As the name suggests, the posterior chain is made up muscles found on the posterior side of our body, mainly the gluteals, hamstrings and lower back but also the calfs, erector spinae and latissimus dorsi muscles. Although a lot of people train these muscles for aesthetic reasons, and why not, their function is by far a much bigger reason as to why you need to get them strong.
As you can tell from the title of this blog itself, there are quite a few different variations of the deadlift; namely the conventional deadlift, the sumo deadlift and the trap bar deadlift. The question is, is there one better than the other or should I be using one instead of the other due to my goals and what I want to achieve?
The shoulder is a very important joint in our body as it allows a wide variety of movement in different ranges. Most of us are aware of movements such as vertical and horizontal pressing and pulling as well as abduction (movement away from your body) and adduction (movement towards your body) of our arm but we often neglect 4 crucial movements which are retraction, protraction, depression and elevation of the shoulder blade.
It is true that men and women are two different creatures, but this does not mean that training should be completely different between the two genders. The principles and basis of training should be the same for both male and female with the same exercise library but there are a few things that we need to keep in mind.
Squats are great! Squats use the main muscle groups in our lower body, they use the hips, knees and ankles, they can be used to build mass, to become stronger and improve athletic performance, to improve our mobility around different joint etc. Put simply, everyone should be doing a squat variation; of which there are many. Today we are going to discuss the two main types of squats, that is, the back squat and the front squat – the difference between the two, if we should prioritise one over the other and when should we be doing what.
The holidays are long gone, we’ve had our share of fun, food and drink and it’s time to get back to reality and go to work but we start feeling groggy a few days in and before we know it, we’ve got the flu or a really bad cold.
Muscle building is something that quite a large number of people are interested in – for the majority of people if they are in the gym, they don’t only want to become fitter and lose body fat but also build some muscle too. Below we are going to discuss the science behind making your muscles bigger.
Fat loss – probably the main reason why people exercise. Most of us don’t go the gym, for a run or to a class for the health benefits that exercise provides, but for the simple reason to look good and there’s nothing wrong with that. If losing a bit of extra fat, looking slimmer and putting on some muscle is going to make us more confident and feel good about ourselves why not do it then?
As described by the World Health Organisation, being healthy means that you are not only physically fit with no diseases, but you are also in good mental and social health. There has been a wide variety of research that shows that physical activity has a good impact on a number of mental health issues and how we behave around people, so it is by no coincidence that physical, mental and social health are all connected to each other. In fact, if one is not functioning very well there will be a number of effects on the other since usually it goes around in a cycle.
Cardiovascular fitness is the ability of the cardiovascular system, made of the heart, lungs and blood vessels, to deliver oxygenated blood to the working muscles for them to be able to keep working by using this oxygen as a form of energy to fuel movement. Cardiovascular fitness also refers to one’s aerobic ability and for how long you can keep doing a certain activity. You can improve your cardiovascular fitness with various methods so today we’ll discuss its importance and how to train it.