One of the first things a beginner weightlifter will want to perfect is their snatch technique, but it’s actually easier said than done!
I still see seasoned lifters struggle with this particular move, as long as you start in the squat position and manage to fling the bar overhead you’re fine, right? Well, no actually!
It’s important to frequently practise your motions, mechanics, and postures with both light and heavy weights since the snatch is a master at revealing any of your errors, no matter how tiny, and punishing you with a failed rep. A snatch, when done flawlessly, is a thing of beauty.
Here are my top tips to improve your snatch technique.
The mere thought of going to the gym could cause your heart to race and your sweat glands to activate, but not in anticipation of the heart-pumping activity that awaits you. Instead, it’s possible that feelings of worry and anxiety are preventing you from really committing to a regular gym regimen.
60% of people are anxious about working out in the gym. And this is something we need to change fast!
Honestly, you are not alone. I’ve seen gym anxiety affect a lot of other gym goers here at Strength Ambassadors, and I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t affected me every now and then!
Overcoming gym anxiety is easier said than done, however you can overcome these feelings and adhere to a sustainable fitness regimen whether you’re just starting out, returning to the gym for the first time in a while, or you feel this way every time you go.
Here are some tips from a personal trainer about overcoming gym anxiety.
Technology has become an integral part of our lives in the modern era, completely changing various industries and our daily routines. It has brought about a revolution in the way we live, work, and play.
Advancements in technology have also impacted the fitness industry, leading to a new era of health and wellness. Technology is changing the way we approach fitness with the introduction of advanced fitness trackers and virtual workout experiences. New technologies like the touchless gym membership card system, which allows for 24/7 gym access, are streamlining fitness for businesses and gym-goers
These innovations are giving people more control over their fitness journey and helping them reach their goals in new and exciting ways.
In this article, we will discuss how technology is transforming our approach to fitness and enabling us to lead healthier and more active lives.
One of the most significant advancements in the fitness industry has been the introduction of fitness tracking devices. These wearable gadgets, such as smartwatches and fitness bands, can be highly helpful for maintaining health.
They allow individuals to monitor their daily physical activities, heart rate, sleep patterns, and much more. With real-time feedback and personalized insights, these devices enable users to make informed decisions about their fitness routines.
Technology has also revolutionized the way fitness classes and personal training sessions are conducted. With the rise of virtual fitness platforms and apps, individuals can now access a range of exercise programs and training sessions.
Whether it’s yoga, high-intensity interval training, or dance workouts, these platforms offer a variety of classes led by professional trainers.
Virtual personal training sessions have also gained popularity, allowing individuals to receive personalized guidance and support remotely.
Furthermore, in the realm of virtual fitness, individuals often have questions regarding devices and file system compatibility for storing their workout data. And when it comes to choosing the right file system, the debate between apfs vs mac os extended vs exfat takes the first place. Yes, people using Mac devices or Windows devices do get confused with these systems.
However, thanks to technological advancements, compatibility requirements, and file size considerations can be addressed to ensure seamless experiences.
This means that fitness enthusiasts can fully enjoy their virtual sessions without any concerns or obstacles.
Adding elements of gamification into fitness has proven to be an effective way to motivate individuals and make their workouts more enjoyable.
Fitness apps and platforms now utilize game-like features such as challenges, rewards, and leaderboards to engage users and keep them motivated.
Whether it’s completing daily step goals, competing with friends, or unlocking virtual achievements, gamification has transformed fitness into a social and engaging activity.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made significant strides in the fitness industry. AI algorithms analyze data from fitness trackers, health records, and user input to generate customized exercise routines and nutritional recommendations.
AI-powered virtual assistants and chatbots also provide real-time guidance and support, acting as digital fitness coaches available 24/7.
Technology has undoubtedly reshaped the fitness industry, empowering individuals to lead healthier and more active lives. From various fitness tracking devices to virtual reality workouts, each innovation has contributed to making fitness more engaging and personalized. As technology continues to advance, we can only imagine the exciting possibilities it holds for the future of fitness.
A really easy way to know that you’ve picked a great strength gym is that everyone is willing to help you and be your spotter, but if someone asked for your help would you know how to be a good spotter?
When someone asks you to help spot the bench press, it may not seem like that big of a deal. Wrong! Someone has an extremely heavy weight dangling over their head and you should know how to spot correctly and provide assistance if needed. Communication is key here.
One of the most common sites of injury when the weight load is too much, is the rotator cuff, a system of four muscles and the tendons that surround our main shoulder joint. But this can be avoided if a spotter or workout partner knows what they’re doing!
Here’s what you need to know about bench press spotting!
Lifting weights, weight training and achieving your strength fitness goals? Is this all something women can do? The answer is, hell yes!
Being in the strength training industry has shown me just how strong us women really are, and we can do anything when we put our mind to it.
However, studies show that 78.6% of professional weightlifters are men whilst only 21.4% are women. Let’s get this number up and show everyone what we’re made of!
Do you want to get into weight lifting or strength training but not sure how? Great gyms – like Strength Ambassadors – now offer Ladies Who Lift classes to help you feel confident in our fitness environment and get the most out of your lifting sessions.
So, let’s take a look at some of the most impressive ladies who lift success stories which may persuade you to finally get to your first session of weight lifting!
If you’re new to Strongman and strongwoman training, the idea of putting together a strongman program of training sessions can be daunting. Strongman exercises aren’t just as straightforward as working on your bench press or perfecting your deadlift, it’s about being able to lift and carry (almost) everything!
Plucking up the courage to start Strongman training is the first step, and a big one as well! But where do you start when it comes to a training regimen and how much work should you be doing per week?
We’re passionate about strength, but most of all we’re passionate about building confidence and finding the motivation to become your inner strongman or strongwoman! Here’s a helping hand to guide you in the right direction with our specialist Strongman training 3 days a week program below!
So you’ve made it to your first Strongwoman competition, that’s an achievement in itself!
Months of training may have led up to this day, and you’re probably a bit apprehensive about what to expect.
Strongwomen historically performed in a circus, music halls, or other settings and displayed their strength through feats like moving heavy objects and juggling people, but we’ve come a long way and strongwoman athletes are taken equally as seriously as the strongmen.
I’ve put together some of my top tips on how to prepare for your first strongwoman competition and some of the classic lifts you’ll find in this world class event!
You can’t go wrong with a set of dumbbells when it comes to choosing exercise gear.
They’re a great method to build strength and are transportable, inexpensive, and simple to store. You can perform an essentially endless variety of exercises with a pair of dumbbells; pick the best ones and arrange them in a circuit format for a highly effective strength training workout.
When deciding on the appropriate load size, choose a dumbbell weight that feels challenging (yet manageable) during your last two to three repetitions.
We would recommended for a beginner:
If your goal is to build muscle mass and feel stronger, then this full body workout is for you. Let’s get to it!
Strongman training is the most functional type of strength and weight training, but it somehow escapes attention in a field where functional training is overused (a mix of effective and ineffective methods). The most effective type of exercise you have probably never attempted is strongman training, so it’s time you gave it a try.
Strongman competitions have moved a little bit closer to the public as a result of some strongman competitors finding success on Youtube, TV, and even in movies. These athletes’ enormous personalities and sheer size have helped them gain popularity. Sadly, there are still a number of false beliefs about what strongman training is and how to do it.
Strongman training is a big part of what we do here at Strength Ambassadors, so here’s a really simple Strongman workout plan for beginners to get you started!
Leg strength can be developed by both walking, running and of course using a leg press in the gym, however, as time passes, your legs grow acclimated to the action and may eventually reach a plateau. Your performance can be affected by this as well, which may inhibit muscle growth and just be an overall downer on your leg training progress!
Leg workouts are an important part of strength training and as the age old gym saying goes, you shouldn’t skip leg day!
As you get older, it’s crucial to maintain strong legs. You can enhance your balance to prevent falls and trips by having strong legs. The following four leg exercises can be helpful when incorporated into your leg workout, so let’s get started! Follow along with me by watching the video on our YouTube channel!
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