"Pursue your goals, but never lose sight of the reality of things." -Amy Suto
Muscle building exercises (resistance training) focus on creating muscle through progressive overload that stimulates tearing of muscle fibers. The body then rebuilds those fibers so that they’re stronger. To build muscle: lift weights.
Fat burning exercises (cardio) focus on increasing endurance and using calories through cardio. Examples: running, swimming.
First of all, what are you comparing kickboxing to? Lifting weights? Doing pilates? And what does your kickboxing routine look like? Are there weights involved?
Generally, kickboxing is an aerobic workout that combines a series of kicks and punches that are aimed at increasing your heart rate and improving endurance. Because kickboxing uses your own body weight as resistance, it doesn’t really built too much muscle. So it generally falls into a fat burning workout.
However, if you’re doing something like P90x kickboxing, you’re also integrating lunges and hand weights and squats and all sorts of moves that come from a traditional strength routine.
Answer: it depends on your routine. But if you want to build lean muscle, you need to lift heavy!
When it comes to wearing makeup to the gym, the best idea is usually not to wear any. Heavy foundations can clog pores, and mascara and eyeliner can smudge during an intense workout.
I don’t wear any makeup at all when I go running, but when it comes to ballroom dancing or yoga, I do like to wear some sweat-friendly choices.
Here are my top picks!
This post is by my brother. He was like, ‘hey Amy! I think your followers are the coolest, most beautiful/inspiring/wonderful people on the planet. Can I write a post for them?’ Spoiler alert: I said yes.
You can find his Tumblr here. I know if you followed him and/or left him a message, he’d probably explode with happiness.
Q: What’s the secret to an awesome workout?
Everything works better with music: driving, homework, showers, awkward moments, movie montages, but especially working out. I’m a big runner, like my lovely sister. I use apps like lolo treadmill that speeds up my music to match the pace of my workout.
The big guys at The New York Times did a study regarding music’s effect on workouts. When uptempo music played, it motivated the participants to push harder and enjoy the burn.
There are only two species that respond to music at a physical level: Humans and songbirds. Our bodies want to line up our legs and arms to the beat of the music which can easily be manipulated by today’s software.
So what does this mean for you? Customizing playlists with your favorite up-tempo music may add the extra boost you need to push through your next plateau! Unleash your inner song bird!