How important is sleep for muscle growth?

How Important Is Sleep in Terms of Muscle Repair & Muscle Growth?

Many people overlook the importance of a good nights kip, they don’t realise how important it is to get the right amount of sleep.

Weightlifters, bodybuilders, fitness fanatics and anybody that works out are usually always interested in the new fitness phases.

Trying out new fitness workouts, regimes and diets to see if they are more effective than your current workout plan.

But, a lot of you don’t realise that no matter how effective your workout is, no matter how hard you train, you need to be considering the rest your body gets.

Sleep is so important for everybody, especially weightlifters and bodybuilders.

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Breaking through a weight loss plateau

How to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

So you’ve been dieting for months, exercising like crazy and dropping the pounds.

You’ve been strict to get this far and have lost a lot of weight.

But, you aren’t doing anything differently and you have stopped losing weight.

You have hit a plateau and you don’t know how to push through it.

Or, you’ve got your last 10 pounds to lose, that last bit of stubborn belly fat that you just cannot budge.

Any of this sound familiar?

We are going to get you through your plateau, we’re going to give you the best tips to trick your body out of it and keep you moving towards your goal.

The body is complexed when it comes to diet and exercise, but it doesn’t have to be.

Your body has probably just become used to everything you are doing, it is not being shocked anymore so it has adjusted to your new routine.

If you have already lost weight, there comes a time when you need to re-calculate your TDEE.

Simple adjustments to your diet can kick you back on track. Read More

Building leg muscles without squatting

Do You Have to Squat to Build Leg Muscles?

Many people love the squat, once they have got the correct squat form.

Squats are an exercise that can increase athleticism as they provide the body with many benefits and help to build muscle.

Squats build the leg muscles, hamstrings, quads and calves. They also work the thighs, hips and the buttocks.

They help to build both upper body and lower body strength.

They are known as an explosive exercise that helps to build power and strength.

They are also good for coordination and endurance. It’s fair to say the squat has many health benefits.

But, do you have to squat in order to build your leg muscles? Will avoiding squats hinder your progress? 

We’re going to break it down for you, providing the best exercises to help build strength and muscle in the legs. Read More

Should you push each arm to failure?

Pushing Both Arms to Failure When One Side is Stronger

Most people have a more dominant arm or leg compared to the other.

Where they can either push out an extra few reps with one arm or lift a heavier weight on the opposing side.

This can be down to many factors such as if you have a manual job you may use one arm more than the other.

The strange thing is, in most cases, the non-dominant side of your body tends to be that little stronger.

Maybe, it is from overuse of the other side.

So, the question is, should you push both arms to failure, even if it means working one arm more than the other?

Which in turn means gaining more muscle and strength on one side.

We’re going to discuss pushing opposing muscles to failure when one side is stronger than the other, and give you the best advice when weight lifting.

We will also give preventative measures and ways to help correct muscle imbalances. Read More