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A Better Understanding of the Push/Pull Workout

If you've ever worked out for any length of time, you've probably heard the terms "push exercises" and "pull exercises."   But, most people don't know what this means.  So today, I'm going to tell you a bit about them, ok?

What Are Pushing Exercises & Pulling Exercises?

Pushing exercises, for the most part, are exercises that are pushed away from your body or muscles.  These usually involve the chest, triceps, and shoulders.  A pulling exercise is, you guest it,  just the opposite.  These movements require the activity to be pulled towards the body or muscle, usually involving the back, biceps, and shoulders. 

Some people like to do a whole workout with PULL activites one day, then PUSH activities another and then a day of LSD type of activites. (Long Slow Distance)

Other's like to do what is known as a super-set type of workout.  This is combining both a PUSH and PULL exercise with one body part. (there are also other forms of super-sets, but we are talking about PUSH/PULL right now)  For instance, you can do curls to build your biceps (which is a PULL) and then do overhead extentions to work the triceps (PUSH).  This super-set focuses on the arms, get it?

You can do the same type of activity with other groups of muscles as well.  I'm sure you get the idea.

Some people like to get creative and mix up the PUSH/PULL exercises with one day's workout, then switch up for the next day's workout. 

If you think of working out this way, you will more than likely get a better understanding of how your muscles work for each exercise you are doing.  Which means you will get a better overall workout because you are concentrating and focusing.

This is a quick, "down and dirty" explanation of understanding what PUSH and PULL exercises are all about.

Oh, by the way, how about viewing a few videos on "Fitness Over 45"?  Go HERE to get more details.

My Personal “Ab Workout” Philosophy

As I'm sure you already know, working on your mid section, or your core, is the best way to strengthen the muscles in that area and, therefore, achieve those great looking abs, the elusive six pack abs, if you will.  Now, before we go on, let's be clear about something, you can have the greatest abs in the word, but if they are covered up, no one can see them.  So, exercising alone will NOT get that six pack ab going for you, you really need to watch what you put into your body.  In other words, learn to eat properly! 

Ok, enough with the eating stuff, let's talk about some philosophy about core muscle building and then I'll outline a coupe of moves to try on your own to get the core muscle strength you've always wanted, ok?

Now, let's keep in mind, these are my philosophies.  I'm not a doctor nor do I claim to be.  I'm just a regular guy who interviews fitness professionals and is really into fitness and ways to improve the way I look.  One of the ways to improve this look is to get your core muscles in the proper shape for your physique.

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Fitness Over 45: What Did Your Past Look Like?

I always hear and read about people making plans and setting goals.  Now, before you jump to conclusions, I'm all for setting goals, I think that's a nice thing to do for yourself.  But today I gonna ask you to do something different, something unusual and, to a few of you, something painful.  Instead of looking at the future, look at your past.
 
Yes, I know…"Andrew, what's the point of looking at the past, it's behind me, I want to look ahead."  And you're right, look ahead. 
 
But for now, think about where you were 5 years ago….10 years ago.  Physically speaking, that is.  Were you in a place you liked?  Were you fit?  Were you not as fit?  Maybe you were overweight.  Maybe you just came of a fitness competition.  
 

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