Consisting of the abdominals, the core (or torso), is the centre of the body that acts as the primary mover of an exercise, in opposition to the primary mover or a stabilizer according to the movement being performed.No matter what sport or exercise program is followed, the core is the centre and a strong core will essentially improve overall performance.
When performing any abdominal exercise, it is important to stabilise the p ... read more
Want to know how much fuel to put inside your body? Here is a simple calculation that will help get you closer to the number you need..... The total amount of energy required for physiological actions is called Metabolism. There are five categories:
BMR– basal metabolic rate
RMR – resting metabolic rate
TEF– thermic effect of feeding
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When it says “low fat” or “healthy choice” we can get caught up in words. Here are a few to watch out for…
Fruit is perfectly packaged with the correct amount of natural sugar. So why do “Nectar” drinks need to add more? To make sure you don’t overdose on sugar, (or give too much to the kids), only buy those that are free from added sugars and are made totally form 10 ... read more
To achieve weight loss or weight gain, you have to control the energy balance and create a space between the calories you take in (food) and the calories you put out (activity).
Neutral Energy Balanceis when the calories you take in are equal to calories spent and your weight is maintained.
Positive Energy Balanceis when the calories you take in are more than the calories spent; therefore the result is weig ... read more
Intensity means the rate at which work or power is performed. It is a function of energy output per unit of time.
If you have reached a plateau, your body has stopped changing or your fitness level is not increasing, it could be that you need to change the intensity of your workout. This will tell the body that a new workload has begun and adaptation will begin again.
Changing intensity is done in various ways:
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Hypertrophy means an increase in the size of a muscle fibre, through the enlargement of the cells that make it up. If you are looking to increase your muscle size, then your repetition range should be between 6 – 12 per set, with optimum range at 8 – 10 reps per exercise.
To increase in size, you must use “The Overload Principle”: Exercise against a resistance that is greater than what you are used to. ... read more