After months of negative press surrounding this year's Rio Olympic games - from water pollution to a possible Zika outbreak, to Russia's 119 Athlete drug doping scandal ban, we're now just hours away from the opening ceremony. The excitement is building and this year's athletes are looking fitter, stronger, faster and possibly even better looking than ever.
If you think gym Hulks are all bulk and little brainpower, you’d better think again. Muscle mass increase is one of the main reason why people sign up for the gym, but it’s not the only gain you’ll be scooping by embarking on a strength training journey. Resistance workouts work like a charm for long-term physical, mental, and emotional health – and here are the top five benefits strength workouts will bring you along with a sexy six-pack and Apollo-esque physique.
Don't fancy slogging it out companionless in the gym but aren't quite sure what to look for in a workout buddy? Before you hop into the hot seat with just anyone. Consider the following aspects to help find that perfect training partner.
From Crossfit to 7 minutes workouts. There seems to be an endless array of new ways to get fit - from the truly fantastic to utterly ridiculous. Ebylife takes a quick look at what's hot and what's not in 2016.
The BMI (Body mass index) is currently used around the world to determine whether an adult is of a healthy weight for their height. It can however, be deceiving. A 5ft 10inch man that weights 80kg would be considered overweight and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the prime of his life (Not now) considered obese according to the body mass index.
Unfortunately for many, it's an area in which so many men struggle to fully develop. What is so important when working your chest or any muscle for that matter is that you keep strict form and concentrate on the full contraction of the muscle. It's so easy to let your triceps and shoulders take the brunt of the work. If you're struggle to concentrate, try closing your eyes when performing the exercises.
Love it or hate it, the gym is a fitness institution that shouldn't be ignored. Boasting some rather large personalities and pecks, it can be a little intimidating at times. Whether you’re a first-timer ready to take the plunge or a seasoned professional in need of a recap, this article will keep you in good stead when frequenting the gym.
After months of your body stretching, growing, and shifting to make room for that sweet little bundle of joy in your tummy, the big day has come! You have finally welcomed that precious baby into the world. You’re excited to get back home and start life with your growing family, and anxious to get your pre-pregnancy body back. As a fitness professional and a mother of two little ones, I’ve been there. I know how overwhelmed and exhausted you probably are. I also know how real and heavy mommy guilt can be. I promise you the chores can wait.
Sugar it seems, is absolutely everywhere. From high fructose corn syrup beverages to sugar laden cereals to seemingly healthy low fat products. In the US - sugar consumption has skyrocketed 1500% over the last 150 years. The United states national average consumption of sugar last year was a whopping 45 kilos per person (almost 4 kilos per month). Let’s do the math. 16 Calories per tablespoon of sugar works out at 170, 280 calories per year, 14,189 calories per month (The equivalent of 70 pints of beer) 472 calories per day. This means a whopping ¼ of the US’s calorie consumption comes in the form of sugar.
Dr Aubrey De Grey, a leading scientist claims that the first person to live to 150 years old has already been born and that the first person to live to 1,000 will be born in the next two decades. He says that by regular “maintenance”, gene therapies, stem cell therapies, immune stimulation and a range of other advanced medical techniques along with the small matter of curing all known diseases and we’re heading into a new era of lives spanning into the hundreds and possibly even thousands of years. I hate to be a pessimist Dr Aubery, but I think you’re bananas and a little bit nuts!
I recently returned from a month-long trip to Spain. Whilst there i spent a good portion of my time trawling around the gyms and chatting with the locals about current health and fitness trends. The one that seemed most popular and that frequented most in conversation was “the super slow rep”.
The first thing to acknowledge about losing weight is that it's no easy task. It takes time, determination and consistency. Unfortunately there are no magic tricks to transform you into Beyonce or David Beckham over night. Forget the lose 21 pounds in 21 day or the build a six-pack in a week crap! Don't buy into the hype. If you do, it'll only chomp into your motivation when you don't get the results you expect.
Abs - I think it's fair to say that we can all agree that there is nothing that screams fit and sexy more than a finely sculpted midsection! Unfortunately for most, a 3am alcohol absorbing kebab addiction will keep them out of the public eye for the remainder of your lifetime.
You arrive at the gym excited and determined at the prospect of transforming your exercise deprived body back into the form of its life. You hop on the stationary bicycle, spend 10 minutes spinning the peddles, hop off, look around and think, now what?
I'm sure you've heard the expression “You are what you eat” but did you know that when you eat can be equally important.
Post-workout nutrition is a hot topic and rightly so. Your post-workout feed is fundamental when trying to ascertain the best possible results from you workouts. What you chose to eat should reflect the intensity and type of workout that you do along with your fitness goals.
Consider this. Your body is a Lamborghini. You have a 500km drive ahead of you. You try making the journey on an empty tank. Will you make it the full distance? NO is the answer and your body is no different. Deprive it of what it needs and it can't perform properly.
Carb cycling diets are based around rotating between high carb, moderate carb and low/no carb days. The idea is that eating healthy carbs on specific days keeps your metabolism revved up, and sticking to mostly protein, vegetables and fat on low/no carb days will keep insulin levels low enough to allow you to burn fat whilst maintaining muscle mass.
For Argentinians, Asados are more than a meal, they're a ceremony. Men huddled around the fire sipping on fine wine, giving their 10 cents on how it should be done. The women making the side dishes. More often than not it's a 2 gusto salad, 3 if you're lucky. If you're honored enough to be invited into the home of an Argentine. Take this advice: you are a guest, take wine, eat whatever is given to you, empty your plate, enjoy the experience and say thank you!
Drop sets are essentially a technique where you perform an exercise to failure or near failure, then drop (reduce) the weight and continue for more reps until you reach failure, drop the weight again and repeat.
Carbohydrates are energy! They are the sugars, starches and fibres found in fruit, grains, vegetables and milk products. They are one of three micronutrients (Carbs, Protein and fat) and are essential for proper body function. Your body uses carbohydrates to make glucose aka energy which is what allows us move, think and function. Your body can use glucose immediately or store it in your liver and muscles for when it is needed.