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THE BEST LEGS WORKOUTS
This comprehensive lower-body assault will help you improve your leg-training workout. There is a thin line between overtraining and undertraining your legs. Surprisingly, the majority of us fall into one of the two groups. That issue may be brought back to a single question: what kind of lower body workouts do you perform? And how are you exercising your legs? Leg exercises are approached differently by various people. First, there's the man who spends 45 minutes at the power rack performing squats before going on to the rest of his 90-minute quad exercise. Then there's the person who believes that a suitable lower-body workout for legs consists of a machine-only session during which he hardly breaks a sweat. “Most guys don't know that their lower-body exercises should definitely be more middle of the road,” says Gunnar Peterson, CSCS, a Hollywood-based trainer. “They either attempt to perform pro bodybuilder routines once a week and end up hobbling around like James Caan in Misery, or they do a leg extension/curl combo every three days and assume they're done with lower-body workouts for legs. However, you should strike a balance between the two so that you can workout your legs with moderate intensity twice a week.” THE USE OF MULTI-JOINT MOVES IS ESSENTIAL Following a split that requires you to train legs one day per week would cripple you with 20 sets at maximum weight and prevent you from advancing as much as you could.” Peterson has nothing against extensions and curls, but a good lower-body exercise for legs regimen should include multi-joint activities like lunges, squats, and step-ups. These workouts target not just the quadriceps and hamstrings, but also the glutes, a bodypart that is rarely mentioned among males until it involves people of the opposing gender. “The glutes are one of the largest muscular groups in the body, and it is irresponsible not to train them,” Peterson adds. “Read a women's magazine — that's the playbook of the other squad. Women will notice your glutes before they see your firearms. In addition, exercising the glutes increases metabolism by activating such big muscles.” ATTACKING ALL ANGLES To optimize muscle fiber activation, all bodyparts should be exercised from a variety of angles. This guidance is especially essential for legs since your quads are made up of four distinct muscles, your hamstrings are made up of three, and a plethora of fibers “come in from the north, south, east, and west” to create your glutes, according to Peterson. “It's not simply crouching and driving up,” he says. “You may alter your stance and the location of the weight by performing front squats, back squats, and one-leg exercises. Many individuals simply do it by rote or do not do it at all.” GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CORE The exercise Peterson devised targets all of the major leg muscles through classic squatting motions executed in an unconventional manner. A good dosage of core work is also included, for the simple reason that you can't grow powerful legs with tough exercises unless you have a strong core, and many guys are lacking in this area. “You have to shore up the weakness,” Peterson advises. “I know it doesn't seem like much fun, but it's critical to optimizing the effectiveness of your lower body workouts for legs, regardless of which muscles you're targeting. EXERCISE 1 ON DAY 1 BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT DUMBBELL OVERHEAD 4–5 sets, 8–12 reps per side Begin: Hold a light dumbbell in one hand, stand tall, and place the top or toes of the same-side foot on a box or bench behind you with your knee bent. Raise your arm above so that it is straight over your shoulder. Operation: Keep your arm outstretched and bend your front knee and hips to drop straight to the floor. When your front quadriceps is parallel to the floor, push back up through your front heel to return to the starting position. Rep for a total of four reps, then swap sides. GUNNAR'S TIP: "Throughout the movement, stand tall." As you drop, you have a propensity to tilt forward, but you need to focus on keeping tall.” EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 1 SWING KETTLEBELL WITH FLIP TO SQUAT 2–4 sets, 8–15 reps Begin: Grasp the handle of a kettlebell with both hands and stand tall, arms straight toward the floor, feet shoulder-width apart. Performance: Bend your knees and drop your weight between your legs. Keeping your arms extended, swing the kettlebell up explosively by extending your legs and hips and raising your arms. As soon as the weight reaches shoulder level, swiftly bend your elbows and knees to descend below it (allowing it to flip over in your hands) and catch it in front of you in a complete squat position. Stand up while pushing the kettlebell above, then return to the starting position. GUNNAR'S TIP: "Stay concentrated on every aspect of the movement, including bursting, catching, lowering, and driving up." You're not going to be able to wing it on this one.” EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 1 SWING KETTLEBELL WITH FLIP TO SQUAT 2–4 sets, 8–15 reps Begin: Grasp the handle of a kettlebell with both hands and stand tall, arms straight toward the floor, feet shoulder-width apart. Performance: Bend your knees and drop your weight between your legs. Keeping your arms extended, swing the kettlebell up explosively by extending your legs and hips and raising your arms. As soon as the weight reaches shoulder level, swiftly bend your elbows and knees to descend below it (allowing it to flip over in your hands) and catch it in front of you in a complete squat position. Stand up while pushing the kettlebell above, then return to the starting position. GUNNAR'S TIP: "Stay concentrated on every aspect of the movement, including bursting, catching, lowering, and driving up." You're not going to be able to wing it on this one.” EXERCISE 1 ON DAY 2 Sets: 4–5, reps: 8–12 SMITH MACHINE FRONT SQUAT TO BACK SQUAT (Perform 8–12 repetitions of front and back squats.) START: Stand upright in a Smith machine, feet shoulder-width apart, head up, with the bar resting across your front delts, hands gripping the bar. Performance: squat, down until your quads are parallel to the floor, maintaining your back flat and chest out. Drive back up to standing and repeat for a total of 10 repetitions. Then rerack the bar, get into position for back squats, and finish the required amount of repetitions. GUNNAR'S TIP: "On the back squat, try to focus on driving through your heels to get the most out of your hams and glutes." EXERCISE 2 ON DAY 2 LEG CURL TO HYPEREXTENSION WHILE LYING 4–5 sets, 8–15 reps Begin: If one is available, use a leg-curl machine with an inclined (rather than flat) bench. Lie facedown, with your legs outstretched and the backs of your ankles against the pad, and your knees off the edge of the bench. Performance: Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your glutes by contracting your hamstrings. Contract your lower back muscles to produce a hyperextension at the peak of the rep (the range of motion will be very small). Return to the beginning by lowering your torso to the platform. “Rise gently on the hyperextension and go for the contraction,” says GUNNAR. You want to feel this one; you don't want to just knock them out.”
EMS Workout Benefits
Have you noticed how much better you feel when you work out? Do you note how you sleep better, and think better? There are many physiological and mental benefits associated with physical activities and fitness. Indeed, many studies confirm the irrefutable effectiveness of regular exercises. Regular physical activities are beneficial to the heart, muscles, lungs, bones, and brain. Exercising improves many aspects of your life. In addition to the extensive benefits of physical activities, there are several advantages that are specific to EMS workout suit Undeniably, the growing popularity of this new technology is primarily due to benefits specific to EMS. EMS workout benefits include; Physiological EMS Workout Benefits Many people exercise for physiological benefits that include improvement in muscle strength and boost of endurance. There are several physiological benefits that are specific to EMS workouts and include; EMS Workout Benefits to muscles EMS training facilitates better muscle activation, enabling your body to use 90% of its potential, unlike conventional training, where you only use 60-70% of your strength. Similarly, EMS increases muscle mass due to the extra stimulation. Benefits to Tendons and Joints Since you do not need to use external loads to achieve deep muscle activation during EMS training, the strain on tendons and joints significantly reduces. Indeed, since EMS workouts are grounded on electrical stimulation and not heavy loads, there is no additional strain on joints and the musculoskeletal system. Vascular and capillary benefits EMS workout benefits the cardiovascular system. Specifically, EMS workouts support improved blood circulation and, as such, reduction in blood pressure. Similarly, improved blood flow decreases the formation of arterial clots reducing vulnerability to heart attack and cerebral thrombosis. Research shows EMS training suit increases blood flow (especially when done in lower frequencies) to muscle tissues. The electrical impulses sent to the full-body suit support blood flow through the contraction and relaxation of muscles. Posture-related Benefits EMS training work the stabilizer muscles correcting and improving posture. Correct body posture is essential in well-being. Incorrect posture is associated with muscular pain due to decompensating. EMS workouts specifically target and train difficult-to-reach stabilizer muscles, reducing postural imbalances of the back, tummy, or pelvic floor. Improvement in overall posture and flexibility reduces muscle pain. EMS Workout Benefits to Mental Health A multitude of research supports the hypothesis that exercising improves mental health. Working out facilitates the secretion of three hormones; endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. These hormones generate chemical reactions in the brain responsible for that satisfied and happy feeling you get during and after working out. EMS is a high-intensity workout that triggers the release of dopamine a few minutes into the training. Dopamine helps you become more alert and focused, improving performance. After an EMS workout session, the body releases serotonin. Serotonin regulates body temperature in addition to adjusting the imbalances in the nutritional cycle. Ultimately, EMS improves mental health by triggering the release of certain hormones that lighten the mood, relieve stress and dull pain. EMS training is your ingredient of happiness! Time-Saving With EMS training, you can achieve a full-body workout in a mere 20 minutes. Indeed, the EMS full-body suit simultaneously activates many muscles in the body, effectively reducing training time. Fast Results The benefits of regular exercises are achieved much faster with EMS workouts compared to conventional training. Due to robust muscular activation, the results of EMS workouts are evident much quickly. EMS workout benefits are not only physiological but also mental. EMS training enables you to enjoy these benefits with a mere 20-minute workout thrice a week! For more visit our eBay store.
Can 'Crying Michael Jordan' get you sued?
The Crying Micheal Jordan Meme was by far one of the best things to come out of 2015. Social media kingpins relentlessly attack famous people across the globe at their weakest moments with a crying MJ meme centered around their latest blunder. It's pretty low, but I must say, it's pretty damn funny. "It just seems to have an appropriateness for so many different circumstances," said Andrew Selepak, director of the social media graduate program at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. "That face can be used for a meme for a number of different levels, whether it's sports or non-sports related. But because of the passion people have for sports, I think it has legs like few other memes that have been popular in the past." It's had an amazing amount of staying power, and like most things that have this type of power, often comes dollars. So when money gets involved, who owns the rights to this? Could a person be sued over the Crying meme? The Associated Press could pursue legal action if it believes its copyright of the image has been violated. "We own the rights in our photo, which was taken in 2009," Associated Press spokesman Paul Colford wrote in an email to ESPN.com. "We could enforce those rights depending on the use and other factors, as is the case with all AP photos." Likewise, Jordan spokesperson Estee Portnoy recently implied that the basketball icon's camp is keeping a close eye on usage of the meme. "We haven't seen anyone using it to promote their commercial interests, which is something that we're monitoring," Portnoy wrote in an email to the Chicago Tribune. So be careful about letting loose a signature Crying Micheal Jordan meme, it could cost you some dollars down the line.
Steph Curry Broke The Way Video Games Are Made
I know that title seems a little hyperbolic but it's absolutely, 100% true. If you know anything about basketball or if you're friends with anyone who knows anything about basketball, then they probably talk about how much of a beast Steph Curry is on the court. He hits 3-pointers from way beyond the arc and he's consistent with it. And I can see the look on your face, you're like, "Paul what the fuck does this have to do with video games?" Well, Curry's performance this season (in real life) has just broken the way NBA2K builds their video games. In a recent interview with Forbes, Mike Wang (gameplay director of the NBA2K games) said, that they're "looking for new ways to translate his [Curry's] game into 2K". As an avid fan and player of the NBA2K games, I know first hand that they've come up with formulas and rules for the game so the game feels like a realistic basketball game. In the most recent iteration, shot selection is a big factor in making shots. But -- if you watch Curry play -- his shot selection is, sometimes, insane. But that doesn't translate to the video game, like, at all. ESPN even ran an article titled, "Real-life Stephen Curry is better than video-game Stephen Curry" which compares Curry's real stats to simulated video game stats and Steph Curry in real life does consistently better than the video game version of him. And it seems like the next iteration of the NBA2K series will have some careful consideration when they start designing the way Curry plays in-game. If you watch the first minute of the video above (which is from a game that just happened a couple of days ago), you'll see Curry make a 3-point shot with two defenders on him. If you were to do this in NBA2K as Steph Curry, you'd most likely miss. It's insane to me that because of his skill, the people that work on 2K have to develop new ways to deal with his on-court skill. It's kind of insane (and awesome and amazing) to me that Stepch Curry is better than an artificial version of himself who, by all means, should be better. Mostly because it's an AI that doesn't get tired or have thoughts or anything else like that. It's kind of breathtaking, to be honest. And I'm sort of happy to be alive during this sports-historic moment in time. All of that being said, I guess the color-commentators need to stop comparing Curry's skill to something that's "video game-like" instead of saying it's unbelievable because, well, the best basketball video game (and its developer) can't believe it either.