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Foods Not to Eat When Trying to Gain Muscle

Building muscle has just as much to do with your diet as it does with your training. You can train as hard and heavy as you want, but if you're not eating right, you won't grow. When constructing your muscle-building meal plan, the foods you eat play a pivotal role and there are certain ones you want to avoid. → Read More

Protein Bars That Help You Gain Weight

Whether you're trying to gain weight in the form of muscle mass or just looking to add a few pounds for general health reasons, taking in adequate calories can sometimes be tricky. If you find eating enough food a challenge, one way you can make things easier is to supplement your diet with protein bars. These high-protein, high-calorie bars are a... → Read More

What Is a Healthy Thing I Can Drink for Breakfast?

Eating breakfast helps you perform better mentally and could aid weight loss. Many people, however, aren't hungry first thing in the morning or find it difficult to make time to sit down and eat a meal. But you can get all the benefits of breakfast with a drink instead of feeling like you're forcing down solid food. → Read More

The Positive and Negative Effects of Training

You are probably often told to get more exercise, given the positive effects that regular training can have both physiologically and psychologically. However, while the positive effects are numerous, training does nevertheless bring a small number of negative effects; being aware of these pitfalls may help you avoid them. Consult your doctor before... → Read More

The Positive and Negative Effects of Training

You are probably often told to get more exercise, given the positive effects that regular training can have both physiologically and psychologically. However, while the positive effects are numerous, training does nevertheless bring a small number of negative effects; being aware of these pitfalls may help you avoid them. Consult your doctor before... → Read More

Low-Carb & Vegetarian Meal Plans

Low-carb and vegetarian diets don't often go together. After all, eating a low-carb diet usually constitutes eating moderate to large amounts of animal-based proteins and fats, while vegetarian plans are full of carb-containing fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Combining the two is possible, however -- it just takes a bit more planning than a... → Read More

Low-Carb & Vegetarian Meal Plans

Low-carb and vegetarian diets don't often go together. After all, eating a low-carb diet usually constitutes eating moderate to large amounts of animal-based proteins and fats, while vegetarian plans are full of carb-containing fruits, vegetables, grains and beans. Combining the two is possible, however -- it just takes a bit more planning than a... → Read More

How to Run With a Backpack to Get in Shape

Whether you're running with a backpack because you want to make your runs a little more challenging or because you want a change from regular running, doing so can be an effective way to get fitter and stronger. Some backpacks are purely functional, too -- offering hydration for long excursions.As a vigorous form of cardio, running can help you... → Read More

How to Get Six-Pack Abs Fast for Men

The elusive six-pack is often seen as the pinnacle in male physique goals. Everyone has a six-pack, it's just a case of stripping the fat on your stomach to reveal a muscular, chiseled mid-section underneath. Perhaps surprisingly, ab exercises alone won't do much for your six-pack. According to the American Council on Exercise you can't... → Read More

Bodybuilding and Lower Back Pain

Bodybuilding training can be intense and can sometimes lead to issues such as lower back pain. There can be several causes of lower back pain -- it may be due to muscle imbalances, your technique on certain exercises or the way you train. It's important that you find out the cause, address the issue and rid yourself of lower back pain, because not... → Read More

Bodybuilding and Lower Back Pain

Bodybuilding training can be intense and can sometimes lead to issues such as lower back pain. There can be several causes of lower back pain -- it may be due to muscle imbalances, your technique on certain exercises or the way you train. It's important that you find out the cause, address the issue and rid yourself of lower back pain, because not... → Read More

Multi-Gym Workout Guide

If you want all of the modern conveniences offered by a gym but prefer to train at home and have the space to spare, a multi-gym could be for you. Most multi-gyms are made from several different weight machines joined together. Many have dual functions, allowing you to perform numerous exercises on just one piece of equipment. Consider your goals,... → Read More

Weight-Loss Lunch Ideas

Finding something for lunch that's quick and easy, but also filling and conducive to losing weight can be a challenge. The ideal weight-loss lunch should include nutrient-dense foods relatively low in calories and easy to prepare in advance. If you're taking a lunch break at work, also look for something that will keep you going until... → Read More

Crossfit Kettlebell Workouts

Walk into a CrossFit gym and you'll see plenty of Olympic barbells and plates, pullup bars, rowing machines, medicine balls and a whole host of different-sized kettlebells. The kettlebell is a fundamental tool in CrossFit, with many workouts relying heavily on them. Even if you train at home and don't have access to all the other equipment... → Read More

40-Minute, Full-Body, At-Home Workout for Men

You might only have 40 minutes to train and you may not even have access to a gym, but that doesn't mean you can skip your workout. It is surprisingly easy for a guy to get an effective fitness-boosting, calorie-burning, muscle-building workout at home in just 40 minutes. All you need is a set of training clothes, a few pieces of basic... → Read More

What Is a Healthy Thing I Can Drink for Breakfast?

Eating breakfast helps you perform better mentally and could aid weight loss. Many people, however, aren't hungry first thing in the morning or find it difficult to make time to sit down and eat a meal. But you can get all the benefits of breakfast with a drink instead of feeling like you're forcing down solid food. → Read More

Bulging Abs With Weight Exercises

Obtaining a visible six-pack is all about having a low body-fat percentage. However, you can speed the process along and make your abs more impressive by building up the muscles so that they bulge out slightly more. Compound free-weight exercises such as squats and deadlifts are excellent for developing your abs, but to bring the muscles up to... → Read More

How to Eat Like a Professional Cyclist

Nutrition is paramount for the professional cyclist, as well as for those looking to up their speed, stamina or overall athletic ability on the bike. The food you eat is used to fuel your performance on the bike, so you need to make sure your nutrition is on point to get to the top. By looking at what the professional eat, you too can boost your... → Read More

Gym Routine for Toning Up & Weight Loss

Toning up and losing weight aren't quite the same. Weight loss is straightforward as it simply involves lowering your body weight, which can be done by dieting alone. Toning however is a different matter. For a toned physique, you need tight, defined muscles, which means hitting the gym for some resistance training. Cardio may be the way many... → Read More

Should I Run Before or After Lifting Weights?

Cardio and weight training are important parts of any training program. Performing both in the same session is an effective way to build strength and endurance, but there can be drawbacks to this method too. Your overall exercise goals should determine whether you do weight training or running first. → Read More