Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

5 Must-Have Fitness Coach Skills

Thursday, December 1st, 2022
important fitness coach skills

When you’re looking to change the physical composition of your body, it can take years of hard work, determination, and discipline to get results. You have the people who enjoy the luxury of a naturally sculpted physique. But that sadly can’t be everyone. You might have to at least consult top-notch fitness coach skills to learn the basics of refining your physique.

If you’ve decided to start shaping your physical appearance, it is hard to know where to start and if in fact, you’re heading in the right direction. The results speak for themselves but getting good results is the hardest part. 

  1. Honesty – in all aspects of business and personal relations.
  2. Accuracy and Flexibility – programming for specific individuals to get maximum results.
  3. Organization – for both paperwork and digital resources.
  4. Qualifications – degree, license or certification, and experience
  5. People Skills – motivation, sales, articulation, and closure

So if you’re looking to make a difference for yourself it may be worth investing in a fitness coach. Knowing what to look for in one is yet another challenge. So let’s peel back on what should you look for specific to each of the skills listed above.

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Why You Should Join a Gym in 2023

Wednesday, November 30th, 2022
Athletes Showing Why You Should Join a Gym in 2023

Gyms are a great place to be. They offer a wide range of classes, equipment, and amenities, so you can fit in your own time without worrying about where or when. Gyms also have plenty of social events that allow you to meet new people who share your interest in fitness. Without a doubt, if you haven’t already, you should join a gym in 2023 and make your near year’s resolution something achievable like consistently going, three times per week, for 3 months, no excuses.

Here are a few good reasons why we think you should join a gym in 2023.

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The 5 Best Exercises for Soccer Players

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022
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There is something peculiar about all great soccer players including other athletes. Sports legends like Muhammed Ali, and Michael Jordan, and soccer legends like Pele, and Maradona have excelled because of this peculiarity. But what does this peculiarity entail exactly? Exercising. It’s no secret that these best exercises for soccer have remained an integral part of many legendary players’ success stories for more than a thousand years now, probably way more.

When soccer players hit the gym for exercise, the focus is either heavy resistance training to build size or strength, or balance training. It can also be said that some take on specific drills to increase athletic performance to an exceptionally high level. There are several other exercises that soccer players carry out. In all, the goal is to improve their ability as soccer players and perform well on-pitch.

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How to Overhead Press

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
female athlete shows us How to Overhead Press

How to Perform the Overhead Press

The overhead press; also known as the press, shoulder press, barbell press, and standing press; is often confused with the military press; and is quite possibly the best upper body exercise known to man. Sure, the bench press gets all the glory, but this is only because it is easier to lift more weight benching than pressing.

In many ways, the overhead press is actually more effective than the bench press at building upper body muscle mass. With the overhead press, we are standing up rather than laying down, which already means a better workout for the back, legs, and core. And seriously, massive, powerful shoulders are far more impressive than a puffy chest.

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Kill Your Halloween Workouts This Year With These Terrifying Tips

Monday, October 31st, 2022
Halloween workouts

No matter how committed you are, the jam-packed festive Halloween season might throw your fitness routine off its gear. Starting in early September, many Halloween enthusiasts spend their nights and weekends decorating, picking apples, solving corn mazes, watching horror movies, and snacking on fun decorative desserts. This means we don’t always have time to complete our Halloween workouts with the same year-round discipline as we might be used to.

In spite of perhaps missing a workout or eating a pastry, try to remember not to feel guilty about it. The holiday season is the time of the year when we can live somewhat carefree. You get to spend time with your family and friends and gorge on festive treats. 

Halloween is the one time of the year when you actually get to justify eating that candy bar. So, you shouldn’t hesitate to eat it. Rather, you should make sure you limit your portion size and choose healthy, protein-rich snacks over calorie and guilt-laden junk food. Check out Project Swole’s “healthy” Halloween recipes for some fun protein-laced holiday treats.

Another thing that you should do is not let the Halloween spirit take complete control over your health. We all know that festive season weight gains are common across the globe but what we don’t realize is that most people fail to get rid of this extra baggage and then, the next festive season kicks in. 

Don’t let this happen to you. No matter how caught up you are baking cookies or buying gifts, make sure you take at least some time out for yourself.

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Should I Exercise With a Workout Injury?

Thursday, October 27th, 2022
This athlete is asking, Should I Exercise With a Workout Injury?

If you are athletically very active, chances are that you have already experienced a workout injury or two over the years. This comes with impatience to get back to your fitness routine as soon as possible. Whether caused by an accident or over-exerting yourself during gym time, giving up your routine is not fun, I have been here a few times and know exactly what it feels like.

By following the advice in this article, you can potentially workout with an injury safely, speed up recovery, and keep your body active.

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Why You Should Have Personal Fitness Goals?

Thursday, October 20th, 2022
fit couple with personal fitness goals

The best time to stay fit is today. Human strength will deteriorate when becoming older. And now that you can still endure working out, better grab a fitness coach to get started. A coach will help you flesh out your personal fitness goals so you can get a head start on your healthy lifestyle. Most of the individuals who chose to exercise alone did not finish well due to a lack of accountability. You can have a glimpse of the attributes of a reliable fitness trainer in the rest of this post. 

One of the common reasons for failing fitness goals is setting unrealistic objectives. This won’t motivate a person to excel but will instead start to doubt their progress in the midst of training. Meeting a fitness goal should be a fun experience and if you feel exhausted, learn to take a pause. 

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How Long Does It Take To Get A Flat Stomach?

Thursday, October 13th, 2022
The man wanted to get a flat stomach, so he did.

Losing stubborn belly fat can be a huge dilemma for most people. Setting out to get a flat stomach is not rocket science but involves several steps like creating a calorie deficit, exercising, and staying consistent. Each individual is different, and how a regimen works for one may produce different results for another.

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Losing all the fat in your belly is not necessarily healthy. Only losing extra weight is essential for good health. 90% of body fat is subcutaneous, which is present right under the skin to keep the body warm and aid other functions.

The remaining 10% is visceral fat that accumulates beneath the abdominal walls and in the empty spaces between organs. This fat is dangerous and can lead to health issues like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Crash diets and supplements may work at eliminating fat, but this could be a loss of healthy fat instead. Even spot reduction is impossible with these.

Your best bet is to lose excess body fat healthily to tone your body and achieve a flat tummy. This also helps eradicate visceral fat, which you need to eliminate.

So, if you are interested in achieving a flat stomach and are willing to put in the right amount of effort, you are at the right place. Today, we shall look at the science behind stomach fat loss and the factors that come into play. Let’s get started!

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How to Choose Senior Exercise Classes

Sunday, October 9th, 2022
seniors working out in Senior Exercise Classes

It’s crucial to stay fit and live a healthy lifestyle during all stages of life – but as we grow older, our needs change drastically. There is now substantial evidence that regular exercise has many health benefits for elders – and more people are turning towards taking up an active lifestyle with senior exercise classes rather than staying inactive. 

In this article, you’ll learn the benefits of exercising when old, why it’s so great for senior citizens and some exercises that might not be safe for seniors, along with which senior exercise classes you should choose. 

Read on to learn more!

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Top 2022 Fitness Trends You Need to Try

Friday, October 7th, 2022
2022 Fitness Trends

Over the past few years, we have seen an explosion in fitness trends. Especially since the pandemic hit, more and more people started caring about their health and figuring out new ways to exercise. We started picking up virtual home gyms such as Peloton and Mirror, and wearable devices like FitBit and Apple Watch; we started training outside more and utilizing high-intensity circuits for conditioning. These were emerging trends in 2021 and they are now legitimate 2022 fitness trends that are here to stay.

In the athletic community, these exciting fitness trends are on the rise, and they will surely boost the effectiveness and efficiency of your workout routine in 2022. We are here to give you the ins and outs of these fun new trends.

Update Oct 2022: Let’s take a look back through our list of fitness trends and see how they played out the past 10 months.

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Does Exercise Lower Cholesterol?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022
does exercise lower cholesterol for these athletes?

Cholesterol and its role in our body is not something most people think about regularly, but it should be. High cholesterol can lead to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States today. Project Swole readers like to exercise, so let’s ask the question, ‘does exercise lower cholesterol?

If you want to know how to lower your cholesterol with exercise, here are some great workouts that can help you start dropping those dangerous fats today! Let us know what you think about these suggestions in the comments.

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How Long Should I Wait to Exercise After Eating?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022
athletes waiting to exercise after eating

There are numerous considerations when planning an exercise routine; what type of exercises will you partake in? What clothes should you wear during said activities? How hard you want to push yourself and for how long, among other factors. One concern many people may overlook is the importance of how long to wait to exercise after eating or snacking. 

Eating too much beforehand can make physical efforts seem unbearable, leading to pain and potential health hazards such as cramps or constipation.

So, how long should you wait after eating before exercising? Will exercising make it harder for your body to digest food? What are the benefits of waiting before taking a workout break? 

This guide will discuss how much time you need to wait between meals and working out.

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Is it Better to Exercise Before or After a Bath?

Thursday, September 15th, 2022
woman doesn't know if she should exercise before or after a bath or shower

Which is the best practice, to exercise before, or after, a bath or shower? Should I do both, others may need to shower or bathe before or after, but ideally, showering/bathing before and after a workout is the best choice.  

Nevertheless, if you can only fit in one of the two, I recommend showering/bathing afterward because that keeps you smelling and feeling fresh for the rest of the day.  

There are several considerations when deciding whether to take a bath or shower before or after your workout.  Today, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can figure out what works best for you. Let’s start with the exercise before a bath! Read along!

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Should I Exercise When I Am Sick? 

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022
this athlete should have asked, 'should I exercise when I am sick?'

Exercise has many benefits and works wonders for your body.  Regular exercise can lead to major health improvements, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer, and even prevent diabetes from happening in the first place.  In trying to stick to your routine at all costs, you might ask yourself, ‘should I exercise when I am sick?‘ The answer to that question is complicated so we have to consider several factors including the type of illness you’re experiencing.

There are two sides to this question, and both have merits depending on your situation. While some would say there’s no reason not to exercise if you’re ill, arguments against it can be valid depending on your circumstance.  

The following article will look at both sides of the issue to help you make an informed decision on whether you should exercise when you’re sick or not.

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7 Ways Regular Physical Activity Benefits Your Health

Friday, August 26th, 2022
healthy couple realizing physical activity benefits your health

Exercise can be defined as any movement that requires your body to work and burn calories. There are different types of physical activity, such as running, walking, swimming, and dancing, to name a few. Although many people know that exercise is good for them, they may not be aware of all the benefits it can bring to their lives, both physically and mentally. In fact, anyone can benefit from incorporating more physical activity into their life, regardless of age, sex, or physical ability. If you need more convincing to stay active, here are seven ways physical activity benefits your health, and can lead to a healthier and happier life.

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Best Live and On-Demand Exercise Classes Online

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
fit girl in online fitness class

What exactly are online fitness classes, and how do they operate? These live and on-demand exercise classes also allow you to watch workout videos whenever it is convenient for you, rather than having to plan your day around a specific fitness class.

Since the pandemic, online live and on-demand exercise classes have grown in popularity. With all of the lockdowns that occur from time to time, this is by far the safest way to stay fit while still reaping the health benefits of exercising in the comfort of your own home.

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Top 6 Calf Training Mistakes

Sunday, July 31st, 2022
Calf Training Mistakes

The calves are a serious problem area for most bodybuilders. You can win or lose a contest depending on whether or not you have put some time into building thick slabs of beef on the back of your legs. Women tend to have calf issues as well; many are sporting the dreaded “cankles”. Both sexes often suffer from skinny little twiggy leg syndrome, sometimes known as “bird legs”. What do these folks have in common? They are probably all making the same calf training mistakes day to day, week to week. So how can we fix it?

To build marvelous calves, you have to put time into training them frequently and from a variety of angles. First and foremost, you can’t make the following 6 calf training mistakes and also hope to build world-class wheels. Train your legs right and you will prosper. Make too many mistakes and they will continue to lag.

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What is HIIT – High-Intensity Interval Training – And How Should You Use It?

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022

What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

female sprinter uses high-intensity interval training

High-Intensity Interval Training, often represented by the acronym HIIT, is really a big deal. HIIT training is the ideal and most effective replacement for underachieving endurance cardio. High-intensity interval training has been regarded for years now as one of the best ways to burn calories and maintain muscle mass while encouraging a long-lasting metabolic effect post-workout.

As a matter of fact, in studies, HIIT is 9x more effective at burning fat than endurance cardio.

More often than not, I have talked about HIIT workouts made up only of interval sprints. Today I would like to discuss HIIT training with resistance machines, but not to be confused with High-Intensity Resistance Training, or HIRT, which I will write about shortly.

HIIT Provides the Following Benefits

  • Burn more calories than endurance cardio
  • Burn more fat than endurance cardio
  • Increase power
  • Increase speed
  • Increase muscle density
  • Improve anaerobic endurance
  • Improve aerobic endurance
  • Speed up metabolism for more than a day and a half
  • Shorten cardio training sessions by at least 33%

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Run To Lose Belly Fat

Monday, July 18th, 2022
these runners don't need to lose belly fat

When you seriously set out to lose belly fat it’s a lot of hard work and requires optimizations to your lifestyle habits. Although regular exercise can trim and tone other parts of the body, for many individuals, an excess stomach can be very stubborn. Fortunately, one of the best types of exercise for losing belly fat is running. There are also some small tweaks that can be made to your regular running regimen to provide a sustained boost of fat burning. 

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Top Considerations to Help Choose a Public Gym

Thursday, July 14th, 2022
choose a public gym like this fit couple

Deciding on a public gym can be challenging, especially if you are a beginner with little fitness experience. It is essential that you choose a public gym that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, with respectful members and helpful staff, as well as the proper physical amenities for security, cleanliness, and accessibility.

There are many options you should consider when bearing in mind accessibility and safety. In this guide, we will run through all of these options, giving you an insight into the amenities you should look out for.  

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