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Deadlifts: you either love ’em or are afraid of ’em. To the casual eye, this exercise looks like a great way to throw out your back (and you certainly can if you’ve got terrible form), but they’re actually one of the best and most practical movements in or outside of the gym. Here’s what you need to know about this not-so-deadly exercise.
Many of us probably don’t work as hard as we could, but it’s not always easy to tell. The RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) scale helps with that. After all, sometimes fitness isn’t just about how much weight you lift, how many kilometres you run or even how many calories you burn. It’s about how hard you can work during that weight lifting session, that run or that spin class.
Three minutes and three simple exercises are all it takes to improve your posture, and this video shows you all of them. Considering how many of us sit in front of screens or at keyboards all day, just a quick time out for a few stretches can do a world of good. All you need to do them is a wall.
Ballet-flavoured fitness classes like Pure Barre imply that they will change the shape of your body. For example, Barre3 says their technique “builds overall strength with lean, not bulky, muscles,” and that it will “create a long, lean, limber physique.” The only problem: that’s not how muscles work.
It isn’t easy getting fit. There’s a lot to learn: Your workout itself, whether the number of reps you do matters, and then there’s all the gym and exercise lingo you’ve never heard before. Say no more. We understand, and we’ve put together this primer to help.
Push-ups are a great exercise, but they’re often done incorrectly, meaning you miss out on some big strength benefits. One simple fix is to change the position of your body and arms to form an “arrow” pointing up towards your head, instead of a T-formation.
In 2014, Microsoft dipped its toes into the fitness wearable market with the imaginatively titled Microsoft Band. Today, it is finally bringing the brand to the Australian market. If you’re on the lookout for a new fitness/smart band, the Microsoft Band 2 is one of the main products you should be considering. Here’s what you need to know.
When it’s time to go for broke with a new personal best in the gym, you may ask a stranger for a “spot”, which is fitness lingo for “help me out, bro”. You’re ready to crush this, you think… but what if the person doesn’t actually know how to spot and you get crushed? Worse, what if you both get hurt? Here’s why it’s a bad idea, and what to do instead.
Think of role-playing games where we spend hours levelling up our character so we can slay dragons and complete world-changing missions. You start out with just a cloth tunic and a rusted dagger, but eventually you build yourself into an unstoppable force. Why not approach your life goals the same way?