When you go to the gym, you have choices: machines, dumbbells, kettlebells, cardio…the list seems endless and sometimes overwhelming.
In the world of fitness, nothing is reinvented…except class mash-ups and fitness trends. (Piloxing or Goat Yoga, anyone?) But a dumbbell is a dumbbell is a dumbbell. Right?
Pull-ups are one of the most superior exercises for upper body and core. Here are 5 top benefits to doing a pull up (assisted or not!)
- Fundamental Compound Upper-body Exercise. Compound exercises are important because they target multiple muscle groups. Pull-ups do a great job of targeting the back and biceps. If you want a V-taper physique, pull-ups are a must!
- Convenience. Pull-ups are one of the most convenient exercises around. You can do them pretty much anywhere. All you need is a bar and your body.
- Variations. One of the best benefits of pull-ups is that there are so many different variations of the pull-up. Each variation doesn’t require any additional equipment than another variation. All you’ve got to do is change up your grip.
- Easily Increase Intensity. Regularly increasing the intensity of your workouts is one of the secrets to building muscle. Whether with a pull up assist (Lifeline Pull Up Revolution or Jungle Gym XT), you can vary your resistances and/or position. Additionally, you can boost the intensity of your back workout simply by adding additional weight with either weight plates or kettlebells.
- No Excuses. Even if you can only do 1 or 2 pull-ups, do it – Practice makes perfect. Stop making excuses and start doing pull ups. One thing that is key is that assisted pull-ups are superior to pull downs. Even if you can’t do a pull-up, try ditching the pull-down machine for the assisted pull-up equipment. Each week you’ll make a little bit of progress and before you know it, you won’t have to use the assisted pull up equipment. You’ll be able to do a real pull-up.
Inevitably your fitness can be distracted during increased travel whether it’s holidays, work or vacation. Particularly as we embark on holidays, not only does exercise decrease, so does sleep, but caloric intake increases which are key drivers to falling off the wagon for the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years.
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In just 30 minutes, you complete an 8 circuit workout that is high intensity coupled with recovery. Each exercise should be done for 2 mintues with :30 second rest in between.
Whether you are a master swimmer or a weekend warrior entered into that charity triathlon, strength training outside the pool can not only eliminate countless hours in the pool, but specifically work on power and strengthening the core.
Every Wednesday, Lifeline Fitness features an Exercise of the Week to help you improve your overall functional fitness. This week we highlight Hip Abduction and Hip Adduction, to promote the mobility, stability, and opening up hips.
It will make you sweat, ache, it might make you curse, but you’ll love every minute of it. If this sounds like your kind of workout, boot camp might be something you should try this season. Summer is a popular time for boot camp workouts. Here is a sample class you can recreate to try a boot camp on your own outdoor workout: