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How Many Crunches Should I Do For Abs?

posted on October 19th, 2013 ·


When comes to exercise, I have mentioned that quality is more important than quantity. Same theory applies for abdominal crunches. However, too often I still get the question from readers wondering how many crunches one should be doing to see get the 6 packs.

I wish I could say simple answer like, “20 crunches for 1 set and do 3 sets.” Unfortunately, no simple answer to fit everyone.

For me, I will do as many repetitions as possible to make my abs to feel burned and exhausted. It probably is 20 crunches for the first set, 15 crunches for the second set and for the last set, I will do until fatigue which is about 10 repetitions normally. The key thing is to do it with slow controlled smooth movement. So, when someone told you that he is doing 200 crunches in one set, you really need to see the way he does them. (more…)

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Should I Train Abs Before Or After My Weight Training Workout?

posted on October 12th, 2013 ·


When I first started weight training, I was told to do the abs as the last workout. Nowadays, sometimes, to break the boredom, I work on my abs before I start lifting weight. I know some people often train the abs before their workout.

So, which one is right, training abs before or after weight lifting?

Following are few reasons I could think of people train abdominal muscle before training other muscles: (more…)

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Why You Should Not Lock Your Knee

posted on October 6th, 2013 ·


While I started working out, I always heard people saying, “Don’t lock your knee”. I was not sure what they meant. Why on earth one would want to “lock” his knees with pad lock and how?

After clarifying with fitness instructors, I then realized it is a term used to tell people not to straighten their legs entirely during workout. Whether you are using resistance machine or free weights, do not lock your knees to a fully straight position.

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Roman Chair – The Hypertension Machine

posted on September 28th, 2013 ·


Have you ever seen the above fitness equipment in the gym? No, it is not a torture device, it is Roman Chair.

Roman Chair is a stationary workout equipment used mainly for strengthening lower back, core muscles, abdominals and glutes. Because of the movements, it is also known as Hypertension Machine.

I use Roman Chair mainly for my lower back workout. Therefore, it is important to adjust the height to avoid the padding pressing my “balls” directly. So, comfortability is a must.


Normally, Roman Chair has a padded bench and a pair of pads. You can adjust the height and the distance between the bench and pads. In fact, some even allow you to adjust the angle to increase the difficulty level of the workout. As for the foot plate, most are built with non-slip material.

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Why People Use Magnetic Therapy?

posted on September 22nd, 2013 ·


You probably have read magnet therapeutic values or you have heard people telling you that they have used magnet to relieve neck pain, cure muscle, and boost energy. First, you need to know that there are two types of magnet, static magnet or electromagnet.

  1. Static magnets are normally available in the form of patches, bracelets, belts, shoe inserts, bandages and mattress pads.
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Life Fitness Cardio Machines Raise A Step Matching Nike + iPod Sport Kit

posted on September 14th, 2013 ·


After Nike + iPod Sport Kit hit the fitness market, many users are expecting more interactive feature from workout machines. Life Fitness has noticed that. In its latest Elevation Series, treadmill, elliptical trainer or stationary bike is equipped with LCD touch screen with integrated TV.  You will find built in entertainment and motivation elements too. This move has opened up another new chapter in the fitness world.

In order to support for broader range of exercisers, Life Fitness has also catered for users with iPod. You can actually upload your workout music or videos from iPods to the machine so that you can listen or watch them when you exercise. Even if you do not upload any video from your iPod, you can see the visually appealing landscape at the LCD screen as you run or cycle. Depending whether you choose mountain track, nature trail or short run like 400 meter path, you see different views. (more…)

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