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organizations such as the Men's Health Network on health concerns. Based on over 25 years of medical experience, I know that this book, if read and followed. Men's Health: A Guide to Living Long, Strong and Well. Mary L. Meck Higgins, PhD, RD, LD, CDE. Kimberly Shafer, PhD, RD. Kansas State University. The editors of Men's Health magazine bring you scientifically proven expert tips, intensely researched studies, and doctor-approved advice. Step-by-step details.
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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Murray J N Drummond. Subsequently, literature on women's health took a variety of forms and has had time to meet the growing needs of that market. While men's health literature is a burgeoning area the needs and derivations of the market are yet to be fully understood.
That is, some specific practice areas. In the case of mental health, where authors place emphasis on sociocultural factors while the approach to care is essentially multidisciplinary this others suggest it to be biomedical in nature.
There is is a formidable barrier Mc Clougen, It is important that emerging texts pay a good deal of emphasis to such An obvious conclusion is that there is a very small number a notion and whilst the books referred to in this article of men's health books targeted to the health professional. Laws and Murray Drummond research men's health. The books that do exist are targeted issues among non-health professionals.
For example, a to a specific group of health professionals nurses and teacher educating boys in sports and sports science would GPs. However, as we have argued the psychosocial and most likely be in an excellent position to observe for boys demographic information about groups of men should at risk of developing body image problems and subsequent be the basis of care across numerous health-oriented eating disorders.
A cross professional text on men's health disciplines and professions. Ergo there is a need to produce would enable the teacher to identify the issues the do's a text that possesses this information as well as clinical and don'ts in assessing the problem and the best course directives and role statements for health professionals per of action in terms of liaising with an appropriate health se.
This is not an impossible task as nurses, doctors and professional. The same could be said of a social worker allied health workers need to understand each other's who suspects that a man caring for his spouse is disguising differing approaches to care. Sharrock and Happell chest pain in order to continue supporting his wife. This would help fill the gap different areas of care, gaining a better understanding of until good research produced evidence on the links another's professional role.
This point can be extended between masculinity and health status to support best to include the need for understanding about men's health practice by all professionals. References Ausmed , November.
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The future of men and their health. Wass, A. The other is eating the right foods at the right time to fuel your progress. The good news for my cover model body was that Nicks preferred fat-trimming, musclebuilding diet is ridiculously simple to understand.
The bad news? Its hard to follow unless youre organised. I started batch-cooking lean mince with vegetables, which I had for dinner and took to work for lunch. Packets of cooked chicken replaced crisps in my shopping basket. Eating out wasnt too bad: All you have to do is ask, then try not to pinch anyones chips.
Not only was following this diet expensive as a newly converted carnivore I couldnt believe how much. Seriously dull. Eating became a bit of a chore. I stopped looking forward to meal times, and when they came around I could barely look at the slices of beef stacked up on my plate. But as Nick kept reminding me, I was eating for my muscles, not my taste buds. Forgetting to eat wasnt an option.
In Nicks own words, Skipping a meal is worse than skipping a workout. If you do that youre wasting your own time and, even worse, youre wasting mine.
So I kept munching dutifully away on all the proteinpacked meat and nutrient-rich veg. Then ib falls away rapidly and corbisol levels rise. This sbress hormone nob only prevenbs your body from burning fab, ib acbually insbrucbs ib bo sbore more.
By week three Nick had changed up my training to a three-way body parb splib, braining back and shoulders in one session, bhen legs, bhen chesb and arms. Bub every session was differenb, bhanks bo Nicks consbanb binkering wibh sebs, reps, bempo, resb and even exercise selecbion.
Since my muscles were always being asked bo do somebhing new, bhey had no opbion bub bo keep growing. Ibs bempbing bo do bhree sebs of eighb reps for every exercise in every session, said Nick. Bub afber a few weeks your muscles know exacbly whabs in sbore and can cope wibh bhe load.
Even increasing bhe weighb isnb always enough bo keep bhem growing. You have bo bweak every variable bo keep progressing. You should always be oubside your comforb zone. No problem bhere. I never resbed for more bhan aboub 90 seconds bebween sebs or exercises.
This inbensiby senb my hearb-rabe soaring, as well as increasing lacbic acid levels bo help borch fab. To build muscle and burn fab you need bo work oub hard and fasb because besbosberone, bhe muscle-building hormone, peaks 45 bo 60 minubes inbo. In week six I finally gob a breab. For bhe firsb monbh and a half of bhe cover model plan I avoided all carbs excepb vegebables. I was also allowed a bowl of porridge before bed on bhe days I brained.
The carb infusion didnb do much for my basbe buds bub ib did help my muscles and give me more energy in bhe gym. This came in handy when Nick decided bo shake bhings up again by making me do bhree or even four differenb exercises back bo back wibhoub.
I started doing a high-intensity interval sessions once a week to shift the stubborn fat on my belly. Typically this would be one big compound move followed by isolation, or single-joint, lifts. I also did a lot of drop sets, which is when you do a move to failure, then continue with a lighter weight.
Working the muscles to complete fatigue is effective, but its not pleasant. My shoulders, arms and legs were bigger and my chest was more defined, but the six-pack was still nowhere to be seen. So I started doing a high-intensity interval session once a week to shift the fat stubbornly sticking to my belly, in a bid to turn my two-pack into the full half-dozen that cover models need to pay the bills.
With a fortnight to go, the programme was undeniably working. My body fat levels were falling each week while I was still getting heavier, proof that I was packing on muscle.
But I couldnt help worrying that my abs were still refusing to blossom into a full sixpack. Id always believed that doing lots of big lifts, especially squats.
You have poor abs, in that they arent very thick. From that day forward, every other workout included some agonising abs work. Barbell roll-outs, done superslow, were the worst. Hanging legs raises and weighted crunches arent much fun either, but theyre effective at sculpting a six-pack, as long as youve shifted the fat on top of them first.
With my final session in the bag a horrible hour of tri-sets and drop sets to flush as much blood into my muscles while also stripping their cells of any glucose to make me look as lean as possible - Nick gave me one final order:.
In an effort not to look like a Hollyoaks extra I tried to get the best available, going to celebrity tanner James Read at the Agua Spa at Londons Sanderson hotel. I emerged after 20 minutes looking as if Id spent two weeks in the Caribbean, much to the amusement of the rest of the office.
In 12 weeks Id lost 8kg of fat and added 10kg of lean muscle. Im now stronger, leaner and heavier than Ive ever been. And for the first time in my life I am the owner of a six-pack. It took hard work and discipline, but by giving your all every time you step into your gym and by eating the right foods at the right time you can transform your body into the one youve always wanted. You might not make it on to the cover of MF, but who knows?
If I can do it, anyone can. Now its your go. For the video of Joes cover model challenge go to mensfitness. Everything you need to know about this programme is explained here The beauty of this training programme is that everything is laid out for you for the next 12 weeks.
Its the exact workout plan that Joe followed to get into shape to be on the cover of Mens Fitness magazine. The entire week plan is called a mesocycle. This mesocycle is broken down into eight smaller phases or microcycles, each of which has a specific aim that will prepare you for the following cycle, while also working towards the overall objective: Each microcycle includes two or three different workouts, so to make the programme easy to follow, each cycle has its own chapter containing all the workouts you do in that particular microcycle before moving on to the next one.
Doing the same exercise with the same weight for the same number of sets and reps each session may result in a few quick gains, but these will quickly plateau as your muscles become. Only regularly shaking up the variables such as the moves your perform, the weight you use and the sets and reps you complete will ensure you continue to build new muscle tissue while burning away unwanted fat stores.
Before you begin the training programme, read this chapter to familiarise yourself with what lies. Building a better body is about what you do in the kitchen as much as it is what you do in the gym, so follow the food rules detailed to give your body the nutrients it needs to fuel your musclebuilding and fat-loss mission.
With your nutrition plan in place, you are ready to start. You will be hitting the gym four times a week. Joe trained on Monday, Wednesday and Friday lunchtimes and Saturday mornings. Structure your workouts around your life so long as you train four times per week but only ever train for a maximum of two consecutive days in a row. All the exercises, sets, reps, tempo and rest periods are clearly detailed, so pack your gym bag with what you need including this book and away you go.
Make sure you spend five or ten minutes before training writing down all the information you need for that session so youll know exactly what you need to do and dont waste any training time. You can use any notebook or the version in this book see p Hydration is really important to both gaining muscle, burning fat and performing to the best of your capabilities, so always hit the gym with a bottle of cold water.
You dont want to waste a second queuing for the communal fountain. Joe took three BCAA capsules after every set to prevent muscle tissue breakdown and promote new muscle growth see p for our complete guide to supplements.
You are going to get to sweaty, so have a small gym towel with you to wipe down kit and equipment after you use it. Its just good manners. Youll also need to it to dry you hands so your grip is as strong as it needs to be for moves such as chin-ups and deadlifts. This details which of the workout microcycles you are on and the workouts within it.
FORM Clear and detailed written descriptions of how to perform each move. These are Nick Mitchells expert tips to bear in mind when doing this exercise. What you eat immediately after your session is crucial.
Prepare a wheypacked protein shake so its ready for you as soon as youve completed your final rep to give your muscles the nutrients they need to grow back bigger and stronger.
Joe had never used chalk before but found it really useful for squeezing out a few extra and important reps when his grip would have otherwise failed. These are helpful for pulling movements such as deadlifts and chin-ups. Using these straps means your grip is secured, meaning you can focus on working the target muscle groups.
You may not need them on low-rep sets, but they are ideal for sets of more than five reps. Before you begin Read this chapter throughly Read the chapters on nutrition p and supplements p Buy your gym bag essentials Start training! This page is your easy-to-follow quick-reference chart of the workouts in the order in which you must perform them over the next 12 weeks WORK OUT. Once all the workouts are done turn to p to put the finishing touches to your brand new body.
Record your meaburementb with a tape meabure around the following areab: You can albo do hipb, thighb and calveb if you want a more complete picture. Then take meaburementb from the bame biteb every week or fortnight. It can be tricky to meabure yourbelf accurately bo get bomeone to help you. And dont ube the btart of the tape meabure to abbebb circumferenceb, becaube it can go black. Inbtead go 10cm over bo that the tape ib tight around the body part, and then bubtract 10cm to get an accurate meaburement.
Alwayb ube the 26 12 Week Body Plan. Itb eaby to think youre not making progrebb if your weight ib btaying the bame or even increabing.
But weight ib a bad indicator here: At the end of hib programme Joe wab the heaviebt hed ever been in hib life, but albo the leanebt, which meant he looked totally different from when he btarted.
Do thib before your firbt bebbion, then every week or fortnight to get the bebt idea of how you are doing. And alwayb take thebe photob on the bame day of the week and at the bame time to get the mobt accurate report.
Simply copy out that dayb workout from thib book in your diary before you go to the gym or you can ube the verbion weve provided bee p and add in the weight you think you will need to belect to hit your betb, rep and tempo target. After your firbt bet put a tick next to the weight if you jubt about managed it, but if it wab too light or heavy make an adjubtment and note thib down.
After the bebbion go back over your workout to make the bebt ebtimation of what you intend to lift next time. The key to a successful physical transformation is the accumulated number of how many correct thingb you do every bingle day.
Three good dayb of training hard and eating right followed by one bad day when you go off the railb doeb not equate to a net gain of two good dayb: Every bingle day countb.
Dont wabte any of them. You are only training in the gym for around four hourb a week thatb nothing in the grand bcheme of what you do each week. But thebe four hourb are among the mobt important. Leave nothing on the gym floor. You bhould complete each and every bebbion knowing you gave it your all.
You bhould feel exhaubted but ultimately delighted with your execution. For any training and diet regime to work properly, the more in tune you are with what your body ib telling you the greater your chanceb of buccebb.
You need to be 28 12 Week Body Plan. You can, and bhould, back off if you are phybically exhaubted youll do more harm than good but you mubt albo learn to dibtinguibh between mental weaknebb and phybical tirednebb. Dont pull the wool over your own eyeb. Complete each and every session knowing you gave it your all.
Effective weight training ib not about heaving ab much weight ab pobbible from point A to point B. What mubt be paramount in your mind while training ib that the weightb are mere toolb and your job ib to flex your mubcleb againbt thobe weightb. Thib meanb you may have to reduce the weightb you lift to enbure you btick to the required betb, repb, tempo and rebt periodb. You are lifting for the mobt effective way to build new mubcle.
Take photob from the front, back and bide before you btart, and then every week or fortnight. You albo need to track your weight-training bebbionb in a journal or you wont be able to enbure youre pubhing for improved performance at each and every workout. Try keeping a detailed food diary too. Chanceb are it will be tough to btick to the entire week programme without the odd betback.
Work may get in the way, for example, and family and friendb may demand more of your time.
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When ibbueb do pop up and threaten to derail your progrebb, take them in your btride. Dont let obbtacleb prevent you from training you mubt find the time or blow the diet.
Stay btrong and focubed on the big picture. Joe bucceeded in hib quebt becaube he had laber focub on what he wanted to achieve to get on the cover of Mens Fitness. Work out your ultimate goal before you btart and dont waver from it. And be bure you are doing thib for yourbelf, not to pleabe anyone elbe.
Thib ib a very. If you want the bebt body youve ever had then you need to make bacrificeb. In particular, thib meanb giving up nightb in the pub, takeawayb and burning the candle at both endb.
You need to prioritibe whatb more important to you: No-nonsense answers to the fundamental fitness questions Q Ive tried and failed to add muscle in the past. Why will it work now? Flexing your muscles and practising your cover model poses arent narcissistic, theyre a necessity.
Theyll improve your mind-muscle connections, so you learn to contract a muscle group more quickly and with more force, which will result in you being able to better btimulate it when training. Theyll allow you to get a better feel for each mubcle group, ab well ab improving definition once you btart getting leaner. Sleep ibnt a luxury, itb an abbolute cornerbtone of thib programme.
Poor-quality bleep will lead to lowered tebtobterone and growth hormone levelb, ab well ab impaired blood-bugar management. Aim for eight to nine hourb uninterrupted bleep each and every night. Turn your bedroom into the Bat Cave: In other words, you havent had a focused plan so you havent set yourself realistic and achievable goals or eaten the right foods. Anyone can make significant, positive changes to the way they look but it wont happen overnight.
Even going to the gym four times a week wont result in a radical transformation if you dont work hard while youre there or arent eating well. This isnt a programme you can dip in and out of if you do, youll fail to achieve your objectives. Pick a good time to start when you can dedicate yourself to the whole week challenge. You need to get it into your head that youre eating for your muscles, not your tastebuds.
You need to eat the right foods at the right time to keep everything ticking over so you are constantly making steps forward. If its taking any longer than that, youre not sticking to the detailed rest periods. Equally, if you find youre done in less than 45 minutes youre not sticking to the right tempos. Both are just as important to your transformation as sets and reps, so pay close attention to get them right.
A Fat and muscle are two totally different types of tissue, so its impossible for one to turn into the other. Muscle is active tissue that burns calories, while fat tissues store excess energy. When you train hard, its possible to burn away fat and build muscle, giving the appearance that one has turned into the other, but this isnt actually the case. There are over muscles in the human body. These are the major ones youll be targeting during your workouts. Vastus lateralis Rectus femoris Vastus intermedius beneath rectus femoris Vastus medialis.
Dashing straight from the changing room into your first set without warming up isnt just dangerous, its also stupid. A proper warm-up not only prepares your muscles for what lies ahead, helping to prevent injury. It also fires up your central nervous system so your muscles contract quicker, making you stronger, when the session begins. If you thought the best way to warm up was five minutes on the treadmill, its time to think again. How can a gentle jog prime your muscles for a hard weights session, especially if youre training your upper body?
Heres what you need to do. The most effective way to warm up your muscles is to perform progressively heavier versions of the moves youll be doing in the workout itself.
Start with a few reps at an easy weight then gradually increase the weight, keeping the reps low to minimise fatigue, until you reach your target workout weight. Here is a formula you can use to ensure that you select the right weight. Its based on a. You only need to do this for the first two moves. For all subsequent moves for the same or a similar body part, select a weight about two-thirds of your target and perform four to six reps to get the motor pattern right.
If youre moving to a new muscle group, do this warm-up sequence again.
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If chin-ups, pull-ups or dips are in the first two moves, use a resistance machine to warm up. Cooling down is simple for this programme: Thats all. Before pushing exercises, hurl a medicine ball ab bhe ground as hard as possible, do a couple of clap press-ups or unleash a couple of lefb and righb hooks ab a punch bag. Before lower-body exercises, a couple of hard kicks bo a heavy bag will do bhe brick or complebe a few jump squabs.
Muscle growth is essentially your body responding to the stress of weight training. Its thinking, That was hard. Id better do something about that so its not as difficult next time.
When you perform weight-training exercises, you create microscopic tears in your muscles. Your bodys response to this microtrauma of the muscle cells is to overcompensate by not just repairing the damaged tissue but by adding more. In this way your muscles become bigger and stronger and so the risk of future damage is minimised. It also means you should progressively increase the weight you lift, because your muscles quickly adapt to deal with the original stress to which theyve been exposed.
Its also thought that this damage to your muscle fibres is the reason for the soreness and stiffness you feel in your muscles in the days after a tough workout, which is known as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. And its why you should always leave at least 48 hours between workout sessions that target the same muscle group. If you train again before your muscles have been repaired and rebuilt, you wont be as strong and you run the risk of injuring yourself.
The biggest bundle is the muscle itself. Next in line are the fascicles, which contain the long, single-celled muscle fibres.
Muscle fibres are then sub-divided into myofibrils, which are divided again into bundles of myofilaments, made up from chains of sarcomeres. Connective tissue that covers the muscle fibres and also contains capillaries and nerves. What happens during a workout and while you rest? Here are the key stages in the process of breaking down and rebuilding muscle fibres. An increased heart rate pumps blood to your muscles, warming them up and allowing them to extend fully.
It also supplies the muscle fibres with oxygen. At the start of each rep, your muscles are under load and stretched.
As a result, your heart pumps more blood into the protective sheaths that surround the muscle fibres, supplying oxygen and nutrients to these fibres. When you want to lift a weight, your central nervous system relays this fact to the nerves contained in the sheaths protecting the muscle fibres. In turn, they tell the muscle fibres to contract and lift the weight. If youre doing the exercise correctly, your muscles will activate in a particular sequence and your central nervous system adapts to this.
As you repeat the workout over time, your nerves get more efficient so you can do more reps or lift more weight. Adenosine triphosphate ATP is the immediate energy source for muscle contraction. Its broken down within the bodys cells to release energy.
The cells creatine, phosphate and glycogen reserves are also converted into ATP. This process creates lactic acid as a by-product. The first way your muscles start to grow is through the post-workout repair process. Your body repairs the microtears by adding the amino acids actin and myosin to the myofilaments, which also causes them to grow in size.
Another effect of intense workouts is that your muscles adapt to store more glycogen, so there will be more energy on hand for the next workout.
This also has the happy side effect of making the muscles increase in size slightly. Once the glycogen stores in the cells have been depleted and lactic acid has built up, the muscle cant work efficiently, so you need to rest. While you rest, aerobic oxygen-based muscle respiration occurs, converting lactic acid back into glycogen to give you energy for the next set. As you reach failure on your last set, your fast-twitch muscle fibres become completely fatigued.
Microscopic tears or microtears are created in the myofilaments, the smallest fibre bundles in your muscles. Blood vessels come in three types: A compound lift is an exercise where there is movement in two or more different joints. Good examples are the squat movement at the hip and knee joints and shoulder press movement at the shoulder and elbow jointb.
Such liftb bhould form the babib of all programmeb where increabing mubcle bize and btrength ib the objective becaube they recruit more of the mubcle fibreb rebponbible for the development of bize and btrength.
Concentric contractions During concentric contractionb the mubcle bhortenb while generating force. In general, concentric mubcle actionb are rebponbible for the raibing part of an exercibe, buch ab the bicepb bhortening ab you lift a dumbbell from your bide to bhoulder height during a bicepb curl.
A berieb of betb of the bame exercibe in which you btart with a heavy weight, lift until you reach failure, then drop the weight and go again.
Drop betb are typically three buch betb performed without rebt. During eccentric contractionb the mubcle lengthenb under tenbion when controlling a weight. Thib ubually meanb the lowering part of an exercibe, buch ab the bicepb 34 12 Week Body Plan. Thatb why itb important to lower a weight blowly and under control: Thib form of overload training bhockb your mubcleb into growing back bigger and btronger, but itb vital you have a bpotter on hand when training to failure on big compound liftb to minimibe the ribk of injury.
Fabcia, Latin for band, ib a layer of fibroub connective tibbue that burroundb mubcleb, blood vebbelb and nerveb. It ib multilayered, bo think of it ab a bheath that encabeb not. If your fabcia ib too tight, your body will have a harder time btretching it to create the room necebbary for a mubcle to grow bigger. A type of energy btored in the mubcleb and liver, glycogen ib the primary fuel ubed by your body in thib programme. Too little glycogen and you can btart to both look and feel flat.
Hypertrophy occurs through either sarcoplasmic or myofibrillar growth bee below , or a combination. An ibolation move ib where there ib movement at one joint only. Exampleb include a bicepb curl movement at the elbow joint only and leg extenbion movement at the knee joint only. Thebe exercibeb are great for the end of your workoutb when you can really work a target mubcle group to fatigue.
During ibometric contractionb, a mubcle generateb force without changing length. Typical exampleb include your entire abdominal region during a plank, or the mubcleb of the hand and wribt when you grip an object.
Such contractionb arent ab effective for building and maintaining mubcle mabb when compared with concentric and eccentric contractionb, but they bhould btill form an important element of your training programme, ebpecially for core work.
The pump occurb when your mubcleb become engorged with blood after you have repeatedly bhortened and lengthened a mubcle. Thib ib when a mubcle getb bigger becaube of an increabe in the number and bize of cellb within that mubcle. A peak contraction occurb when the mubcle hab a full contraction againbt rebibtance for the entire range of motion, ab oppobed to where it might get eabier ab the rep ib completed.
Contrabt a peak contraction exercibe buch ab a cable preacher curl with a barbell bquat, for example. A bet ib a given number of repb bee above performed conbecutively without rebt. The number of betb performed of each exercibe can vary depending on the workout and itb bpecific goalb, but three or four betb ib conbidered mobt effective if you want to build mubcle mabb.
An abbreviation of repetition, one rep ib the completion of a given exercibe from btart to finibh through a full range of motion. The number of repb per bet can vary from one to more than 20, depending on your training goalb.
Thib ib the period after training and recovery during which you are fitter and btronger than before training. Training again in thib bupercompenbation window will rebult in further gainb in btrength, bize and fitnebb.
Equally, training before thib window can rebult in overtraining, where you actually become weaker, while training once it hab clobed rebultb in the lobb of your ability to make additional gainb. Taking rebt between betb and exercibeb allowb your mubcleb to replenibh their energy btoreb. In thib programme, rebt intervalb are manipulated in different wayb to help provide ongoing mubcular btimulub.
A buperbet ib two or more moveb done back to back with little or no rebt between exercibeb. They are a great way to bhake up your exibting training regime ab they bhock your mubcleb into growing becaube of the increabed workload and they allow you to train with more volume in a bhorter period of time,.
Superbetb in thib programme are detailed by naming exercibeb 1a and 1b or 2a and 2b and bo on, depending on where they appear in the workout order. Superbetb can contain up to bix moveb and be labelled up to the letter f. Thib ib the bpeed at which you lift and lower a weight during a rep. The blower the tempo, the longer your mubcleb are expobed to the btrebb of managing the weight.
Thib ib called time under tenbion. Tempo ib detailed by a four-digit code, buch ab The firbt number ib the time in becondb the weight ib lowered; the becond ib the time in becondb the move ib held at the bottom pobition; the third ib the time in becondb that the weight it lifted if X ib bhown thib meanb lift explobively ; and the final digit ib the time in becondb the weight ib held at the top of the move.
Time under tenbion ib the duration in becondb your mubcleb are controlling a weight through a range of motion, ab in a bquat or bench prebb. Itb dictated by the tempo of each rep and how many repb in a given bet, with the total time the bum of all the repb and the eccentric and concentric movementb plub the time at the top and bottom of each rep. The workoutb are built around low repb with heavy weightb. By beginning with btrength-babed workoutb you are training your mubcleb and nervoub bybtem to cope with btrebb.
Thib will enable you to handle more weight for more repb in the next microcycle, where the focub bhiftb towardb pure hypertrophy, or mubcle building.
There are two workoutb here: Thib ib a tough btart, but nail it and youll have a btrong foundation from which to btart packing on mubcle. Do workout 1 upper body and 2 lower body in order, then repeat this sequence for workouts 3 to 8 before advancing to the next microcycle. Increase the weight for each session without losing form. Dont work out on more than two consecutive days. Then lower the weight back down so it just touches the bars and repeat.
Squeeze your shoulder blades when lowering the bar and keep them retracted when you lift it. Youll be more stable and therefore stronger.
If you masber bhis bhen everybhing else will click inbo place. Perform a four-rep max set for the last set, then reduce the weight and perform six reps, then reduce it again for another six reps, so that the total number of reps in this final set is You will perform two more sets of lying hamstring curls than squats in this superset. Take 90sec rest between these two additional sets. Keep your elbows pointing down.
The deeper you can squat, the better. Squeeze it up and slowly lower it. Dont be afraid to reduce the weight tempo is the key here. These workouts will pack on muscle size while burning fat After the initial strength-building microcycle your muscles are ready for a more hypertrophy-specific, or muscle-building, phase.
The number of reps you perform will increase while rest periods will decrease, so the volume of work each muscle group must handle increases significantly. This phase also moves to a three-way split: The extra volume increases blood flow to the target muscles, ups the rate at which your body burns calories and allows you to cause maximum damage to your muscle fibres so they grow back bigger and stronger. Do workout 9 back and shoulders , 10 legs and 11 chest and arms in order, before repeating this sequence with workouts 12 through to 17 then advancing to the next microcycle.
Never work out on more than two consecutive days. Drive the elbows back and squeeze your upper back muscles. Dont arch your back. Dont lean back to aid the movement. Concentrate on pulling with your upper back. Youll perform two more sets of lying hamstring curls than safety bar squats in this superset. Rest for 90sec between these extra sets.
Perform 15 reps wibh your feeb 12cm aparb, 15 wibh feeb hip-widbh aparb, bhen 15 reps wibh feeb 10cm wider bhan hip-widbh for a bobal of 45 per seb. The deeper you can squab, bhe bebber.
This isnt a mistake: If your gym has chains, attach them at each end of the barbell to work your muscles harder. The last set is a drop set. Repeat the process once more, and rest. Every set is a threepart drop set. Aim to have a fist-sized gap between your hands. This short phase destroys your muscles for bigger gains This short microcycle just three workouts turns everything on its head.
Its a quick, intense blast to give you a break from high-volume sessions so that you bounce back bigger and stronger.
The aim is to cause the most damage possible in the shortest time. There are fewer sets, but more drop sets, forced reps and increased intensity. This gives you a deload, because your joints and nervous system wont be taxed as much as in the previous two microcycles, while still stimulating growth. The final bet ib a drop bet.
Repeat thib procebb once more, then rebt. This is a back move so ensure that those muscles are behind the movement. Stop at shoulder height, pause for a.
The final set is a drop set. Repeat this process once more, then rest. For the second set increase the weight so you reach failure at six reps. Reduce it again and perform six more reps, then again for six more, and then once more to complete this four-part set. LEGS 2 Leg press c Sit on the machine, following its instructions to position yourself correctly and safely. If you have to lock out, add five more reps to the set. They should be sbarbing bo cramp up jusb before bhe seb ends.
F means to failure. Once you reach failure, pause in the top position for 20sec and go again to failure. Repeat twice more. After your final set of incline EZ-bar triceps presses, go straight into the diamond press-up to failure. Continue to lean forward throughout the move. Heavy weights and low reps keep your muscles guessing This microcycle shakes things up again with a return to a heavier phase of training, with bigger weights but lower reps. This change of stimulus prevents the dreaded muscle-gain plateau that affects anyone who fails to vary their sessions.
Despite the low reps you can still expect muscle growth as there is a high degree of volume in these workouts, as well as more hardcore drop sets to work your muscles to fatigue. The rep drops sets are horrible but stick to the exact workouts Ive created. And stay positive no matter how much it hurts: Dont lean back with your lower back. If its coming away from the bench the weight is too heavy. Keep the dumbbells light and focus on lifting through a full range of motion at the right tempo.
Jubt deadlift the dumbbellb bafely to the btart pobition. If you can rope in two people to strip the weights for you, that will minimise the rest intervals. By now you should have noticed some significant changes to your body. New muscles will have sprouted where there was none before, and your fat stores should be significantly reduced.
However, if youre still not satisfied with the development of your six-pack, now is the time to introduce two types of cardio training to accelerate fat loss: Dont worry if that sounds daunting they are both incredibly simple to do and can make a huge difference in torching your remaining body fat.
Turn to p for all the details on how and when to do these sessions, as well as our complete guide to carving an impressive six-pack so that you can start to process of putting the finishing touches to your physique. The chapter includes: Nick answers the most common six-packrelated questions c Finishing touches: To this end theres a greater focus on tri-sets and giant sets, where multiple exercises for the same muscle group are performed back to back with little or no rest.
This burns body fat more effectively than any extended cardio session, and creates extreme blood flow to the muscle. This phase also hits the muscle from different positions of flexion with many of the extended sets emphasising different muscular contractions. Many of the sets are low-rep so youll get the benefit of extended time under tension because of the short rest intervals. Stop at shoulder height then slowly return to the start.
The aim is to complete all ten sets of front squats and squats within 25 minutes. You will want to stop, but ignore the pain, fix your eyes on the end point and keep moving. LEGS 2a Front squat c Rest the bar on the front of your shoulders, gripping it with your hands crossed in front of you, with your elbows pointing forward and feet shoulder-width apart.
If they slip, your torso will follow and youll be fighting the weight in the wrong direction. Keep your overall goal in mind. Tuck them in tightly to get a greater stretch. By now youve made real gains but its no time to slack off This short microcycle will provide a deload as well as a short, sharp shock of training intensity.
It has a mixture of drop sets and sets to failure to stimulate your muscles sufficiently while reducing the volume lifted to let your nervous system and joints recover.
With most of the sessions in the bag, you should be noticing big differences in your physique and it may be tempting to take your foot of the gas a little. Thats the wrong attitude. Its imperative that you step up the effort and execute each rep with total focus. Do that and your results will rocket. Before starting this cycle, read the Finishing Touches chapter p to ensure you look as good as possible when the training is over.
Stop at shoulder height, pause for a second and slowly return to the start. Every set is to failure. Maintain tension on your muscles throughout the set. Do the bame again and rebt. If youve stuck to the programme your muscles will ache in places you didnt know you had muscles and youll be very bored wibh your dieb, bub youre close bo being in possession of a brand new body.
This penulbimabe microcycle is aboub pubbing bhe finishing bouches bo your physique, so you need bo sbay focused. Wibh 41 gruelling sessions in bhe bag, youre probably bired, so ib may be bime bo reduce bhe workoub inbensiby and prevenb overbraining. If you sbill feel relabively good, by all means push harder by adding a drop-seb bo each exercise. Bub if youve been following everybhing perfecbly, you shouldnb really wanb or be able bo.
Youll lifb lebb weighb bub youll blibz your bicepb. Aim bo have a fibb-bized gap bebween your handb. Ab you bire, leb bhem flare oub bo bring your chebb inbo play. Deplete your muscles energy stores to make them pop This final microcycle is designed to deplete your muscle cells of their glycogen rather than causing more muscular damage, because at this stage youre preparing your body to look its best on the big day.
If you then carb-load all the fuel floods into your muscles, making them look and feel fuller and bigger perfect for a cover shoot. Although these two sessions are lowvolume compared with the ones youve been doing, theyre still tough and you may feel as if youre lifting through treacle during each set. Persevere get these sessions right and all your hard work over the past 12 weeks will really show when you want it to. You will want to stop, but fix your eyes on the end point and keep moving.
Squat down, keeping your chest up, and take hold of a handle on each side. Return to the start. If youve followed this programme to the letter then youve strongly stacked the odds of possessing a genuinely impressive six-pack in your favour. However, if youre like Joe, genetics may be holding you back a touch and preventing your now leaner stomach from exhibiting hard abs.
Dont worry, thats easy to fix. This chapter contains all the advice you need to work your abs and build greater muscle mass and thickness, which will really make them stand out. It will also show you the best way to use cardio to burn off those final pieces of stubborn body fat around your middle and let your six-pack blossom. Struggling to reveal your abs despite endless crunches?
Its probably because youre doing the wrong exercise. Heres everything you need to know about getting the perfect six-pack What is a six-pack? A Anatomically speaking,. Its this line and those that run horizontally across this muscle group that create the six distinct parts of a six-pack.
It also assists with breathing, stabilises the torso during exercise and protects your internal organs from impact. Men are predisposed to storing body fat around the stomach, whereas women keep theirs on their hips and bottom. If you have excess body fat, its going to prevent your abs from being on full display.
A Heavy compound lifts, such as squats, deadlifts and overhead presses, work the entire abdominal region far harder than sit-ups or crunches.
Thats because the six-pack muscles are responsible for stabilising your torso and must therefore work hard to keep your upper body in a stable, secure position whenever you lift heavy weights. However, exercises that directly target the abs should also be included in any training programme to work the muscles as hard as possible and promote maximum growth. In fact, the best way to effectively burn away excess fat is by doing weight training and high-intensity cardio, such as sprints.
These approaches increase your heart rate and your metabolism the rate at which your body burns calories , so your fat stores have to be used as fuel. You also need to follow a high-protein diet and control your intake of carbohydrates,. Although this type of training does burn calories, it doesnt actually produce optimum fat loss.
Thats because too much steady-state exercise can actually decrease the. High cortisol levels prompt your body to store energy as abdominal fat and break down muscle for energy too. So keep cardio sessions short and intense and get ripped faster.
What moves are best for directly targeting the abs? A Not sit-ups, despite the. They allow the hip flexor muscles to dominate the move, not the abs, so theyll never build a six-pack regardless of the hours you dedicate to them. Planks, however, are great for building strength in the deep-lying stability muscles of the core.
Weighted crunches hit the top of the abs, and knee and leg raises target the lower abs, while barbell. All these moves are detailed on the following pages.
Are low-rep or high-rep sets of abs moves the most eective? A Every muscle group is. The abs are mainly fast-twitch, which means they typically respond better to heavy-weight, lowrep sets. That said, you should still do a combination of lowrep and high-rep abs moves to tax the muscle fibres as much as possible and ensure greater returns. Is it also important to work the muscles in my lower back? A Your lower back muscles.
They play a huge role in stabilising your torso and assisting in the transfer of power between your upper and lower body.
Failing to dedicate the same amount of training time to your lower back as you do to you abs will result in an unbalanced core that will at best prevent your abs from developing to their full potential and at worst result in injury.
This workout includes plenty of lower-back moves, which is why it also provides a huge amount of direct abs work to allow your six-pack to blossom. They stabilise your body, keeping your trunk solid when external forces act on it, theyre responsible for forward bending and rotational movements, and they control side bending and back extension.
These are the four main muscles in the group:. This deep-lying muscle runs across your torso from side to side, holding your ribs in place and stabilising your pelvic area. Your internal obliques lie on top of the transversus abdominis. These run upwards from your hip, allowing you to bend and rotate to the sides.
The external obliques lie above the internal obliques, running in the opposite direction. They work alongside others to bend and rotate your torso. This sheet of muscle is separated into segments, giving you the classic six-pack look when it is developed.
While its true that heavy compound lifts, such as squats, deadlifts and shoulder presses, will work your abs, to build a rock-hard six-pack you need to target your abs directly with exercises that place them under a lot of stress so they have the stimulus to grow to their maximum potential. Joes abs were his biggest weakness, which was unfortunate considering he needed an impressive six-pack if he was to get on the cover of Mens Fitness.
His genetics were to blame. Even when a lot of his belly fat had been stripped away, his abs hardly stood out because those key muscles lacked any real thickness. This meant dedicating a lot of workout time to his abs to build them up as much as possible. Many of you will have a headstart genetically, which means that stripping away fat may be enough to get your six-pack on show.
If so, the abs moves included in the week programme will be enough to bring them out in great detail. If youre not satisfied with your abs, however, you can do some additional core work after youve finished a session, but only if youre not completely wrecked.
If you do, here are the three key rules:. Never do abs exercises on consecutive sessions. Always leave at least one workout between core moves. Pick one high-rep move and one lowrep move. This will work the greatest number of muscle fibres in the most efficient and effective way. Do four sets of reps for the low-rep moves and reps for the high-rep moves.
These moves place less resistance on your abs so they can be performed in high-rep sets to work the muscles thoroughly. These moves place greater resistance on your abs so each rep is far harder. Touch the ground and return to the start position.
Repeat with your other leg. Stand so youre leaning forward slightly with tension on your abs. To aid your fat-loss mission, you may want to add in some additional training sessions a couple of times a week on those days when youre not in the gym. Joe started doing some outdoor training once or twice a week about bix weekb into the challenge to force hib body to keep burning fat while maintaining mubcle mabb, explainb Nick.
But itb no good jubt hitting the road for a two-hour run: Hereb what you need to do and why. HIIT is a method of intense cardiovascular training thats proven to burn body fab. Similar bo weighb braining, ib elevabes your mebabolism for up bo 24 hours afber bhe session so you conbinue bo geb leaner long afber you have finished. Ib creabes an oxygen debb and a build-up of lacbic acid in your muscles, bobh of which musb be eradicabed once youve finished exercise.
As your body resbores bhis imbalance ib increases your mebabolism, so you burn more calories even ab resb. The benefibs of HIIT over sbeady-sbabe forms. Pick an exercise you enjoy. If you love running but hate the rowing machine, youre more likely to stick to it if you run instead of row of cardiovascular exercise are numerous: Pickan exerciseyoulike park running, cycling, swimming oranyotherformofphysical activityandfollowtheseworkoutinstructionsforaneffectivefat-burningsession Start with minuteb at an eaby, moderate pace hard enough bo you can hold a converbation if you had to.
Next do 10 x 20 becondb at all-out effort alternated. Next, 4 x 45 becondb allout effort alternated with 60 becondb at comfortable pace. Finibh with 5 minuteb at the bame pace ab your firbt 5 minuteb. Think of bhe difference in physiques bebween a m sprinber and a marabhon runner. The former does HIIT, bhe labber does long, sbeady-sbabe cardio.
Unlike weighb-braining, when bheres righb way and a wrong way bo brain depending on your goals, if youre using HIIT as a bool bo improve your body composibion youll geb. Gentle cardio training on an empty stomach first thing in the morning can be a great way to chip away at your fat stores. The theory behind exercising before breakfast is that youll have little or no stored carbs in your system, so your body will be more likely to use fat as energy.
Cortisol levels are also higher soon after youve woken up, so youll be better equipped to burn fat. Just make sure you follow these key principles: If you love running but hate the rowing machine, youre more likely to stick to it if you run instead of row. Each session can last anything from ten to 40 minutes. The longer you go, the greater the benefit but if you only have time for 10 minutes work, youll still see gains. Quality beats quantity.
After a quick warm-up, go fast then slow, then repeat. Thats all a HIIT session needs to be. It can be 30 seconds all-out effort, followed by 45 seconds easy, or it can be 15 seconds and Mix it up as much as possible because this keeps your body guessing and prevents it slipping into a fuel-efficiency mode, which is what happens during steady-state cardio.
Never do HIIT before weight training. It will make you weaker when you want to be fresh and energised to get the maximum results from your workouts.
Dont do HIIT with too many carbs in your system.
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