How To Measure Body Fat

Apart from looking in the mirror, stepping on the scales remains the most common method people use for checking on the progress of their exercise regime. However, while weight is undoubtedly a useful measure of fitness for many people, it can also be misleading to judge the effects...
Making a big change to your body – the kind of transformation that makes people do a double-take when you remove your shirt – requires a big effort. But it doesn’t have to take a lot of time, especially if you follow a progressive and challenging workout programme...
When you look at your naked body in the mirror, what do you see? Unless you are some sort of genetic muscle mutant, your body will fall into one of the three typical body shapes. The idea that human body types are genetically pre-set into one of three camps...
Even if you do all the right things during your waking hours – eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly – you cannot claim to live a rounded healthy lifestyle if you stay up all hours. Ensuring you sleep the recommended minimum of seven hours a night is an...
If you’ve spotted the alarming headlines that claim almost 90% of men and 75% of women in the developed world are “overfat” you’re probably wondering what overfat means and how it’s different to being overweight or obese. The simplest definition of being overfat is carrying too much body fat....
It may have achieved unprecedented popularity in the past few years but whatever you’ve heard, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) isn’t new. In 1912, Finnish athlete Hannes Kolehmainen used interval-style training in his preparation for the Olympics, and came away with three golds in the 5,000m, 10,000m and cross-country...
The mistake many people make when they try to get back into training is to go too hard too soon, obliterating their motivation and leaving their body broken after a couple of intense sessions. “When easing back into a fitness regime your enthusiasm needs to be balanced with remaining...

How To Increase Muscle Tone

While many men still head to the gym with the simple aim of either losing weight or building bigger muscles, a combination of both of these things is now perhaps the most popular fitness goal. Whether you call it toning up or getting lean, a significant number of...
For decades eating fat, specifically saturated fat found in meat and dairy, was blamed as the leading cause of many conditions and diseases ranging from obesity to cancer to heart disease. With the research behind those findings now widely discredited, attention has turned to finding the real culprit...
Barbell complexes – workouts where you do multiple moves back to back without putting the bar down – seem simple enough. After all, the weight isn’t heavy – it’s perfectly acceptable to do one with an unweighted Olympic bar. And the rep count isn’t too high. In the...