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Achieving Extreme Fitness

Feb 17, 2008
It's amazing what many people think about muscle building, They imagine hours and hours spent in the gym honing that physique and having no time for anything else. They think the only way to get that impressive muscular physique is by toiling over the iron day in day out and year on year.

This certainly needs not to be the case. Although it is true that getting the physique most want is hard work, fitness demands that you be a slave to the weights. Full body workouts do make you progress quickly and are easily fitted in to your normal schedule. This is convenient if you are after achieving extreme fitness but find it difficult to keep to a single exercise routine.

Proper full body workouts that are done by professional athletes strive for maximum muscle contraction using heavy weights. They make sure that they give themselves plenty of time for full recovery so that they can actually grow and continue to train hard. This also prevents burnout which is inevitable due to excess training.

So if one is striving for extreme fitness, this is all that is needed to know about full body workouts:

Full body workouts are a definite time saver. The biggest plus is that you will need to go to the gym less often as you will be training the whole body in one session. Two to three sessions for every seven days would be quite enough.

Another advantage of strenuous entire body workouts is that much less time is needed per session in the gym to achieve the required results. Just an hour or so is quite enough, which means only three to four hours a week. That's good news for most people. With full body workouts, it is not about the quantity of exercise you do, it is far more important to concentrate on the quality of the exercise you put in. Also, forget about looking at the clock during a workout; time taken is not important, again quality is.

Full body workouts are known to boost the bodys cardiovascular system for extreme fitness. One should do two to four sets for every body part during the one hour session. A solid one hour session in the gym gets the heart and the rest of the cardio system pumping and up to speed quickly.

Now you are feeling pumped up and ready to go, it's time to discuss the rules that you must adhere to when engaging in full body workouts:

You need only go to the gym once every two to three days. Now doesn't that sound easy. What is so good about this is that it leaves sufficient time during rest days to get in a few cardio exercise sessions rather than depending on doing them at the end of a workout session in the gym. This is far more effective too.

Heavy lifting is something that is strongly advised. Contrary to popular belief, it is definitely not good to concentrate on using lighter weights, which they say allows for conserving energy to be used on other parts of the body later in the session. What is true is that you will not achieve optimal progress if you are training light, no matter which program you are following.

Do one exercise only per muscle group. This makes it very easy to follow and is also very important. It follows that doing the basic exercises with intensity, you do not have to follow it up with another exercise for that body part.

Keep your workouts short. Weight training has an effect on the natural hormones of the body connected to building muscle. Intense exercise is known to boost the levels of testosterone, and extended workouts increase the levels of catabolic cortisol. A one hour workout allows you to get the best of both worlds.

If you follow this convenient and very powerful workout routine, you will truly achieve extreme fitness.
About the Author
John Hague is a researcher, writer and publisher. He also owns and runs several websites including Fitness Articles at http://decapy.com
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