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Top 3 training tips by Alexa Towersey

1. Resistance Training: 

Combine four compound exercises in one giant set:

8–10 x Barbell Back Squats

»8–10 x Barbell Bent-Over Rows

»8–10 x Deadlifts

»6–8 x Pull-ups 

»24 x Barbell Walking Lunges

TIP: Rest for 2 minutes between rounds and complete 3 to 5 rounds

2. HIIT Training: I like 400m sprint repeats the best.  Start with 5 to 7 and increase each week. 60 to 90 seconds rest between.

TIP: Don’t do these on the same day as your weight training.

3. Tabata Protocols:  I like to use Tabata-style exercises as ‘finishers’ after a weight-training workout.  It’s essentially maximum reps of an exercise in 20 seconds followed by a 10-second rest and repeated for a total of eight rounds (4 minutes or 2:40 of actual work).

TIP: My preferred variations include thruster, squat jumps, air assault bike, burpees, mountain climber or deadmill.

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Full body resistance band workout

Give your whole body a strength and cardio workout in one with Ashley Azevedo‘s resistance band workout.

The workout

Circuit training simply means performing exercises back to back with little to no rest in between. Its elevator pitch is maximum perks in minimum time. Due to the fast-paced nature of circuit training, it elevates heart rate and couples cardio and strength training.

Even if you’re solely a weights girl, resistance bands are a great way to keep your body guessing and prevent plateaus. The resistance, reps and number of circuits can all be varied to meet your goals and fitness level.

What you need to do

Consider the list a sequence, not an a la carte menu. Perform a set (10 to 15 reps) of the first exercise and move immediately to the second exercise. Perform one set and move immediately to the third exercise and so on. Keep rests as short as possible. After you complete one full circuit, rest for about 60 seconds and start again. Available time and current fitness level will determine how many cycles you do, but aim for one to five.

(Fit tip: Don’t try to do too much too soon. It’s false economy.) Make sure you warm up the muscles you’ll use before any workout and cool down and stretch out afterwards to avoid injury and consult your doctor before starting any new training regimen.

Targets: Biceps, Delts

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Perks: This compound movement allows multiple muscle groups to be worked with one exercise, making it time efficient and adding to the difficulty of your workout. Sculpt the arms with this two-in-one exercise.

Move: Stand with both feet on top of the band, about hip-width apart.

(Fit Tip: You can control how easy or hard the exercise is by where you stand on the band to create more or less tension.) Start with both arms straight and begin to curl the arms up and towards the chest. Keep your elbows locked at your side. Once you get to the top of your curl, rotate your arms outward and turn your hands so palms are facing away. Press straight up, pause at the top, lower back down and repeat.

Words and workout by Ashley Azevedo.

Photography by James Patrick.

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The benefits of plyometric exercises

“The plyo box has been popular among athletes and hard-core fitness enthusiasts for a while now, but has become more mainstream since the introduction of CrossFit,” says elite trainer of over 15 years Matthew Strickland.

“They are great for cardio-based and high-intensity training, but can also be used for rehabilitative purposes and for evening out physique imbalances.”

Plyometric boxes and aerobic steps come in a range of heights and sizes to adhere to varying fitness levels and exercise goals. While fixed-height boxes are available and usually come in sets of three to four, try opting for a sturdy, adjustable step if you are tight on space. And if you aren’t confident in the jumps, we say go for foam rather than metal or wood versions: a lot less chance of skinned shins.

For cardio/fat loss: Plyometric training involves using explosive bodyweight movements to exert maximum force in the shortest amount of time – making them the perfect fat-burning tool. Explosive movements also mean power and strength, especially in the lower body, can be achieved. Again, keep rest periods short and repetitions as high as possible – although given their taxing nature, sessions shouldn’t go much longer then 30 to 45 minutes. Tip: “When performing box jumps, start in a quarter squat and hinge from the hips to engage the hamstrings and glutes,” says Strickland. “Landings on the box should be soft to help avoid injury.”

For toning: While plyometric training is renowned for explosive bodyweight movements, Strickland says that there are a range of toning exercises that can be performed simultaneously. “Think anything from single-leg step-ups to incline push-ups using the box,” he says. “The varied range will target muscles you never even knew you had.”

“With proper technique, kettlebells can be used to train your entire body for both toning and fat-burning goals,” says Strickland. “I run a half-hour class and never repeat the same exercise, so boredom is never an issue.”

Compound movements such as the kettlebell swing, in which the centre of gravity shifts, work the entire body while moves native to dumbbell workouts often isolate one or two muscle groups.

“Kettlebells, in my experience, allow people to get deeper into the movements than say a dumbbell,” says Strickland.

For toning:  Kettlebells of varying weights can be used to load isolated muscle groups. When setting up your home gym, opt for a set of light, medium and heavy kettlebells to ensure everything from shoulders to legs can be worked. Strickland’s favourite for a killer lower-body toning session? “I often work some of my favourite kettlebell exercises into a circuit to ensure the muscles are exhausted while also providing a killer cardio and fat-burning workout,” he says. “Try a burpee to kettlebell deadlift to kettlebell upright row. Say no more, this will push your whole body to its limits, and then some.”

For fat loss/cardio: Fat loss and cardio fitness are best achieved through circuit-style training, with limited rest and higher repetitions to ensure the heart rate is elevated for long periods. Strickland suggests high-intensity interval work, with exercises performed for 45 seconds at max reps followed by a short 15-second rest. Sessions should last for about 20 to 30 minutes all up. “Work from the larger muscle to smallest, allowing you to achieve a wider variety of movements. It also means the most taxing, compound movements are completed first,” says Strickland.

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Amateur Bodybuilder Of The Week: Scott Is Encased In Muscle!

QHow did your bodybuilding journey begin?

I became interested in lifting during my sophomore year of high school. I was enrolled in a small Nebraska school that had a bullying problem. After I received a good beating, I decided to get in shape.

I was mentored by gym owner, Kevin Poppe, and fellow student, Mitch McCloskey. They taught me lots and I started focusing my efforts to become bigger and stronger. In a year, I went from 110 to 150 pounds. I also moved to a different state and became interested in powerlifting. I quickly became obsessed with building a stronger bench, squat, and deadlift. After competing in a few USAPL competitions and earning state records in the squat and deadlift, I set powerlifting aside to continue my bodybuilding journey.

I spent the next few years doing bulk and cut diets. At one point, I became an unhealthy 250 pounds and added a significant amount of fat. I became an ISSA certified personal trainer, worked for a few local gyms for six years, and opened my own training studio.

I kept telling myself to compete but didn’t because of my insecurity and uncertainty that I’d be too small, undefined, and wouldn’t look the part.

In 2013, I hired a local prep team, 316fit, to help me compete. I started my diet in March at 197 pounds and competed at 165 pounds a few months later. I placed first in my weight division and second overall at the NPC Heartland Classic in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Cool Fact

Scott lost his eye at 11 months old due to retino blastoma, which contributed to his lack of athleticism and increased desire to prove people wrong!

What workout regimen delivered the best results?

The best training regimen I found has been a simple 5/3/1 program that steadily improves bench press, military press, squats, and deadlifts utilizing different percentages over four weekly micro cycles.

What nutrition plan fueled your body?

What supplements gave you the greatest gains?

“Bodybuilding is appealing because you are never done and can always improve.”

How did your passion for bodybuilding emerge?

I’m not a fan of team sports and am not exceptionally athletic. I love that bodybuilding is an individual sport. Bodybuilding is appealing because you’re never done and can always improve.

What or who motivated you to be a bodybuilder?

My biggest motivator is to think of the people who told me I’d never get anywhere lifting. When I first started exercising, I told a few people what I wanted to accomplish and they said it would never happen. I wanted to prove them wrong and show that I have tenacity and willpower to stick through trials and tribulations. Now that I’ve competed, I want to continually improve and show people that I’m unstoppable with a set a goal in mind.

Where did you go for inspiration?

On days when I felt dejected and exhausted from the lack of carbohydrates and nutrients, I watched bodybuilding DVDs for motivation. There are lots of videos on YouTube that I have on queue if I need a boost. I like to follow other lifters on the Bodybuilding.com forums for inspiration and motivation. I look back at my pictures from the beginning for motivation to keep pushing ahead.

“I want to continually improve and show people that I’m unstoppable with a goal in mind.”

What are your future bodybuilding plans?

My plans for the future are to take time off and build muscle before competing. I learned lots during competition preparation. Having a prep team look at my nutrition and tailor it to me was huge. After a hiatus, I plan to compete in a bigger show and see where it goes from there. I would enjoy my love for bodybuilding to eventually help me develop a fitness-based career.

What is the most important bodybuilding tip?

Start with the basics. Compound movements build the most muscle in the shortest period of time. I don’t believe there’s a need for anything crazy or confusing.

Who is your favorite bodybuilder?

My favorite bodybuilder is Dusty Hanshaw. I’ve followed Dusty for years and watched his career flourish into a full-blown enterprise. He makes staggering improvements and I cannot wait to see him earn a pro card. It’s been amazing to watch someone start from the bottom and grind to the top. That type of tenacity is what a bodybuilder needs to get to the top.

How did bodybuilding.com help you reach your goals?

I utilized Bodybuilding.com when I became interested in the sport and haven’t stopped. The forums are the most resourceful place I found because of the interaction between like-minded individuals. The training videos on Bodybuilding.com are fantastic.

Scott’s Top 5 Gym Tracks

  1. “In My Blood” by Black Stone Cherry
  2. “Soulcreek” by Black Stone Cherry
  3. “Hurricane” by Theory Of A Deadman
  4. “Crawling” by Linkin Park
  5. “Giving In” by Adema
Contest History
  • 2013 NPC Heartland Classic – 1st Place Light Heavyweights, 2nd Place Overall
Thanks
  • To Jared Ragsdale and Lucas Woods at 316fit for the competition prep guidance.
  • To my trainers, Carla Jecha and Patrick Cowan, for putting up with my mood swings during competition prep.
  • To my amazing girlfriend, Alexandra Wilson, for painting me with Pro-Tan eight times for the competition.
  • To my amazing clients and family who constantly kept me positive while dieting.


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