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    Forearm Plank

    Muscles of the body

    While some people see planking as some kind of exercise craze, it can have a major impact upon your core strength and in particular your abdominal muscles. As well as exercising the abdominal muscles it also helps with shoulders, arms and glutes and can also improve your metabolism which will increase fat burn. For many people the forearm plank is the most popular variation on this exercise and is fairly simple to do. This exercise can be carried out in

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    Sustained abdominal muscle hold, Ab Crunch

    Muscles of the body

    For many people it is the abdominal muscles which are of most concern as they look to tone their stomach and reduce their “belly fat”. There are a number of very simple exercises which will help to burn fat in the abdominal muscle area and tone the abdominal muscles themselves. One basic exercise called the sustained ab muscle hold (or ab crunch) involves lying flat on the floor (preferably using a fitness mat) and lifting your knees 3 to 4

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    Incline dumbbell press

    Muscles of the body

    There are many different ways to exercise the Pectoralis Major muscle and one of the more popular and more effective is the incline dumbbell press. As the angle at which you are laying back is not flat you can vary the angle at which you lift the dumbbells thereby exercising slightly different parts of your Pectoralis Major muscle. This tends to give a more general improvement in muscle tone and muscle build and can also be challenging – what better

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    Barbell curls

    Muscles of the body

    Barbell curls are an excellent exercise for those looking to focus on their biceps. Sometimes referred to as barbell biceps curls, this exercise effectively “overloads” your biceps in a controlled manner. There is evidence to suggest that barbell curls are more effective when looking to strengthen your biceps when compared to more traditional dumbbells. One of the most common mistakes when doing barbell curls is to lean back when trying to make full use of the momentum you build up.

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    8 Best Gymnastic Strength Exercises for Physique Training

    8 Best Gymnastic Strength Exercises for Physique Training

    If you’ve got an eye for muscle and physique, you must have noticed Olympic gymnasts. They’re some of the most athletic, jacked athletes at the games and they’re renowned for their core and upper body strength. There’s a reason for this: gymnastic strength training. What is GST? GST stands for gymnastic strength training – all the stuff gymnasts do in training to build the muscle and strength they need for their crazy feats of athleticism.

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    The most common injuries for those lifting weights

    The most common injuries for those lifting weights

    When you bear in mind the excessive stress that lifting weights places on all areas of your body, there is to a certain degree acceptable “pain” (not quite the no pain no gain world of years ago) but for many people simple posture issues can cause potentially serious injuries. Those who are accepting of advice from others are likely to avoid injury while those who like to get noticed and do it “their way” may be putting themselves at serious

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    Interview with inspirational bodybuilder Dawn Barnable

    Dawn Barnable After

    The story of Dawn Barnable’s health challenges, which led to her losing a total of 144 pounds, have been an inspiration to many. This is a lady who fought off medical issues, the perceived stigma of being overweight and now visits her local gym on a daily basis. We are extremely pleased to publish Dawn’s interview in our second series of interviews with those involved in the bodybuilding world. Question: At what age did you take an interest in bodybuilding/exercise?

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    Five simple but effective strength training strategies to garner maximum results

    Strength training strategies

    Are you failing to get the strength training results you are looking for? If so, you could be trying too hard and it’s time to go ‘back to basics’. From keeping a training log to taking to the hills, check out the following five simple but effective training strategies designed to garner maximum results. Add weights slowly It can be tempting to try and outdo the guy lifting weights next to you at the gym but going too heavy for

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    Intense Training: Four training exercises to lose body fat

    Fat Burn

    For many people the initial goal is to reduce their body fat with particular emphasis on belly fat. There are some exercises which will improve your fitness in the long term but these are not always the exercises to increase body fat burn. We will now take a look at four training exercises for you to try which will significantly reduce your body fat content with particular emphasis around the belly area. Interval training Interval training is not as complex

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    Interview with Alicia Gowans of Allys Angels and Alphas

    Allys Angels

    We are delighted to publish the first of our interviews with well known names in the world of fitness and bodybuilding starting with Alicia Gowans, the Managing Director & Head Coach of Ally’s Angels and Alphas. Alicia is hugely prominent and respected figure in the fitness industry and is the current World Champion in the global World Beauty Fitness & Fashion (WBFF) Fitness +35 Diva category. She was inducted as a Global Ambassador for the WBFF and in 2017 was

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