these exercises is that they work more than one muscle group in your body at once, providing you with greater payoff for your effort. Given these benefits, lets take a look at some of the top muscle building exercises that you should consider incorporating into your daily workout routine.

The Details - Let These Exercises Take Your Muscle Development To New Levels:

Squats: Often referred to as the king of strength and muscle building movements, the effectiveness of squats is unrivaled in terms of building mass and strength in the hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, muscles of the lower back and spinal column, and your core. Assuming you back will allow it, this exercise should be a staple of your regular workout routine.

Lunges: This is a great movement for building muscle in your thighs and hips. They can be done with a set of dumbbells or a barbell across your back. If you are new to lunges, you will quickly discover their effectiveness as your legs will feel incredibly worked within just a few repetitions.

Deadlifts: This power-lifting movement will strengthen and build the muscle in your upper legs, glutes, and lower back very effectively. Along with squats, they are proven effective at significantly increasing muscle mass.

Bench Press: Another power-lifting exercise, the bench press has long been lauded for building thick muscle mass in the chest, shoulders, and triceps. The strength gains that can be achieved are unrivaled as well. There also are several variations of this exercise that can be performed to enhance results. Close grip, wide grip, and incline bench press exercises are all very effective. Given its incredible muscle and strength building benefits, the bench press should also be a staple in your workout routine.

Dips: A professional body builder was once asked what exercises he would do if he could only choose three, and dips was one of the exercises he selected! Little wonder, because dips are exceptionally effective at working the chest, shoulders, and triceps. To super-charge your dip routine, once you can do a high number of repetitions without stopping, you can begin to increase the weight using a dumbbell attached to your lifting belt.

Overhead shoulder press: Nothing beats this movement for increasing muscle mass in the shoulders. It also provides a significant workout for the triceps. Shoulder presses can be done seated or standing, with a barbell or using dumbbells. Two huge favorites are seated dumbbell presses and seated behind the neck barbell presses. Any of these variations is a highly effective workout for your deltoid muscles.

Push-ups: One of the things that makes push-ups such a great option is that you can basically do them anytime, anywhere. They can be done in combination with other upper body exercises, or as a stand-alone upper body exercise if you are away on vacation or can't get to a gym. Push-ups are great for building lean muscle in the chest, shoulders, triceps, and upper back.

Rows: The ultimate exercise for working the lat muscles of the upper back, there is no substitute for rows. Bent-over dumbbell rows are immensely popular for building mass and strength. T-bar rows and seated cable rows are also an excellent option.

Pull-ups: This is a hard one, but very effective! While you may only be able to do a couple of them if you are just starting out, pull-ups are an excellent way to work the upper back and the biceps.

Curls: Whether they are done with a barbell, or in alternating fashion with dumbbells, there is no substitute for curls to develop mass and strength in the biceps. As an added benefit, they also work the forearms.

Sit-ups/Crunches: Like push-ups, sit-ups and crunches can be done basically anytime, even if you can't get to the gym. Done in in several sets, they work the abdominal muscles very effectively.

The Bottom Line:

When you engage in these exercises as part of your regular workout routine, you can be confident that you are doing some of the very best muscle building exercises for your body. Because of their effectiveness at working the various muscle groups, none of them should be done on back-to-back days. Make sure that you establish a routine in which you work specific muscle groups in each workout, and then rest those muscle groups for at least the next day. Do your homework and research some sample workout routines to determine how to structure your workouts for the week, and how many sets and reps of each exercise to do. The important thing is to find a routine that works for you while incorporating many of these basic exercises into it.