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Top 5 Tips to the Perfect Stretch

Top 5 Tips to the Perfect Stretch

Whether you are an elite athlete or wake up feeling tightness in your body, stretching regularly has been found to be helpful for people of all ages; improving flexibility, preventing injury, enhancing circulation and coordination, improving posture and decreasing stress. Learning basic stretches are important to know, but of equal importance are fundamentals on how to stretch. Even the most experienced stretchers can benefit from the five tips listed below on how to get into the perfect stretch.

1. Warm Up to Stretch

Biomechanical Perfection: Incline Dumbbell Press

Biomechanical Perfection: Incline Dumbbell Press
Incline dumbbell bench press - Starting position (Photography by Mike Neveux)
Biomechanical Perfection: Incline Dumbbell Press
Incline dumbbell bench press - Ending position (Photography by Mike Neveux)

The Incline Dumbbell Press is one of the most basic compound movements you can do to increase total upper chest mass. Most people stick with using only barbells on their quest for a big chest but using dumbbells has a greater potential for producing growth. In this exercise each arm has to stabilize the weight individually, causing greater muscle fiber recruitment. The use of dumbbells also allow the chest to go through a greater range of movement, eliciting a deeper stretch in the starting position and a more complete contraction in the ending position.

Biomechanical Perfection: incline Dumbbell Curl

Biomechanical Perfection: incline Dumbbell Curl
Incline dumbbell curl - starting position (Photography by Ralph Dehaan)
Biomechanical Perfection: incline Dumbbell Curl
Incline dumbbell curl - ending position (Photography by Ralph Dehaan)

The Incline Dumbbell Curl is an exercise that if performed properly can build bulging biceps you have always dreamed of. It is the balance between a compound and isolation exercise that allows the muscle to be activated fully in both heads of the bicep. It was a favorite of 6-times Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates and is used today by many professional bodybuilders to continue adding inches to their arms. Follow the guidelines below to learn how to master this exercise and begin building head-turning mountainous biceps. As with any exercise start with a light weight and warm up thoroughly.

Biomechanical Perfection: Tricep Kickback

Biomechanical Perfection: Tricep Kickback
Tricep kickback - starting position (Photography by Mike Neveux)
Biomechanical Perfection: Tricep Kickback
Tricep kickback - ending position (Photography by Mike Neveux)

The tricep makes up 70% of the size of the arm and if you are looking to increase overall arm size or muscle tone, learning how to properly contract and train the tricep using the dumbbell tricep kickback will give you just that. The Dumbbell Tricep Kickback is an isolation exercise that allows all three heads of the tricep to be trained in a balanced manner, stimulating overall growth.

Biomechanical Perfection: Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise

Biomechanical Perfection: Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise
Starting position (Photograph by Mike Neveux)
Biomechanical Perfection: Dumbbell Side Lateral Raise
Ending position (Photograph by Mike Neveux)

The Side Lateral Raise is an exercise that can really pack on the mass to the side deltoids. Growing large side delts will add width to a body's frame and create the well sought after “V” taper.  The biomechanics are simple, yet easily performed incorrectly. The most common mistake is allowing the front delt or trap muscles to carry the load of the dumbbells. Follow the steps below and make use of the sample side deltoid routine given to shock your side delts into muscularizing growth!

Enjoy The Negative!

Dumbbell Curl after dumbbell curl you find yourself only feeling tired and wishful that someday a bicep will appear. After forcing your body to get up and get to the gym you feel frustrated at the fact that you are just not seeing any results. Resistance training has been acknowledged by the medical community as a way to build muscle size and strength; but only if done properly.

The Top 15 New Ways to Build Muscle with Exercise

The Top 15 New Ways to Build Muscle with Exercise

There are a number of different things you can do that can help you build muscle through exercise. These 15 exercises are tried and true, making it easy to remove fat from your body, tone your muscles, and build muscle over time.

Push-ups
Push-ups are a great way to increase the muscular strength of the chest, shoulders, arms, and abdomen. Push-ups can be completed in a number of forms, such as from the knees, from the toes, one-handed, or two-handed. Each method provides a different way to work out the same group of muscles.

Tighten Your Tummy

Tighten Your Tummy

Although traditional crunches are a favorite at the gym, it's important to regularly change your routine if you want to tighten tummy muscles. Adding some of these unusual moves are a great way to modify your existing ab workouts. Be sure to pair these strength-training exercises with a healthy diet and regular cardio for best results.

Ballet Twist

How Fit Are You for Your Age?

How Fit Are You for Your Age?

Once you start regularly exercising, you may wonder about your fitness level and overall health compared to others in your age group. Even if you know that your ability to do push-ups has declined over the years, you may find that you have become more fit than most people in your age group.

Unusual Fat Burning Gadgets

Unusual Fat Burning Gadgets

If you love gadgets and need to get fit, these 10 products can help you to burn fat and lose weight in a fun and unique way.

Gamercize PC
If you can't find the motivation to work out, the Gamercize PC may help you get your exercise done while you are on your computer. The gadget attaches to your computer's USB port. It has a portable stair stepper on one end of the device. If you stop exercising, your mouse and keyboard stop working until you start exercising again.

Home Surfing Machine

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