Best Fitness Articles of 2018
As the New Year rolls in I thought it was a good idea to highlight the best fitness articles of 2018, with the criteria for best fitness article being how many people read the article in 2018. There is a built in error to the selection of which ones are the top fitness articles of 2018 as the articles published in December for example, would not be as widely read as the ones released earlier. Which is why you will have to tune in next year for the best fitness articles of 2019! Seriously, though, as of the time of publication, just about 2.5 million people have taken the time to read my fitness articles. I have worked to try to produce the best and fitness articles possible, through a combination of meticulous research and my own experience as a personal trainer working with hundreds of clients across the globe. This year marks 30 years since I first walked into a gym, and it’s especially gratifying to be able to share what I have been so fortunate to have learned over the years with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to read (and hopefully benefit from) my work and I wish you a healthy and prosperous 2018! Without any further ado here were the best fitness articles of 2018 in descending order of popularity:
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #10
How Long Does It Take To Get Muscle Definition (Naturally)
A look the different stages of muscle definition and just how long it takes to get ripped, and also how quickly you can put weight back on. A must read for anyone interested in trying to understand just how long it will take them to lose weight and get into the shape they are striving to achieve.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #9
Partial Reps vs Full Range Of Motion: What Works Best?
The standing gym philosophy is that in order for muscle growth to occur, exercises must be executed through a full range of motion. The internet and social media are filled with trainers espousing the need for full range of motion, but the science behind how our muscles actually work and the research shows that partial reps might actually be better for overall strength and muscle mass than full range of motion movements. A fascinating read!
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #8
Does Weight Training Reduce Breast Size In Women?
There is a huge misconception that somehow weight training will make a women flat chested, while in reality, increasing pectoral muscles can increase bra size slightly. Where did this misconception come from, and how does weight training really affect breast size? Give it a read to find out!
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #7
5 Ways to Deal With Loose Skin After Weight Loss
Weight loss is hard enough as it is, but after losing weight there is the dilemma of what to do with the loose skin? This article gives some best practices for those who are currently trying to lose weight and for those who have already lost weight to help alleviate some of the problems that loose skin can present.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #6
You Don’t Need Large Amounts Of Protein To Build Muscle
The marketing driven party line of a need for 30 grams of protein every three or so hours is debunked in this research and experienced based article that will surprise you with how little protein is actually needed for muscle growth.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #5
Body Fat Percentage Comparisons For Men And Women- A Visual Guide
Ever wanted to figure out what your body fat percentage was without having to use complicated machines or calipers? This article gives you a visual comparison of different body fat percentages so you can ballpark estimate your own body composition.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #4
What Happens When You Stop Training With Weights?
Do muscles turn to fat? How fast do you lose your gains in the gym? How much strength do you lose if you are away from the gym for one week or two? All of these questions are answered and more in this comprehensive week by week timeline of what really happens when you take a break from the gym.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #3
The Most Effective Abdominal Exercise- Hanging Leg Raises
Forget crunches, planks and sit ups! In this article we will go over why hanging leg raises are the most effective abdominal exercise. It’s a hard one but read on and you’ll see why it’s worth your while if you are trying to build a strong core.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #2
Why People Store Fat In Different Parts of The Body
Why do men and women store fat differently? And why do you have that annoying layer of fat where no one else seems to have it? In this article we explore why people store fat in different parts of the body and how you can do your best to reduce your own fat stores.
Best Fitness Articles Of 2018: #1
How To Lose 5 Pounds Overnight Safely & Naturally
With over twice as many readers as our #2 best of fitness article, this piece was without a doubt, the top fitness article of 2018. There are so many dangerous methods people employ to lose weight temporarily that I was compelled to write this article outlining some of the tips and tricks we use in the natural bodybuilding world to look our very best. I’ve had the most feedback as well form this article, with people writing in to say that it helped them get ready for their wedding or a high school reunion, and I am really happy that it can help steer people away from other less than healthy practices. If you need to get ready for a photoshoot or need to fit into that special outfit that’s just a little too tight, give this article a read!
Thanks as always for reading!
High Intensity Lever Arm Chest Presses 595lbs and 325lb for Reps!
Arguably one of my favorite pieces of home gym equipment has to be hands down the Lever Arms.
It feels just like a Hammer Strength Machine Press and it seriously hits your pecs!
My training partner, @egcitrin and I went all out on our last sets, with an isometric hold thrown in to up the intensity!!!
Still training and hope you are too!!!
Thanks for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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My back today, no pump and nothing fancy!
They used to call me "Back Man" back in the day and it goes without saying that it's my strong point.
It's a muscle group that's a bit like legs, in that many people don't put that much emphasis on it as it's not a Hollywood muscle like chest, shoulders, abs and arms.
It also, like legs, requires a lot of work and a hard back workout can feel like a leg workout as you should be almost on the floor if you did it right.
I train my back and all muscle groups just once a week with Naturally Intense High Intensity training, so we are talking about a workout that can last about 10 minutes.
But it's 10 minutes of pure and utter hell, and look out for some more videos coming soon from me on back training.
Thanks for tuning in and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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High Intensity Training For Natural Athletes.
For the past thirty plus years I have been training with a system I named Naturally Intense High Intensity Training.
And it helped me go from a 125lb skinny teenager into a successful natural bodybuilder training only THREE TIMES A WEEK with workouts lasting 10, 15 to 20 MINUTES at the most!
It sounds too good to be true but it's not only the cornerstone of my success but also has helped the hundreds of men and women I have trained with it as well over the past three decades.
Most of the popular high intensity training protocols out there were designed for and popularized by enhanced athletes, and they miss by a large mark some important factors that come into play for those who don't use drugs.
I hope it can help you as much as it's helped me and you can see the full video on YouTube by clicking on my bio link- or just look me up there (Kevin Richardson- Naturally Intense)
Thanks for taking the time to look at my work and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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High Intensity Training: Pull Ups & Heavy Dumbbell Rows!
Compound sets are tough!
Going from one exercise to the next for the same muscle group without rest can really tax you!
One of the basic principles of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training is that every workout is different and this is an example of doing just one set going all out.
This was the last exercise for shoulders and back and the pull ups started off easy enough, but started to bite towards the end.
Next it was straight to the 100lb dumbbells for 8 grueling reps of rows.
(I was going to go with the 120lb dumbbells, but @egcitrin in her infinite wisdom suggested that the 100lb ones should be more than enough!)
Still training hard and I hope you are too!!!
Thanks for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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I Still Get Sore Even After 30+ Years of High Intensity Training!
So the answer to the question as to whether or not I still get sore from my training is:
A resounding yes!
I still get really sore, in fact as I am in pain as I write this as there isn't really a way for my body to adapt to the type of workouts that I do because with Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, every workout is different, so there's never a point where it gets easy!
Thing is, as bad as it gets, it's still something I look forward to as it hurts, but in a good way!
And if you've ever really pushed it and felt the aftermath a day or two after training, you know exactly what I mean!
So keep training hard, know I believe in you and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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Change the Focus: Looking Good Comes From Feeling Good!
Want to know why I train as hard as I do and never miss a workout even though I haven't stepped on stage in a bodybuilding competition in 19 years?
Want to know how I stay on diet 100% without flinching?
The answer is simple.
I do what I do because it FEELS GOOD.
I couldn't care less that my body fat percentage is under 10%.
It's nice, don't get me wrong, but I don't eat thinking I need to stay lean.
Nor do I train thinking that I need to be muscular.
I eat the way I eat because I feel good when I eat that way.
I train the way I train because I feel great when I train that way.
And if I could leave you with just one gem of wisdom towards helping you realize your goals, it would be to stop focusing on the result and instead focus on enjoying the process.
As a natural athlete, realizing your potential often takes years. Not months, years.
And so you have to find a path that sets you up for the long game, and one that also makes you FEEL BETTER in the process.
Forget about the six pack, forget about losing weight, forget about building muscle, and instead focus on what you need to do in order to accomplish those goals.
Because if you do, everything in life just gets better!
That's the "secret" if there ever was one and so focus on the Path, enjoy the Path, know that I believe in you and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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High Intensity T-Bar Rows (Home Gym Style)
Rows are one of the cornerstones of my back development and with variety being an important part of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, being able to do a variety of rows training at home is critical.
Which is why I love landmine T-Bar Rows.
Back in the day at 5th Avenue gym we would stick a barbell in a corner and do T-Bar rows with an Olympic bar and a triangle grip attachment, and I wish we had landmines back then as this set up is much easier (and you don't destroy the wall!, which we often did back at 5th)
This was my last set and I ended at 225lbs which is fairly conservative, but this exercise has a way of sneaking up on you and the weight feeling a thousand pounds heavier towards the end!!!
For the equipment-minded, t's a @repfitnessequipment landmine attachment on my heavily modified @roguefitness Monster Lite Rack with a Rogue Fitness T-Bar.
Still training, and I hope you are too!!!!
Thanks for watching and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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Do You Outgrow Muscle Soreness Over Time?
I have trained with Naturally Intense High Intensity Training for the past 33 years and the question I am often asked is do I still get sore after all these years?
It's a great question, and one my clients always raise and in this video I go over my experience over the years with delayed onset muscle soreness and the answer might surprise you!!!
Click on my bio link to find out and see the full video on my YouTube Channel. (If you ever have any issues finding it, send me a DM and I will happily send you a link.
Keep training hard and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
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