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Virtually everyone striving to get into better shape stands to benefit from breaking down their long-term fitness goals into smaller, progressive training segments. Why not launch your periodization plan now?
Scrape off all the crazy hype, jargon, and mixed messages usually associated with health and fitness, and you're left with the important stuff — which really isn't so complicated after all.
According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, proprioceptive forms of training – activities, like balancing on a wobbly surface, that require the body to “self-monitor” and adjust based on subtly shifting physiological signals – are very effective in improving dynamic joint stabilization and functional strength. But wait, that’s not all!
How much cash would you slap down for a magic pill that would grant you a lifetime of physical strength, vibrant good health, mental sharpness, and – that most prized possession – a good-looking body? Don't bother answering, because you can win all these benefits and more without resorting to magic or medication. All you have to do is add a range of muscle-building exercises to your regular fitness regimen.
Are you trailing a string of fitness failures mysterious enough to be classified as an x-file? Here's how to get to the bottom of your UFOs once and for all.
You work out, watch what you eat, and lead a healthy lifestyle — so you've probably got plenty to be proud of already. Yet you don't have to be a hardcore bodybuilder to want (and get) a little more visual pump in your physique. In order to find out exactly what it takes, we talked to the patron saint of hard-gainers, three-time Mr. Olympia, Frank Zane.