A lot of women mistakingly think that they can't do arm exercises or lift weights because they will bulk up like a classic chunkhead. But this logic is extremely false. If you're trying to lose weight, muscle burns more calories per unit than fat, which means gaining muscle is to your advantage.
Not stretching after a good run will definitively set you up for injury or muscular pain. While stretching before a workout lubricates your joints to prepare them for work, stretching afterwards helps prevent you from building too much bulk so you get long, lean muscles, and so your tensed up muscles can relax again.
If you're planning to become a veteran yogini, you'd better start practicing and loving the up dog pose now, because you'll be spending the greater part of your yoga flow doing up dogs and down dogs.
You've probably heard muscleheads boasting about their ginormous biceps before, or how Michelle Obama's biceps are to die for. But when it comes to sculpting lean and slim arms, your triceps need equal loving (they're the muscles right below your triceps on the underside of your arm).
How do you know if you are making progress when you put yourself on a strict diet and exercise regimen? Many people wonder whether the numbers going down on the scale means they're losing fat, and if the numbers are going up, whether they're gaining muscle. This is a question that many body builders and those trying to lose weight (while gaining muscle) try to understand on the way to their goal weight.
The Twinkie diet is about as ridiculous as the cookie diet. While proponents of the diet say that as long as you eat fewer calories than you burn off, you'll lose weight, they forget to mention that you're losing muscle as well as fat.
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Are you a woman who's afraid to lift weights because you think you're going to end up looking like the Incredible Hulk? Contrary to what many women believe, lifting weights will not make you look super bulky and manly. In fact, adding muscle to your body will burn more fat and also make your arms and legs look more toned.
You're probably under the (false) impression that building wads of Hulkish muscle also requires wads of cash, because most muscle builders have complete gyms filled to the brim with weights and tabatas.
If you've got 20 pounds or more to lose, then this is not the video for you. But if you're on the cusp of reaching your goal weight (so think 2-5 pounds off) but you've hit a plateau and the fat won't slide off no matter what you do, then this video will teach you how to get that final fat blast in to reveal lean muscle.
Stretching calf muscles is important for lengthening a key leg muscle and increasing flexibility. Learn how to do calf stretch exercises in this stretching and flexibility video. Take action: use platform or stairwell, stretch calves before flexing muscles, go one leg at a time, toe against wall, heel planted & lean forward, and hold 15 to 30 seconds. Tom Clifford, the instructor of this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, whe...
The large quadriceps muscles on the front of the thigh are important to target when strength and weight training to build overall muscle mass. Learn how to do quadriceps exercises in this strength training video. Take action: squats and lunges strengthen quadriceps, keep back straight, keep knees above heels in squats and lunges, and never lean forward during a lunge. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michiga...
This tutorial demonstrates a weight training workout for your triceps. This how to video provides different exercises to target specific muscle groups so you can gain lean muscle mass and increase strength levels in your triceps and the rest of your arms.
This tutorial demonstrates a weight training workout that develops your deltoids. This how to video provides different exercises to target specific muscle groups so you can gain lean muscle mass and increase strength levels in your shoulders.
This tutorial demonstrates a weight training workout for the chest. This how to video provides different exercises to target specific muscle groups so you can gain lean muscle mass and increase strength levels in your pecs.
This tutorial demonstrates a weight training workout for your biceps. The how to video provides different exercises to target specific muscle groups so you can gain lean muscle mass and increase strength levels in your biceps.
Stretching before and after a workout helps loosen muscles so rather than building bulk you're builidng lean legs and arms. Combine the benefits of stretching with balancing on one foot and you've got a nearly perfect exercise.
Modern bombshell Scarlett Johannson literally worked her butt off to get into shape for the role of Black Widow in "Iron Man 2." While always lean, Johannson whittled down her famous curves, losing about ten pounds (a major difference for a woman that small) and gaining a lot of lean muscle.
The Scissors is an original pilates exercise that strengthens the abdominal muscles and increases hamstring flexibility. If your hamstrings are tight initially, decrease the range of motion so that you can keep your knee straight, otherwise your hamstring flexibility won't increase as quickly. The Scissors will deliver flatter abs and lean sculpted legs. Watch this fitness how to video and you will be strengthening your body with pilates in no time.
Shape up your lower back and glutes. Learn how to do exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: position feet 5 feet apart, bend over, exhale and lean to right, exhale and lean around to left, and focus on stretching the target muscles. Tom Clifford, the instructor in this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran track and cross-country. Tom has worked as a personal trainer for...
When it comes to losing weight, cardio is your BFF. When you combine cardio with strength training you achieve what is known as solid gold fitness: The perfect combination of sweating (and fat loss) and muscle building so the fat slides off and your toned muscles come out.
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In this video, learn how to alter the center of gravity within a coke can so that it leans on its side like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Later, learn how to balance a coin on a dollar bill. Take a look at how this is done and learn a little bit about how gravity functions in the process
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Reggie Bennett from the Mountain Shepherd Survival School demonstrates how to build a lean-to in the woods. One of the chief advantages of a lean-to structure is that one side remains open, so you can warm yourself by a fire. Knowing how to build a lean-to is a skill you'll be glad to have.
Maybe this is just us drooling over really hot guys, but have you ever noticed how cut professional rowers are? We're talking God's-gift-to-women, Grecian god cut with chiseled pectorals, abs, and a pair of lean and mean arms. But we digress.
Despite what the name may imply, triceps kickbacks don't involve kicking of any sort. Rather, this tricep-sculpting exercise move involves getting down to a near squat position and bringing a dumbbell forward and back, keeping the shoulders stead and down.
If you work out on a regular basis and all of a sudden get an injury then you probably think it's okay to stop exercising until you're completely healed. But unless you're on doctor-prescribed bedrest there's ALWAYS soemthing you can do to stay fit and lean.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a core-blasting workout without sit-ups or crunches. Users will only need a timer. This workout contains 6 exercises. The exercises are: right knee-to-elbow plank, left knee-to-elbow plank, right side plank twist, left side plank twist, sit through and X-up. Do 30 seconds for each exercise with no rest in between the exercises. When finished, take a 30-60 second rest and then repeat the workout 2-3 more times for a full 9 minute workout. This vi...
When you are running, going faster is the name of the game. In this video, learn how to lean the right way to speed up your pace. This tutorial will show you exactly how to lean at the ball of your feet to run more efficiently and faster. You will be winning your races in no time with this cool technique.
Increase the flexibility of your shoulders. Exercises and stretches for your workout routine in this fitness video. Take action: use stretching device, hold stretch for 15 to 30 seconds, then lean farther from hand to increase the stretch, and rotate shoulder to target deltoids. Tom Clifford, the instructor of this how-to video, has a degree in physical education, fitness and health from Eastern Michigan University, where he ran track and cross-country. Tom has worked as a personal trainer fo...
No pain, no gain. We're not exactly the biggest fans of this philosophy, but when it comes down to losing weight and becoming lean and trim, exercise is the only way to look great. Check out this fitness video to learn how to do ab rockers that'll contract your ab muscles quickly for a tight, strong midsection.
Sometimes you need a little shelter when you are hiking or camping. If it starts to rain, or you need a little shade from the sun, it will help you very much to build a lean to. In this tutorial, learn how to make a lean to if you are stuck in the wild.
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In this tutorial, we learn how to avoid back pain from sitting at a desk at work. You can sit safely by keeping your back locked and using variations. Change position regularly and stand upright while moving. This will change the pressure in the disks in your back. Alternate between active and passive sitting, which will let your back muscles work. You can lean against the back rest of your chair for support on the hollow of your back. The position of your feet and legs has an impact on your ...
How you work out your abs determines how they'll appear in the long run. Not only are the type of ab exercises you do important, but also the frequency with which you do them.
We usually categorize exercise into two categories: cardio and strength training. You'll hear fitness experts espousing that you have to combine both to effectively burn fat and build muscle. But there are several other abilities you should adapt if you want to be lean all over.
In this video, Dina Prioste shows us how to do a heart gate yoga pose. Make sure you are warmed up before you come into this exercise, so you won't pull a muscle. Begin in a basic side angle pose, starting in warrior 2. Now, take the right elbow onto the right thigh and sweep the left arm over to the left ear. Make sure your core is straight and your spine is long. Now, lean down into the right side of the body while keeping the left arm high. To take it into a deeper stretch, look over your ...
Is your wedding coming up in a few months? If you're like the greater population of brides, whittling yourself away with all the planning, decorating, and selection of dresses isn't enough to match your standards.
In the following lessons you will learn some essential tools and techniques for working with muscles in Houdini. In the first lesson, you will learn how to rig up a simple muscle arm using Houdini's Muscle tool. The Muscle tool uses meta-balls to capture your character's skin with realistic muscle/skin interaction.