When you glance around a gym, it's easy to understand the functions of various equipment pieces, like treadmills, free weights, cycles, and elliptical trainers. But what's up with that huge freestanding framework with all the stuff hanging off it? Basically, it's your new best friend for a killer arm workout.
When it comes to seeing results from your fitness, you don't just need determination and a good pair of shoes — it takes planning. Putting together a cohesive plan that allows you to progress at a predictable pace is one of the keys to using your gym time wisely. Instead of taking a few classes here and there and throwing in some cardio time when you can, a plan will provide a path toward better fitness.
People decide to incorporate workouts into their lives for a variety of reasons: to gain muscle, improve conditioning, cut calories and burn body fat. Most of all, the reason people decide to begin a workout program is to look and feel their best by getting into great shape. To some, getting and maintaining this level of top-notch health and fitness feels more like work rather than an enjoyable activity. This is why most New Year’s Resolutions fall short come spring time.
When you watch a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bout, two things are on full display: super enthusiastic fans, and plenty of rock-solid muscles. Although it takes fighters years to get those hard bodies (and cheerleaders), you don't need to make MMA your full-time job to get high-level benefits.
You have 47 items on your to-do list — before lunch. Sometimes, you find it difficult to remember what boredom feels like, because you're way too busy for downtime, much less considering how to fill it when (and if) it ever shows up again. At the end of the day, your bed is like a lifeboat that you fall into with gratitude, knowing it'll all start up again the next day.
Fitness centers are diverse in their offerings. Some offer a vast array of weights; some have a variety of fitness classes; and still others are specialty gyms like martial arts schools. And while you might think UFC GYM is around to train the UFC Fighters of tomorrow, there is a different reality - you might be surprised to hear that UFC GYM...
There's definitely a place for muscle-specific workouts that get you more defined abs or less-droopy triceps. But sometimes, it can take months to see true results from those efforts, and you may be missing out on the chance to develop those muscles along with others at the same time.
Ever feel like you’re on the go, non-stop? When you’re a busy mom, that’s pretty much the schedule. It’s hard to find time to exercise. Take a closer look at your life, your schedule, and your responsibilities, and it probably rivals anyone’s by a long shot. Bottom line: If you don’t have time for an extended sweat-fest to go for a run or workout (or just don’t want to!), you need a plan b.
When you're just starting to get back into fitness, the first major challenge can be figuring out where to begin. When facing a wall of equipment, the temptation is often to kick off your fitness path with some spot-reduction techniques, like whittling down some belly jiggle, or finally getting those triceps into shape.
MMA athletes may have the most enviable abs in all sports. Thanks to incredible full body workouts, nearly every MMA fighter in the UFC has a strong core which results in a fit body and great results in the octagon. There’s no better example than UFC bantamweight women’s champion, Holly Holm.