How often do you change your diet? Now seriously, even if you are someone who doesn't need to lose weight, feels that your progress is working great, and appears to be getting all the gains in the world, you need to mix it up a bit. At least every couple of months I add or subtract something from my diet to see if it helps or hinders and then I add that to the pile of hit or miss foods. This is especially important considering that new buzz words like "superfoods" come out every few months too, and if you just flow around with these flows you could easily add 15 pounds of avocado calories to your hips or miss out on the gigantic amounts of anti-oxidants that you actually can find in an acai berry.
Gym Term of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Term Dictionary ..
A training partner should be someone who is willing to take the time he or she is devoting to bodybuilding, and share it with you. He or she should be willing to make time in his or her schedule to workout with you, as well as offer you constructive advice and a good spot for those hard to perform, heavy lifts. It is very important that both you and your training partner care about the success and development of the pair, and make efforts to motivate and encourage each other into achieving new muscular growth. A training partner who does not have much concern over making it to the gym with you, and helping you out isn't much of a benefit to either of you. A training partner who does not offer you constructive advice isn't really helping you either, if advice is what you are looking for. Also, it is very effective if both you and your training partner are trying to achieve the same bodybuilding goals. This makes it a lot more natural for both of you to help each other with steps along the way to achieving those goals.
Exercise of the Day from The Health Whacko Gym Encyclopedia of Core Exercises ..
Torso Twist (Standing Bar)
Target Muscles: Internal and external oblique, rectus abdominis
1. Start out by standing at the end of a flat bench with a bar placed in front of you.
2. Your feet should be shoulder width apart from each other.
3. Grip the bar with your palms facing down and make sure your hands are wider than shoulder width apart from each other.
4. Begin to lift the bar up over your head until your arms are fully extended.
5. Now lower the bar behind your head until it is resting along the base of your neck.
1. While keeping your feet and head stationary, move your waist from side to side so that your oblique muscles feel the contraction.
2. Only move from side to side as far as your waist will allow you to go.
3. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.
• Stretching or moving too far can cause an injury to occur.
• Use a slow and controlled motion.
• Remember to breathe out while twisting your body to the side and in when moving back to the starting position.