BODYSPEC BLOG

17 APR 2018 | THE GEOMETRY OF STRENGTH GAINS

Mind and Matter Post 2: Areas, Angles, and Muscle Physiology

Building strength is more complicated than just adding muscle mass! In this post, we look at the impact of the configuration of your muscle fibers, and discuss the concepts of physiological cross-sectional area and pennation.

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Tagged: fitness


27 FEB 2018 | WHEN GAINING STRENGTH, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Mind and Matter Post 1: Neural Adaptation

Gaining strength without gaining lean tissue. Is it possible? Absolutely! Many factors influence strength, and we discuss one of the most important ones here - your brain.

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Tagged: fitness


23 JAN 2018 | SPICE UP YOUR ROUTINE WITH AN APP OR TWO!

A Quick Guide to Workout Apps

Is your gym routine getting stale? Fitness apps are an easy and accessible way to get new workout ideas. Here are some of our favorites!

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Tagged: fitness


12 SEP 2017 | HOW MUCH AND WHAT TYPE OF CARDIO IS BEST FOR FAT LOSS?

Fat Loss Factors Post 3: Cardio

Trying to determine the correct amount of cardio to optimize fat loss and muscle gain can be tricky, and googling that question yields a hundred different answers. Here's one evidence-based answer!

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Tagged: fat loss factors, fitness


30 SEP 2016 | HOW MANY CALORIES DO DIFFERENT TYPES OF EXERCISE BURN?

Sweatin It Out: Cardio Calorie Comparison

We will examine the calorie burn of different types of cardiovascular exercise, so you can get the most bang for your buck.

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Tagged: fitness


22 JUN 2016 | TRIED AND TRUE TRICKS THAT WILL HELP YOU AVOID THE POST-TRAVEL HEALTH HANGOVER

Traveling Light and Fit

Taking a summer vacation? Traveling can often derail your workout routine. Here are some tips to stay fit on the go!

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Tagged: fitness


27 MAR 2016 | LEARN A BASIC STRENGTH WORKOUT TO ADD INTO YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE

Strength Training for Beginners

Strength training is important for building lean muscle mass, bone health, metabolism and more. Try this beginner workout that can be done at home with just a few pieces of equipment!

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Tagged: fitness


24 AUG 2015 | WONDERING IF YOU SHOULD GET A VO2 MAX TEST? HERE'S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

The 411 on VO2 Max

Wondering if you should get a VO2 max test? Here's everything you need to know about it.

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Tagged: fitness


08 MAY 2015 | FIVE DIFFERENT BODY FAT TESTS IN ONE MORNING!

The Big Fat Experiment

How will your DXA scan results compare to other methods of body fat testing? To find out, we sent Elaine out into the field to have her body fat tested with 5 different methods – all within a two-hour period. Sounds like fun, no?

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Tagged: body fat, fitness, fun with dxa


25 MAR 2015 | LEARN ABOUT THE BURN

Metabolism 101

Have you ever wondered how to speed up your metabolism and burn more calories? How exactly do you figure out your metabolic rate, anyway? Let’s address some of those burning questions about metabolism in today’s post!

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Tagged: fitness


11 MAR 2015 | MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR NIFTY NEW GADGET!

Using Your Activity Tracker Like a Pro

Are you the owner of a brand, spankin' new fitness tracker? Make sure that you take these basic steps to use the device to its full potential!

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Tagged: fitness


16 MAR 2014 | BUILDING BONE STRENGTH

The Hard Facts About Bone

Your skeletal structure is the foundation for force production potential, and ultimately lays the building blocks to support an integrated training approach to gain size, strength, speed, power, and other athletic functions. Learn how to keep your bones strong, dense, and healthy!

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Tagged: bone density, fitness


05 FEB 2014 | HOW IS YOUR FAT DISTRIBUTED? WHY DOES IT MATTER?

Apples, Pears, and You: The Skinny on Fat Location

Knowing where your fat is stored can provide important insights about your cardiovascular health. Fat in the belly is potentially much more dangerous than fat in the hips or thighs!

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Tagged: body fat, fitness

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