Suspension Training for Muscle Mass

6 MUSCLE-BUILDING TRX SUSPENSION TRAINING EXERCISES FOR INCREASING MUSCLE MASS

It’s not uncommon for bodybuilders to glance at the straps of the TRX Suspension Trainer and wonder, “How can these floppy pieces of nylon webbing possibly help me add muscle mass?”

The answer, of course, is grounded in the science of how muscle is actually built. When a significant load is applied to the muscles, a chain of reactions occur, including muscle damage and altered hormonal balance, that leads to an increase in thickness and number of myofibrils (i.e., hypertrophy). The key is that the load placed on the muscles must be significant enough to require the muscles to adapt.

Which brings us back to the question about the TRX Suspension Trainer: Can it provide a great enough load to actually build muscle? Here’s what the research says:

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~Feelin’ Alive!~

TOPFIT Daily Activities Review

It’s been another week of minimal activity.  But, I continued spending a few minutes on the x-trainer and doing a few pushups on a few different days of the week, plus I added some pullups and chinups (both standard and modified).  So far, so good, with minimal side effects and complications.  And with any luck, I’ll be able to add a few bodyweight squats or lunges next week.

(see “The Cancer Chronicles” post for background info)

~No Challenge, No Change~

7 Ways to Stop Overeating Once and For All

Overeating is easy to do, especially when you’re indulging in an unusually delicious meal. It’s also easy because there are many factors that cause us to overeat, including stress and noshing too fast—both of which we likely experience or do on an almost daily basis.

Fortunately, there are many tactics you can use to stop overeating once and for all, from slowing down to learning your body’s hunger cues. Use these tips to get your eating on track so you can feel fueled and satiated instead of full and frustrated.

Look Ahead
If you’re surrounded by unhealthy food all the time, it can be easy to eat all day long, whether or not you are hungry. Here’s one way to avoid this temptation: Think about how you’ll feel after you eat too much—like those times when you know you’re full, but there’s still food on your plate.

A similarly powerful tactic is thinking about how you’ll feel if you don’t eat the food. In almost every case you feel proud, happy and more satisfied than if you’d indulged unnecessarily.

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~Feelin’ Alive!~

TOPFIT Daily Activities Review

Sometimes in life you take two steps forward and one step back, but at least you’re moving forward. Unfortunately, this past week has been more like one step forward and 3 or 4 steps back. As weeks go, it sucked!
In an attempt to not be a total slug, I made time for 2 brief and easy workouts…1 calisthenics workout and 1 x-trainer workout…and I paid for it.

(see “The Cancer Chronicles” post for background info)

~No Challenge, No Change~