Does Cardio Kill Muscle Gains?
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kayne Toyosato
3M ago
Cardio can be scary for any guy or gal looking to build serious muscle. After all, the idea that cardio kills gains has been circulating around the weight room for years. So, is it bad to do cardio if you’re trying to build muscle? The answer: only if you do it the wrong way. Read on to find out how to keep cardio from messing with your muscle gains. Does Cardio Make You Lose Muscle? There are a couple of ways cardio can interfere with your gains: Same-day workouts If you tackle cardio and strength in the same training session, your body won’t be able to adapt to either activity as ..read more
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Isometrics: Get Stronger Without Moving a Muscle
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kayne Toyosato
4M ago
If your workouts always have you moving, it may be time to add some isometric exercises to take your results to the next level. “Isometric exercises increase the target muscle’s time under tension, which is a key growth stimulus,” explains Trevor Thieme, C.S.C.S., executive director of fitness and nutrition content at BODi. What Is Isometric Exercise? Put simply, an isometric exercise is one that engages muscle without movement. Instead, you pick one position and hold it. One example of isometric exercise that immediately comes to mind for most people is the plank. And that exercise alon ..read more
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Do Barre Arm Exercises Count as Strength Training?
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kara Wahlgren
4M ago
If strong, sculpted arms are one of your fitness goals, you might assume the only way to get them is to perform endless biceps curls and triceps kickbacks. But if you’ve done an at-home barre workout, like Xtend Barre or Barre Blend, you’ve likely felt the burn in your arms. So can you get a solid strength training workout from those barre arm exercises? Here’s what you need to know. Does Barre Build Strength in the Arms? “Absolutely!” says Jen Cordiner, education director for Xtend Barre, an at-home barre program that incorporates cardio, Pilates, and ballet fundamentals to help you burn ..read more
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Bodyweight vs Weight Training: Which One Makes Sense for You?
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kayne Toyosato
5M ago
In the battle of bodyweight vs. weight training, which form of resistance training comes out on top? It’s not an unreasonable question; our time is precious, and we want to choose the activity that yields the best results. However, this debate simplifies a topic that’s more nuanced than you might initially think. Is Bodyweight Exercise Better Than Weight Training? The answer to the eternal bodyweight vs. weight training question is a resounding “it depends.” What are your goals? Your current level of fitness? Do you have access to space and equipment? Bodyweight exercise may be a be ..read more
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Dumbbell Thruster: The Ultimate Strength and Power Booster
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kayne Toyosato
5M ago
Combine a front squat with a push press and what do you get? Dumbbell thrusters. Also called dumbbell squat thrusters, this exercise works your entire body, giving you a metabolic boost in addition to increasing strength and cardiovascular fitness. Maybe that’s why you see so many dumbbell thrusters in CrossFit workouts. Ready to add dumbbell thrusters to your workout? Here’s all you need to know. Dumbbell Thruster: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a pair of dumbbells in front of your shoulders with your palms facing each other. Keep ..read more
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Get the Intensity Without the Impact With HILIT Exercises
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kayne Toyosato
6M ago
When you think of challenging, time-effective workouts, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) staples — like squat thrusts and tuck jumps — probably come to mind. However, high-intensity low-impact training (HILIT) can be just as useful for improving heart health, shedding excess weight, and strengthening muscles. HILIT goes against the pervasive “no pain, no gain” mentality and shows us that the toll that an exercise has on your body doesn’t directly relate to its benefits. What Is HILIT? Like HIIT, HILIT workouts are comprised of bursts of activity interspersed with short rest periods. Wor ..read more
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Primal Movements: A More Functional Way to Exercise
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Kara Wahlgren
7M ago
If you’re looking to improve mobility, enhance performance, and foster a healthy mind-body connection, it may be time to take your workouts back to the basics with primal movements and functional strength training. Primal movement workouts incorporate natural movement patterns — like squatting, twisting, and bending — that serve as the foundation for the physical tasks we do in everyday life, like carrying a bag of groceries or picking up a pen that rolled under your desk. Because these primal movements are so instinctual, they can sometimes be an afterthought in your workouts. After all, when ..read more
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Healthy Obsession With Autumn Calabrese
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by Beachbody
1y ago
Get obsessed with making yourself a priority this November. Inspired by the abs, booty, and total-body megahit 80 Day Obsession, Healthy Obsession is an all-new program with 3 weeks of dedication and commitment plus a week of functional recovery by fitness pioneer and Beachbody Super Trainer Autumn Calabrese, only on BODi. Starting November 7, Autumn will help you sculpt your core, lift your booty, and get an incredible allover workout in just 4 weeks, with her brand-new and first-ever Free Sample Super Block. What Is Healthy Obsession? Healthy Obsession is a fresh, new take on the original pr ..read more
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What Is Your Posterior Chain and Why Should You Target It?
Beachbody On Demand | Strength Training
by William Kang
1y ago
If you’ve spent much of any time in the gym — or following along at home with online fitness classes — you’ve likely heard a trainer talk about the “posterior chain” like it was the plans for the Death Star. That might not actually be an oversell on the importance of this supergroup of muscles, which is involved in the majority of human movements. But very few exercisers truly understand what it is, why it’s important, and how to strengthen it. Let’s change that, shall we? What Is the Posterior Chain? The posterior chain refers to all of the muscles that comprise the backside of you ..read more
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Muscle Fiber Types and How They Affect Your Workouts
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by Andrew Heffernan CSCS, GCFP
1y ago
Ever wonder why some people seem to get bigger and stronger with minimal effort, while others lift like maniacs and progress much more slowly? Among many possible explanations — diet, sleep, the capriciousness of the muscle-building gods — one reason you hear often involves the variation in muscle fiber types between individuals. Often oversimplified like much of fitness, muscle fibers are the stringy, contractile filaments that make up every muscle in your body. There are several different varieties, but generally speaking, you only have to be concerned with two, imaginatively ..read more
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