Monday, October 5th, 2009

iPhone While Your Workout?

September 1, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

iPhone While Your Workout?

I have the iTouch and the iPhone to help me in my iWorkout. I got the iTouch for Christmas and went for the iPhone because my old phone had recently become so horrible I had to switch to a new one and if you’re going to get a new phone, why not the iPhone right?
If you use either, you’ll want to get a few accessories so you don’t damage your phone along the way.
First, a screen card is a must. This helps prevent scratches and cracks. Of course, it isn’t full proof but you will have more …read more

Are Things Falling Apart at Michigan?

August 30, 2009 by Allison Boyer  
Filed under Football

Are Things Falling Apart at Michigan?

Few people at Michigan were happy when former West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez accepted the head coach position after the retirement of Llyod Carr. We’re actually still seeing players leave the team after the mass exodus that happened nearly immediately after he was given the job. It’s not that Rodriguez isn’t a good coach; few people can argue that he’s not after what he did at West Virginia. The people and players of Michigan just don’t like his coaching style, which seems to be a big departure from the coaching of greats like Carr, Bo Schembechler, and other Michigan greats.
I …read more

Is 8 to 12 Reps Really the Best?

August 23, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Is 8 to 12 Reps Really the Best?

Many weightlifters go under the general guise of 8-12 reps is the best range of reps (myself included), but that’s not actually the case according to a Men’s Health Total Fitness Guide. While 8-12 is good for maintaining, the extremes give you more gains.
High weight enlarges your muscle fibers and give you more strength. High reps provides you more energy and endurance. In contrast, 8-12 is the medium range and a compromise between the two. While this may be good as a transitional workout, if you maintain 8-12 reps for most exercises on every day, you’re …read more

Feeling Comfortable When You Workout

August 7, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Feeling Comfortable When You Workout

When you workout, you want to challenge yourself, but you don’t want to be in pain. You’ve heard the saying, “No pain, no gain.” It’s not really true. More like “No work, no gain.” The last couple of days, I’ve had two nagging pains. First, the arch in my right foot hurts and second, my knees haven’t been just there. I’ve become conscious of them.
When you workout, you should be free of any pain so you can concentrate on form and building muscle. My two problem areas have been giving me trouble in …read more

Dealing With Injuries in Your Workout

July 14, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Dealing With Injuries in Your Workout

Every now and then everybody gets dinged up in some form or fashion. The knee, hamstring, back, shoulder, wrist, neck, ankle can range from sore to nagging to downright painful. Lately I’ve had a little lower back stiffness, a nagging knee, and some pain in my shoulder and wrist. No matter what the injury or quasi-injury, my thought process stays the same.
First, I determine whether something is just there or whether it’s a new occurrence. For example, I have a good back but I have built muscle over some problems that happened when I was …read more

Pushing Yourself to Workout

July 13, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Pushing Yourself to Workout

Dedication to your workout usually hits a plateau at some point or another. I like working out but I hit lulls after legitimate rest periods which parlay into 3-4 days off at one time. I hit chest, triceps, and shoulder today, but almost skipped. I had been lazy all day and there was no reason not to exercise so I eventually forced myself to the gym.
The workout was a productive one despite my lack of energy. I got in 1 set of 225 lbs bench for 10 reps, 1 set of 245 lbs for 5 reps, …read more

Mix Your Workouts For More Strength

July 7, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Mix Your Workouts For More Strength

Most men hit the gym for bigger muscles. The focus has been on appearance rather than performance. The result is more men focus on building bigger muscles by lifting heavier weight continually. However, they’re not as strong as the guys that mix their workouts to include lighter and more moderate weight as well as heavy weight.
Here’s a workout for lifting for strength:
Day A: Heavy weight, low reps
Day B: Medium weight, full reps
Day C: Light weight, high reps
If you think about this program, it makes a lot of sense why it works. First, it will take much …read more

A Magic Potion for Your Workout

June 14, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

A Magic Potion for Your Workout

Don’t like your workout?  Change it!  There is absolutely no reason why you should stick yourself in a weight/fitness routine you don’t like.  If your workout has become stagnant, change things up to make it more exhilarating.
Yesterday, I was in the gym and I didn’t feel like a long monotonous run on the treadmill.  I usually don’t mind, but I was in the mood for change yesterday.  I did end up running 24+ minutes, but I broke that into 6 treadmill sessions of 4 minutes apiece.  Each session I would run a little faster (.2 mph more).  In between the …read more

Get Low on Your Leg Workout

June 13, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Get Low on Your Leg Workout

The closer you get to the ground, the better your leg workout is going to be.  Consider the different leg exercises where getting low pays off big.
Squats – you want to lower your legs to where your thighs are parallel to the ground.
Running Pushups – get in pushup form and start running.  Great burn on your legs.
Weight Pushes – when you’re driving weight, the lower you get to the ground, the better your workout will be.
Lateral Sprints – keep the pressure on your thighs to hold you body weight and your ability to get low and move well laterally will …read more

Workout While You Rest

June 11, 2009 by Kris Jones  
Filed under Weight Lifting

Workout While You Rest

You don’t always have to stay idle while your muscles are recovering.  While working out today, I had a light bulb for today’s blog entry.  I had just finished some grueling curl-step ups which had me breathing hard and both my biceps and legs burning.  I did rest for a few seconds, but soon I headed for back extensions and started another exercise.
Back extensions are not only easier, but they involve a different primary muscle group and low reliance on the sub group of legs.  In effect, I had a rest even though I was still working out a needed …read more

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