While we both have broad shoulders my Bokken workouts, have greatly reduced the size of my waist by strengthening my oblique, or side, abdominal muscles. Having these muscles exercised also prevents the likelihood of suffering from hernias as well.
I focus the body into 3 parts, each of which I make sure I pay equal attention to. There is the upper torso with the arms, shoulders, upper back, lats, and chest. There is the core section of the body which includes all of the abdominal muscles, the lower back and buttocks. Then there are the legs, which includes, well I guess it just includes the legs and occasionally the buttocks as well. Though the lower back should not be used with legs exercises for risk of injury.
Whether you do some sort of spot training where you isolate certain muscles or you go for more whole body type exercises depends … Read the rest
Strength training also contributes to muscle conditioning. Conditioning muscles is essential to overall stability and the strength of the body. A strong body provides many benefits all through out life. Maintaining strong muscles also aids in maintaining stronger, healthier bones, tendons and connective tissues.
Your posture or the ways you sit and stand reflect the health of the muscles and bones that keep you upright. Strengthening those muscles and bones will enable to sit and stand more comfortably.
Many people, particularly women, fear strength training believing they will experience dramatic gains in muscle size making them look more like men. This just is not so. Men and women have different hormones that govern how muscles respond to strength training. The male hormone testosterone is key to building large muscles. Women simply lack sufficient levels of testosterone to “bulk up”. Instead you’ll gain longer more shapely muscles that can also be … Read the rest
Exercises for building a better butt that you can do at home or at the gym, and with nothing more than your bodyweight or a set of dumbbells. You’ll build your butt fast with these moves. No wasting time.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Keep your chest up, push your hips back, and squat to parallel. Squeeze your butt and push back up to the start position. Do 10 repetitions.
Take a step forward with one leg, bend the front knee, and keep your torso upright. Keep your front foot flat on the floor, but rise up onto the ball of your back foot. Drop your hips straight down and push through the front leg to return to the standing position. Stay in the “split” position for the entire exercise. Do 10 repetitions for each side.
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