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4 Proven Ways to Get Stronger

It’s time to make you strong again but how should you do it? With so many approaches to becoming one of the strongest, it gets difficult to find just one path. I have listed four personal techniques that have always led me out of where I was and into newfound strength, enjoy!

  1. Eat More – One of the most common ways I see beginning strength trainers fail is because they are not eating enough. I know it isn’t always easy to stuff your face. I was a devout breakfast skipper for years. While missing the important meal of the day made me happy, it definitely wasn’t helping me gain any weight. Also, if you were already sleeping and missed breakfast, you have burned off those calories from dinner for about twelve hours.
  1. Lift, Even If Not Feeling It – Look, unless you are sick or injured, you really shouldn’t be skipping your workouts. I know that life happens and things come up to prevent you from spending that precious time pumping weight but try to limit it. I, myself, have had all kinds of situations come up where I didn’t really feel like working out but sometimes you can surprise yourself. I have found that, even if I am having the worst day, something about finishing a workout just feels right to me.
  1. Pick Up Heavier Weights – Now, this could seem like a no brainer but not everyone knows about the different ways to transform your body through weights. There can be differing lifts that you can do but if you aren’t focusing on strength, you are going in the wrong direction. On the opposite side of this, I wanted to start lifting for size but just figured the size would come from lifting heavier weights than what I was used to. Big mistake because I wasted a couple of years getting strong when I was wanted to get bulkier, lesson learned!
  1. Take Something – If all else fails and the above three methods aren’t cutting it for you, you’ve got to have a bit of help. I won’t go into which supplement would be right for you, as there are tons of them out there but if you look below, you will find what has helped me get the most out of when I lift to gain strength, above everything else.

There it is, four easy ways that you can use to get stronger faster!

Workout Oddity: Anti-Gravity Journeys

If the initial though you had when looking at the above title is one of confusion, I know why! There is a new trend that is filling up classroom of only the trendiest workout locations across the world. This new workout, a term that I use loosely will have you hanging above the floor. Now, get rid of those images that you could have of pull ups or some intense new exercise method. Allow me to collectively burst all of those bubbles at once, because when you hear how they are changing workouts, as we know it, you will probably have to pick yourself back up off of the floor.

hanging outRecently, my local gym had some changing of their employees, bringing our gym crew with some different instructors. It was sort of a sudden change, something that left what new classes would be offered up to the public. I had never heard of a anti-gravity method of exercising before. After first walking everyone into their proper room, I couldn’t fully process what I was taking in. I wasn’t alone, as the other people around me were beginning to starting to complain, I held off my reservations.

Imagine a room that is filled with a horrifying image, straight out of a horror movie. Bodies all lined up in cocoons, doesn’t that sound scary or is that just me? Like something out of the movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space, this is just about what you will be seeing if you sign up to take one of these classes. This is seen as an innovation in the way that people are getting their fit time, I really don’t know what else you can call that.

The wild fact remains, however, that these classes truly are gaining buzz, whether it be positive or negative, it really has the people talking. I would love to sign up for one of these classes to keep the wife off of my back about me when I turn into a couch potato. Let me step it down a little bit on the negativity, I really want to give this exercise trend a fair shake that I feel that it deserves. The pictures that I have seen of people performing these classes does look fun and honestly very relaxing. At least, I would think that it would be relaxing just kind of hanging in the air.

Sure, it could look a bit silly to walk into the room and see these creepy cocoons there. However, I think that it would feel simply awesome to just float, it would possibly make me very sleepy. I also would imagine that I would feel more on board with this class, if they were a bit smaller. Something about sleeping (or at least trying to) around 30 other men and women would make me more than a bit uncomfortable. Perhaps having one of these machines in your room, or somewhere a bit more private, where I wasn’t surrounded by people.

If this kind of class does interest you, these classes are becoming increasingly popular, bring them to a wider audience around the clock. Also, I feel that I need to clarify what this kind of class is clarified as, which is more yoga than an actual exercise. I hear that the yoga routines that they will have you performing will vary in time and intensity. I, personally have never really taken a yoga class myself, so I can’t attest as to how easy or hard these stretches sound.

Solving the After Workout Flushed Face

Have you ever gotten done with a long workout, only to head to the gym bathroom and realize your face looks like a tomato? I know that I have experienced this, my face turning beet red after I exert myself. You’re definitely not the only one to of had the flushing of the face happen after a workout. I wanted to know a little bit more about this and find out why some people get very red and the cause behind it. Mainly, when your face does flush it is because you are heating up your body. Making perfect sense, you will turn red as you continue to apply effort.

The degree to which your face turns red, varies by person to person and as a product of genetics. What this redness is, primarily, is blood making its way to the surface of your skin. People often confuse the redness with some sort of medical issue, which it usually is not. When you are working out, just pay attention to the way you feel. Our bodies work in odd ways and a flushed face is merely one of them. Flushing is actually done by your body to help cool it down and prevent you from getting too hot. If you’re having other symptoms, along with the red face, this is a whole other story. If you feel like you are getting lightheaded and could pass out when you exercise, you probably need to see a doctor. I only mention the doctor because this could be a sign that there is something else wrong with you and I don’t want you to be misinformed. In my younger years, I had worked out mostly in warmer temperatures. I’m not saying that this is the smart thing to do, on the contrary, it was actually quite risky. One fateful afternoon, I was lifting some weights when a scary occurrence happened to me. I remember that it was sweltering and hot gym in the middle of a southern summer.

I was able to get the weight up fine but after I set it back down, my knees buckled. Fearing the worst, I held on to the weight rack and started to feel my body pull itself backwards. Right then and there, I knew that I was about to pass out and I had to regain my composure, I quickly headed back in. Luckily for me, it was nothing sitting down and some ice cold water couldn’t fix but it was still a wake-up call. Even though mentally I could prepare myself for such conditions, physically, my body just couldn’t handle the heat. But that being said, as long as you’re not putting yourself out there in extreme conditions, whether that be hot or cold, you shouldn’t have much to worry about if your face flashes. Think of your face turning red as a way that your body is helping you to cool down.

If you have ever seen Brock Lesnar in an athletic event, you should know that a red face during strenuous bouts of activity is not a big deal. Although it can be mildly annoying, don’t fret if you flush. It doesn’t always seem like it but the warning signs our body gives us are there to protect us. If you are self-conscious about having a flushed face, think of it this way, you are exerting yourself enough to force your body to cool yourself down!

The Myths and Truths of the One Minute Workout

With so many people scraping together time to do just about anything, it’s no surprise that quicker exercise is becoming the norm. As tests have shown, people really do prefer the shorter workouts, as opposed to the normal half hour ones that we’ve been conditioned to be used to. I get why this can be such a big win for people, exercising is hard and spending less time doing it would seem like the wiser option. When you look at the benefits of a quicker workout, who could blame you? Experts are saying that the one minute type of work out can have some of the same health benefits as longer workouts. However, I do think that some of the information here is a little bit skewed towards certain workouts.

For example, someone who does 30 minutes of running could have the same health benefits by only running for a minute. Whether or not it seems too good to be true, the facts are there. These sort of smaller and quick exercise sessions are gaining a stronghold with the working world. If you simply have no time in your day to dedicate anything towards a strong set of rules for exercising, this is the work out for you. I do encourage you to stick with the 30 minute workouts, if you’re still doing those.

The reason for sticking to the exercises that you already can do is because taking a shorter time to exercise could derail all of your progress. As far as weightlifters go, hold on to your seats, the one minute principle of working out will not apply to you. Weightlifting is a way to exercise where you are building up on your latest progress. Even if you’re picking up weights and throwing them around like a mad man for a solid minute, you aren’t going to have enough time to build a strong base to improve upon. Lifting weights is something that takes time and is a style of exercise where results aren’t always instant. For the joggers and cardio freaks, I see a lot of pluses to a one minute workout.

Getting that heart rate up and lowering your blood pressure are always two things are great to do, if you can put the intensity needed for 60 seconds, more power to you. For functional strength, that’s just going to be not enough time for you to get everything that you need to get done finished. One big plus of this new style of exercising is that I can get people on board that would not have been on board to exercise, otherwise. The rush of endorphins that come with an intense workout can be had it and just about 60 seconds, which has more people on board with trying this and sticking to it, as well.

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Which exercise you choose to perform for 60 seconds, is up to you. The main opinion seems to be that as long as they get you moving and is intense, the skies the limit. First starting out, I would try some intense sprinting. For this exercise, sprint as fast as you can for one minute. There are warm-ups that should be performed just to make sure that you are ready to do this kind of exercise, so use those wisely and give the one minute workout a shot for yourself.