Saturday, March 10, 2018

Muscle Hypertrophy vs Strength - Yes, There is a Difference
People wonder about the difference between muscle hypertrophy and strength and how the two are related.
I will discuss the both of them and how to train for each.

Muscle Hypertrophy vs Strength - Yes, There is a Difference

The Difference Between Muscle Hypertrophy and Strength

Muscle Hypertrophy

Muscle hypertrophy, otherwise known as muscle synthesis, is a process where the muscle gets bigger, mainly through sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. Although there is also myofibrillar hypertrophy (Also known as sarcomere hypertrophy) which is a bit different from sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. Hypertrophy relies on nutrition a lot more than strength does in the long run. Muscle can't be built with nothing.

Muscle hypertrophy is started off when a muscle is damaged after a workout. There are certain hormones that effect this process such as testosterone, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor and insulin. When the muscles are repairing a few things happen. First the muscles swell up. This causes the blood to circulate through them. This means that more nutrients and oxygen are delivered to help repair the damaged muscles.


Strength is a different type of gain. It's a process where the muscles get used to being activated. The body gets used to muscles firing via neural adaptions, which means that to get stronger you need to rely less on hypertrophy and more on neural adaptions. Strength is also a bit easier to improve, especially in the short term. Some studies showed that people that are new to training could lift up to double the original weight used in a matter of weeks via a phenomenon called "noob gains". Another fun fact is that the muscle gets a bit denser via myofibrillar hypertrophy which unlike sarcoplasmic hypertrophy helps with performance.

To be more exact, this is how strength is improved: when you train, the body "remembers" the movement patterns for each exercise making you more efficient at activating the muscle groups used during that specific exercise.
There are however a few well known supplements that can help increase performance short term. A few of those supplements are citrulline-malate, beta-alinine and caffeine.

How to Train

Now that we have everything covered, lets talk about the most interesting part on this topic - how do we train for each of these? The answer is simple, more reps with less weight for muscle hypertrophy and less reps with more weight for strength. I would recommend 15 to 20 reps for muscle hypertrophy and 1 to 5 reps for strength.

Some research states however, that for strength gains it is optimal to do 1 set per exercise, while for muscle hypertrophy it is generally recommended to go high on the volume and do about 4 sets per exercise, so further into the details, I would recommend the following:

Muscle hypertrophy

Reps: 15-20 (Go higher if you are a beginner and lower if you are intermediate/advanced)

Sets: 3-5 (Go lower if you are a beginner and higher if you are intermediate/advanced)

Exercises: 5-7 (Go lower if you are a beginner and higher if you are intermediate/advanced)

Rest: 30-120 seconds (Go higher if you are a beginner and lower if you are intermediate/advanced)

General tip: choose a few compound exercises for a bigger growth hormone release and to get the muscles ready to work and then a few isolation movements to cool down at second half of the workout, to get the blood flowing into the muscle (Via the phenomenon called "The pump" and generally through contraction with high reps). You should also consider adding slow eccentrics.

Who is this optimal for: this approach is optimal for bodybuilders and teenagers looking for an aesthetic look. It is a very good approach for teenagers as the low weight training reduces the risk of injury.


Reps: 1-5 (Go higher if you are a beginner and lower if you are intermediate/advanced)

Sets: 1-3 (Go lower if you are a beginner and higher if you are intermediate/advanced)

Exercises: 3-5 (Go lower if you are a beginner and higher if you are intermediate/advanced)

Rest: 90-180 seconds (Go lower if you are a beginner and higher if you are intermediate/advanced)

General tip: try to get rid of isolation exercises and aim for compound exercises. I must also add that quick and explosive concentric movement is the best way to go for strength and power.

Who is this optimal for: this approach is optimal for people trying to compete in strongman, powerlifting, playing sports or who do manual labor. This type of training will promote muscle activation efficiency which in turn might mean saving a bit of energy doing things like manual labor or sports.


As we can see, they are both different and are both trained differently, and fun part is, we can combine them to get the best out of both worlds. To combine them you can simply just follow a split such as the push/pull/legs split, first three days you would do strength training then the next three days you would do hypertrophy training. With this type of training you can be a power-builder, a mix between a bodybuilder and a power-lifter.

NOTE: When I say a specific amount of reps, I do not mean picking up pencil weights and just flinging that weight for the specified reps, but I mean that you should use a weight at which you would struggle to do the needed amount of reps.


Thursday, March 01, 2018

7 Firming Butt and Abs Exercises for Women
Do you want the best firm butt exercises which dissolve cellulite and tighten your glutes? What woman wouldn't want to have a sexy bottom which is tight and toned. I want to share with you 6 exercises which can dramatically strengthen your back side and lower body.

7 Firming Butt and Abs Exercises for Women

Romanian Dumbbell Lift

Romanian Dumbbell Lift

  • Stand straight, holding a dumbbell in your left hand, with your feet at shoulder width apart.
  • Lift your right leg up and back with your knee straight and lean your torso forward, until your torso and right leg form a straight line and are parallel to the floor.
  • You should feel the tension in your right hamstring and glute, and when you do, swing your leg back down and stand back straight up.
  • Repeat with each leg 10 times.

Sumo Squats

Sumo Squats

A wider stance will automatically emphasize hamstring and glute work;

  • So stand with your feet a step more than shoulder width apart.
  • Utilizing the weight of a barbell or dumbbells if you want to make the exercise more difficult, tighten your abs and squat down until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • Slowly stand back up and repeat for two sets of 10 squats each.

Explosive Lunge

Explosive Lunge

  • Start in a typical lunge pose, with your right foot forward and bent 90 degrees at the knee and your left foot extended behind your body.
  • Tighten your core and propel yourself upwards with your right foot, so that you are jumping in the air.
  • Switch feet mid-jump and land in a lunge, with your left foot forward.
  • Repeat for two sets of 5 reps each.

The Explosive Lunge is a high intensity exercise, but it also gets results quickly – while it is great to practice once or twice a week, be sure to keep your routine within personal limits.

Bicycle Crunches

Bicycle Crunches

Firstly you'll need to be lying on your back on the ground. It's best to use a yoga mat if you've got one.
Secondly, place your hands behind your head and your legs in the air in a bent L shape position.
Thirdly, bring your right elbow to your left knee and at the same time extend the right leg.
Fourthly, return to your original position. Now do the exact opposite of what you've just done. Bring your left elbow to your right new while extending your left leg.
Finally, repeat these steps for as many repetitious as possible. Remember to perform this workout slowly, this will ensure that you are maximising tension on the abdominal muscles.

V Sit-Ups

While traditional crunches and sit-ups only work the upper abs, V sit-ups target the lower abs as well.

  • Begin on your back with your arms extended over your head and your legs straight out on the ground.
  • Pull your arms forward while you lift your shoulders off of the ground.
  • At the same time, keep your lower back on the ground and pull your legs upwards to meet your arms.
  • Pause and gently lower back to the ground.
  • Repeat.

Flutter Kicks

  • Lie on your back on the ground with your legs fully extended.
  • Place your arms along your sides with your hands under your butt, palms against the floor.
  • Tighten your abs and lift your heels off the floor approximately six to eight inches.
  • Scissor your right leg up so that it forms a 60-degree angle with the ground, then begin flutter kicking your legs, so that you drop your right leg toward the ground as you lift your left leg up into the air at a 60-degree angle. Make sure you initiate these movements from your abs, keeping your lower back flush to the ground and your core tight.
  • Continue flutter kicking for 30 to 60 seconds.

Russian Twists

Russian Twists

The Russian twist is a great exercise for giving your tummy a much-needed workout. The best way to do it is with a ball. Hold it in front of you with both hands while sitting on the floor. Turn one direction in a 45 degree angle. Your back and core should be straight, and your abdomen should do the twisting. You should be really feeling it there when you go to the side. Go 45 degrees one way, and then do it the other way.

The above mentioned exercise are just a tip of the iceberg. If you've never done any of these mentioned exercises, make sure to use light weights until you get used to holding a much heavier weights or barbell overhead. Mix these exercise with any cardio workouts you have and in no time, you will be ready to wear your bikini.

7 Firming Butt and Abs Exercises for Women - I want to share with you 6 exercises which can dramatically strengthen your back side and lower body.

Friday, December 15, 2017

5 Minute Home Dumbbell Workout for Woman
Dumbbells are practical fitness tools you can use at home or even inside the gym. There are also endless possibilities on what you can do with your dumbbell. Nonetheless, it is important that you first understand the safety measures on using dumbbells so you can effectively prevent any possible injuries. Below are some ideas on your home dumbbell workout.

5 Minute Home Dumbbell Workout for Woman

For this workout, we’re focusing on each muscle group individually. Usually, a 5-minute workout would be best with compound exercises; compound exercises involve working multiple muscle groups at once. Here, we’re focusing on specific muscle groups because we want to isolate, strengthen, and build more muscle. The more muscle you gain, the more fat you’ll be able to burn. Burning fat and building muscle all help tone, strengthen and sculpt your body. Feel accomplished, get motivated, get the fitness buzz going and commit to making a newer you!

Equipment Needed: Interval Timer (Interval Timer is a free app download), 1 set heavy weights(20-25), set of medium weights(12-15), flat bench

1. Seated Wide Bicep Curls – 1 minute 

Seated Wide Bicep Curls

2. Dumbbell Row – 30 seconds 

Dumbbell Row

3. Seated Shoulder Press – 30 seconds

Seated Shoulder Press

4. Weighted Jackknife – 1 minute 

Weighted Jackknife


5. Dumbbell Squats – 30 seconds

Dumbbell Squats

6. Straight-Legged Deadlift – 30 seconds

Straight-Legged Deadlifts

7. Bench Press – 30 seconds

Bench Press

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Dumbbells are universal pieces of exercise equipment which can be used to achieve a full body workout from home. With a little bit of planning and research, you can create a home dumbbell workout that will effectively tone and trim targeted spots on your body.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Peanut Butter Ground Flax Seeds Energy Bites Recipe
Peanut butter is a very healthy food. Especially when dieting and also for workouts. We are all in a rush with work and families while still trying to fit in exercise that many of us resort to energy and protein bars on a daily basis. Problem is these energy bars are loaded with sugars (even the healthier cane type).


Enter peanut butter; this versatile food will fit in with so many healthy endeavors. It's a great snack with apples, or spread on crackers and especially yummy in a peanut butter workout smoothie with added protein powder for recovery.

Did you know that peanuts are not a nut but a member of the legume family which is related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans? Because of this they have many necessary and healthy nutrients like folate which is essential for the structure of our DNA and RNA at the cellular level and is important for our body tissues like bone marrow and the intestinal tract. Folate is also necessary to help the body synthesis and breakdown amino acids. Without folate or folic acid, your body's nervous system and brain function would be affected in negative ways.

Peanut butter also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant, involved in immune function and also aids the heart along with resveratrol. Other nutrients in peanut butter are the mineral zinc, used by your body for repair and the immune system, niacin, protein and manganese. According to the American Peanut Council, "the Nurses' Health Study that involved over 86,000 women, have found that frequent nut consumption is related to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease." This great little bean also contains thiamine (vitamin B1), B6, riboflavin (B2), iron and calcium.

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Peanuts are also a contender with fruit as a source of antioxidants because they contain oleic acid, the same fat in olive oil. The research done on peanuts was found to be as loaded with antioxidants as strawberries and blackberries. They also contain more antioxidants than apples and carrots! This I'm sure will be a surprise to many people as it was to me.

Yes peanut butter does contain fat but 80 percent is good fat which can help you lower LDL cholesterol (the lousy cholesterol). Fat none-the-less is a critical nutrient needed for brain function and for moving fat soluble vitamins where your body needs them like the skin.

Peanut Butter Ground Flax Seeds Energy Bites Recipe

Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe


  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir together well to combine.
  2. Place bowl of "dough" in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour so it can set up.
  3. Bring dough out of the fridge and roll into balls about 1 Tablespoon in size.
  4. Store in a covered container in the fridge.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lose Weight Faster By Weight Training
There are certain stereotypes that surround weight training programs designed to burn fat and the bulk of these stereotypes center on...bulk! That is, people assume that all forms of weight lifting involve packing on massive amounts of muscle so as to assume the dimensions of a competitive bodybuilder.

Lose Weight Faster By Weight Training

While it is true that there are a number of weight lifting programs that aid in packing on significant muscle mass, there are a multitude of weight loss programs that serve completely different purposes.

These purposes include enhancing strength, rehabilitating injuries and, of course, fat loss. It is those fat loss weight training programs that we will center our attention.

Here's how weight training fits into the equation when trying to keep the pounds off.

Circuit Training Exercises For Beginners
Circuit training combines aerobics and resistance training in a manner that is designed to be easy to follow and provide a great workout.

An individual exercise "circuit" is a completion of all designated exercises in a program; the concept being that when one individual circuit is completed, you start at the first exercise again for another circuit. Often, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, and rapid movements to the next exercise are often incorporated.

You may be familiar with doing a certain number of reps at a number of different machines, but dynamic weight training, where every angle of the muscle is strengthened, and you learn to weight train with active movement, can improve your strength, and maximize your weight loss in the process.

What You Need

This circuit program is designed around four pieces of exercise equipment.

  • A treadmill
  • Two dumbbells
  • A mini-trampoline or rebounder
  • An exercise mat or suitable floor space
  • You can substitute a stationary bike for the treadmill or the mini trampoline if they are not available or convenient in your gym or home exercise area.

If you're not familiar with rebounders or mini-trampolines, these small trampolines are an excellent way of getting higher-intensity exercise without excessive impact on the knees -- a problem for some people who are trying to lose weight. Since they are low to the ground, they are quite safe when you get used to them.

Check the load capacity and make sure it's not a children's rebounder. Most gyms will have one. You might need to organize the equipment in two separate areas of the gym. If so, move quickly between sections.

Circuit Program Exercises

Warmup: Warmup with some gentle dynamic stretching and treadmill work for 5 to 10 minutes to get the blood flowing.

Treadmill fast walk: Walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes at a fast pace. This should be at a pace at which you have to stride out strongly with arms swinging for pace and balance. You should be able to talk but you may puff a little.

Dumbbell Squat Press: After the treadmill, move immediately into the dumbbell squat presses. You start with a dumbbell held on each shoulder, you dip at the knees, but no more than thighs parallel to the ground, then you push the dumbbells high overhead. Do 2 sets of 10 repetitions with 30 seconds of rest in between.

Mini-trampoline: Next, go to the mini-trampoline. You should be familiar with this piece of equipment before starting the circuit. Start a light bounce with two feet on the trampoline for a few minutes until you have recovered from the dumbbell exercises. Now, start to jog as you would jog down the street. It takes a little more balance than the two-feet bounce but you will quickly get the idea of it. Increase your jogging pace to "fast" for 60 seconds. This means you are simulating running fast for one minute, yet only up and down on the trampoline. You need to practice this a little. Your knees will need to rise higher than when you run with forward motion. This need not be at top pace but it needs to be at a pace at which you are working quite hard for one minute -- and at a pace at which you cannot talk easily. Stop, bounce for two minutes, then repeat a second time 60 seconds at a fast pace.

Dumbbell Lunges: Move immediately to the dumbbell station. Hold dumbbells at the side and lunge forward, one leg forward and back, then the other. Try to keep the knees from extending too far behind the point of the toes. Do 2 sets of 10 repetitions (of each leg) with 30 seconds rest.
Crunches: Do two sets of 12 crunches with 30 seconds rest in between.

Next Circuit: Start the treadmill exercise again if you're ready for a second circuit. If you don't have access to a mini-trampoline, do your 60 seconds sprints on a stationary bike with reasonable resistance. The same application applies -- work hard for 60 seconds so that you're puffing substantially.

How to Progress: Start with one circuit (of each exercise) and see how your current fitness level deals with it. The mini-tramp sprints will probably knock you around a little if you're not fit. You can rest for 3 to 5 minutes then try another circuit. Try to progress to three consecutive circuits over time, but do it gradually. One circuit should take about 15 to 20 minutes. Get a medical clearance if you're not sure of your wellness to handle this type of workout.

Cool Down: When finished, cool down with some light stretches.

Weight Work and Aerobics Go Hand in Hand

There are no shortcuts with weight training for fat loss. As discussed above lifting weights while also incorporating aerobic exercise can intensify your workout and give you the best workout. Doing moderately intense jogging or group aerobics or cycle spin for an hour can burn around 800 calories or more, depending on the intensity. By coupling weights with aerobic exercise you will expend more energy than you would by doing a static weights session.

In this way, weight training goes hand in hand with aerobic exercise. By combining these two workout techniques together, in a circuit training program for example, you improve the quality and intensity of your workout.

Building Muscle To Increase Metabolism

Even though static weight training builds muscle if done correctly and consistently, and muscle uses more metabolic energy than fat, this advantage can be maximized if paired with high-intensity exercise to produce a more pronounced "after-burn" the slight increase in metabolism after a workout.

Static weight training does not produce as substantial a caloric expenditure as the calories expended in a strong circuit, boot camp or interval type program.

The Perfect Mix of Weight Training and Other Physical Activity

In summary, weight training can be part of a successful fat loss training program. But you need to incorporate aerobic, and preferably anaerobic (high-intensity) movement training as well so that you can be sure you reach a reasonable level of energy expenditure and burn the most calories every time you workout. As you learn how to use weight training in your weight loss and weight maintenance efforts, keep challenging yourself to improve and rework your workout regimen so that you don't get bored or burned out doing the same thing. Keep it fresh and find the perfect mix of workout techniques that work for you.

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So remember, don't assume that in order to engineer your ideal physique that you need to run miles upon miles, or starve yourself(that's an entirely different animal that I'll leave for later). By simply using a fat loss weight training program you can see extraordinary and compounding results!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Exercises and Workouts - Ways To Boost Your Shoulder Press
As you hit the gym, it's important you're not overlooking your shoulder training. Having attractively developed shoulders will not only make your physique aesthetically pleasing, but it can also help provide functional strength that will come in helpful on a day-to-day basis.

Exercises and Workouts - Ways To Boost Your Shoulder Press

One of the main exercises you will want to be doing when it comes to working those shoulders is the shoulder press. And if you are stuck at a weight level lift, there are some clever tricks you can use to get past it.

Here is what you should know to crush your next plateau

1. Switch to the Barbell Press. If you have been doing the dumbbell shoulder press for as long as you can remember, it might be the time to focus on doing a barbell shoulder press instead. Sometimes just switching over to this new piece of equipment can kick-start your results, getting you past the sticking point.

Likewise, the reverse also holds true. If you have been doing the dumbbell press for a while, try a barbell press instead.

2. Focus On The "Mind-Muscle Connection." Next, start focusing on the "mind-muscle connection." Ask yourself, when you lift a weight, are you focusing on pressing it up through your shoulder muscles? Or is your primary concern simply getting the weight up, full-stop?

If it is the latter, you may not be targeting the right muscles. Try decreasing the weight and focus in on pressing just with your shoulder muscles. You should feel them fatiguing as you move through the lift. If you do this, you will slowly find these muscles becoming stronger, and eventually, you will be able to lift more weight. Not to mention, you should see better overall results as well.

3. Do "Drop Sets." Another technique you can use to get past a training plateau is to perform drop sets. With this, you will do one set at your average weight, and upon reaching a point of fatigue, you will then "drop" the weight and perform another set. Then if you want, you can "drop" one more time and make a final set.

Doing this "drop set" is a way to help train your body to tolerate fatigue, which then allows you to push harder on your straight sets when you are using a heavier weight. This is a very intense training technique, however, so do not attempt to do it every single workout. Once every other workout should be plenty.

4. Add More Frequency. Finally, the last thing you can do to improve your shoulder performance and strength is to increase your training frequency. If you have only been hitting your shoulders once a week, start hitting them twice a week or even three times if you can.

As long as you have one day between each session, this should be sufficient for them to make a recovery - and you to see significant progress.

Keep these points in mind as you hit the gym for your next shoulder workout. Do not let frustration get the best of you if you are not able to get to the next weight level. Instead, train smarter, and soon you will be there without a problem.

Although managing Type 2 diabetes can be very challenging, it is not a condition you must just live with. Make simple changes to your daily routine - include exercise to help lower both your blood sugar levels and your weight.

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