Compound Exercises are Key

pushups4When putting together an exercise program the primary focus should be on compound movements.

Compound movements or exercises are those that involve using more than one major muscle group at once (and often across one or more joints in the process). The larger muscle group does the bulk of the work while the smaller muscle groups are supportive and secondary. [Read more…]

Creating a Short On Time Workout Session that Works

carolynhansensitness.comLet’s face it, most of us are finding it harder and harder to squeeze everything into our demanding modern day schedules.

That includes our exercise routine. There will always be those times when life just gets incredibly busy and you can’t get your workouts in. During these times, it’s helpful to have a back-up plan in place; a workout that you can turn to that’s incredibly fast paced but yet will still work the body efficiently and effectively.

As long as you are structuring things correctly, it is definitely possible to get a complete awesome workout in just 10 minutes time. [Read more…]

Strength Training is Key to Shifting Body Weight and Shaping Your Body

woman strength trainingIf you are looking for ways to change your body, shift around and lose some of the excess weight you’ve been toting around then strength training is your key.

Hours and hours of cardio on end do very little to actually change your body. You may become slightly smaller if you are burning enough calories, but you’ll just be a smaller version of yourself.

In many cases, you might even find that you become not only smaller, but a softer, flabbier version of yourself. Not really much improvement.

Excessive cardio training does a great job of burning up lean muscle mass. Think of it this way, if you are training your body to exercise for long periods of time, it knows in order to do this effectively it needs to get rid of the densest tissue and the tissue that uses up the most energy. [Read more…]

Resistance Training the Key to Permanent Fat Loss

strength trainingStrength Training for permanent fat loss.

There is no other form of exercise that is as beneficial as strength training when it comes to fat loss.

“Fat” loss and strength training belong in the same sentence. You might even say you can’t have one without the other they are so intimately entwined. It is the most critical form of exercise in your fat loss plans. [Read more…]