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New Workout Classes Being Held Underwater

Have you ever wanted to wear a fin, as you get some exercise, in an underwater environment? I know that I haven’t, but there is a big wave, no pun intended, of people flocking to California for this very experience. In a fancy hotel in San Diego, California, you can sign up for a fitness class, which is one that you have never seen anything like before! Sure, these classes aren’t going to be the first kind of water exercising classes out there. I’m sure that you have been by your local recreational center when they have water aerobics. I have never tried a water aerobics class, as they are honestly always filled up with senior citizens. I’m all for our elders being able to get fit in any way they choose but I’ve always stayed out of the water and opted for some free weights.

I have never thought that I would appear cool to others, if I was 30-40 years younger than the rest of the recreational center patrons. What is nice about this combination of mermaid tails and aerobics is that it looks like it is made for a younger generation. I mean, honestly, could you imagine a bunch of senior citizens with mermaid tails on? I suppose you are only as old as you feel but I just have trouble picturing the elderly wanting to put a costume on, being afraid of being judged. However, I imagine that there are some elderly who can’t wait to try this, more power to them!

swimmingIf you do visit San Diego and check into this hotel, be sure that you are on a good sleeping schedule. I only mention the sleep schedule thing because it appears as if these new classes start out at 8am! Definitely made for the morning crowd, you won’t have to worry about spending an arm and a leg for a class like this one, it looks like it is only $20. If you have ever been to California for a time, you know that twenty dollars is a very good price for anything, let alone a fancy fitness class.

One more thing, there are tails available for men to take these classes, as well. I don’t how many of you male readers want to strap on a mermaid tail when you exercise, but it is cool that this hotel has kept everyone included in their activities. Getting some exercise done in water, has as ton of added health benefits. For one, the resistance that you will be facing, being partially underwater, makes you add more strength to complete movement. The people who say that swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises out there can’t be wrong, right? I don’t think that they are, there is a certain level of work you put in when you get in the water to exercise that is tough to match anywhere else.

The classes last about 45 minutes, which is a great length. You can’t expect to sign up for a fitness class and want it to be more than an hour. All of us can’t expect to be able to train for such a long period of time, you could end up wanting to vomit by the end of it. Also, you aren’t getting a workout that is too short, where you feel like you haven’t fully trained yourself.

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!

Studies Show Weight Training Can Lengthen Lives

rusted barbellThere has been some statistics that point to a big reason for weight lifting, your life! It has been shown that strength training is a big factor to living a longer life. Granted, those who were tested were already of old age but the results showed those who spent their spare time lifting were much less likely to pass away. Something to remember is that habits are best when they are started early. What better reason do you have to start changing your life now, than being able to live for a longer time? This should be something that puts every single excuse you have for being lazy to rest. I can attest to just how true these findings are due to how well my grandfather has aged. He took to fitness, at a later stage in his life, and now loves going to his local recreational center. My grandfather had to deal with a big tragedy in his life, I honestly think that his commitment to staying active has helped him immensely.

I find that the elderly can also form special bonds with those of the same age, who are also doing what they can to prolong their own life. Finding friendships as people age, can become harder to do. I sometimes go to that same rec center in the mornings, it is amazing to see so many of the elderly still finding that will to go out and exercise. It really speaks volumes to my own motivation when I am walking a track, alongside someone well into their sixties. I have bad days, just like everyone else, where I don’t feel like getting out of bed, let alone start up an intense workout. Try this, the next time that you aren’t feeling like doing anything, visit a gym and see men and women who are decades older than you putting in the work.

The first time that I saw this, it was a real eye-opener. As you create muscle tissue, this helps you to maintain a better BMI. Unknown to many, as muscles develop, it takes more calories to keep those muscles sticking around. One of the biggest causes for health issues is always an excess of fat. This fat slows you down, leads to depression, and is just not good for you. If you are one of the older people who are hitting the gym, you probably have less fat which drastically lowers a bunch of potential health problems down the line. If you reading this and picturing old men trying to lift like a bodybuilder, this isn’t quite what they mean by strength training. Of course, muscle mass and the potential to build it decreases with age. Seniors who are starting any kind of exercise program should get a qualified opinion, to find out what works best for them. Regardless of what methods are chosen for the senior citizens to utilize, they will have to start small and make gradual improvements from there. What is crucial to remember is that there are actually patterns being formed that almost ensure that the elderly are able to live longer and happier lives. Since the older generations could have developed any number of specific bone issues, most will need a program that is customized to them. This is one drawback of starting training later on in life, having a weaker body leads to a life of previous nagging injuries. These injuries go from being light but can really be maximized under a heavy set of weights.

Rory Mcllroy Shows Golfing and Lifting Can Mix

When we think of some of our sports stars now, you can already see a towering figure. I mean, someone that is lifting weights has to be a football player, right? No, this man doesn’t toss a pigskin, although he does play his sport of choice outside. The man’s name is Rory Mcllory and he is a professional golfer. I have to say that not since Tiger Woods has a golfer put so much work into his physique. Drawing a bit of jabbing, some have jokingly stated that all of those muscles were causing some holes in his game. Far be it from me to criticize anyone at golf, I am terrible at the sport, but these ribs were all in a good nature.

mcllroy on fairwaySo, why does Mcllroy break the mold by lifting like he does, in a sport that doesn’t really require it? Some have speculated the most obvious reasons: he wanted to look better, he did it to hit the ball harder, etc but none of them match the reason why. Since Rory was a young boy, he had always had some nagging back issues. As he grew older and found his calling playing golf, something had to fix his back. The back issues that he was having would surely hold him back from being great, let alone one of the best players in the world. To help control how his back would behave on him, he began weightlifting. This just goes to show that not every person who lifts weights regularly is a dumb jock. Many people do lift strictly for their own vanity and that is fine.

However, there will be people, perhaps someone lifting right by you, that does it for other reasons. For a better quality of life, some must train regularly which helps their muscles stay strong enough to support them. The support that he has had is causing heads to turn at tournaments across the nation. Mcllroy is well on his way to becoming a future legend and it is hard to argue that his discipline that comes with lifting weights hasn’t had something to do with it. When I was younger, I struggled with a hernia, something that I had ended up inheriting from my father. As I would go my yearly checkups, I was warned that this condition could get worse over time.

Even though it was said to be a small operation, I was still worried about this news. In what I thought would be a completely unrelated incident, I began doing sit-ups every night. It wasn’t anything obsessive, so I thought, I would try to get in twenty a night, no exceptions. A few trips later and the doctor was no longer making any kind of plans for any major operations. I’ll never know if the decision to do some core work made a difference but I like to think that it did. My family was amazed that I had been able to skip something that had happened to every past generation member on my father’s side. I wouldn’t make any claims that this was the perfect remedy to a hernia, by any means. Most likely a byproduct of luck, over anything else, I was still relieved to know that I wouldn’t have to worry about having a little pooch sticking out of my belly.

The Importance of Rep Ranges and Results

When lifting weights, you have so many different options that it can be astounding. To the person who has never been a weightlifter, it sounds pretty simple. If you lift something that is heavy, you will grow muscle, which sounds simple, right? Sadly, this can be true, to a certain extent, but it gets much deeper. If you are someone who wants to get the body you want as fast as possible, you might want to keep reading. The question of how many reps I should be doing for the goals that I have was something that didn’t really click to me until much later on.
There are a couple of main rep ranges that people will use and I will go into more detail on them to help you figure out what you need to be doing.

  • Hypertrophy – This is something that can only be achieved by lifting higher reps with lower weights. If you have attained hypertrophy, you will start seeing that your muscles will be getting bigger. Now, there is a downside to this, as you will see your strength not increase the same way. Usually, hypertrophy exercises are those that are best performed by using dumbbells over the big full body lifts. If you are tired of looking at how small your muscles might appear, you will really want to consider adding in some hypertrophy lifts into your workouts. hypertrophy lifting method
  • Lifting for Pure Strength Alone – Have you ever noticed that strongmen and bodybuilders look so different from each other, when compared? This is because those strongmen (think strongman competitions on television) are people who opt for a training program that focuses more on strength than the previously mentioned hypertrophy routines. If you want to show off how strong you are and don’t really care how big you look, I would say that you would be someone who is going to keep your rep ranges lower. When training solely for strength, you are going to want to lift a weight that you could do only about 5 reps of.
  • A Mixture of Strength and Hypertrophy
    If you are serious about wanting to train and can’t decide which option is most important to you, the third and final option might just be the best. By mixing both strength and muscle growth training, you will be able to watch yourself get stronger while also looking bulkier. This will not be the easiest option but it is one that you might want to try if you want the best progress that you can possibly have. You will need to combine full body lifts with those that are used to just target one muscle group. Pair this kind of routine with a full-body split and get ready to grow! For your full body lifts, keep the rep range nice and low and increase the reps when you are targeting a specific set of muscles.

Finally, be sure that you are switching up what kinds of lifts that you are doing. By doing this, you are always keeping your muscles guessing as to what is going to happen next. When muscles are confused, they resort to using different parts of the muscle itself, in order to better help you out while lifting! The more confused your muscles are, the less confused you will be about why you aren’t looking the way that you want to!

Fixing the Problems of Being A Hardgainer

If you are wanting to begin the journey to getting a better body, you might find it difficult if you are what is known as a hard-gainer. This would be someone who has a tougher time than others when it comes to gaining muscle or weight, in general. I feel that the whole concept of being a hardgainer is something that too many use as an excuse, there are ways to fix this and being someone who has a hard time gaining muscle for you will be a thing of the past.

Fixing this issue does not have to be something that is impossible. If you are tired of being small, there are so many ways to fix this. One of the main things that I would recommend is by getting those extra calories in liquid form. For me, during the summer months, I will find it so hard to eat as much as I do in the winter. Sometimes, I can also find that I am too busy to go through the work of preparing a healthy meal so I might go for something a little quicker that is already made for me. I think that you might be able to see where I am going with this, making those poor nutrition choices can lead to me gaining a whole bunch of fat. Even worse, I am not someone who has a big appetite normally, so this can cause me more headaches too. One great way that I can be in the position to gain more weight on my frame is by having some meals in the form of a protein shake. These shakes are super easy to make and can be prepared quickly.

In addition to that, I am someone who avoids breakfast. This is not the best thing for me but eating a meal first thing in the morning just has no appeal for me. While protein will play an important role in how much muscle that you can end up gaining, for hardgainers, you will need certain amounts of fats as part of your new meal plans. Higher amounts of calories when added to a weightlifting program, will lead to the gains that you desire. If you want to pack on size to your frame, over strength, stick with the kind of lifting techniques that will focus on size over strength. Sure, you might not be the strongest person in the gym but by using higher reps over higher weight, you will sure start to look like one. Consider being the kind of person that it is hard to pack muscle onto as a challenge and not a reason to avoid working out.

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By doing this, you will notice that you will end up packing on some serious size within weeks. Yes, it will take some time to be one of those people who are able to add some mass but it will be worth it. I was a hardgainer for the longest time until I took the proper steps in order to make some big changes. Sure, it was hard work and it did take some time but rest assured that it is worth it. By putting in the right amount of work, you will always get the right results that you need to have. You will love your new way of life and the process of soon becoming an easy gainer!