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Technological advances are continually helping us accomplish our goals. It’s hard to find an industry where this is truer than in the fitness world. It’s never been easier to monitor your heart rate or calories lost. You can track progress over weeks and months or discover new workouts. These individual technologies may change how we control or set up our workout routines. But they aren’t everything. The access technology as a whole, i.e., the internet & social media, is completely re-shaping how and why we work out in two major ways. Let’s take a look!

 

Community

Finding motivation and a sense of belonging are huge benefits of working out in groups or with a class. Technology is making these communities and classes easier to find and join. We all know the CrossFit craze that is continuing to dominate the group exercise scene. But it’s important to understand that this isn’t the only option. For most actually, it’s the wrong option, especially for people who want to get started. The decision of what classes to join or communities to engage with should be based on your personal needs, not the latest fad.

Many people find themselves stuck between going to their local gym and working out on their own or joining a massive movement that isn’t right for them. Before the internet and social media, they didn’t know any other options. Technology is thankfully bridging this gap. Many local gyms are beginning to offer virtual training sessions with a trainer or virtual classes. If you are intimidated by the gym but still want to experience a sense of community, Virtual Gyms like Les Mills or virtual personal trainers like Aaptiv are a great solution. Technology is allowing us to find other people at our skill level and form communities based on our health needs rather than what’s popular at the time.

We also can’t discount the impact of social media on the fitness industry. The ability to share photos, videos or text updates is becoming more and more popular. Online challenges on Facebook or Instagram help keep participants accountable and motivated. The community you belong to doesn’t necessarily have to be the those you are physically working out with. Instead, it can be those to whom you are “reporting back.” If we feel like others are counting on us, or at least expecting us, to perform at a certain level, we are much more likely to gut through a workout and achieve our fitness goals.

 

Personalized Diets

The other area technology is shaping the way we work out in the abundance of dietary information that is available now. The internet and social media have given everyone access to more health information than ever thought possible.

Because of this, we no longer think in absolutes when it comes to our diets. The flood of information about what works and what doesn’t have finally led most people to the conclusion that your diet needs to be specific to you and you alone. There are of course dietary rules like more calories consumed than burned will cause weight gain, but there is a much more nuanced understanding of what a proper diet should be. A proper diet is one that allows an individual to accomplish their fitness goals. It’s that simple.

What works for some people concerning their goals, body type or schedule might not work for the next person. The Ketogenic diet is an excellent example of something that can work for a lot of people, but, if your schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting, that’s okay! You’ll be able to find information on other options and individuals for whom it’s worked. If there is anything we’ve learned from all the studies, experiments and genetic testing that’s been done, it’s that your fitness goals need to be tailored to your body correctly.

 

“Fitness” has never been more accessible and community-driven than it is today. It’s also never been as customizable. As technology continues to advance, we’ll find more and more ways to find people who share our specific needs and hopefully achieve our fitness goals together!

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When it comes to training for sports, especially at the highest level, there is an emphasis on strength and conditioning as well as explosive, functional exercises. Which begs the question, does endurance training even have a place in elite sports? 

Of course, it does! As a matter of fact, endurance training occupies a considerably large spot in elite sports. 

Naturally, endurance training brings forth a bevy of benefits. One of the most important of these is a healthier body overall, according to the ‘Top 10 Benefits of Endurance Training’ that Life Hack published online. A healthier body is one that is capable of not only performing at apex levels, but also able to withstand the rigors of any sport. For a more sports-specific context, endurance training allows athletes to be on top of their game for sustained periods. Endurance training enables athletes to perform well from start to finish in the case of the truly elite athletes, like Terrence Crawford or Russell Westbrook. 

Endurance training requires athletes to perform various aerobic exercises. Men’s Journal explains that this works to help make muscles a lot more efficient. Specifically, aerobic activities like cycling and running train muscles to “wring every last bit of energy from the body’s natural fuel sources.” Athletes are thus able to develop a higher percentage of oxidative muscle fibers that are responsible for producing more energy. In other words, said muscles can make more energy, which leads to fatigue setting in much later. The overall effect is that the athlete is able to perform at a high level for far longer. 

That being said, sports science is now giving athletes, coaches, and trainers a more nuanced understanding of endurance training, including concepts such as maximal oxygen uptake (V̇DO2 max), lactate threshold, and training heart rate. The study ‘Is Endurance Training Bad for You?’  published in 2016 even refuted the claim made by a prior study that endurance training could lead to heart damage. Instead, it reinforced the now general consensus that having larger-than-normal hearts is actually a healthy manifestation of how the organ adjusts to regular endurance training. It’s no wonder then that stakeholders in various sports are investing in sports science, with an eye clearly on improving athletic performance. Sports psychologist Bradley Busch was interviewed by Coral, and he noted the huge investments made in sports science in the past 10 years. These have allowed players in the English Premier League to cover more ground, even as matches — some of the best and most intense in the world — drag on for over 96 minutes. Judging by those games, it is safe to say that players in the Premier League are some of the fittest athletes in the world, and endurance training is no doubt part of their regimens, as in the case of Manchester United’s soccer stars

Moreover, endurance training clears and strengthens the mind, mainly by boosting one’s mood and alleviating stress. It even changes the brain to some extent, helping it improve its ability to retain information and to think things through. These latter benefits are particularly important to elite athletes who often need to process a multitude of information at any given time. A wide receiver like Antonio Brown, for instance, needs to remember his route, assess how the defense is playing him, and adjust on the fly — all in a matter of seconds. Such split-second processing of information is only possible with a sharp, focused mind, which athletes can actually have by routinely performing endurance exercises.

Without a doubt, endurance training has a place in elite sports, but given all this information, another question worth asking would be: What can we learn from all these?

The price of greatness is steep. Anyone who dreams of excelling in their chosen sport will have to put in the work. Of course, that includes the nitty-gritty of endurance training, which can sometimes become a bit of a chore. After all, who likes running suicides for 30–45 minutes every day, right? 

But you want to be elite, don’t you? Then it’s time you incorporate endurance training into your fitness regimen. Getting either the Dude Pins-recommended Rogue Sr-1 Bearing Speed Rope or the Concept2 Ski-Erg would be a good start, as they can help get you fit in no time. 

 

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Technological advances are continually helping us accomplish our goals. It’s hard to find an industry where this is truer than in the fitness world. It’s never been easier to monitor your heart rate or calories lost. You can track progress over weeks and months or discover new workouts. These individual technologies may change how we control or set up our workout routines. But they aren’t everything. The access technology as a whole, i.e., the internet & social media, is completely re-shaping how and why we work out in two major ways. Let’s take a look!

 

Community

Finding motivation and a sense of belonging are huge benefits of working out in groups or with a class. Technology is making these communities and classes easier to find and join. We all know the CrossFit craze that is continuing to dominate the group exercise scene. But it’s important to understand that this isn’t the only option. For most actually, it’s the wrong option, especially for people who want to get started. The decision of what classes to join or communities to engage with should be based on your personal needs, not the latest fad.

Many people find themselves stuck between going to their local gym and working out on their own or joining a massive movement that isn’t right for them. Before the internet and social media, they didn’t know any other options. Technology is thankfully bridging this gap. Many local gyms are beginning to offer virtual training sessions with a trainer or virtual classes. If you are intimidated by the gym but still want to experience a sense of community, Virtual Gyms like Les Mills or virtual personal trainers like Aaptiv are a great solution. Technology is allowing us to find other people at our skill level and form communities based on our health needs rather than what’s popular at the time.

We also can’t discount the impact of social media on the fitness industry. The ability to share photos, videos or text updates is becoming more and more popular. Online challenges on Facebook or Instagram help keep participants accountable and motivated. The community you belong to doesn’t necessarily have to be the those you are physically working out with, instead, it can be those you are “reporting back” to. If we feel like others are counting on us, or at least expecting us, to perform at a certain level, we are much more likely to gut through a workout and achieve our fitness goals.

 

Personalized diets

The other area technology is shaping the way we work out is in the abundance of dietary information that is available now. The internet and social media have given everyone access to more health information than ever thought possible.

Because of this, we no longer think in absolutes when it comes to our diets. The flood of information about what works and what doesn’t has finally led most people to the conclusion that your diet needs to be specific to you and you alone. There are of course dietary rules like more calories consumed than burned will cause weight gain, but there is a much more nuanced understanding of what a proper diet should be. A proper diet is one that allows an individual to accomplish their fitness goals. It’s that simple.

What works for some people regarding their goals, body type or schedule might not work for the next person. The Ketogenic diet is an excellent example of something that can work for a lot of people but, if you schedule or dietary needs don’t allow for 16-18 hours of fasting that’s ok! You’ll be able to find information on other options and individuals for whom it’s worked. If there is anything we’ve learned from all the studies, experiments and genetic testing that’s been done, it’s that your fitness goals need to be tailored to your body correctly.

“Fitness” has never been more accessible and community-driven than it is today. It’s also never been as customizable. As technology continues to advance, we’ll find more and more ways to find people who share our specific needs and hopefully achieve our fitness goals together!

 

In this bold, fitness driven world, most men strive to get leaner and fitter. They want to lose the fat and bulk up. This is why many of them spend countless hours in the gym. If you are one of them, you probably get to the gym and spend at least an hour doing a few sets of curls, fast-walking on the treadmill, and lifting weights. You do the same workout every single day. Rinse and repeat. But despite your effort and commitment to men’s fitness, you’re not seeing the results you want. What seems to be the problem?

Increase your strength and endurance with these men’s fitness tips. Use these tips to start maximizing the benefits of your gym time.

Set a goal

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There are several reasons why men decide to hit the gym and workout. Perhaps they notice that they tire easily. Or maybe they gained weight and wanted to shed those extra pounds. No matter what the reason is, most of them would start running feverishly on the treadmill or start attacking the weights. While we appreciate your enthusiasm, that’s not how it’s supposed to be.

Before you start with your workout routine, it is important that you set clear, concise goals for yourself. Why? Because goal setting is necessary to achieve success. In fact, recent studies show that setting a goal could be the trick to a transformation.

Make a list of the things you want to achieve – both short and long-term goals. Do you want to increase endurance, strength, flexibility, or do you want a combination of those areas?  It doesn’t have to be a long list. Just a short list will suffice, but make sure they’re specific and attainable.  Setting your goals from the start will give you the motivation to achieve them. Plus, it will be easier for you to monitor and track your progress.

Hire a personal trainer

Hire a personal trainer

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Now that you have determined your goals, you need a workout routine that will help you achieve those goals. You can’t just lift some weights or do cardio exercises and expect great results. Rather, you need a personal trainer, who can provide creative, effective workouts that will help you reach your health and fitness goals. He will create a personalized program that fits your goals, schedule, and budget and makes you accountable to it.

According to a study that was published in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, working out with a personal trainer increases your fitness-goal success by up to 30%. You may have to shell out about $75 to $400 an hour, but if you are serious about achieving your men’s fitness goals, then hiring a trainer is the way to go.

Healthy, balanced diet

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Working out isn’t enough if you want to achieve your ideal physique. In order to build lean muscles and slash unwanted fats, you also need to focus on the foods you eat.

If you are serious about losing weight and building muscles, you should prepare to end your relationship with the pizza delivery guy and start to opt for healthy, nutritious foods instead. A well-balanced diet is important, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or tone your body. The right balance of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats is the key to getting in shape.

Most people eliminate carbohydrates from their diet, thinking that it would cause them to gain weight. Considering how many calories you’re burning during your workout, you need carbohydrates to fuel your body throughout the day and support your exercise regimen. According to Mayo Clinic, 45% to 65% of your total calories should come from carbohydrates. But that doesn’t mean that you can gobble up on just about any type of carbohydrate-rich foods you can find. You need to choose the right types of carbohydrates. Complex carbs that are found in beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are ideal. This simple change will help you shed some pounds while maintaining your muscle.

It is also best to plan your snacks ahead of time. It can be tempting to reach for a bag of chips or head to the nearest fast food chain when you get hungry. But by preparing your snacks ahead of time, you know that there are some healthy alternatives that you can munch on anytime. Nuts, berries, grapes, bananas, eggs, jerky, and yogurt are excellent snack options. Not only are they delicious, they are also filling but low in calories.

Have fun

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Starting a rigorous exercise routine is a key part of achieving your fitness goals. Most men would hit the gym, eager to get their workout routine started. But by the second or third week, they lose the enthusiasm and have totally forgotten about their goals of getting in shape. Make men’s fitness fun and rewarding to make the workout seem as quick and painless as possible.

You can have a good time while working up a sweat. Pump up the music to make exercise more fun and exciting. Load up your ipod, MP3 or smartphone with upbeat music and try to synchronize your workout to the beat of the music.

Some people prefer working out solo, and it’s totally fine. But if you find yourself dragging yourself to the gym or you’re lacking the motivation to exercise, try working out with a friend. To make working out a positive experience, make sure that you choose someone who will push you and motivate you to intensify your workout. With a supportive friend cheering you on, you’ll be able to reach your men’s fitness goals in no time.

Exercising doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym. If you are the adventurous type, try engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, running or cycling. These activities will not only help you burn some calories, they also provide opportunities to get in touch with nature. Spending time with nature can enhance your mood and alleviate stress. If this doesn’t convince you go outdoors, I don’t know what will.