October 09, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
The difference between catching and missing that long touchdown pass (or the train for your morning commute) comes down to only seconds and inches, but can end up costing a lot more. Put some hustle behind your muscle and improve your overall speed with these easy and quick tips.
Do Strength Training. View your body as an engine: more horsepower means quicker acceleration and faster speeds overall. Focus on building strength throughout your lower body with calf raises, squats, lunges and leg presses, and pay special attention to your hip flexors. Powerful hip flexors will improve your range of motion and are the key to sprinting faster. Try the Dual Adjustable Pulley machine for single leg and balance work. In addition to your lower body, strengthening your core will improve your speed, balance, and agility by fortifying the connection between the muscles of the upper and lower body.
September 13, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
This month’s workout is quick and efficient, incorporating strength training as well as plyometrics, or “jumping exercises.”
You can do this workout outdoors, using TRX Suspension Training straps for the strength exercises and playground steps for the plyometric boxes and jumping points. If you’re in the gym you can use strength products like Signature Series selectorized or Hammer Strength plate loaded for all of the exercises listed below.
June 22, 2012 // Category: Fitness Advisor
I hear this statement all the time - “heavy weights with low repetitions will bulk you up while light weights with high repetitions will tone you up.” Is there a difference in these two types of training? Yes, but it’s not about the way you look, it’s about muscle strength vs. muscle endurance.
Doing less repetitions with more weight will help you increase your strength. Doing more repetitions with lighter weights will help you build up endurance. And the truth is, in the real world, you need both and use both in your everyday life.