Monday, July 8, 2013

Do some push-ups, Ladies!!!


I am going to tell you something that some of you may have never heard before!! Although if you lift weights, you are probably aware that there are some exercises that everyone should be doing! Yep! Even women!! We need to pick up the weights and lift and push!! Why? Lifting weights creates that resistance training which assists in building stronger muscles and bones and creates endurance and strength. Aside from the fact that muscle mass looks better than fat.

Surprisingly the exercise that I am talking about is push-ups!! Aside from bench presses, dead-lifts, and squats. All women should do push-ups!! Push-ups assist in building strength on your arms, chest, shoulders and even your core. Push-ups are great for the development of the pectoral muscles because they create the illusion of cleavage and help to lift your breasts.

I am a huge advocate of doing push-ups and even fit them in between cardio sessions or on chest and triceps days!! Start slow and don't overdo it, do a couple against a sturdy surface while standing.  Don't get on your knees until you have figured out the proper form and your arms are strong to hold you for the few seconds that they last.

Once you have figured out the right form, you could work toward the kneeling push-ups.  Please take a look at the following steps and try it!! With consistency and effort, you will eventually get to master your technique!! Best of luck!!

Step 1: Kneel on a mat on all fours with your knees hip-width apart. Your hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your fingers and wrists pointing forward.

Step 2: Feather your breathing as you lower your chest toward the floor with a through count of 10 seconds. Descend to your maximum tension point, and hold for 2 seconds. 

Step 3: Push your body back to starting position with a through count of 10 seconds, keeping your elbows slightly bent at the top of the move.

Step 4: Repeat three times without resting

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Header for the blog!

Ever since I did the makeover on Exercise Encouragement GROUP Blog I was never really happy with how the header looked. I thought it was too cluttery, but couldn't ever figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it. Well, as you will see when comparing the two photos below, I basically took the wording off the busy background and left it on plain white. I think this looks MUCH cleaner and probably more professional as well. Which header do you like better? The old or the new? Obviously, I like the new one! lol.



Also, notice the emphasis on GROUP? I wanted to change that part up a bit because this is a GROUP blog with multiple contributors and I think it's important that people who visit the blog will *hopefully* realize that fairly quickly and want to take part! :)

That's all for now. Happy 4th of July everyone!