Music holds a near-sacred place in the fitness world. Many exercisers swear that their music makes the difference in whether they finish a workout and the effectiveness of that workout. Some exercise programs are even built around specific types of music or rhythm structures. But does music really have benefits to exercisers?
If you’ve reached an advanced age, or even relatively so, it’s not too late to build muscle and benefit from exercise, according to a new University of Birmingham study. Older folks with no previous participation in exercise programs showed an ability to add new muscle as that exhibited by well-trained master athletes in the same… Continue reading Too Late to Start Exercising? No, Says Science!
If you heard the first one, you already know this one is going to be fun! Lyle McDonald joins me once again for a lively shout at some clouds! In this episode, Lyle shares: How he got his start as a Karaoke superstar! His thoughts on “sport-specific training.” When early specialization might actually help. Why… Continue reading Podcast: Friday Happy Hour With Lyle McDonald – The Sequel
The fitness world has known for a while now that resistance training has many benefits for seniors and older adults, when done correctly and in the right “dose.” Now, a position paper from a group of experts published in the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research highlights the importance of… Continue reading Resistance Training For Older Adults Is a Must For Good Health: Paper
Just about everyone has heard of the rotator cuff. But what do you really know about it? Maybe you’re an expert on rotator cuff anatomy, function, dysfunction, recovery and injury prevention. Congratulations, you’re a rarity! For the rest of us, I take a look today at our rotator cuffs. What is the rotator cuff? What… Continue reading Podcast: Know Stuff, Episode 3: The Rotator Cuff
Can you gain muscle by lifting lighter weights for lots of repetitions? Yes, you can. Will you get as strong as you might by lifting heavier weights? No. Of course, strength and conditioning coaches, power lifters, athletes, strength enthusiasts and just about anyone who can think already knew that. Even the pretty people in the… Continue reading Podcast: Why Your Brain Wants You To Train Heavy!
We’ve all done it. Over-indulged in something and paid the price. Too much dessert or one toomany drinks. The aftermath is rough, but you get through it, right? Well, what if over-indulging in something that’s good for you might have the potential to damage your health? What if it might even be fatal? Overtraining can… Continue reading Podcast:Overtraining? 9 Signs to Watch For
Lifting weights for less than an hour a week may reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke by 40 to 70 percent, according to a new study. Spending more than an hour in the weight room did not yield any additional benefit, the researchers found. The results show benefits of strength training are… Continue reading Lifting Less Than an Hour a Week Improves Heart Health:Study
Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have given new meaning to the concepts of brain power and mind-muscle connections. Their study suggests “strongly” that the development of physical strength improves as much from training the nervous system as it does from exercising the muscles controlled by it. In the past few years, research has shown… Continue reading Why Your Brain Wants You To Lift Heavy
What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of… Continue reading Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?