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    Standing Plate Twist

    External Oblique

    The Standing Plate Twist is a perfect way in which to strengthen and stretch your external oblique muscles. These are situated to the left and right of your abs. This is an extremely simple exercise but very quickly you will begin to feel the stretching of the external oblique muscles. For this exercise you will require a weight plate which is a comfortable weight for you. All you do is hold the weight plate at forearm length outwards from the

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    Seated Barbell Twist

    External Oblique

    The Seated Barbell Twist is a great way to stretch and build your external oblique muscles. It is extremely simple but once you start you will begin to feel the stretch across the side of your abs. To do the Seated Barbell Twist you simply sit on a weight bench with either a length of pole or even a broom behind your neck. Grip the pole with your hands and keeping your chest upright and your lower torso rigid, begin

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    Decline Oblique Crunches

    External Oblique

    Decline oblique crunches will help to tone and strengthen your External Oblique muscles. To do this exercise you will require a decline bench which are common in all gyms. With your feet on the top of the bench, lay back and then slightly raise your upper body. For the initial exercise rep place your left hand on your left thigh and your right hand towards the back of your head. Lifting your upper body, turn your torso to the left

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    Side Plank Exercise

    External Oblique

    The side plank is an excellent way to strengthen your External Oblique muscles as well as toning up your abdominals. There are a number of different ways in which you can create a side plank. The first one is to do a traditional press up but on the upward movement simply twist your body over placing your legs side on with the floor and resting on your elbow. You can either have both feet straight together or one on the

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    Medicine Ball Rotational Throw

    External Oblique

    Stretching and strengthening your External Oblique muscles tends to go against the traditional way in which you throw items. Normally, when throwing a medicine ball you would use your arms and your shoulders to create the power. However, the Medicine Ball Rotational Throw makes full use of your External Oblique muscles (situated either side of your abdominal muscles). There are two particular variations for this exercise. In the first instance, stand a relatively short distance away from a wall with

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    How Exercise Helps You Fight Stress, Anxiety, and other Mental Illnesses

    Jennifer Carter, Ph.D., a sports and counseling psychologist at the Ohio Center for Balanced Living, suggested that in rehab for men, walking through a therapy session is the best way for the patients to calm down and open up. That’s not the only benefit, however. Carter further explained that strolling through the therapy session also brings numerous mental health benefits to psychotherapy patients. Unfortunately, though, psychology graduate training programs seldom teach their students how to utilize exercise to change a

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    The ultimate tips on how to boost your brain health

    The ultimate tips on how to boost your brain health

    We learnt the basics of our brain functions when we were in the 5th grade and were highly fascinated by what we had just learnt. There are certain things that we still do not know, or may have forgotten about the most wonderful and incredible part of our body. The brain is the only organ in the body that can control cognition, motor skills, sensory skills, and every other bodily function. Without any questions being the smartest organ in the

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    Functional Fitness Transitioning from a Passionate Enthusiast Subculture to a Mainstream Lifestyle

    Defy Ageing

    With its dynamic nature, the fitness industry has been witnessing a revolutionary transformation on the back of development and inception of various trends with manufacturers vying for dais positions. That said, the speedily trending concept of functional fitness has witnessed significant momentum in recent years. The transition from being a passion for many to more of a mainstream activity, functional fitness has been hitting minds of several individuals, on the back of various health benefits it offers. With several years

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    Seated Barbell Shoulder Press

    Deltoids

    The Seated Barbell Shoulder Press is another great way to focus on developing your front deltoids and the fact that you are seated means the focus is wholly on upperbody strength and deltoid muscles. For this exercise you will need a barbell press station, which is effectively a padded seat next to the rack of weights. The starting position for the exercise is seated on the press station with your feet firmly planted on the ground and your lower back

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    Cable Front Raise

    Deltoids

    The Cable Front Raise is a very good exercise for developing your front deltoids which can be carried out using one arm at a time or using a double grip – both arms. When doing individual arms simply stand next to the cable machine with the machine set at the lowest point. Using a top grip where your fingers point downwards, simply lift your arm as it remains straight until you are level with your shoulders. Pause for a second

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