How Many Sets and Reps Should You Do?

Lets end a strength myth right now: Use low reps to bulk up and high reps to tone muscles. Sorry, your muscles are more complex than that. You can pack on mass through 20-rep sets and get lean on 2 reps at a time — if you plan your workout right. Here's a simple guide to matching sets and reps to your goals, whether you want to get stronger, lose your gut, or get huge.

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How Many Sets and Reps Should You Do?

Lets end a strength myth right now: Use low reps to bulk up and high reps to tone muscles. Sorry, your muscles are more complex than that. You can pack on mass through 20-rep sets and get lean on 2 reps at a time — if you plan your workout right. Here's a simple guide to matching sets and reps to your goals, whether you want to get stronger, lose your gut, or get huge.

This article originally appeared on www.mensjournal.com: How Many Sets and Reps Should You Do?

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Total Body High Intensity Interval Workout At Home

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at home 15-minute quick hiit workout 

Looking to take your fitness/weight loss goals to a whole new level? You have to try HIIT training! High intensity intervals are characterized by periods of super high intensity exercises with intermittent low intensity “rest” periods. This is a great way to get in a ton work for a ton of body areas in not a lot of time. Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite HIIT circuits as well as my new favorite fitness tech gadget that makes tracking all your hard work and progress wonderfully simple. Here we go!

IMG_7796Before we jump into the workout, let me introduce you to the all-new Polar Balance scale! It syncs wirelessly with any Polar wrist activity tracker and the free Polar flow app to give you incredibly individualized and highly accurate updates about your weight-loss goals.

Here’s how it works:

1. Sync your scale with your wrist unit and Polar app. This is incredibly easy and literally requires pushing one button.

2. Set your target weight in the flow app as well as the timeframe in which you would like to achieve that goal weight.

3. That’s it! Simply wear your activity tracker throughout the day and whenever you step on your scale it syncs to both your wrist tracker and the app. Because the wrist monitor is tracking your activity and the scale is monitoring your weight, the app can then provide you with feedback about your diet and make recommendations about your eating based on your activity in order to help you achieve your weight loss goal.

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Pretty fascinating, right?! I feel the system really fills in some of the gaps left by popular fitness trackers today. It eliminates the need to track everything you eat and makes real time, accurate recommendations based on your individual needs.

This truly is the next step in revolutionizing personal fitness. In fact, I feel so strongly about it that I have teamed up with Polar to offer you this system at a discounted rate! Simply CLICK HERE to go to the Polar website and enter the code POLARFITBLOG at checkout to receive a 20% percent discount off all Polar activity monitors and the Balance scale!

A special thanks to Polar for sponsoring this post and especially for offering this incredible promotion to T&T readers!

Alright – now let’s shred some serious calories! Here is your at-home HIIT workout:

Below you’ll find 5 great exercises to get your heart pumping and the sweat flowing. You’ll perform each for 40 seconds, rest for 20 seconds, and repeat that 3 times. It should only take about 15 minutes total, but we’re going high-intensity on this so it should be pretty exhausting. Ready to go? Let’s do it…

THE WORKOUT

Jumping jacks with tuck jumps40 seconds on; 20 seconds off
tuck jump exercisejumping jacksPerform two jumping jacks and one tuck jump. Repeat for duration of exercise.

Burpees40 seconds on; 20 seconds off
burpee-exercise-tone-tightenEveryone’s favorite! Combining squats, push ups, and mountain climbers into one amazing exercise.

Speed skaters40 seconds on; 20 seconds off
speed-skater-lunge-tone-tightenKeeping the heart rate high while working the lateral hips and core. Leap side to side into a lunge position.

Plank with shoulder tap40 seconds on; 20 seconds off
plank with shoulder tap exerciseA great exercise for your core and shoulder stabilizers.

High knees40 seconds on; 20 seconds off
high knees exercise
Finish strong with as many high-knee touches as you can!

Repeat 3 times total for a killer total-body HIIT workout in just 15 minutes!

Also FYI – I’m thrilled to announce that this workout will be part of an ebook for the Polar Shape Up Challenge (#PolarShapeUpChallenge)!! Get amazing workouts and delicious healthy recipes all in one convenient ebook! Check back soon for the link; I’ll update it as soon as the book is published!

How do you fuel your workout? Did you know that what you eat before working out can greatly affect how you feel throughout the workout? When thinking about pre-workout food – think carbs and protein. Carbs will give you energy (carbs = immediate fuel for muscles) while protein will help you recover faster. My go-to pre-workout meal is some whole-wheat toast with this quick and easy egg white omelette in a mug:

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Make it happen,

Jared

15-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do At Home With Zero Equipment! From Tone-and-Tighten.com

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5 Steps to an Enlightened Life

There are unquestionable benefits to living in this Age of Information; the sharing of new ideas and advancements can now be accomplished in the blink of an eye. But not all of these innovations are necessarily good for us. Considering our digital access and excess, it is more important than ever that we are protective of the incredible investment of energy that we make to these technologies, s…

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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Eating Clean

If you’re overwhelmed by all the weighing, measuring, and counting in your diet plan, it’s time to simplify.

Counting calories, using food scales, tracking macronutrients, timing meals down to the minute, and using other tedious dieting methods are all the rage these days. If it isn’t backed by science or uttered by some decorated nutritionist with a ton of letters behind his or her name, then it is thrown on the bro-science heap of hunches, uneducated opinions, and old wives tales.   

 

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The Nebulous Nature of CrossFit Programming

Is their such a thing as CrossFit programming?

The CrossFit Journal recently published an article on whether affiliates should do their own programming or get programming from outside. But on closer inspection, it incidentally ends up forcing one to question whether there is such a thing as “CrossFit programming” at all.

 

The article starts off with details about pricing:

 

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Zen Out: Follow a Guided 10-Minute Sound Meditation Video

You may not realize it, but every noise you hear has an effect on your body and mind. “Certain sounds make us feel certain ways,” says Sara Auster, sound therapist and yoga instructor. “Think about the music you choose to work out to— it’s probably not the same music you listen to before you go to bed.” Auster practi…

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