• Does Science Say You Should Strength Train or Do Cardio First?

    1 month ago - By Cathe Friedrich

    Strength training is your ticket to stronger muscles and more defined muscles and helps with weight loss too. Plus, it's the ultimate body anti-aging prescription. Working your muscles against resistance also reduces muscle loss related to the aging process that affects everyone beyond the age of 30 and continues throughout life.
    In contrast, cardio workouts boost your heart rate enough to improve aerobic fitness and stamina while also lowering risk factors for cardiovascular disease. So, they're both important for different reasons and a balanced workout should include both.
    But what if...
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  • 5 Factors That Determine How Much Your Muscles Will Grow in Response to Strength Training

    5 Factors That Determine How Much Your Muscles Will Grow in Response to Strength Training

    1 month ago - By Cathe Friedrich

    If you work with weights to build strength or muscle size, you want actual results from the time you put in, and that means greater strength and muscle definition. It's no secret that one person can develop muscle quickly while another makes much slower progress.
    Some males and females have an easier time building muscle than others. Some guys gain as much as 3 pounds of muscle in 4 weeks, while others only gain a pound or two of muscle per month. On average, women gain less than men with an average muscle gain of around 1 pound per month.
    Why do some people make faster muscle gains and...
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  • 5 Best Multi-Joint Strength Training Exercises for Building Strength and Muscle

    5 Best Multi-Joint Strength Training Exercises for Building Strength and Muscle

    1 month ago - By Cathe Friedrich

    Multi-joint exercises are those that involve the movement of two or more joints at the same time. In contrast, isolation exercises work a single muscle group and involve the movement of a single joint. An example of a multi-joint, or compound, exercise is the squat, whereas leg extensions are an isolation exercise. Both types of strength-training movements have benefits, but training with multi-joint exercises is more time-efficient.
    By adding more compound exercises to your workout routine, you gain more benefits from a training session time since you're working many muscles with only a...
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