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Exercise Routines – Ten Different Styles

Exercise Routines- Deciding on an exercise routine for a fitness program can be a difficult task. Your fitness goals and experience play a part in what you choose to do. The good news is that there are a lot of choices that can make exercising fun as a lifestyle activity. The following styles of exercise can help you decide what you might want to try as part of your workout schedule:

Ten Different Styles of Exercise Routines:

1. Pilates – This is a style of exercise that is similar to yoga. It is a series of non-impact exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness.

2. Yoga – Yoga exercise can be both spiritual and physical in nature. In the U.S. it is mostly practiced as a physical form of exercise which promotes flexibility, balance, and strength. It can also help to reduce stress because of the calming, non-impact movements.

3. Jazzercise – Many people are looking for ways to stick to an exercise routine. Jazzercise is a fun way to help you stay motivated. You can easily use video sets to workout at home. Or you can find a class to attend if you want a more social experience.

4. Aerobics –Low intensity exercise is a good choice for a program. The low-impact repetitive nature of aerobics works the large muscle groups. Videos and classes are also available.

5. Weight Lifting/strength training – It is important to use resistance training in your routine. Weight lifting is one form that takes some equipment. You can easily combine this style with other more general exercises.

6. Martial Arts – There are various forms and styles that are practiced as a sport. Some of these are: aikido, karate, judo, and tae kwon do. This type of training is usually thought of as self-defense or sport. But it is also a great way to get fit and develop self-defense techniques and fitness at the same time.

7. Cardio – An activity that elevates the resting heart rate would include fairly intense aerobic activity.

8. Running or Sprinting – Running at various paces to increase heart rate and improve health.

9. Water Aerobics – An activity that is good for minimal impact on joints. Body toning and flexibility can be developed.

10. Walking Fit – Walking on a variety of inclines either outdoors or indoors, is still one of the easiest and best ways to get fit and remain fit. It can be adapted to anyone’s lifestyle and abilities. Walking can even be made progressive by including hand or ankle weights along with arm movements.

Adding variety to your fitness routine can be a fairly easy thing to do. Just choose one or two types to start with. Rotate your schedule from time to time. Why not try something new? You may find two or more of these activities will fit your lifestyle very well. It’s always a good idea to change your routine on a regular basis. Try one or more of these exercise routines.

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Dance Fitness Shoes – Picking a Shoe Designed For Zumba Dance Workout

One of the most often asked questions of Zumba instructors is about what is the best dance fitness shoes or sneakers to wear to a class. This beats out the second most often asked question which is can I lose weight by doing this type of dancing aerobic workout.

Zuumba as it sometimes misspelled, is really an aerobic work out which brings together Latin based dance moves as well as conditioning steps.

However, everyday workout footwear just wont cut it.

It doesn’t have the necessary support, comfort or the ability to absorb shock. It may also be too heavy to properly execute the Zumba moves. The ideal dance fitness shoe is lightweight and does not have grips on the bottom or sole.

So, how do you get the best aerobic sneakers or shoes?

Fortunately for all of us, with the ever-increasing worldwide recognition of the effectiveness of fitness classes there is a decent selection of footwear available to us today. This is great for those of us that have a hard time with getting the proper shoe size and/or because our feet are too slender, too wide, or if we have elevated arches.

Some of the major brand names, including Zumba, can provide you with a decent selection of cardio or aerobic shoes. Companies like Nike, Ryka, Avia, and Sansha just to name a few.

One neat trick that I have found to make any shoe more comfortable, is to purchase a cushion insole that’s made out of gel. This not only makes it more pleasurable to where it also absorbs some of the shock that comes from the dancing moves.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s get back to how to pick a dance fitness shoe for your Zumba fitness workout.

If you’re used to searching online, you will probably find some decent reviews of the different manufacturers. Such as the ones I listed above. Another way to find out what type of workout shoe you should use is to ask your aerobic workout instructor. Many times, they have already done all the research for you. Since, they usually spend a great deal of time teaching.

So for them having the proper aerobic shoe is perhaps a little more important than it might be to an occasional dance class participants.

Let me leave you with one last tip. Whatever manufacturer you choose, make sure that they offer some kind of money back guarantee. You really won’t know too much about how comfortable, supportive or shock absorbing the sneaker is until you try it out in class.

Some of the better retailers will allow you to return them or exchange them even after you have worn them once.

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Martial Artist’s Effective Early Morning Workout

There are a myriad of possible effective martial-arts workouts. If you are an early-morning riser, try the following martial-arts training routine. This one is for early-birds only.

Martial Artists Calm Mind

There is something special about being the only person up near dawn or sunrise. There is something special about training in solitude … or training side by side, quietly with a close friend, mate, or student.

If you can train outside, in the fresh air, that has some added benefits, but it’s not necessary. Wherever you work out, try to listen to the early morning sounds … of the city or countryside. Strain your ears; listen for rhythms that you can do your exercises to. Or focus on unique sounds and try to identify them as you perform techniques.

Note: It’s almost a mental puzzle to figure out how to consciously identify sounds, while your body unconsciously performs precision techniques. It almost forces a state of no-mind, teaching the body to react while not being allowed to focus on the technique itself.

Also, use early-morning sites while training. Concentrate on the beauty of the sunrise, while performing a form or kata. Examine the clouds in the distance, as you punch repetitively. Using sight and sound in early morning practice is different from you focused practice, where you analyze, adjust and improve. In the wee hours, you are teaching yourself to perform with a calm mind. You are taking advantage of privacy to empty your mind and train.

The Actual Martial-Arts Training Routine

Start slowly in the morning. Allow your body to wake up. Some slow stretches, as you appreciate the sun creeping up on the horizon. Do you know Salutation to The Sun? How about a different stretch routine?

Next, progress to a slow kata or form. Tai Chi and Chi Gung are perfect for this early-morn, slow workout. Or how about performing each move in Sil Lum Tao, from Wing Chun. Do this first form, or any kata that you select, slowly. Emphasize your smooth technique.

After your form/kata, stretch your legs some more. In fact, warm them up with some leg raises, kicks, or jumping jacks. Now, it’s time for some kicks. Again, start slowly, but this time, progress to kicks with more speed and force. You want to start sweating a little.

If it’s not a “kicking day,” then substitute some punches, eye jabs, or elbow strikes. The point is to start slowly, and then speed up. You want to break into a little bit of a sweat. I like my morning routines to be shorter than a regular martial arts class. Just enough to get me enthusiastic about the arts for the day is what I am looking for.

So, for my last exercise, I practice something that is practical — useful in a real self-defense situation. I want to end my martial-arts workout with a technique or series of moves that, in a sense, prepares me for the rest of the day.

This early morning is a special time to be able to practice in peace. As I said at the beginning, there are lots of possible routines. This is one where you can practice while appreciating the beauty of the sights and sounds of the early morning. What a great way for solo training! And if you are practicing with a partner, I suggest that you practice side by side, in silence. Or maybe roll in chi sao (sticking hands) without hitting — again, quietly.

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Ab Exercises on Parallel Bars – Killer Tips For a Guaranteed Flat Stomach

The best set of stomach workouts and exercise are sit-ups on parallel bars. If you haven’t realized your dream of six pack abs even after 3-4 months of exercising, it is dead certain that you haven’t used parallel bars to do sit-ups, period. I know you are wondering why this is not written about anywhere online. Simple sit-ups are practiced by anyone who is working out ab exercises either using sit-up bars or plainly lying flat on a floor mat, but I can challenge anyone, which other exercise for abdomen stresses the whole of muscle as the sit-ups on parallel bars do. The plain truth is there is no other ab exercise that comes anywhere near beating the efficiency of sit-ups on parallel bars.  

Why sit-ups on parallel bars are the best for you

Let me help you remove whatever apprehensions you might have about sit-ups on parallel bars. This is the only ab exercise that loads your entire body weight on the abdominal muscle, right from the lower abs through to middle pack that makes the six packs in a few weeks, to its maximum possible extent. Imagine being able to stress a literally adamant muscle everyday to its maximum, set after set and enjoying the pain; there is nothing that feels better than this.  

How to do sit-ups on parallel bars

Warning:

  • You must be prepared for severe pains in the lower abdomen for the first few days
  • Not advisable for elderly persons
  • Not advisable for those suffering severe arthritis

What you need:

  • Parallel bars, either the ones used by gymnasts or the half length, wall mounted ones.
  • Good pair of shoes with soft tongues
  • Strong resolve to flatten your stomach in 3-4 weeks

1.  If you are new to this, climb up the parallel bars, hang yourself upside down with one bar passing under your knee joints while your feet tucked firmly to the other bar.

2.  It’s unnecessary to hold your feet close to each other. A relaxed gap in between feels better when lifting up your body.

3.  You need to clasp your hands behind your head before beginning to rise up. Let me warn you not to swing up your arms in fully stretched position as some people wrongly do. Swinging both your arms together generates a lot of upward force enough to share a part of the gravitational pull you have to defy. If you don’t work against the sum of this advantageous gravity and your own body weight, you will only be deceiving yourself.

4.  Pull up your upper body with no support or nothing to hold. It is only the abdominal muscle, the one small portion of your body, which is working at this stagnant moment. It feels like it is taking a Herculean effort to reach up.

5.  Reach up to your knees and touch them with your forehead.

6.  You have got to do this just as slowly both ways as you can, feeling the tremendous gravity at work on your muscles through mid way. When flat stomach is your only fad and when you are in a hurry, sit-ups on parallel bars don’t disappoint you unlike other abdominal exercises.

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Reg Park’s 1951 Mr. Universe Workout

This is the same workout that Reg Park trained with to win the 1951 Mr. Universe title. He won Mr. Universe again in 1958, becoming the first to win the prestigious event twice. Park, who later went on to replace Steve Reeves as Hercules in the mid sixties, gained 25 pounds of muscle on an already solid frame in 10 months with this program.

Reg trained three days a week on this routine. He ate 3-4 meals per day and had a protein drink that was made up of milk, cream and honey, which he drank six times a day. Proof that you don’t need to buy expensive supplements.

Grab any photo of Reg Park and you’ll see what can be done with hard work and determination. Remember, Park was a pre-steroid bodybuilder, all natural. And to me he looks a lot better and more powerful than the drug induced bodybuilders of today.

The Reg Park Classic 1951 Workout

Squats 5 x 10

Bench Press 5 x 10

Weighted Dips 5 x 12

Barbell Curls 5 x 10

French Presses 5 x 10

Chins 5 x 10

Donkey Raises 5 sets

Abs 5 sets

Notes: There was no rep scheme for his abs and calves, he’d work them until they had enough. Park, like all the old timers, lifted heavy weights and didn’t use many isolation exercises in his routine. If you decide to follow this program and feel wiped out on three days a week, knock it down to two. Park had exceptional genetics and recovery ability that most don’t have.

Understand that to be successful in any weight training program – hard work is a must! Half-hearted effort does nothing for you. If you’re new to weight training or grossly out of shape, consult a physician first and get on a beginners program. End of disclaimer.

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Confidence From Exercise

Confidence is a feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed while doing it. Developing one’s confidence will come from a dedicated exercise program.

Anger is better controlled through a steady exercise schedule. Exercise enhances a person’s physical preparedness and emotional outlook while reducing stress. It releases pent-up, nervous energy that would otherwise fester within someone’s psyche. Furthermore, we know that endorphins, chemicals released by the pituitary gland during vigorous exercise, improve one’s overall mood. Regular exercise can also decrease the risk of chronic health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

As people age they become more stiff–specifically their back. Some type of daily fitness program is very good for your back, especially your lower back. An exercise program that emphasizes cardiovascular strength, flexibility and strength training is an excellent route to the overall improvement of your health. Activities that are least likely to exacerbate chronic lower back pain include biking, hiking and swimming.

Activities with more risk for creating, or adding to back problems are sports such as baseball, football, basketball, bowling and golf.

It is important to breathe properly. Clearly, oxygen is the key to life. How well we perform during exercise depends upon our oxygen intake. Always breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Oxygen absorbed through the nose reaches the blood many times faster than air coming in through the mouth. Breathing this way greatly reduces your recovery time and will have you quickly back in high gear.

Be certain to warm up before you exercise and cool down when you’re finished. Done properly, stretching can prevent injuries like strains, sprains and shin splints. A comprehensive warmup increases the range of motion in joints and increases blood circulation. Having been away from real exercise has allowed your once youth fully limber body to stiffen; please get back on track. Try to hold your stretches-bouncing is not beneficial and may be harmful. Over-stretching can also cause injury. If you’re stretching to the point where you feel pain, stop. Don’t overdo it. Too much too soon can be more harmful than not starting a good program. When feeling pain in you joints or muscles, give yourself a few days to rest until the pain goes away. If the pain continues, or if your legs or feet become cool or pale see your doctor immediately.

If you don’t have a regular exercise routine, here are some simple suggestions for adding more activity into your daily life: Park the car farther away from your destination than you normally would. This will force you to walk more. Some people say, “I don’t have time to walk more.” You just made more time. Make excuses for why you can accomplish things that are healthy for you; dispense with why you cannot. When possible allot fifteen minutes before or after you eat lunch to go for a quick walk. Exercise with a group. Peer pressure to not quit may spur you onward. Perhaps you need the presence of others to keep you going further and farther. At work, walk the halls briskly or take the stairs to get your blood pumping faster. When the weather is bad, go to the nearest mall and walk briskly. Add some fun to your routine by taking a dance class. It’s a great way to socialize and exercise at the same time. Yes, dancing is sexy–just ask your significant other to go dancing. When the person passes out from the shock that you asked be prepared to administer fast mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; consider it a sneaky way to get that long overdue kiss.

Remember exercise needs to feel a little bit like work for it to work for you. You can challenge yourself by performing your regular exercise more quickly than usual or doubling the amount of time you usually devote to it. You can also add weight training to your routine. Lifting lead is more difficult than lifting your next hearty harmful of sweets, but the end game will make the mirror your new best friend.

A 2002 study by The National Academy of Health showed teens who did not exercise were five times more likely to engage in overuse of alcohol, drugs and crime than those who were committed to a regular schedule of exercise. It comes naturally to send kids outside to play during the warmer months. In the winter, you have to make more of a conscious effort to find healthy physical activity for them. Go skating. Take a winter hike or just a nice long walk. The cold fresh air will invigorate everybody and make sleep easier too. I.E. Get them away from those mindless, meaningless videos games!

Consider making exercise something that your entire family can do together. Once you begin you will realize that you feel better and feel better about yourself. Make a commitment that for the next few months, you are going to exercise on specific days every week. As your once confused mind becomes clearer you will not want to break this newly earned healthy habit.

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3 Steps to Awesome Lower Abs – Lower Ab Workout

“Why can’t I see my lower abs?”

Maybe have asked yourself this question. You might have the latest ab gadget, whether it’s an “Ab Lounge,” “Easy Ab 2000,” or “Get Abs While You Sleep!” Or maybe you skipped the gimmick route and instead are doing hundreds of crunches and situps every day.

Regardless, despite your dogged and determined efforts, your lower abs are still covered by a layer of flab.

What is missing?

Is there some secret abdominal exercise contraption or exotic abdominal routine that will give you ripped lower abs and make your midsection look like Brad Pitt’s in Fight Club?

You Already Have Six-Pack Abs

Well, let’s just start with this simple fact: you already have ripped lower abs. They justĀ  happen to be covered up by a little bit of fat.

Lower Ab Fat – First to Come, Last to Go

First, a little SCIENCE. (Don’t worry, it will be over before you know it!)

Fat cells are more than just little balloons that fill up with more grease every time we eat a burger. They are actually glands that are in constant communication with the entire body.

To burn fat, two things have to happen. First, the body releases the hormone adrenaline (epinephrine), which travels to the fat cells. This triggers the cells to release fat, which is eventually burned by muscle activity (aka exercise).

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, there is a small catch…

Evil Alpha 2 Receptors

Released adrenaline contacts the fat cells through one of two kinds of receptors: Beta 1 (B1) or Alpha 2 (A2). When adrenaline contacts a B1 receptor, the fat burning process begins, just as we saw above.

BUT, when adrenaline contacts an A2 receptor, no fat loss occurs. The little bugger blocks the fat burning process for that particular fat cell!

Ok, Why is This Important?

This is why: the fat cells in a man’s lower abdomen typically have a higher concentration of A2 receptors than other places in his body. As a result, that lower ab fat is the first to arrive and last to leave. Interestingly, the fat cells in a woman’s hips and thighs also have a higher concentration of A2 receptors.

Spot Reduction Doesn’t Work

So, in order to really get those lean, cut lower abs you are looking for, you need to get rid of that last bit of lower belly fat. All the crunches or situps in the world won’t make that flab go away.

And in order to do that, you need to burn more calories than you take in. We will approach this from two angles.

Step 1 – Eat Less

There are SO many approaches to fat loss dieting out there, and many of them work. My approach has been pretty simple:

  • If you eat until you are full, you will gain weight.
  • If you stop eating while you are still hungry, you will lose weight.
  • If you finish your meal when you are just barely satisfied, you will maintain your weight.

Don’t get to crazy here and starve yourself, just pay attention and eat a bit less than you normally do.

Also, I try to drink a lot of water. Some experts say that salt trapped under the skin leads to water retention. Drinking plenty of water supposedly helps to flush out any water weight you might be holding under your skin. Plus it’s just a good healthy habit in general.

Meal timing is also worth considering. I try to not eat for 3-4 hours before a workout. Many people have found this to help with fat loss.

Step 2 – Lower Ab Workout – HIIT/Cardio Mix + Resistance Training

Resistance training such as pushups, pullups, squats, and other bodyweight variations (or free weights and machines if you have access to those kinds of equipment) will help to maintain your muscle mass while you are eating a little less.

High intensity interval training (HIIT) alternates periods of intense activity with brief active rests. One example would simply be to run fast for one minute, then walk for a minute, and repeat for a total of 10-15 minutes.

HIIT helps to release fat into the bloodstream, as we discussed above. Doing 20 or more minutes of moderate intensity cardio exercise immediately after your HIIT session will help to burn the fat that has been released.

Here is a sample schedule that I have found helpful: (Always make sure to warm up properly before each session, and consult your physician before beginning any new exercise routine)

  • 2-3 days per week – HIIT (sprinting for 1 minute, slower pace for 1 minute, for a total of 10-12 minutes) followed by 20 minutes of moderate intensity cardio
  • 2 days per week – Cardio (moderate intensity) for 20-30 minutes
  • 3 days per week – Resistance training -15 minutes of pullups, pushups, and squats, taking 60 seconds rest between sets

Try to vary your workout methods for HIIT and Cardio. Don’t just run or just ride a stationary bike. Mix it up to prevent overuse injuries. Likewise, for resistance training, work on variations of pulling, pushing, and lower body motions as well.

Now, you might be asking yourself, “But what about ab exercises?” Don’t worry, here is the next step…

Step 3 – Lower Ab Workout – Ab Exercises – Forget Crunches!

With all of this talk of fat loss, don’t think that actual ab exercises aren’t important. The moves described below will develop your ab muscles as your body fat slowly drops to reveal your ‘new’ six pack and ripped lower abs. Plus, targeting your core muscles in the following ways will help to prevent lower back injuries.

Two or three times per week, mix in these exercises:

Planks

Support your weight on your elbows and toes, keeping your body straight. Work up to holding this position for 2 minutes.

Side Planks

Support your weight on one elbow, with your body in a straight line. You can stack your feet or place one foot in front of the other.

Keep your body straight, without bending at the waist. It can help to do this exercise with your back against a wall for the first few times, to get a sense of proper alignment.

Try to build up the strength and endurance to hold this position for 2 minutes.

Abdominal Vacuum

This exercise develops the innermost abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis, which are critical to providing support for your spine. Plus, doing the abdominal vacuum will shrink your waistline!

There are some good videos on youtube detailing this move, but the basic idea is this: exhale fully, then draw your stomach to your spine. Hold for a few seconds, then inhale, catch your breath, and repeat a couple more times.

When you are just starting out, it can be helpful to try this exercise while laying on the floor, to really feel the muscle engage and contract against the spine.

To Summarize…

So, as counter-intuitive as it might seem, here are the three steps to an effective lower ab workout:

  1. Eat a little less
  2. Workout a few times per week – resistance training, HIIT, and cardio
  3. Do the three ab exercises above to develop your abs and prevent injuries

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3 Tummy Trimming Exercises to Flatten Your Tummy Fast

If you want to flatten your abs I have a few tummy trimming exercises that I recommend you do regularly to help you firm and strengthen your stomach. You can do this at home or at the gym, whenever you like.

Before I write instructions on how to do these stomach reducing exercises, you should always remember that the real way to get long lasting results is to keep your entire body in shape and follow a sensible eating plan. That being said, focused exercises also have a role to play so do these as part of your routine. Here are 3 exercises that you can do:

1. Stomach vacuums – This is a great little exercise which requires no equipment and can be done practically anywhere. To do this you need to stand or sit straight, take a deep breath, exhale all the air out of your lungs, suck in your belly hard as if you were trying to connect your abs with your back, thrust your chest out, and hold.

After 20 seconds or more, release and breathe normally before you do this again several times. This is a static, yet powerful exercise and I believe it is a valuable addition to any workout routine.

2. Hip raises – This is another tummy trimming exercise targeting the lower abdominal muscles. You lie on the floor or a mat and place both hands on the floor close to your body. Raise both legs up into the air straight and hold. Now, push your legs straight upward from your buttocks using your abs to do the lifting. You don’t need to do large movements as even small ones will do. Make sure to not let your legs go down at the end of each movement but keep them as straight as possible.

3. Circular crunch – Place your legs on a stability ball and make sure your knees are bent and at a 90 degree angle to you. Place both hands behind your head as you would for a regular crunch. Raise your body toward one knee in a diagonal motion. When you reach the highest point of your rise, twist your torse to the other side in a circular motion toward the other knee and only then lower your torse to the starting position.

In the next rep switch knees. This exercise targets the central abdominal muscles and the obliques. All 3 of these stomach exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment. Make sure to include them in your routine.

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How To Build Lean Muscle For The Ideal Male Body

The question of how to build lean muscle for the ideal male body is one of the main drivers of the health and fitness industry. Still despite masses of information out there it’s not all helping. A lot of the advice you might be following is the gospel of big and bulky bodybuilders passed on to you. Following these people as role models really isn’t the way to achieve your goal if you’re after the lean v-shaped look that is considered the most attractive.

How to get the ideal male body is the right question, but if you follow the typical approach you’ll get the wrong answer. So another valuable question to ask is; what is it that the people you really want to look like know and do, and how can you use it to help achieve your goals?

Well here are six tips to take from the people who have really cracked the look you want; movie stars and fitness models.

1) Get better, not bigger

Bulking really isn’t the way. Unless you have a magic wand you really can’t turn fat into muscle. Get big and fat and you’re only going to have to sweat to get it off again when you realise you actually want to be in shape.

2) Stay lean year round

Who wants to spend most of their life out of shape? That’s what bulking means. Why not always look good and be ready for life. Fitness models and people who actually have to look good for a living stay in shape year round, so they are never too far from peak condition. Aside from saving you the hassle and heartache of trying to get the bulk off, it also means you will constantly be staying in the habits that keep you lean and in shape, and this is a fundamental of looking and feeling great.

3) Don’t follow bodybuilder style workouts

Too much, too long, and too often is the typical bodybuilder workout plan. It is a very good reason why so many people in gyms are giving their all and getting nowhere fast. The answer isn’t to work harder, and certainly not longer, its way more important to know what to work on.

4) Workout less, but make it count

Studies have proven fast is where it’s at. You will get much better results by working out less, not more, but with high intensity. More results and less time can be the future of fitness for you. Besides if you’re going to have the ideal male body make sure you have the time to get out there and enjoy it!

5) Know where the muscle will make the difference

If you want the look that turns heads it’s never about slapping muscle on in an indiscriminate way. Some areas matter more than others. Movie stars and fitness models know that a tight set of abs and a v shaped torso are the keys to a body that cries out to be shown off. So do women. So should you!

6) Choose and use the right exercises

You get what you train for. So when it comes to how to build muscle for the ideal male body, choose your exercises wisely. It will make all the difference.

Follow these tips to start on your way to the ideal male body and getting in shape you can’t wait to show off. Have fun!

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Ski Exercise Advice – Ski All Day Long This Season

Have you ever wished you could prepare yourself for ski season and improve your skills by doing ski exercises at home? Well, there are several types of ski workout machines on the market that will allow you to do just that. These exercise machines work by simulating the side to side movements involved in downhill skiing. They are perfect for ski exercise because they will help you improve your coordination, strengthen the relevant muscles, and enhance your balance. Not only that, just like skiing, they will give you a great workout any time you use them.

Finding high quality ski exercise machines is not easy, particularly for downhill skiers. However, there are several on the market worth looking into. Be prepared to invest some money though, as they tend to be relatively expensive compared to some types of home exercise equipment. After doing some research, there are three ski workout machines which I would highly recommend if you are serious about purchasing one.

Body Flex BG2000 Ski-Skate Machine

Regardless of what level skier you are, this is an excellent machine for a great ski workout at home. It’s both fun and effective. This machine allows you to simulate both skiing as well as speed skating. You will give your muscles a strenuous workout without potentially harmful stress to your joints.

The Body Flex machine comes with a heart monitor and heart rate readout. With these you can track your heart rate during your ski exercises. It also comes with a workout timer, a distance readout, and will also show you how many calories you have burned. The retail price for this machine is usually around $1000.

Skier’s Edge Classic Series – The Original Carving Machine

Skier’s Edge is a great company when it comes to ski workout machines. They offer four different machines, all of which are excellent. The Skier’s Edge Classic Series machine is a great all-around machine for ski conditioning and is perfect for a skier of any level. You can burn anywhere from 800 to over 1100 calories in just an hour using this machine.

There are several additional accessories you can purchase with this machine, depending on your particular needs and goals for your ski exercises. These include the Powder / Mogul Master, which is great for improving fresh powder skiing as well as enhancing your balance and timing. Another accessory you can get is the Slope Simulator, which allows you to vary the slope pitch for a good simulation of real skiing. The All Mountain Master allows you to create a ski workout which simulates various snow conditions and skiing styles. This accessory is great for increasing your aerobic endurance and power.

Skier’s Edge Big Mountain Series – The Ultimate Carving Machine

This machine is the company’s most popular seller and is geared towards the intermediate to expert skier. It has a higher profile and provides a more strenuous ski workout than the Classic Series. You can burn between 1220 to 1350 calories in just an hour! With this machine you will significantly condition all the muscles required for heavy duty skiing. All the accessories mentioned above for the Classis Series are available for the Big Mountain machine.

Skier’s Edge offers a 30 day trial and boasts a return rate on their website of less than 1%. This speaks volumes about the quality of their ski exercise machines. However, since they prefer to create a customized package for you, they do not provide pricing information on their website. You need to either call them or request a mailed brochure.

And if the price of these ski exercise machines is a bit steep, then take a look at this ski exercise guide – a much cheaper alternative!

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