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Wednesday, 08 May 2013 17:58

Metabolism and Muscle Building

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One of the factors that helps create different body types is metabolism. Some people naturally burn more calories than others. Some bodies seem naturally designed to turn food energy into muscle or fat while others turn this energy into fuel for exercise. However, as your body changes, so does your metabolism. Muscle burns calories, so a naturally heavy endomorph will find it easier to get lean as he builds more and more muscle mass. Also, the body is very adaptable, and the literally thousands of various metabolic processes that are going on all the time tend to alter in response to the demands you put on them. - turning protein into muscle, for example, or increasing your ability to metabolize body fat for energy. If you are extremely lean or extremely heavy, you should take the precaution of having your thyroid function checked by a physician. The thyroid gland plays a major role in regulating metabolism. When it is underactive (hypothyroid) it is very difficult to burn off excess fat. When it is overactive (hyperthyroid) putting on any additional body weight becomes almost impossible. However, i am strongly against using thyroid as a means of increasing your metabolism and "cutting…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:44

HIIT versus Continuous Training

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Let's start off by asking the question "what is HIIT?" As the name implies, HIIT, also known as Interval Training (IT) or Sprint Interval Training (SIT) consists of a set number of high intensity exercises, each immediately followed by periods of recovery. The high intensity exercises can range anywhere from between 5 or 10 seconds to 5 or 10 minutes. Likewise the periods of recovery can range in duration too. HIIT also enables you to mix up the intensities of your high intensity periods as well as your recovery periods. By keeping everything varied during a workout everything remains much more interesting than continuous training (CT). As you’ll see, HIIT is superior to CT in every way. We’ll now compare the two training methods in the following categories: Motivation Weight Loss Time Improved Fat Burning Capacity Motivation When most people get into fitness, they assume that CT is the only form of aerobic exercise there is, even though there are many things you can do with CT; treadmills, cycling, rowing, skipping, stair climbing, elliptical trainers etc. However CT soon gets boring because it can be rather monotonous since you’re exercising at the same pace for duration of the exercise session.…