I’ve heard countless excuses for why people don’t want to lift heavy (or heavier). Women often times don’t want to get “bulky.” Bodybuilders don’t want to lose mass. Cross-fitters and endurance athletes don’t want to compromise performance or stamina. The list goes on. But the bottom line is that heavy lifting (1-6 reps max.) has just as many benefits as other exercise styles and will not compromise your size or stamina. So here are my top reasons for lifting heavy and how I incorporate it into my workout regimen.
Rhabdo may sound like a cool name, but it’s actually a really, really not cool medical condition brought on by excessive physical demands. You may have seen a few articles pop up here and there in newspapers like the New York Times labeling it as a harmful side effect of high intensity exercise. I’ve also seen countless social media posts giving high intensity exercise a lot of flack for causing rhabdo. So I’ve decided to clear up a few things about both rhabdo and high intensity exercise.
Have you ever performed a jumping, lunging, or squatting movement and felt pain or discomfort in your knees? Have you never missed a leg day, but still haven’t been able to fully develop your glute muscles? Failing to do this one movement properly could be the cause of both of these problems. And that movement is the HIP HINGE.
Running is an excellent weight-bearing, full body cardio exercise. It can also cause a lot of tightness in the hips, calves, knees, hamstrings, and front body, which is why it’s important to stretch regularly after running (and any workout for that matter). So here are 4 of my favorite yoga poses to do after a run that hit all those tight places! Each pose should be held for 10-30 seconds and done 2-3 times.
We all know that to prevent a plateau and get results we have to vary our workouts every so often. A lot of us do this naturally by increasing reps or weight (or distance for cardio) when the exercise starts feeling less challenging. But this definitely isn’t the only way to vary your workouts. And if you’re anything like me, just increasing reps or weight can get kind of boring after a while. Also, at some point, this too becomes somewhat predictable for your body. In this article I’ll talk about some of my favorite ways to vary my workouts that get results AND keep you engaged!