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Adding Your Abs To Your Workout Routine

Joseph Coupal - Monday, January 10, 2011

Training your abs is a easy task. However its best to know which exercise is best and that there is a distinct difference between our abs and our core. Our "abs", or what we refer to as our abs is actually one muscle- our rectus abdominus muscle. It is one small part of the whole area between our rib cage and our pelvis that we know as our "core". For now let’s talk about that six-pack, or your abs. This may be the area of the body where most people make mistakes in training. So we will go through a few basic ground rules for training our abs:


  • More is not better! Your rectus abdominus is made up of fast twitch muscle fibers. That means that it responds best to low reps such as 8-10 at a time. Your best bet is to do 3 or 4 sets of 8-12 crunches for your 6 pack. That's it. You can train your deeper core muscles after these surface ones are tired but that’s a whole discussion in itself.
  • Abdominal training should always come LAST. Some people think that you should train your abs first while they are "fresh" in order to get the best results. It’s o.k. if that’s the only thing you are training that day, but if you are doing another body part- do that first. Your abs provide structural support for other exercises. If you tire them out, you will not be able to perform your best and may hurt yourself in the process.
  • Remember diet is the key. No matter what you are doing in the gym, the only way to really get definition in your middle is by watching what you put in your mouth. Eating smaller meals often throughout the day will help turn your keg into a 6 pack!

Keeping your mind focused and making sure you stay consistent with your workout routine is the best way to get results fast. If you feel as though its a bit harder to get motivated then check out our excellent group exercise programs. They provide a lot of support and fun activities to get you into the spirit of working out. Contact us today to find out how you can join our gym and get started on being more healthy.

How Martial Arts In Our Group Kick Can Be Beneficial For You

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 20, 2010

Our group kick which consists of martial arts as a primary part of the fitness routine is perhaps the single most comprehensive fitness there is. The fitness you develop from a really good self-defense program covers aerobics, to strength training, to muscular endurance, to flexibility. This might actually be the single best fitness system ever invented.

What's so nice about it is that you don't need any real equipment to work on your self-defense fitness. Although you don't really need anything to complement your self-defense workouts, doing other types of workouts can have a real synergistic effect. You have to watch what types of workouts you do. Regular weight training sessions, for instance, are probably not what you need. Neither do you need to run five miles a day, everyday...or any day. You need a program that mimics what you do in your self-defense classes-short bursts of speed, lifting your body weight ten or more times, as you do in a sit up. If you couple this type of workout with self-defense, your overall fitness will skyrocket, and you'll be in the best shape of your life.

The benefits from this type of fitness are enormous. You'll protect yourself from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and a host of other diseases associated with a poor lifestyle. You'll feel better as you get into better shape with martial arts fitness. You'll not only feel better, but you'll look better, too.

Our group kick fitness is one of our popular group fitness exercises we have. As with all of our group exercises you’ll have an instructor and fitness mates to do the routines with.  After the routine you will be excited to get your first class under your belt. It is important to know that you will be sore. With any new workout or at the start of any exercise program you experience muscle soreness. This is because your body is adjusting to the demand being placed on your muscles and is perfectly normal. Contact us today to find out how you can join our group kick program or any other group fitness exercise!

How Often Should You Work Your Abs

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Often Should You Work Your Abs?

Many people work their abs every day, and some work them multiple times per day.  This is not usually the best way to exercise your abs (abdominal muscles). Treat your abs like other skeletal or core muscles and work them a maximum of every other day for the best results (tight abs, smaller waist line). Perform two to four different exercises, with two to three sets of each exercise. Do your ab exercises slowly and to the point of fatigue. In other words, proper form that focuses on those muscles.  Some good exercises include variations of crunches, leg lifts, and twists.


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