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Doing hundreds of crunches doesn’t result in a rock-hard six-pack, just as doing hundreds of light dumbbell curls doesn’t develop bulging biceps. To develop abs that are both functional and visually impressive, you need to treat this misunderstood muscle group just like every other: hit it from multiple...
Electric bikes are heading for the mainstream. This is clear from the fact they are no longer confined to specialist shops but popping up in every branch of Evans Cycles and Halfords. Evans’s in-house brand Pinnacle has even adapted its popular Lithium commuter hybrid to create an electrified option...
Accepted gym wisdom says that weight training is a matter of lifting things up and then putting them back down. The technical way of saying that is that weight training exercises can be broken down into concentric and eccentric phases. The concentric phase of an exercise is essentially...
Move your body as a single unit Tyre flips are a highly effective and intense full-body movement, making them one of the best session “finishers” to improve cardio conditioning and accelerate fat loss. Need to know “Flips develop your posterior chain as well as enhancing leg drive, flexibility, endurance and explosive...
When you’re looking to get back into fitness, or indeed get into it for the very first time in your life, it’s always wise to start with a short and achievable challenge. Giving yourself a target you can complete within a month will give you a motivational boost...
When it comes to adding serious size, it is arguably cables (rather than dogs – sorry) that are man’s best friend. The pulley attachment creates a constant level of tension that free weights struggle to beat. And the cable row is one of the best cable exercises around,...
The only way you’re likely to keep exercising is if you enjoy doing it, or at least appreciate the feelgood endorphins that flood your body after a workout. So it makes sense to spend time trying every piece of equipment in the gym until you find the one...
Kettlebells Key moves Swing, clean, snatch Essential info Kettlebells were originally used by old-school Russian strongmen but came into training fashion in the West about a decade ago. A standard kettlebell weighs 16kg and they usually go up in increments of 4kg. Kettlebell sport competitions focus on feats of strength endurance,...
Back in 1996 if you mentioned HIIT most people would probably have assumed you were talking about an Oasis record rather than an exercise style, but it happens to have been the year one of the most well-known branches of HIIT was born: Tabata training. What Is Tabata Training? Tabata...
Ever wondered how exactly gymnasts build such impressive physiques? It’s in no small part thanks to the inclusion of ring training in their exercise programmes. You too can reap the same rewards by incorporating these useful tools into your muscle-building regime with the inverted row. You can, of course,...
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