Posts by madcap

The Elusive Six-Pack- Part 3 of 3

Today, I am going to sum up the discussion on abs we have been having over the past couple of days. The reality is that for the vast majority of us, the ‘six pack’ is already there. Unfortunately for that same vast majority, our body fat levels do not allow it to be seen. Despite…

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The Elusive Six-Pack- Part 2 of 3

In my last blog we started discussing which ab muscles are involved when trying to get that “six-pack”. Today, we will touch on the infomercial machines that claim to target your abs. Please do not waste your money on those infomercial contraptions that promise ‘great abs in just minutes a day’ or ‘great abs without the effort’…

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The Elusive Six-Pack- Part 1 of 3

A common goal among exercisers is to achieve those washboard abs that the models in the fitness magazines all seem to have. Endless crunches, leg raises, side bends, sit ups, strapping into the ab machines at the gym. People continue to search for the secret to the elusive ‘six pack’, often without much success. Turn…

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Tips For Beginning Your Fitness Program

Proper preparation for a fitness program is essential in order to achieve the best results.  The following tips will not only help you when starting a new fitness program, but help you to stay consistent with it over the long term. Following is a list of general principles: Prior to beginning an exercise program, speak…

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Consuming too much sugar when fat loss is the goal

Consuming an excess of simple sugars, as well as overly processed and refined carbohydrates, is a perfect way to train your body to store and retain fat.  You may think that fat free cookie is a good choice, but if the first two ingredients are white flour and sugar, eating that cookie will result in…

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Overtraining or not getting adequate rest

Yesterday, I talked about not providing your muscles enough of a challenge in your workouts.   The other end of the spectrum is when you provide too high a volume of stimulus and challenge to the body, and do not allow it to recover.  The positive adaptations made by your body occur through the rest…

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Failing to provide sufficient challenge to the working muscles

In much the same way that your body does not need to continuously adapt to perform daily activities, if you perform the same exercise routine for long periods of time, your body will no longer need to make positive adaptations in response to the exercise.  Let’s use bicep curls as an example.  Say that when…

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Can Exercise Really Make a Difference?

Everyone knows that a fitness program provides many benefits, including making your cardiorespiratory system stronger and more efficient, increasing your strength and endurance, making you look and feel better, preventing injuries, and more.  But, most people don’t really understand exactly how small improvements can add up to really big benefits over time. Let’s say that…

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Smartphone Personal Trainer Apps vs. Z Physique Online Training

You want to start an exercise program. You may be thinking of downloading one of the personal trainer apps offered on your phone. There are many to choose from and some are very well done.  They offer pre-made workouts; exercise descriptions (some even have video), ability to log your workouts, etc. This option can work…

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Motivation through Online Training

You know in your mind that it would be a good idea to start exercising, but after thinking about it, you get so overwhelmed that you never implement it.  There are so many reasons to start working out, but the reasons not to tend to take over. One of the great advantages to an online…

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