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Workout motivation is just as important as knowing how to exercise and what to eat. If you can’t bring yourself to do it consistently, it won’t matter how well you do it.

So you don’t want to train today?

Yup. Sounds about right. If you are human you will have days where the thought of a workout makes you sick to your stomach. It seems impossible. It feels like you’re at the bottom of Mount Everest looking up. There are 100 easier things you could do with your time.

However, when it comes to fitness, consistency is results.

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How to Properly Perform Abs Exercises

Abs exercises are a part of many of our work out routines, but a majority of us are performing them wrong. Ever wonder why you don’t get six pack abs after doing hundreds of crunches every week? When performing abs exercises, it is important to keep several things in mind. Form, diet, and frequency play an important part in performing abs exercises.

Maintaining Good Form during Abs Exercises

Sometimes we get lazy while doing our ab workout routine, but if you’re going to be lazy, don’t bother doing them at all. You can get better results doing 5 good crunches over doing 50 sloppy crunches. So how you do you make sure you are maintaining good form during abs exercises?

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Intense and One of the Best Abs Workout

Author: Michael Greene

What I have outlined below is a very intense abdominal workout. You are encouraged to follow this but remember without a strict diet the training will not mean much.

When training your midsection, I feel that you should either start with lower abdominal exercises where the legs come towards the chest (leg raises, knee-ins), and then finish with upper abdominal exercises where the chest comes towards the hips and oblique muscles (sit ups, crunches, machines, side crunches). The abdominal exercises for your lower abs are usually harder, which is why I believe that you are better do those exercises first in your workout. Another way to use this approach is to alternate between a lower abdominal exercise and an upper abdominal exercise, and then finish up with your oblique muscles. Let’s discuss the best exercises to maximally develop your abdominal muscles. Read the rest of this entry

The Amazing Shortcut to Better Health

Gretchen Reynolds has been writing about the science of health and fitness for more than a decade. Phys Ed, her weekly column in the New York Times, is one of the paper’s most popular features, regularly appearing on top of the “Most E-mailed” list. Now Ms. Reynolds has distilled the knowledge gained from years of fitness reporting into a new book, “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,’’ published last month.

Check out this interesting article by Tara Parker-Pope from the NY Times blog where she interviews Ms. Reynolds about her new book and let me know what you think.
The Surprising Shortcut to Better Health

Is weight training or cardio workouts more effective for burning fat?

How to Get a Fast Six PackMany weekend warriors, fitness buffs, or anybody trying to get a fast six pack, lose body fat, or get into shape believe that they require “cardio” training to attain their goals.

Low-moderate cardio workouts can be useful to deconditioned or overweight people, but there are other effective methods even in such cases.

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Exercise for Abs for Men

Exercise for Abs for Men - BodybuilderYou are wrong if you believe that plain sit ups will give you a quick reduction of that belly. Sorry to say it, BUT sit ups as exercise for abs for men only strengthen the abdominal muscles without reducing the belly fat. Men usually add on belly fat, sometimes starting from the age of 30yrs, as they start growing older. But you can clear that bulging belly by just performing some specific exercises.

Russian Twist Exercise for Abs for Men

The Russian Twist is a powerful exercise that gives the equivalent of 10 sit ups.

Keep the body straight as you lie down on a declined workout bench. Lift the upper part of your body making a semi circular motion from right to left. Repeat this exercise severally till your abdominal muscles begin to tighten. Again, this shows that the exercise is being effective.

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Warning: the result of this training may be a stronger, dramatically leaner body as this workout for abs for men is completely different from the ones you know.

For those people who don’t have time for the gym or the usual gym rat who has reached a plateau and needs some break this workout will be great.
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The Ultimate Abdominal Program Workout

This abdominal program exercise can give you a head to toe rock-hard body with ripped abs!

The “Front Squat”: The ultimate workout not only for your legs, but for your abdominal program too.

I am sure you already know that the squat is considered top of the league as a very effective general exercise that stimulates the whole body’s composition changes (fat loss and muscle gain).

The reason is that training with deadlifts and squats utilizes more muscle groups with a heavy weight than all the other weight bearing and abdominal program workouts in record. Deadlifts and squats use hundreds of the entire body’s muscles to move the weight and to stabilize the body during the drill.

These exercises, therefore, stimulate the maximum hormonal production (enhancing, testosterone, the growth hormone responsible for muscle building and also burning fat, etc) of all the abdominal program exercises.
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If you need to break yourself out of a plateau and get a different technique or fitness training plan to get new results and eradicate boredom, workout “complexes” could be just what is right for you.

Just what exactly are workout “complexes”?

Fitness Training Plan

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Instead of the typical fitness training plan where you perform sets, a “complex” is mainly a routine performance of different exercises.

It is a routine fitness training plan that is outstanding in working large portions of the body’s musculature in the shortest time. You will be puffing and huffing just after 2 or 3 repetitions of a sequence because of the amazing conditioning feature of this sort of training.

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