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What To Look For When Selecting A Heart Rate Monitor

One great tool that you may want to get yourself as you go about your workout program plan to see optimal results is a heart rate monitor. Many people get into the habit of using these at first to make sure they are working in their target heart rate zone and then after seeing the benefits that they offer, choose to keep using them from that point forward. The nice thing about a heart rate monitor is that it makes it much easier to keep tabs on the total intensity that your workouts are being done at. Since not all heart rate monitors are created equally however, it helps to … Continue reading

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Rebecca Adlington’s Tips Can Help Make Your Swim Training More Interesting

Swimming is a great form of low-impact exercise, but it has to be said that swimming endless laps of the local pool is hardly inspiring. Yes, you might end up with a streamlined and trim body, but you may also end up bored rigid. So how can you make swim training more fun? Luckily for us, Olympic middle-distance swimming legend, Rebecca Adlington, has a few helpful tips. Plan Your Swim Session Swimming twenty lengths of the pool, three times per week, might keep you in reasonable shape, but it won’t help you reach a higher level of fitness. To do this you need to follow a training programme with achievable … Continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide To Training For Your First Triathlon

It used to be that a triathlon was viewed as something only ‘hard-core’ athletes competed in, but the popularity of triathlons has soared in recent years and now there are triathlon events held all over the country. Anyone can enter a beginner level triathlon. You certainly don’t need to be a super-fit athlete to complete a three sport event. Triathlon training is also an excellent way to get fit and lose a few extra pounds, so if you are looking for a goal to help you shed some weight this year, here is my quick guide to training for your first triathlon event. How Do Triathlons Work? A triathlon event … Continue reading

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How To Get The Most Out Of A Fitness Boot Camp

Fitness boot camps are a popular way of losing weight and increasing fitness and strength, all in a relatively short space of time. Intensive boot camps are normally residential, but you can also do a regular boot camp class at the gym or locally, one or more times per week. Celebrities love fitness boot camps because the results are fast and visible—a fat, out of shape celebrity usually goes in and then reappears a couple of weeks later looking svelte and ready for the red carpet. But as effective as boot camps are, you do have to put some effort in order to maximise the benefits, so if you are … Continue reading

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The Sofa To 5k Running Plan

Running is an excellent way to lose weight and increase your fitness levels. The problem is that when you have done virtually no exercise for years, the thought of entering and competing in a 5k running event is pretty daunting. But it can be done—all you need is some motivation and an easy to follow training plan. So if you fancy working towards a 5k run, here is my simple guide to achieving your goal safely. Health & Safety For most people, a 5k training plan won’t cause them any problems as long as they don’t try and do too much, too soon. However, if you are significantly overweight or … Continue reading

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How To Use A Workout Journal

One of the greatest tools to be using as you go about your workout programme is a workout journal. A workout journal is going to be great for keeping track of each and every workout that you complete, will serve as a fantastic motivational tool towards success, and will also ensure that you are staying focused with each and every workout that you do. But, if you don’t use a workout journal properly, you may not get the results from it that you desire. Let’s look at how you should go about using a workout journal so that you can see optimal results. Track Everything The very first must-do with … Continue reading

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Dumbbells Versus Barbells – Which Is Best?

One question that some people ask themselves as they go about their strength training is whether they should turn to dumbbells or barbells to boost their strength level. Both of these types of strength training methods offer advantages, so it’s vital that you’re aware of these so that you can make the best decision for you. Let’s look at the pros and cons to each. Dumbbells The first great thing about dumbbells is the fact that they’ll help to prevent all muscular strength imbalances.  Since one side of the body cannot compensate for a weaker other side while using dumbbells, you won’t run into this problem. Second, dumbbells also offer … Continue reading

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Prevent Workout Injuries With These Tips

As you go about your workout programme, one thing that you must be making sure you do is spend time looking at injury prevention strategies.  If you aren’t paying close attention to how you execute each and every movement you’re doing, the chances you become injured are going to be quite great. Fortunately, if you know what you’re doing, you can make sure that you don’t end up sidelined. Let’s go over the main types of injuries that can occur with your workouts and what you should do to avoid them. Arched Back The first main cause of injury is arching your back when you shouldn’t. If you’re in the … Continue reading

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The Benefits Of High Intensity Interval Training

HIIT, which stands for high intensity interval training, is a cardio variation that kicks things into high gear and has you alternating periods of very intense exercise with periods of active rest intermittently. The intense intervals typically last for around 30-60 seconds, while the rest period is twice as long and this is repeated six to ten times per workout session. Interval training is a very effective form of cardio training for a number of different reasons. Let’s look at what a few of these are so that you can make an informed decision on whether it’s right for you. HIIT Helps You Burn Fat All Day Long The first … Continue reading

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Three Reasons To Strength Train

If you want to slim down then you must get started on a good strength training programme. Far too many people gravitate to cardio workouts only when trying to watch their weight and unfortunately, this just doesn’t lend them the success that they’re after. If you want to boost your progress into high gear, strength training is what you should be after. Let’s look at three of the top reasons to add this to your workout session regularly. Strength Training Boosts Your Metabolic Rate First, strength training is going to help to boost your metabolic rate considerably. Those who want to slenderise quickly should focus on what they can do … Continue reading

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