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Abdominal Workout Videos and Tips

Intense Six-Pack Ab Workout and Exercise Videos

Turn that muffin top into chiseled abs by trying some new ab workout moves. When your goal is to flatten your belly and you strive for six-pack abs (or maybe even an eight-pack), you look high and low for the right abdominal workout regimen. There's no one right answer or a single exercise that can get you to where you want to go, but we've found a series of ab exercises to get you on your way to a washboard stomach.

Whether you choose to focus on core training or want to single out the abs workouts, we've got you covered. You can start with the Strength, Cardio and Ab Workout featuring Jillian Michaels, try the six-pack challenge or you can give some of these other ab workouts we've found. Not only have we gathered together a few abs workout videos to help you along the way, but we've also created a Pinterest board specifically for abs workout videos, exercises and tips. Get ready for some ab-crushing exercises.

12 Killer Ab Exercises for Six-Pack Abs

Are you looking for new ways to attain six-pack or even 8-pack abs? Certified personal trainer, and nutrition and wellness specialist Brad Gaines, takes you through 12 ab-focused exercises to help you get the chiseled midsection you desire.

  • Cross Bench Crunches
  • Decline Sit-ups
  • High Cable Crunches
  • Swiss Ball Crunches
  • Decline Cable Crunches
  • Swiss Ball Leg Raise
  • Ab-Focused Chin-up Towards Belly
  • Decline Leg Raise with Hip Thrust
  • Hanging Leg Raises with Ab Straps
  • Resting Forearm Side-to-Side Cable Crunches
  • Seated Russian Twist with Medicine Ball
  • Glute-Ham Machine Russian Twist

Workout Your Abs While Standing

No need to get down on the floor anymore for an intense ab workout. Bodynomics shows us how to get in a great ab workout while standing. A dumbbell is all you need to get through this 15-minute standing ab workout. This is a great way to break out of your regular ab workout routine and switch up the intensity as you see fit.

Five-Minute Bodyweight Ab Workout

Mike with Sixpack Shortcuts shares a short, but sweet ab workout that you can do anywhere. With the help of his friends, Hunter and Nina, Mike takes you through five (or maybe six) minutes of awesome ab exercises.

  • Scissor Kick
  • Toe-Touch Crunch
  • Spinal Crunch

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Core Workout Videos and Tips

Get Fit With Core Workout Training Videos and Tips

Is core training a part of your regular routine? We don’t mean the occasional sit-up or push-up. We mean giving your core muscles a more diversified workout. Strengthening the muscles around your trunk and pelvis, including your abs, obliques, glutes and traps. Your core truly consists of everything except your arms and legs. By working out your core muscles, you can strengthen and flatten your abs, stabilize your lower back, enhance your flexibility, improve your balance and coordination, and even improve your breathing.

The cool thing about core exercises is that you don’t have to go to the gym or have special equipment to get a good workout, but you can if you want to go that route. It’s really just about doing any exercise that involves coordinating your back and abdominal muscles. Whether you’d like to focus on bodyweight exercises or break out the free weights, you can get an incredible core-strengthening workout. We've gathered together some YouTube videos and created a Pinterest board specifically for core workouts to get you on your way to a well-rounded fitness routine.

Andy McDermott Fitness Presents 79 Core Exercises

Whether you are looking for exercises to strengthen your core, want to broaden your fitness training or simply want to switch up your core workout, Andy McDermott Fitness has some core exercises for you. Seventy-nine core exercises to be exact. In less than eight minutes, you can check out these core movements.

1. Basic Crunch
2. Sit-up
3. Feet up Crunch
4. Bicycle Pausers
5. Fast Bicycles
6. Sky Reachers
7. Reverse Crunch
8. Extended Reverse Crunch
9. Hip Raisers
10. Leg and Hip Raisers
11. Straddle Rowers
12. Iso Floor Pushers
13. Feet Stacked Crunch
14. Cross Crunch
15. Elbow Cross Crunch
16. Crossed Reverse Crunch
17. Butterfly Crunch
18. Single V-up
19. V-up
20. Rowers
21. Single Rowers
22. Supermans
23. Oppo-Raisers
24. Bird Dogs
25. Throw Downs
26. 2 up (high five mandatory)
27. Hip to Hip
28. Havyk Roll-Out
29. Havyk Reverse
30. Havyk Oblique
31. Havyk Climbers
32. Havyk Outsiders
33. Havyk Insiders
34. TRX Leaning Plank
35. TRX Standing Crunch
36. TRX Reverse
37. TRX Climber
38. TRX Double Pike
39. TRX Single Plank
40. TRX Single Reverse
41. TRX Outsiders
42. TRX Insiders
43. TRX Single Pike
44. TRX Roll-outs
45. TRX Single Plank Crunches
46. TRX Havyk Suicides
47. TRX Havyk Ab Rippers
48. TRX Havyk Reverse
49. TRX Havyk Outsiders
50. Stabilizer
51. Single Stabilizer
52. Stable Squat
53. Stable Lean
54. Stable Extenders
55. Rotators
56. Push-up Plank
57. Single Plank
58. Insiders
59. Hand Walk-outs
60. Outsiders
61. Scorpions
62. Kick-Through
63. Climbers
64. Double Climbers
65. Ballistic Knees
66. Ballistic Out
67. Ballistic In
68. High Knee Jumps
69. Hanging Leg Raises
70. Hanging Singles
71. Hanging Oblique
72. Toe Touches
73. Plank Fight
74. Plank Pullers
75. Weighted Plank
76. Weighted Snake
77. Weighted Bear Crawl
78. Superman Plank
79. Toe-Touch Push-ups

Killer 20-Minute Core Workout

Winner of the Best Male Workout by Pilates Style magazine and known for being a Master Core Specialist, Sean Vigue has put together a killer core workout. This video involves 20 solid minutes of intense bodyweight core exercises to get you toned and ripped.

  • Crunches
  • Patty Cake Crunches
  • Tailbone Crunch
  • Camel Pulse
  • Forearm Plank
  • Hip Dips
  • Screen Door Plank
  • Hindu Push-ups
  • Corpse Crunch
  • Spine Curl Crunch
  • Ab Circles
  • Heel Beats
  • Ceiling Walk
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Reverse Crunch
  • Plow Leg Lift
  • Half Boat
  • Half Boat Bicycles
  • Boat Criss Cross
  • Plank Walkouts
  • Spiderman Push ups
  • Pike Press
  • Baby Cobra Opposites
  • Leg Pull Backs
  • Leg Lift Plank
  • Criss Cross
  • Straddle Crunch
  • Roll up to Boat

Fabulous Fat-Burning Core Workout

Ross Dickerson from Be Fit Motivation takes five minutes to demonstrate a full-body, fat-burning core workout. First, Ross shows us exercises that focus on glutes and hamstrings, including squats, squat jumps, lunges and lunge jumps. Then, he takes you through upper body and core exercises, including press ups, squat thrusts, plank into press ups and mountain climbers.

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May 2015 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: May 2015 Edition

IFBB Pros seem to know all the best workout tips and secrets for success. In this month's edition of Tips from IFBB Pros HGH.com presents three video clips and several more pins on the Pinterest board dedicated to IFBB pros and tips. We start this post with shoulder and back training with Phil Heath, followed by glute exercises with IFBB Bikini Pro, Annette De La Rosa. Then, we round out the video clips with a look at Victor Martinez working out six weeks before the 2015 New York Pro competition.

Phil Heath’s Back and Shoulder Training

As you aspire to build mountainous shoulders with an amped up back, you want to see how the pros make it happen. IFBB Professional Bodybuilder and Mr. Olympia Phil Heath gives us an inside view of a few shoulder and back exercises he does as he prepares for the 2015 Mr. Olympia competition. We get to see this IFBB Pro demonstrate several exercises, including:

  • Bent Over Dumbbell Rows
  • Plate Loaded Seat Rows
  • Roc-It Lat Pull Downs
  • Standing Military Presses
  • Plate Loaded Shoulder Presses
  • Lateral Raises
  • Reverse Pec Decks
  • Hammer Front Raises
  • Lateral Raises
  • Bent Over Dumbbell Reverse Flyes
  • Seated Dumbbell Presses

Glute Training with IFBB Pro Anette De La Rosa

Get the skinny on how IFBB Pro Anette De La Rosa trains her butt off. Typically, she does two leg days each week, with one of those days concentrating more on her gluteus maximus and hamstrings. One of her favorite exercises to do is the reverse half-squat, because it focuses on the hamstrings and glutes, both on the way down and the way back up. The apparatus she likes to workout on most is when gyms have the butt blaster. Even when she’s on the Stairmaster, she focuses on her glutes.

Victor Martinez Gets Ready for the New York Pro 2015

You know those times when you say, "Wow! I really wish I knew what he did to get such massive muscles." Well, this is one of those moments when you get to find out. Take a look at IFBB Pro Victor Martinez as he pumps iron. With only six week's left before the New York Pro 2015, Victor is on a mission to pile on the mass. What's his workout like? The video below provides a sneak peek inside one of his pre-competition workouts.

Great news! Victor placed 2nd at the New York Pro 2015 men's bodybuilding competition.

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Get Super Fit with These Avengers Superhero Workouts

Avengers Superhero Workout Videos and Tips

In the spirit of the latest Avengers movie, we're laser focused on training like these superheroes. Although you may never be able to have the amazing powers of Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and the rest of the Avengers, you can workout the way they do. In time, you can even potentially build the incredible strength and fantastic physique they command. It seems like this is the best of both worlds anyway. Kermit the Frog always told us that, “It’s not easy being green.” We bet the Incredible Hulk knows a thing or two about that. But, by training like the Avengers, you can have all of the brawn of these mighty heroes while still getting to enjoy life as a mortal.

There's some superhero in each one of us, so why not workout like one. To get you started, we found some great YouTube videos that feature workouts related to a few of the Avengers: Captain America, Iron Man and Thor. Plus, we’ve created a larger than life Avengers Superhero Workout Videos and Tips Pinterest board.

Captain America Super Soldier Training Exercises

If you want to have a superhero physique like Captain America, without the super soldier serum, then you need to train like a superhero in the gym. We found a video workout from Scott Herman Fitness that presents the Captain America's "Super Soldier Training": Body of a Superhero Workout!

If you want to have a superhero physique like Captain America, without the super soldier serum, then you need to train like a superhero in the gym. We found a video workout from Scott Herman Fitness that presents the Captain America's "Super Soldier Training": Body of a Superhero Workout!

Superhero Switch! Routine Sets and Rep Duck and Dodge Shield Slash Charging Star Captain's Evade Star Spangled Switch Fly Like an Eagle Eagle-Knee Strike

HASfit Iron Man Workout

How does Iron Man get those chiseled abs? This Iron Man-inspired workout can help you increase muscle while decreasing fat. Consisting of five advanced exercises with five sets of each, this high intensity workout will have you feeling pretty super. For the first three exercises, it is suggested to do 12 repetitions of each, while the fourth is only four reps with two each way, and the last is six reps. Make sure to give yourself a little break between each set. Freddie from HASfit demonstrates each of the following exercises:

  • Overhead Medicine Ball Squat
  • Stability Ball Push Up
  • Stability Ball Push Up
  • Hanging Leg Raise
  • Fast Feet to a Reach Jump

Beefing Up to Become Thor

Actor director Kenneth Branagh reveals why Chris Hemsworth was the right actor for the part of Thor. Plus, get the low-down from this muscular Australian heartthrob to find out what it took for him to beef up for this super powerful part.

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HGH Benefits and Tips for Losing Weight and Improving Health

Spring is in full swing and summertime is right around the corner and if you are looking to lose weight naturally, HGH.com provides a wealth of online HGH and bodybuilding resources and has written many informational articles and posts on natural HGH benefits and tips for losing weight and improving health. From eating right, to proper exercise and selecting the best natural weight loss supplements, the articles below provide information to help you choose the most effective strategies to achieve your weight loss goals.

You've Got 3 Weeks to Lose Weight - The Best Rapid Weight Loss Product

Many weight loss products promise good results, but have you actually looked at what they are going to do in order to give you those results? Some of them merely cause you to lose water weight. You will weigh less, but you will just be dehydrated and the amount of adipose tissue (or body fat) on your body will be exactly the same.

Using these methods is no way to get in shape. You need a product that will actually help you in a scientific, fundamental way and something that will use advances in nutrition to alter both your diet and your body. - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/rapid-weight-loss-supplements-how-to

HGH Reduces Body Fat - Benefits of HGH

Upon turning 40, some people experience what is commonly called “middle-age spread.” Regardless of diet or exercise, it becomes harder and harder to keep the stomach area from storing up fatty deposits. What’s worse is that studies have found that collecting fat around one’s mid-section can result in more serious health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. Human growth hormone pills can counter this risk to one’s health. HGH supplements stave off the accumulation of fat around the stomach and vital organs, thus helping to avoid a potential heart attack or a worse health condition down the road. To Burn Fat - See Somatropinne HGH, HGF Max, Clen XDV. - Read the full article at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/benefits-of-hgh-human-growth-hormone

How do Natural Growth Hormone Supplements Work?

There are many different types of natural growth hormone supplements on the market and it's hard to know not only if they will work, but also how they work. Maybe by understanding how these natural supplements stimulate growth you can determine whether or not they are a scam, or if they indeed will work and work for you.

What do we mean by "growth hormone stimulation"?
Growth Hormone is not necessarily "growing taller", although that's definitely a possibility; but rather when we say growth, we mean muscle and bone growth and density. Other benefits that we won't get into include the known benefits of HGH such as:

 - Anti-aging
 - Better sleep
 - Increased memory
 - Muscle growth
 - Weight Loss - Increased Sexual Performance
 - And about 25 other more other health benefits...

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Key Fat Burning Workouts for Slimming Down This Summer

Looking to lose weight now? Summertime is right around the corner and it's time to slim down with some proven methods for burning burn fat and losing unwanted pounds. From eating right to working out to selecting the best natural metabolism-boosting supplements, you need to choose the most effective strategies to achieve your weight loss goals.
- See more at: http://www.hgh.com/blogger/post/slim-down-this-summer-weight-loss-fat-burning-tips

About Purity Select and HGH.com

HGH.com is an established provider of natural human growth hormone (HGH), bodybuilding and overall health supplements that are designed to benefit consumers naturally through dietary supplementation and provide an alternative to prescription medicine. In 2010, Purity Select acquired HGH.com and continues to offer an exclusive line of supplements for bodybuilding, muscle growth, low testosterone, increased strength, endurance, weight loss, anti-aging, and other health and fitness goals. All Purity Select products are manufactured in the United States through Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities to ensure optimal quality. The company's ongoing commitment to quality, innovation and customer service has positioned Purity Select and HGH.com as leading brands within the bodybuilding supplement industry.

 




Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

Awesome Pull-Ups Exercise Videos and Tips

When it comes to upper body development, pull-ups can be very effective. However, pull-ups are oftentimes an overlooked exercise. As we mentioned in the Bodyweight Training Videos and Tips blog post, pull-ups are one of the three fundamental bodyweight training exercises that build muscle and strength. They are known to develop upper body muscles, including biceps, triceps, lats, traps and abs.

Whether you're a bodybuilder, fitness trainer or just want a great workout, pull-ups should be an integral part of your strength training regimen. They're ideal to warm up and cool down for upper-body sessions, and are a great way to add variety to your workout routine. In addition, you can easily increase the difficulty by performing weighted pull-ups by adding a weight belt around your waist, wearing a weight vest, or holding a dumbbell between your ankles or knees.

We've gathered a few videos about pull-ups for you, including one that shows the difference between chin-ups and pull-ups and another that shows common mistakes. Plus, we found a video that talks about the recent Guinness World Record holder for pull-ups. We've also created a dedicated Pinterest board with Pull-Ups Tips and Videos.

What’s the Difference Between Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups?

Get the lowdown on the major distinctions between a pull-up, chin-up and neutral-grip pull-up. They all concentrate on the biceps, lats, traps, brachialis and posterior delts. You’ll find that the pecs and traps are activated first, followed by the biceps and lats. However, it’s all in where the emphasis is. For example, when we look at the overhand pull-up, we notice that it is easier on the wrists and elbows, while focusing on the forearm flexors, brachialis, brachioradialis and lower traps. Now, when it comes to the neutral chin-up or neutral pull-up, the palms are facing each other, and there is more emphasis on the rhomboid and lats. Whereas the underhand grip chin-up focuses on the biceps and lats more than a neutral pull-up, while also targeting the teres major, posterior delt, rhomboids and lower traps. For more information, check out this video:

How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Doing Pull-ups

While pull-ups are an excellent indication of overall strength and a great exercise to build back muscles, there are five common mistakes people make when doing them. One of the Buff Dudes take us through the most frequent faux pas to help you avoid making them when performing this exercise. In the video, they discuss these five common pull-ups exercise mistakes:

1. Using Your Momentum
2. Elbows in Wrong Position
3. Not Pulling Your Shoulders Down and Back
4. Not Performing Full Range of Motion
5. Not Being Able to Complete a Pull-Up

Breaking the Guinness World Record for Pull-Ups

How many pull-ups can you do in a 24-hour period? When 54-year-old Mark Jordan from Corpus Christi, Texas answers this question, he breaks records. He spent a year preparing for this moment. Not only did he work out and practice, but he also focused on a solid strategy. In November of 2014, Mark was put to the test for a chance to break the Guinness World Record and succeeded by accomplishing a total of 4,321 pull-ups in 24 hours. In March of 2015, Guinness World Records confirmed that Mark Jordan holds the record for Most Pull-ups in 24 hours. Check out his achievement with this video report from USA Today.

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Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

Spring Break Beach Body Workouts

Can you believe it’s Spring Break already? It will be summer before you know it. If you’re looking for a workout to get you on your way to a beach-ready body that will look great in a bikini or super in swim trunks, then get ready for some fun Spring Break-inspired exercises. We’ve picked a few Spring Break workout videos to help you get your body in shape for the beach. We’ve also added some inspirational and motivational pins to our Beach Body Workout and Motivation Pinterest board.

Circuit Training Workout for a Beach Body

It's time to get your body ready for the beach. So, take on this Spring Break Body workout with Elektra Knight. In this video, she does a circuit workout with a timer that includes one minute interval training with a 30-second rest period. You can make the intensity high or low, depending upon your needs and you decide how many times you want to do this circuit. Elektra is ready to help you reach your Spring Break goals, just make sure to warm up before starting these exercises:

  • Dead Lift
  • Heisman
  • Squat Jumps
  • Standing Oblique Crunch

Total Body Workout to Sculpt a Bikini Body

The BeFit team has a second level to the Total Body Bikini Blast Workout we previously shared with you in the Beach Body Workouts to Help You Look Your Best All Summer blog. This supercharged fat-burning total body workout offers incredible exercises that focus on your core, abdominals and other problem areas, so you'll be ready to hit the beach. When you click play, you’ll get an explosive 40-minute cardio/strength training workout with an ideal combination of Yoga and Pilates-inspired moves, along with plyometric exercises, including:

• Air Squats
• Alternating Supermans
• Bridge Pose
• Bunny Hops
• Burpees
• Cat/Cow
• Cherry Pickers
• Child’s Pose
• Cobra Stretch
• Downward Dog
• Full Wheel Pose
• Lunge to Twist
• Monkey Squats
• Mountain Climber to Tuck Jump
• Plank Knee to Elbow
• Plank Thomas Touches
• Reverse Lunge Knee Up
• V-Ups

Getting a Buff Beach Body with Group Fitness

Whether you’re trying to get your beach body ready or are looking to achieve success in an upcoming bodybuilding competition, you have to do what it takes to reach your personal fitness goals. Pro bodybuilder John Puskarich shares some motivating clips of some of his group training sessions. He feels that, “Everyone can be fit, it just takes the right motivations.” Not only does this video give you an idea of the incredible workouts he does with his clients, but you’ll also get to see them achieve success during competition.

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February 2015 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: February 2015 Edition

Who better to get bodybuilding tips and tricks from than the IFBB Pros? For this month’s edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we’ve gathered a few video clips and added more to the corresponding Pinterest board. We begin with training exercises from Alice Matos, move onto an amazing back and chest workout with Brandon Curry, then round it out with the top three winners of the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup.

Training with IFBB Bikini Pro Alice Matos

Get an inside look at some of the exercises IFBB Bikini Pro Alice Matos does. This Brazilian bombshell demonstrates some unique training methods and even has her workout partners help her out.

We found some other interesting tidbits from an interview Alice did for SimplyShredded.com. When asked if she could only pick three exercises what would the would be and why, she chose

  • Barbell Squats
  • Bench Press
  • Back Row

Her reasoning is that they're all compound movements, so they use multiple major muscle groups simultaneously. She finds these types of exercises are ideal when building muscle mass.

Brandon Curry Gets Ready for the 2015 Arnold Classic

With only three-and-a-half weeks left until the Arnold Classic, IFBB Pro Brandon Curry hits the Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym. He's been training his heart out while focusing on quality mass gains and improvements. In this video, we take a look at his back and chest workout as he trains both areas at the same time. His workout includes:

  • Pull Ups
  • Low Row Machine
  • Close Grip Pull Downs
  • Kroc Row
  • Dumbbell Pullover
  • Decline
  • Dips
  • Pec Deck Machine
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes

The Best of the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup

In Jon Lindsay's Muscle Contest, the 2015 IFBB Pro Western Cup, these three buff gentlemen placed for the men's physique competition:

  • Frank Ortega
  • Joseph Lee
  • Patrick Fulgham

After the show, they were interviewed by Tamer El Guindy, VP of Operations for Muscle Contest. When asked how long it took him to prepare for this competition, Patrick Fulgham says he did a 12-week prep. What's next for Joseph Lee? He will be back for the Muscle Grand Prix in April and is working toward going to the men's physique Olympia competition.

Last, but not least, we hear from, first place winner, Frank Ortega who had to make some sacrifices during the holiday and completed a 15 to 16-week prep for this competition. After recently suffering an injury, he just focused on making his pro debut and wants 2015 to be the year he brings his best.

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New Year’s Fitness and Workout Resolutions: 10 Tips for Setting and Achieving Your Goals

Get on Track to a Healthy New You in 2015 With HGH.com’s Top 10 Tips for New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

While many regard December as a period of indulgence, year-end also marks the starting point for New Year’s resolutions. It’s a time to take stock of your personal goals, assess your progress and analyze prior pitfalls as you plan for the year ahead. If you’ve fulfilled your 2014 resolutions, how can you take them to the next level in 2015? If you’ve fallen short, what caused you to falter, and how can you achieve success in the coming year?

To help you get your New Year’s fitness resolutions off to promising start, we’ve solicited ideas from the HGH.com team and our sponsored athletes. Following are the top 10 tips from our resident fitness experts and IFBB pros:

1. Set SMART goals. In the business world, “SMART” stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. But SMART objectives apply equally well to fitness goals. Rather than making vague resolutions like “lose weight,” “bulk up” or “get fit,” take the time to identify and define exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Then write down those objectives to hold yourself accountable, and set a series of incremental milestones throughout the year.

2. Do a reality check. When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to ensure your goals are realistic. People who set unreasonably high expectations for themselves – such as severe caloric restrictions or prolonged, intense daily workouts – may be more likely to give up if they backslide. By lowering the bar a bit at the outset and aiming for progressively higher goals over time, you can position yourself for success. Check out the video below and click here to watch a female personal trainer talking more about weight/endurance goals.

3. Choose your workout wisely. It’s not enough to make “get to the gym” your New Year’s resolution; you need to have a plan of action once you get there. A bodybuilder looking to increase upper body strength will follow a very different exercise program than a runner seeking to improve endurance or an overweight person aiming to reduce belly fat. If you’re a new gym member, request an equipment demonstration so you’ll know which exercises to incorporate into your routine. If you’re a gym regular interested in taking your workout to the next level, schedule a session or two with a personal trainer for professional advice on how to achieve your fitness goals.

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4. Tap into tips from bodybuilding and fitness pros. While personal trainers are a great resource for gym-goers, individuals who prefer a do-it-yourself approach will find a wealth of information just a click away. Many trainers and pro bodybuilders share their expert advice via blogs, YouTube videos, podcasts and other social media channels. Look up athletes whose physique you admire, and see what they share online. For example, IFBB pro Tricky Jackson airs a weekly Pro Muscle Radio broadcast that’s popular among bodybuilders. And be sure to check the HGH.com blog regularly for curated posts featuring videos, tips and advice from some of the country’s top bodybuilders, athletes and trainers. Check out the Tricky Jackson video below.

5. Change the scene. While some people perform best by following a regular routine, others get bored quickly and are more apt to give up their resolutions when they lose interest. If daily visits to the same gym seem like a tedious prospect, try varying your routine. Alternate gym days with home workouts or team sports; or visit a local park with fitness stations in lieu of exercising indoors.

6. Raise your nutrition IQ. Many people equate the word “diet” with counting calories or restricting carb or fat intake; but the reality is that proper diet and nutrition are as much about consuming the right foods, vitamins and minerals as avoiding the wrong ones. Consider making an appointment with a nutritionist or checking out a few books to learn how specific foods and dietary supplements can help you achieve your fitness goals, from building muscle or burning fat to increasing stamina or minimizing recovery time. And explore the HGH.com blog to discover the functions, benefits and evidence behind some of the key ingredients in popular health and bodybuilding supplements.

7. Track your progress. Hopping on the scale each morning or measuring your biceps every evening can create disappointment, as you’ll rarely see immediate results. It’s better to track your progress over time, with a weigh-in or measurement every week or on alternating weeks. Since fitness and bodybuilding goals tend to involve a gradual progression, you’re not likely to notice changes in yourself from day to day. But if you take weekly or semi-weekly photos of yourself, the results will be clearly visible as you work toward your goals.

8. Find your motivation. Whether it’s a mantra or a mentor, find what (or who) inspires you and keep that front and center as you focus on fitness resolutions. Motivating messages and visual cues can have a powerful impact. Follow Twitter or Facebook pages that post inspirational quotes and practical advice, or create a Pinterest board with aspirational images that propel you to strive harder. To see what inspires us, click over to the HGH.com Pinterest boards.

Tips and Motivation From the Pros.

9. Register for an event. Even if you’re a long way from achieving your fitness goals, committing to a specific event will give you something tangible to work toward. If your objective is to run the Boston Marathon, sign up for a local half marathon a few months out. If you dream of competing in pro bodybuilding championships, register for some regional novice-level contests as you work your way toward a pro card.

10. Never give up! When all is said and done, succeeding at your New Year’s fitness resolutions doesn’t mean having a perfect track record every single day of the entire year. It’s only human to have an occasional lapse or to get sidetracked when work or personal obligations take precedence; the key is to look at these events as momentary hurdles rather than insurmountable obstacles. Remember that success is an ongoing journey, and you’re in it for the long haul!

Bodybuilding and Fitness Inspiration.

By following these 10 tips, you’ll be on your way to successfully achieving your New Year’s fitness resolutions. For information and inspiration to keep you going throughout 2015 (and beyond), visit the HGH.com blog and our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Do you have any advice or success stories of your own to share? We’d love to hear from you! Post your comments below or connect with other bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts in our online community.

 




December 2014 Tips from IFBB Pros Presented by HGH.com

HGH.com Presents IFBB Pros & Tips: December 2014 Edition

Ready to workout like the IFBB Pros? In this month’s edition of HGH.com’s Tips from IFBB Pros, we’ve got quite the video lineup ready for you and we’ve added more to the dedicated Pinterest board. We start out with an extreme chest workout with Kai Greene, move onto an incredible feature-length video with a full-body workout from Dennis James and round it out with top-notch training with our friend, Ben White.

Powerful Chest Workout with IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene

Workout your chest like the pros. IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Kai Greene pumps iron with IFBB Pro Men's Physique competitors, Jeff Seid and Alon Gabbay. Not only do you get an incredible half-hour chest workout with these pros, but they also share some significant insight along the way. Watch their technique and form as they do these exercises

  • Dumbbell Pullovers
  • Incline Barbell Press
  • Bench Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes

Intense Two-Hour Workout with IFBB Pro Dennis James

Prior to entering the Mr. Olympia contest in 2003, IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Dennis James filmed this total body workout. This is the first feature-length, two-hour movie in the Titans bodybuilding series. Go through this vein-popping, muscle-rippling workout with Dennis that includes shoulders, triceps, chest, biceps, legs and back, along with posing.

Training with IFBB Professional Bodybuilder Ben White

What makes Ben White one of the world's strongest IFBB Pro Bodybuilders? From eating the right foods to doing different types of muscle-building exercises to taking the right supplements, Ben puts his everything into preparing for competition. In this video, Ben shows us what it takes for an incredible workout. As you’ll see in the video below, Ben insists on using heavy weights even when he has to pause mid-range for pictures to be taken.

We're proud to say that Ben is also one of HGH.com's sponsors. After taking HGH.com supplements, Ben stated, "While taking HGH.com products, I have been consumed with complements on the way my physique has changed in the past few months." Get to know Ben better:

Check out this tweet from HGH.com regarding Ben White:

Additional IFBB Pros & Tips on Pinterest

We’ve added even more tips and tricks from the IFBB Pros on Pinterest. From inspiration to perspiration to nutrition-related pins, this Pinterest board has it all from IFBB pros. Make sure to follow us on Pinterest as we'll continue to update this board and we'll be creating other bodybuilding-related boards just for you as well.

Follow Bodybuilding's IFBB Pros & Tips Pinterest board.

 







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