Monday, 26 August 2013
If you’re looking to build a rock-solid pair of obliques or get that sexy, deep, v-cut, you need to add these three exercises into your ab routine…right now. Often people focus primarily on the rectus abdominis–aka the six pack muscles–but completely forget about the obliques. What ends up happening? You’ll develop a core that’s imbalanced, lacks width, and quite frankly…looks really strange. A sexy six pack is the sum of a number of important parts–the obliques are at the forefront of that equation. What’s great about the combination of these three exercises is that they use a variety of angles, motions, and contractions to shock your core and spark new growth. I guarantee that if you start doing these exercises regularly–on top of following a healthy, nutritious diet–you’ll begin to see a razor-sharp, powerful pair of obliques emerge from the side of your torso. Side Plank Side planks help build endurance and also strengthen obliques. Lie on your right side with your elbow touching the ground underneath your shoulder and have your legs extended out straight; stack your feet on each other. Through your feet and elbow, press into the ground, lifting your legs and torso. Tighten your abdominal and buttocks to help keep your legs and spine in line horizontally. Hold for up to 20 seconds and repeat on the left side. The Side Crunch A deceptively difficult move, the side crunch tests your balance while it teases your oblique muscles. (It worked my hips in a way I've not felt in a while, too.) Do it: Kneel on the floor and lean all the way over to your right side, placing your right palm on the floor. Keeping your weight balanced, slowly extend your left leg and point your toes. Place your left hand behind your head, pointing your elbow toward the ceiling. Next, slowly lift your leg to hip height as you extend your arm above your leg, with your palm facing forward. Look out over your hand while bringing the left side of your rib cage toward your hip. Lower to your starting position and repeat 6 to 8 times. Do two sets of 6 to 8 reps, and then switch sides.
Posted by Loverock_MD at 16:34
Monday, 12 August 2013
In the human body, muscle is a remarkable tissue with some odd properties. For one thing, it turns chemical energy into motion and force. For another, it's very plastic or malleable. For example, if you do nothing, your muscles shrink. But if you work your muscles hard, they change shape and get bigger and stronger. People have spent a lot of time and energy working out the best way to pump iron in a gym, so they can bulk up as quickly as possible. But what about immediately afterwards, when you've stopped pumping iron? It turns out that what you eat or drink in that time period after you finish pumping iron is crucial to laying down some muscle. The research is still limited, but studies are showing that milk can be a very effective post exercise drink. The beneficial effects of drinking milk after exercise have been shown to apply to muscle growth, fat loss, and rehydration. One study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has found that consuming milk after resistance exercise leads to greater muscle hypertrophy, a greater increase in lean body mass, and a greater decline in body fat than consumption of a soy beverage with macronutrient (proteins, carbohydrates, fats) ratios equal to that of the milk. Another study, reported in the British Journal of Nutrition, has shown that low-fat milk is a better rehydrating beverage after exercise than a commercially available sports drink. Read the rest of this article to learn more! Muscle mass gains from baseline were 6.2% (3.9 kg) in the milk drinkers, 4.4% (2.8 kg) in the soy drinkers, and 3.7% (2.4 kg) in the carbohydrate drinkers (p<0.05 milk vs. soy and carbohydrate). There was also a tendency for milk drinkers to gain more strength especially in the leg muscle groups (p=0.08). Gains in muscle fiber size mirrored those seen in muscle mass. Okay, So What Kind of Milk Should I Drink? Drink regular skim milk. It has very little calories and almost no fat content, but the same protein, carbohydrate, calcium and electrolyte content as the higher fat milks.
Posted by Loverock_MD at 18:40