Corey Jenkins/Getty Images Here’s the thing about running: If you don’t ever run fast, you’re never going to get faster. So if you’re trying to improve your running performance—even if it’s just to get those miles over with more quickly—then you need to incorporate sprint workouts into your routine.“Any running that’s faster than your current easy or conversational pace can be classified as speedwork,” says John Honerkamp, running coach and former head coach at New York Road Runners. “Running at goal race pace, track repeats, tempo runs, striders, fartleks—they all fit into the ‘speed’ category of training,” says Elizabeth Corkum, a USATF-certified running coach and senior instructor at Mile High Run Club in New York City. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below However you do it, sprint workouts are important because they help improve your form and efficiency at all paces. “They help … [Read more...] about 4 Sprint Workouts That’ll Increase Your Speed
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We've finally found a social media trend we can actually get behind, and no, we're not talking about the Condom Snorting Challenge. Using the #ScrewTheScale hashtag, people are now posting body-positive transformation photos proving the number on the scale doesn’t really matter as most people think. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Search for the hashtag on Twitter on Instagram and you'll find plenty of jaw-dropping transformation photos of women along with their accompanying “before” and “after” weight. Based on appearance alone, the numbers don't seem to add up. The “after” weight is usually heavier or equal to the “before” weight, painting an incredible visual picture of how healthy eating and strength training impacts body composition. Though it's mostly women participating in the trend, the same fitness principles apply to men. There's far more to being fit than the number that registers when you step on a scale. The … [Read more...] about #ScrewTheScale Proves That You Shouldn’t Be Focusing on How Much You Weigh
Gabby Male By Gabby Male as told to Rachael Schultz Mar 6, 2018 My whole life I had coaches, parents, and teammates who made me attend soccer practice and stay active. When I finished high school and all that ended, I realized that to keep it up, I’d have to start motivating myself.Despite being active, I had never really had a positive body image, so heading into my freshman year of college, I thought, “This is my chance. I can work toward my dream body”—which was, of course, to be thin. I was 146 pounds. So the summer before my freshman year, I started piling on the cardio. Occasionally, I’d do very light weights, but I didn’t want to get bulky. And I lost weight really fast. In just four months, I had dropped down to 118 pounds. But suddenly, 118 didn’t feel low enough. Just as quickly as I had shed the pounds, I became full-blown obsessed with counting calories, and losing more and more weight. I was working out twice a day … [Read more...] about ‘I Gained 24 Pounds Of Muscle And Totally Transformed My Relationship With Food’
Credit:iStock.com/emiliozv If you exercise regularly, you should see workout results, right? Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, running on a treadmill and doing some sit-ups doesn’t deliver that flat stomach that it’s supposed to, just like lifting weights doesn’t immediately provide the ripped physique you may have thought it would. Not seeing results may lead you to believe that your workout is not working, and the truth is that it probably isn’t. But you’re not alone because most people don’t know how to work out, similarly to the way most don’t know how to fix a car. By setting a goal for your body, learning the correct way to exercise to achieve it, and keeping track of your macronutrients, you can experience continued results from your exercise. In This Article: Exercise Not Working? Start by Setting a Goal Getting “Toned”: There is No Such Thing! Build Muscle to Provide … [Read more...] about Why Your Workout Isn’t Showing Any Results
Calories are those little units of energy we consume whenever we eat, well, anything. And they are arguably the most talked-about part of any weight-loss journey.The general rule is that if you eat more calories than you use, you’ll gain weight. And if you take in fewer calories than you use, you’ll lose weight. And if those numbers are more or less even, your weight will stay about the same. It seems simple, but the number of calories you need to lose weight, maintain weight, or gain weight from lean muscle depends on your activity levels, body size, hormones, sleep, and more, explains registered dietitian Wesley Delbridge, R.D., a spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. So figuring out how many calories you need per day can be crazy-complicated.And, it's also important to remember that, when it comes to cutting calories for weight loss, lower is not always better. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, your calories should never … [Read more...] about How Many Calories Do I Need To Lose Weight?