The Instagram Body

Oh boy! if you are on Instagram and other social media apps to follow some of your fitness idols be assured of being shown the perfect photograph or that perfect angle to show that perfect pump.

Over a course of time, you realise how insignificant and unimportant having this stupidly portrayed perfect social media body really is!

They have reached to this level after years and years of dedication and hard-work. There are a few handful of genuine folks like Sonali Swami, Biswajit Basak and Miten Kakaniya to name a few. Mind you none of the things which they put up out there is a work of some magic wand.

Remember that not every ‘fitness’ expert on social media is genuine and more often than not they are trying to make a buck out of your obsession.

Get Inspired, not fooled by Instagram!

The hashtag fitness world on social media has its place when it comes to inspire and motivate. It becomes a lot dangerous when someone gets obsessed with having a perfect social media body.

Yes, people and especially young brains do get obsessed. There was this person who became the so-called Instagram friend of mine who was looking forward to getting in shape. Her marriage was on the cards and soon while speaking with her I realised that she was super obsessed to get a fit body. 8 to 9 months down the line we happened to get in touch again only to know that she is now anorexic and faced critical life-threatening conditions. The reason behind this was that someone on Instagram gave her an insane diet which consisted of only having juices and mind you all of this without any workout!

Luckily she has now realised what she underwent and is now on her way to back to healthy lifestyle.

There are more aspects to good health than just the physical body. You should work just as hard on finding your mental, emotional and spiritual happiness too.So the key lies in drawing up realistic plans for yourself, the ones which you know you can follow and adhere to.

If you want to find the purpose behind your fitness pursuits, you should read this article about finding  your purpose

No one else is going to benefit from this apart from you, so be true to yourself and be realistic.

Progression takes time, it’s like how a child first learns to crawl and then to stand on two feet and then develops the ability to run.

It is important to know and understand whom to follow and whom not to. Do not let others take you for a ride at the cost of your health.

An Explainer – Ideal Repetition Range

The new year workout resolutions are done and dusted. Gyms are getting fuller with memberships and along with that, you see a lot of helpless and clueless new joiners wondering what exercises to do, how many repetitions to do? Which cardio machine they should hop on to.

Fear, not my fellow mates, through this article I am going to help you with one of the many things which are at the top of any weightlifters mind!

The Ideal Rep Range

Some old school guys in this industry might hate me for what I am saying but here is the hard truth. There is no such thing called ideal repetition range. Yes, surprised? Well, don’t be because what’s ideal for you may not be ideal for me and vice versa.

The foremost important thing to remember here is the goal which you have set for yourself. Go and ask anyone with a sane head and they will tell you that high repetitions do not mean that you are the only one in the Gym who is doing the right workout. High repetitions do have their place in bodybuilding and so does medium and low rep range.

High Repetitions

Something commonly referred to as volume training is purely a way to put muscles in tension for the maximum amount of time till muscle fatigue sets in.

If you are new and not used to this type of training then you are going to get tired very quickly and also you won’t be able to push heavy weights. Why? because 35 pounds for 15 or more reps will feel like 90 pounds by the last and final rep.

High volume/reps training will ensure to boost or increase your muscle endurance. So if you are someone who is in sports or for whom size doesn’t matter then this is the perfect zone to workout in.

Medium Repetitions:

Gaining size and stimulate muscle growth is your thing then this is the ideal way to lift weights. This rep range usually consists of 8-12 reps for each set with weights challenging enough. The moderate or medium rep range will work great if you have fast twitch type 2 muscles. This way you can stimulate your muscles to their maximum potential.

Low Repetitions

The third one being low rep range is something which is effective for Olympic lifters and other sports like strong men competitions etc. This is a general perception everyone has since this kind of extreme low rep range allows you to push heavy weights. Working out in this zone will help you to push to your 1 Rep Max weights.

The Perfect Combination

If you are aiming at sticking to one of the above routines for your workouts then you will not do any justice to your body. To build up strength, muscles and at the same time build up endurance, you should shuffle up your workouts with a combination of three rep ranges. Being stagnant and getting in the comfort zone will not take you anywhere.

So go out there and try mixing things up a little bit, go heavy on some days with low reps and on the follow-up week maybe go light weights with high repetitions. Choose what works best for you.

It never gets easier, You just get better!

For all the new entrants into the weightlifting life here is a low down on how one can set their fitness goals for the new year. Well, if this is not something that you do then simply share and like the article!!

The Right Pair Of Shoes

The topic for today is to set the basics right. Yes, do you wear the right pair of shoes for workouts? Yes, you heard me right. Footwear is an essential part of weight training or for that matter for running or cross training whatever your interest lies in.

Over the years I have gained knowledge and learnt a lot about fitness and weight training. Through I intend to provide the right tips and tricks which will help you in attaining your fitness goals.

Got it all wrong?

How often have we seen people at gym who wear the most appropriate gym apparel but wear ill-fitted and incorrect shoes? Well, this is purely due to lack of information out there for people to read on this topic.

One of the key reason to choose the correct shoes is your safety. Shoes help and assist ankles and the tendons around it and stabilize the feet when in motion.  Secondly, there are specific shoe types for specific various purposes. Usually one must prefer shoes which have a flat sole while doing weight training. On the other hand while running and walking one can opt for shoes which have a curved solve thereby allowing the runner to move his balance more swiftly.
A correct pair of shoe will help you in improving your workouts and once you get the correct pair that suits your workout style, I bet you will notice the difference in few days!
Here are few points which you can keep in mind when you step out to purchase your new pair.
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