Leg Extension Alternative: Exercises That Replace the Machine

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Leg Extension Alternative: Exercises That Replace the Machine

The leg extension is arguably the purest test of strength in your quads. No other exercise can isolate them like the leg extension -- it’s a tried-and-tested isolation exercise that does wonders for leg growth. But what if you can’t use it? Or what if your gym doesn’t have a leg extension machine and you’re still looking to develop some serious strength in your legs?  That’s the problem we’re going to tackle today.  Read on to learn about the best leg extension alternative exercises that you can try from the comfort of your own home.  But First, What Exactly Are...

Workout Splits: What Are They And What's Best For You?

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Workout Splits: What Are They And What's Best For You?

When you start a workout, do you have any idea of what you're going to do, or do you find the first empty station and immediately start doing reps or cardio? For your sake, we hope it's the former.  Whether your fitness goal is to get stronger, burn fat, build muscle, or become more athletic, you need to know what you are doing and why you are doing it. And an important step in formulating a thoughtful training plan is choosing the right workout split.  Simply put, a workout split is how you divide up your workouts throughout the week...

Which Bodyweight Bicep Exercises Really Work?

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Which Bodyweight Bicep Exercises Really Work?

While many great upper-body exercises involve equipment like barbells and dumbbells, arm exercises without weights are a solid way to put your muscles to the test, too. After all, the sheer weight of your body is equipment in its own right -- you can use it to load your arm muscles and make them work. And the best part? There’s no heavy lifting required, and a gym membership to your local fitness center is totally optional.  Now, to be clear, it’s tough to work all of the muscles in your arms without weights -- so arm exercises without weights are...

RTF: How Real-Time Feedback Is Changing How We Exercise

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RTF: How Real-Time Feedback Is Changing How We Exercise

It goes without saying that the onset of Covid-19 has made drastic changes in our lives. While the world awaits the vaccine, the outbreak of the pandemic has also acted as a catalyst for various businesses -- the digital fitness industry being one of them.  Digital fitness and its adoption of fitness enthusiasts across the globe has catapulted by at least two to three years. With masks and social distancing being part of the new norm, consumers have been pushed to check out digital fitness solutions-- even if they've been hesitant to do so in the past.  In recent years,...

Pullover Exercise Without The Dumbbell

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Pullover Exercise Without The Dumbbell

The dumbbell pullover -- which targets the triceps and pectoral muscles -- can be a little awkward to execute, to say the least. The balancing act while you’re lying prone and extending a dumbbell over your head can be tricky. You also increase your risk for a lower back injury if you don’t keep your abs tight. Thankfully, there are great pullover exercises you can do without the dumbbell.  Not sure where to start? We can help! Read on to learn how to do the pullover exercise-- but without the dumbbell.  But First, What’s So Bad About Dumbbells, Really? When...

Portable Exercise Equipment: How To Maintain Your Routine While Traveling

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Portable Exercise Equipment: How To Maintain Your Routine While Traveling

While it’s true that being on vacay is a great time to catch up with some quality rest, eat great food, and maybe overindulge juuust a little, being away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up on your exercise goals completely. From simply packing your favorite yoga mat for a more zen-like workout to investing in smartwatches to monitor your every mile, there’s plenty of effective and highly portable exercise equipment out there for you to take with you.  Tune out from the real world, but stay in shape with any of these great additions for exercise while...

How To Make Your Own Digital Gym Strategy

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How To Make Your Own Digital Gym Strategy

It’s a tale as old as time. As life gets busier and much more demanding, the time we once allocated to ourselves gets cast aside. Whether it’s time to socialize, pursue hobbies, relax or exercise -- personal activities tend to be the first exchange for real-world responsibilities. For the fitness guru, this has been an increasing phenomenon. Simply finding time every week -- even at minimal intervals -- to attend a spin class or make it to the local gym is extremely challenging.  As with any distinguished group of consumers, this has given rise to business opportunities specific to this...

Is A 6 Day Workout Split A Good Idea?

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Is A 6 Day Workout Split A Good Idea?

The split system of training has been around almost as long as bodybuilding itself. Nonetheless, most fitness newbies train, or at least are taught to train, on a full-body routine three times a week, usually M-W-F. This may be okay for those learning the movements and developing an initial foundation, but it has real flaws as far as promoting muscle gains. Why? Because as you gain experience over time and begin to train with greater levels of intensity, you find the workload of a full-body routine will become a bit overwhelming, to say the least.  In other words, you just...

How to Get Total Gym Workouts From Home

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How to Get Total Gym Workouts From Home

When gyms shut down all over the nation due to the pandemic in 2020, it became pretty obvious that a pricey gym membership and a certified personal training weren’t requirements for achieving our fitness goals. Without access to weight rooms and cardio machines, we learned that building out some kind of home gym could help us stay healthy and active during quarantine times.  Whether you plan to never return to your local gym, or you’ll be there day one when restrictions are lifted, having some gym equipment at home is a smart move. But what exactly is worth buying for...

How Many Exercises Per Workout? Is There An Ideal Number?

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How Many Exercises Per Workout?  Is There An Ideal Number?

Many people often wonder how many exercises to do per workout. After all, you want to build muscle and tone -- but you don’t want to wind up feeling sore for days. Of course, the amount of distinct exercise you do will vary depending on a few things like how much time you have, your goals, and whether or not you’re doing a full-body workout or focusing on one specific area.  Interested in learning more? Our team at HYGEAR can help. Read on to get the breakdown on how many exercises you really need to be doing during every workout.  ...

Full Body Exercises To Build Your Endurance

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Full Body Exercises To Build Your Endurance

If you’re finding yourself a little short of breath when you walk up the stairs or feel especially winded as you try to complete your workouts, you might need to work on your endurance -- the ability to exert yourself and remain active for a long period of time. Improving your endurance levels will also boost your ability to resist and withstand fatigue as well as injury. Not sure where to start? We can help! Read on for the best full-body exercises to build your endurance. But First, What Exactly Is Muscular Endurance Anyway?  Simply put, muscular endurance refers to...

Easy Shoulder Mobility Exercises For Any Level

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Easy Shoulder Mobility Exercises For Any Level

In a perfect world, we’d all have active jobs that didn’t keep us hunched over a computer all day -- but that’s just not the world we live in. And as a result, a lot of us have limited shoulder mobility, which can cause a whole host of issues beyond just tightness.  You might be hesitant to go to that yoga or pilates class your bestie has been begging you to check out because your tight shoulders have made those kinds of stretches really uncomfortable in the past. Or maybe your shoulders just get really achy and stiff throughout the...

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