Monthly Archives: December 2016

Exercises to Improve Your Swimming Ability

In what has been known for years to be, arguably, the best exercise for you, swimming is still as popular now than it has ever been. With star athletes like Michael Phelps, we have now seen a completely new facelift on the public opinion of this sport. With more new fans each passing week, it seems like everyone wants to try their hand at swimming, not to compete but to look better. After all, if you have seen any images of Michael Phelps, you know that he is in outstanding shape. To better get you prepared to head out into the water of your local lap pool, I now present three awesome exercises that you should be doing, in order to become a better swimmer. Along with my exercise picks, I will also give you more information, as to why these exercises are so well suited to an aspiring swimmer.

I talk constantly about the benefits of doing squats but nowhere is this exercise better for you than when you are swimming. Squats are primarily done to achieve better leg strength. Having stronger legs not only looks good, it can also help you become better at many different sports, swimming being one of them. Why heavy squats are so great for swimmers is that it enables them to push off of the pool walls harder than normal. Think about this, is someone with massively strong legs going to push off faster than someone who never trains them? You won’t need to be a sports nutrition scientist to realize that stronger legs will push you farther.

Next, we know that no swimmer is going to make it very far without a strong core. For those that don’t know the core muscles are ones that right in the middle of your body, mainly having to do with the ab muscles. You won’t need to worry about having a perfect six pack to do crunches, you will still notice that you will have a stronger core, even if you don’t have rock hard abs. Don’t expect to get shredded by doing crunches alone, in this situation, we are utilizing our ab muscles so that we will be able to effectively swim longer distances. If you have ever pulled a stomach muscle, you know how painful it can be and we don’t want that. Last of all, you certainly don’t want to be in the water, while having cramping muscles!

Finally, if you have known a swimmer, you know that they are notorious for developing shoulder problems. Even the best swimmers around that don’t train their shoulders can still fall victim to nasty shoulder injuries, sometimes ending their hopes of professionally swimming. The military press is, quite possibly, the number one exercise for your shoulders. Yes, there are a vast amount of different shoulder lifts that you could do to strengthen those muscles but the military press is the best way to do it, in my humble opinion. Having a stronger set of shoulders reduces the risk of injury that is commonly associated with swimmers, due to how much use their shoulders get out on the water. Will these exercises ever give you that speed that Michael Phelps is known for? Likely, no, as his great performance as a swimmer is attributed to years of constant practice and conditioning. However, you should be able to notice that your lap times do quicken and you will gain some newfound strength.

Should You Exercise While Feeling Under the Weather?

As much as we wish we all could, there is no stopping being ill. While a select few will only get sick once or twice through the year, others have more instances where illnesses find us. When the time arrives, it can keep you stuck in bed, away from your job, and being put in a situation where you can’t exercise, or can you? Unless you feel that you absolutely have to, I would suggest that you focus on getting the rest that your body needs. However, if you are determined to sweat out your illness, you shouldn’t treat it like you would a big lifting day. For safety sake and because you are more susceptible to becoming winded, it is best to keep your weight numbers and reps low. You have to realize that you won’t be in tip-top condition and trying to strive for that will have you feeling worse than you did before. As far as time is concerned, I would try to keep any workouts done while under the weather to no more than twenty minutes.

The purpose of working out when you’re sick is to either: cleanse your body of toxins, not fall back on your fitness routine, or both. Before you get ready to head out of the door, with your gym bag in hand, there is more that you need to know. First, we have to understand that being sick is a vague term for a lot of smaller symptoms that determine what illness you have. If you are experiencing any sort of vomiting, DO NOT go out into the gym. For one, you are likely having a very strong illness, where working out would do more harm than good. Secondly, the last place that you want projectile vomit in would be the gym. Just thinking about the horrified looks of others, if I were in that situation and had to puke would mean I would probably never set foot in that place again.

sickness symptomsAs far as being an overall caring human being goes, please don’t go and lift weights while you are still contagious. A big sign of determining being contagious is a quick fever check, if your temperature is too high, you are likely still capable of passing the illness. I know that I would hate it if there a sick person coughing and leaving snot all over the place, especially if he uses the machine before I do. Also, with having a fever, it’s not smart to play around with your body temperature during a time where you are so weakened.

A lot of people confuse getting allergies with being sick, I’ve suffered with allergies for about fifteen years so I could say that I’ve had those same thoughts. If you aren’t having a fever, show no signs of vomiting, you will do much better with working out, even if you don’t feel one hundred percent. Once you get your shoes on and get moving, you could notice that, by the end of your workout, you started to forget that you were even sick. To sum it all up, remember that workouts (while sick) are hobbies that you can still skip a day or two on, with sickness being a great reason. If you feel that you must exercise and provided your symptoms are contagious, keep it simple and take it slow.

Why My Weekend Was Total Anarchy

It’s not often that you get the amazing and unique chance to try out a preworkout supplement that has won awards. It’s hard to believe, but there are truly a handful or two of supplements that I feel are deserving of a true honor as an award can give. I can sit here and spew out endless hype filled sentences but you will know that I don’t like to roll in that manner. Let’s get down to the meat of this supplement and start look at the cold hard facts. Based on extensive new research into nitric oxide and its effects, Muscletech has used their findings to create a better form of n.o. that we are so desperately needing today. Deciding to give their findings a new and exclusive name, nitrosigine was created. Not content to merely tread water that has been walked though many times before, Anarchy is setting out to change how we look at pre workout supplementation. We have the usual contenders for what a supplement should have, which are caffeine and beta alanine, upon further inspection that are some great and rare ingredients I want to talk more about.

When a company is able to provide the consumer with exclusive ingredients, you know that you are going to be in for a treat. It is nice to be able to be provided with a supplement that you know no other company can offer. When it comes to that pumped up feeling, it seems like it is a must for any aspiring weightlifter. I ended up trying this supplement because of the Muscletech name being associated with it, I kept using it because of the Nitromax and Nitrosigine working together. To have, not one, but two different ingredients that have been created and are new to the world is a really cool thing to get to be a part of. I’m not kidding when I say that it felt like my shirt had gotten two sizes smaller, within a matter of thirty minutes, that is how well Anarchy provides you with fuller muscles.

This is a small piece of information to be so concerned with but I have to say how cool I thought it was for Muscletech to mention that you should shake the cup that Anarchy is being used in. I can back up the claim of this manufacturer by agreeing that shaking my shaker bottle for about twenty seconds left me with no clumps at all. It’s nice to see such a big company recognize a common problem that can happen with their supplements, right out in the open. In an industry where many companies falsely assume user error for why their products are being as effective as possible, Muscletech provides some much need information that can drastically enhance how you enjoy their products. You can find Anarchy available in thirty serving containers, which can go pretty far, depending on your tolerance to these kinds of preworkouts.

For someone who is sensitive to energy products, you could easily notice that thirty servings of Anarchy could get you well past a month’s use. For someone like me, who has a high tolerance for what is supposed to give him energy, even being able to get through fifteen lifting sessions with Anarchy will give you an experience that you will not soon forget. This supplement is going to be available at all major supplement retailers, anything with the Muscletech name should be able to be well stocked up on, too!