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Workout Plan

Like any endeavor in life, whether it be an outing, a dinner party or even a garage sale, it is usually best to plan the event in order to get the best results from it. Not planning an event, increases the risk of inefficiency, mistakes, overruns, budget increases and the list goes on. Getting fit is no different in that if you are trying to get fit haphazardly by doing a few push ups here and there or jogging around the park for a few minutes, the return in fitness levels is usually not enough to firstly keep you motivated and secondly develop any noticeable signs of fitness. To achieve maximum return for the time and effort you put in to it you need to have or follow some type of workout plan.

There are three main types of workout plan that you can either put together yourself, have it made for you or purchase it prepackaged. Each type of workout plan will suit a particular individual in different ways. The three types of plan are the DIY plan, the Personal Trainer plan and the DVD plan. Listed below is a short introduction to each of the options.

DIY Workout Plan

This is simply just as is says. Those who know how to work out can devise themselves a routine and schedule. Decide on how long and how many times you want to work out and draw up a list of exercise you can do like Push Ups, Sit Ups, Crunches, Stationary Plank, Squats, Start Jumps, Heisman etc. etc. the pros of this plan is that you can choose the exercises you want or like to do. The cons of this are that you may not push yourself as hard as you should and choose exercises which are less taxing.

Personal Trainer Workout Plan

If you have ever been to gym and paid for the services of a personal trainer then you know that you are going to get a well-choreographed training plan with the added bonus of someone pushing you to higher levels. Even if you don’t want to go to the gym, you can still obtain a personal workout plan from the personal trainer for a small fee. The pros of this option are that you will get a tailored workout plan for your fitness level. The cons of this option are that you will often need to visit the gym to do the work out and pay for the gym membership.

DVD workout plan

By far the most popular way to get fit nowadays is in the comfort of your own home. Not necessarily using weight machines or a bench press but by working out to a set of DVDs. There are 100’s if not 1000’s of workout DVD’s available to you on the market nowadays, but by far the most popular and heavy weight DVD programs are the likes of P90X, Insanity, Rush fit, UFC fit, Turbo Fire and Ruthless etc. these types of DVDs are high intensity workouts developed to burn real fat, build muscle and generally improve your overall fitness levels.

The pros of this option is that you pay once for you DVD set and you can use it as many times as you like. The plan is usually set over a set number of months or weeks with the intention of slowly quickly your body to a high level of fitness. The cons of this option is that it does take up some time as some DVD workout plans require some commitment and require you to workout 6 or 7 times a week for up to an hour. But, by god the results are fantastic if you stick with it.

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Your Best Bodybuilding Workout Guide

You want the body of The Terminator. That is not a huge impossibility if you are willing to work hard and endure the discipline of serious training. A good bodybuilding workout has effective weight lifting programs designed to push each target area to its maximum level of endurance. If you think you can handle the work that comes before the rewards of a great physique, read on to find out how.

Let’s begin with the chest workout. Nothing inspires a damsel in distress more than a broad and well-developed chest on a guy. To get the most out of your workout, remember to stretch and warm up well so that blood is flowing to the target area preparing it for hard training.

Start with 2 sets of bench press 15 light weight reps each. Then progress to 3 heavy sets of incline bench press and dumbbell flyes of 8 reps each. A 25-30 degree angle for the inclined bench press gives maximum weight lifting emphasis especially for the upper chest muscles. You can also train your arms alongside your chest. Start with lower weights and build your way to higher loads with less repetition per set.

The crunches are still the best way to sculpt the abdominal muscles. Do not put your hands under your head because this will lead to poor posture and put strain on your neck area. Cross your arms over your chest instead. Other effective abdominal exercises are leg raises. You can do this lying down or gripping the arm rests of a bar or the Roman chair. For obliques, you can hold on to weights on either side of your body and slowly bend from side to side. Do not perform these sets quickly or it can lead to lower back injuries.

Many aspiring bodybuilders work out their backs less because it is a muscle group they seldom see. It is one of the most important muscles to develop because a strong back is the cornerstone of most exercises. For beginners, the best back workouts will be chin up, pull ups and dead lifts. As you progress, you can alternate with barbell shrugs, upright rows, lat pull downs (upper back); hyper extensions, bent over barbell rows (lower back); one arm dumbbell rows, seated rows (middle back).

Shoulders are one of the hardest body parts to target. The seated shoulder press is an effective exercise for this. Begin with one to two sets of warm ups that is 50% of the weight you usually use. You can also switch it up with military press exercise, machine presses and lateral raises. Always perform these exercises before you do triceps.

Leg muscle training is demanding but usually grows without much of a problem unlike some of the other body parts. The basic bodybuilding workout for legs is the squat. Squats work almost all areas of your legs and then some. Incorporate leg press, leg curls, lunges, calf raises and hamstring exercises to ensure strong and muscular thighs that can carry the rest of your buff body.

Weight lifting programs challenge the best of us. They require determination of steel and a strong disregard for temporary pain. The end result is not just a rock hard body; it is good health and a key attitude of resiliency that will carry you anywhere in life.

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What Is the Newest Workout Routine?

What is the newest workout routine? Being a personal trainer, I always try to keep up on the latest workout routines that are available. I’ve been working out since, well, I don’t want to give away my age, but, let’s just say that I’m very familiar with retro step class! I’ll go over some of my favorite new workout routines!

Sometimes, workout exercises can be just the latest workout craze. It may last for a little while, or it may just completely catch on! Being into martial arts, I had trained with a very popular cardio kickboxing guy in California. That craze caught on, and it’s sort of stuck! Step class was really popular in the 1980’s, and now, they have transformed that step class to make it new and exciting. However, you will see the term ‘retro step’ in some gyms. This refers to the step aerobic classes they used to teach in the 1980’s.

Two years ago, I went to one of the big fitness conventions. You can walk around and see all the latest workout routines, as well as new fitness products. I saw these big body building type guys all doing a workout routine in synch on little miniature trampoline’s. It looked fun, but, that workout craze never really caught on.

Some popular workout craze’s that have started to catch on this year have been hula hooping, hip hop, power yoga, boxing, and even hula dancing. But, others that have become super popular are in the video game arena. The workout Wii has been reported by lot’s of people to not only work, but, they have said that it is really fun! I haven’t personally tried all the different workouts that Wii offers, but, being that I love boxing, I tried that out, and it was actually a lot of fun.

TRX training is the newest workout routine that people really like, which is suspension training. It is used a s a system by itself, and sometimes it is incorporated into some bootcamp style workout routines.

Crossfit has also gotten really popular, but, I feel it’s not for everyone. Crossfit incorporates lot’s of different exercises, which can really be a lot of fun. It even includes some gymnastics type movements such as hand stands and L-sits. It’s a heck of a workout! It is used by many of the police and firemen, and it can be really intense!

I’m excited to see what new trend 2011 brings about for the latest in workout routines!

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