This is a great exercise that targets your medial head of the shoulders (the side deltoid). By working the medial delts, you help create the overall roundness in your shoulders. This is a great way to work your shoulders without using your traps (even when we try not to, we can’t help tense them) or…

If you’re like most people who train at a gym, you’ll probably find there will be at least one thing that irks you on when dealing with proper gym etiquette. I know in some cases people just don’t know what they should be doing to be considerate of the other gym-goers. Thats why Im writing…

This has been a controversial topic for years and there’s still people who think you should avoid static stretching before training. I’ve been known to follow my instincts and try things to see how/if they work and then decide. And the research shows it is okay to static stretch before a workout. But there’s a…

When I was young and eager to get strong, I would just lift and always try to get that extra rep in. I didn’t know much about periodization, recovery methods, or the importance of bracing for the big lifts. But I was able to make decent gains and get stronger without injury, or so I…

The short answer is no. If you’ve been training for at least a few months, then you’re muscles should be conditioned to the stress loads you put them through. Of course, there are those times when you get so sore you wish you skipped that workout. But, that’s how training goes. If you’re trying a…

If you know anything about the importance of muscle recovery, you may have heard or read about contrast showers. Basically it’s alternating between hot and cold water when you shower shortly after finishing your workout. You can apply this principle using a sauna or steam room for the hot part of the treatment, and the…

This past Christmas, my husband and I went away like we usually would for our Christmas and New Years break. Normally, I would stick to somewhat of a routine, because being a strong type A, I can’t help it lol. Plus, its just part of my lifestyle; so why wouldn’t I work out while vacationing….

Giant sets involve training one large muscle group using 3 or 4 exercises that are performed in sequence before taking a 2-3 minute rest period. For instance, if you decide to train legs, you can do a set of: back squats leg press leg extensions lunges   Aim for 8-12 repetitions for each exercise. In…

Do you typically train 3 or 4 sets of 10 or 12 repetitions, day in day out? Or do you vary what you do in the gym to shock your muscles into growth? Im going to explain a bit about different types of training pricinciples you can incorporate into your workouts to make it more…

So, you’re an avid gym-goer. You’re committed to the weekly routine of daily weight workouts, with a couple of days off for rest and recovery. That’s great, but are you incorporating the big moves that will help you with your gains? And Im not just talking-to the men here, women should be lifting just the…

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