Over the past years, there have been many debates in the fitness world about the differences between cable training and free weight training. Naturally, each method of training comes with its own pros and cons. But which one is better for you and your training style?
There are 3 main classes of nutrients that provide energy for the human body: carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Each nutrient is handled differently by the body. Nutrient timing is probably the most important diet factor in muscle gain and weight loss. That’s because your metabolism is activated differently during different hours of the day. If you’re trying to keep a good diet, timing your nutrient intake will not sabotage your training efforts. (more…)
The overhead squat is probably one of the most exasperating training movements anyone will ever encounter. And for a good reason: it’s almost impossible to do correctly without proper form. And proper form, balance, and mobility doesn’t come easy. If you’ve ever tried to do overhead squats and you failed, you’re probably lacking in one of these areas: balance, mobility, flexibility, coordination, or strength. (more…)
The foam roller is probably the most inexpensive workout equipment money can buy. Starting out as a piece of equipment that was only used by professional athletes and fitness therapists, it’s now gaining popularity amongst the general population. The most common use of the foam roller is for self-myofascial release, also know as self-massage.
Although not really a new idea in the world of professional sports, ice baths after intense workouts represent an increasing trend in the past few years. Correctly applied ice baths involve the immersion of your body in ice-cold water (or even a bath filled with ice cubes) for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. While unpleasant for some people, ice baths are being used by professional athletes from different sports, all over the world.
CrossFit is a fitness trend that dates back to the early 2000s but has become more mainstream over recent years. The word actually incorporates both the type of physical training and the name of the competition that ensued from it. There are many different training styles and exercises that make up CrossFit training. Workouts include calisthenics, plyometrics, high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, powerlifting, and many more.