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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What I Eat To Stay Lean and Keep Building Muscle All Year Round.
If there every was a "secret" to how I consistently stay in shape (and almost 20 years since my last competition) the answer would be my diet.
Diet is the deciding factor in what your body looks like and your overall performance and I want to stress that while this is a layout of the foods I eat on a daily basis, it's not a blueprint for your YOU should be eating.
What it can be is an example of what it takes to maintain a certain degree of size and muscularity at all times as a natural athlete, and also the underlying principle to how I select my foods.
Which is that I don't eat junk foods or highly processed foods and I only drink water.
(No protein shakes, ever!)
If you can start with that, there's no doubt that you will be on the right track in terms of your nutrition.
So stay away from processed foods, know that I believe in you and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
Do You Have Good Genetics for Natural Bodybuilding?
I don't believe it's the question that needs to be asked.
Far too many, myself included, who went on to be successful natural bodybuilders would never have been the men and women you would expect to have the genetics for bodybuilding.
But we put in the work, the years, the dedication and the consistency, and so what matters isn't the question of genetics, but rather do you have the passion, the drive and the discipline to train hard and focus on your diet nonstop for years on end to realize your potential?
That's the real question, and yes, there are men and women who have great genetics for natural bodybuilding, but there are even more who would be amazing onstage but don't know it because they didn't believe enough in themselves to put in the time to see how far they could go.
So I am here to say that I believe you have it in you to do amazing things, so if it's your goal, or even if you just want to improve the way you look, stick with it and don't quit!
Know that I believe in you and as always, Excelsior!!! #naturallyintense
Featured everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to CBS News, celebrity Personal Trainer NYC and with over 2.6 million readers of his blog, Kevin Richardson is the creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training, one of the top lifetime drug free bodybuilders of his time, the first International Fitness & Nutrition Consultant for UNICEF, 2020 and 8 Time Winner of the Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training and a world recognized authority on high intensity training. Kevin has helped thousands, from celebrities to CEO's over the past 30 years achieve their fitness goals with his 10 minute high-intensity workouts done just three times a week in conjunction with his holistic nutrition approach. You can learn more about about his diet and training services at www.naturallyintense.net
For the past thirty years, Celebrity Trainer and Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Kevin Richardson has helped hundreds realize their fitness goals in less time with Naturally Intense High Intensity 10 Minute Workouts.