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Glute Lab by Bret Contreras
Improve your physique, build lean muscle, increase strength—Glute Lab is the all-in-one glute training system that will teach you how to do all this and more. The gluteus maximus is the largest and most versatile muscle in the human body. In addition to being aesthetically appealing and controlling a wide range of functional movements, big, strong glutes set you up to lift heavier, jump higher, sprint faster, and swing harder and can even play a role in preventing knee, hip, and lower back pain and injuries. Your glutes influence every aspect of your physical life: from the way you look and how you feel to your ability to run, jump, cut, lift, and twist. Yet few understand how to properly build and develop this all-important muscle. Enter Glute Lab. In this book, Bret "The Glute Guy" Contreras—PhD, personal trainer, and bestselling author—lays out a glute training system that will help you reach your strength, performance, and physique goals. Through descriptive narrative, step-by-step images and illustrations, and easy-to-follow training programs, the Glute Guy distills the science and art of glute training into one comprehensive manual. Whether you're a bodybuilder, physique competitor, athlete, powerlifter, CrossFitter, personal trainer, physical therapist, or simply someone who wants to improve your physique, this book contains everything you need to know about building bigger, stronger, leaner, higher-performing glutes. In this book, you will learn: - The fundamentals of optimal glute training - How to perform the most effective glute-building exercises - How to select exercises based on your goals and body type - Variations for the hip thrust, deadlift, and squat exercises - The science behind how muscle develops and grows - The anatomy and function of the glutes - How to design a customized glute-training program - Techniques and programs for sculpting rounder, stronger glutes - The importance of glute training for aesthetics, health, strength, and performance - How glute training can prevent knee, hip, and low back injuries and pain - Strategies for targeting different areas of the glutes and lower body - More than 30 glute burnout circuits and workouts.
Glute Lab by Bret Contreras
WALL STREET JOURNAL BEST SELLER IMPROVE YOUR PHYSIQUE, BUILD LEAN MUSCLE, AND INCREASE STRENGTH For more than twenty years, Bret “the Glute Guy” Contreras has been on a quest to improve human performance, focusing his research on the gluteus maximus, the largest muscle in the human body. What started as an effort to improve his own weak, flat backside quickly evolved when he discovered the wide range of functional movements to which the glutes contribute. Properly trained glutes not only help you lift heavier, jump higher, sprint faster, and swing harder but also help prevent knee, hip, and lower back pain and injuries. Bret went on to earn a doctorate in sports science and is now known as one of the world’s foremost experts on strength and physique training. After helping thousands of people reach their strength goals and achieve their ideal physique in his world-renowned training facilities, Bret brings you Glute Lab, which pulls his field-tested and scientifically proven methods and techniques together into an all-in-one glute training system that will help you develop leaner, rounder, stronger, higher-performing glutes. This all-encompassing guide explains why glute training is important for health and performance, how the glutes function, what critical role they play in the body, and how to design the optimal training program to accomplish your aesthetic and performance goals. This book offers thirty-six weeks of programming and several training templates for those who want to dive right in, breaking down each technique with step-by-step photos and descriptions. Bret also reveals the most common faults people make when performing these movements and offers hundreds of tips for getting the most out of every training session. You can implement his system in your local gym or even in the comfort of your own home. Glute Lab is more than just a book on glute training. These principles and methods can help you maximize muscle growth and strength, improve body composition, overcome training and physique plateaus, train around injuries and discomfort, determine ideal training frequency and exercise selection, design periodized programs, and so much more. In short, this book gives you the tools to make strength and physique gains and design balanced programs that cater to a wide range of goals and work for your entire body. Whether you’re a regular person looking to improve your appearance, an athlete looking to boost your performance, a physique competitor or bodybuilder looking for an edge over the competition, a powerlifter looking to increase your strength, a CrossFitter inspired to gain knowledge, a personal trainer interested in offering your clients cutting-edge training techniques, or a physical therapist looking to improve your clients’ health, Glute Lab will equip you with the information you need. In this book you will learn: The fundamentals of optimal glute training The anatomy and function of the glutes How to select exercises based on your physique and training goals How to perform the most effective exercises for sculpting rounder, stronger glutes Variations of the hip thrust, deadlift, and squat exercises Sample training templates and splits that cater to different training goals and preferences How to implement advanced methods into your training routine Diet strategies to reach weight loss and body composition goals Sample glute burnouts and templates Twelve-week beginner, intermediate, and advanced full-body training programs with a glute emphasis How to design your own customized training programs How to overcome plateaus in training, strength, and physique
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras
Going far beyond standard pull-ups, push-ups, and squats, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy presents 156 unique exercises that work every muscle in the body. Detailed anatomical artwork accompanies step-by-step instructions for performing each exercise anytime, anywhere, without the need for equipment or machines.
Strong Curves by Bret Contreras
This is not your run-of-the-mill fitness book. Developed by world-renowned gluteal expert Bret Contreras, Strong Curves offers an extensive fitness and nutrition guide for women seeking to improve their physique, function, strength, and mobility. Contreras spent the last eighteen years researching and field-testing the best methods for building better butts and shapelier bodies. In Strong Curves, he offers the programs that have proven effective time and time again with his clients, allowing you to develop lean muscle, rounded glutes, and greater confidence. Each page is packed with information decoding the female anatomy, providing a better understanding as to why most fitness programs fail to help women reach their goals. With a comprehensive nutritional guide and over 200 strength exercises, this book gets women off the treadmill and furnishes their drive to achieve strength, power, and sexy curves from head to toe. Although the glutes are the largest and most powerful muscle group in the human body, they often go dormant due to lifestyle choices, leading to a flat, saggy bum. Strong Curves is the cure.
Science And Development Of Muscle Hypertrophy by Brad Schoenfeld
Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy, Second Edition, is the most comprehensive resource on muscle hypertrophy in the world. Written by Brad Schoenfeld, PhD, an internationally renowned expert on muscle hypertrophy, this book is the definitive resource for strength and conditioning professionals, personal trainers, sport scientists, researchers, and exercise science instructors who are seeking information regarding muscle hypertrophy, including the mechanism of its development, how the body structurally and hormonally changes when exposed to stress, ways to most effectively design training programs, and nutritional guidelines for eliciting hypertrophic changes. This new edition offers more than 1,000 references and applied guidelines. Two all-new chapters deliver practical content on the measurement of muscle hypertrophy and advanced training practices. Readers will learn various methods by which hypertrophy is measured, including site-specific measures (circumference measures, MRI, CT, and ultrasound), indirect measures (underwater weighing, DXA, BIA, ADP, and skinfolds), and histological measures (biopsy), as well as the strengths and limitations of each modality. The new edition also provides guidance for achieving greater training volumes with training practices that maximize the individual’s genetic potential to gain muscle. No other resource offers a comparable amount of content solely focused on the science of muscle hypertrophy and its application to designing training programs. The full-color book offers several features to make the content accessible to readers: Research Findings sidebars highlight the aspects of muscle hypertrophy currently being examined to encourage readers to re-evaluate their knowledge and ensure their training practices are up to date. Practical Applications sidebars outline how to apply the research conclusions for maximal hypertrophic development. Comprehensive subject and author indexes optimize the book’s use as a reference tool. Although muscle hypertrophy can be attained through a range of training programs, this book allows readers to understand and apply the specific responses and mechanisms that promote optimal muscle hypertrophy. It explores how genetic background, age, sex, and other factors have been shown to mediate the hypertrophic response to exercise, affecting both the rate and the total gain in lean muscle mass. Sample programs show how to design a three- or four-day-per-week undulating periodized program and a modified linear periodized program for maximizing muscular development. Science and Development of Muscle Hypertrophy is an invaluable resource for those seeking to maximize hypertrophic gains for themselves or their athletes or clients and for those searching for the most comprehensive and authoritative research in the field.
The Selfish Gene by Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science Richard Dawkins
An ethologist shows man to be a gene machine whose world is one of savage competition and deceit
Eat Lift Thrive by Sohee Lee
Eat healthy. Exercise. Be happy. It sounds easy enough, so why is it so difficult? Because as millions of women know, it’s not easy. There are challenges and obstacles, and health programs are not one size fits all. Sohee Lee understands, because she’s faced the challenges and overcome them. As a trainer, presenter, and author, she’s shared her experiences and helped others establish healthy relationships with food and exercise for long-term results. In the book Eat. Lift. Thrive. she empowers you with tools and strategies to make your own change. You will learn how to identify issues that are holding you back and what you can do to get back on track. You’ll find motivation, exercise, and advice. And you’ll learn how to • incorporate Lee’s Living Lean Guidelines to make your diet work around your life, rather than the other way around; • perform her Primary Strength Movements and integrate them into an effective workout program; and • adjust your routine to maintain the results you’ve achieved. Eat. Lift. Thrive. also provides you with a structured, easy-to-follow 12-week training program. The program can be scaled according to your training experience, time commitment, and goals; it’s completely customizable to ensure that your changes are lasting. This book is designed to be different. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be an expert at moderation and will say goodbye to extremes in dieting. You can have your cake and eat it too—and enjoy it! CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam is available which can be completed after reading this book. The Eat. Lift. Thrive. Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Eat. Lift. Thrive. With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.
Ultimate Booty Workouts by Tamara Grand
BUILD A SEXY BACKSIDE Rock skinny jeans. Sizzle in a fitted skirt. Work that bikini bottom. The targeted programs in this book will have your booty toned and perky in no time. Plus, your new sculpted, stacked rear end will be more than just nice to look at—its strong glutes and hamstrings will help: • accelerate fat loss • improve posture • decrease back, hip & knee pain • tighten and flatten abs Packed with easy-to-follow exercises and step-by-step pictures, as well as nutritional recommendations and tips for beginners, Ultimate Booty Workouts will make it a snap to build muscle, confidence and a killer hourglass figure.
Power Speed Endurance by Brian MacKenzie
Power, Speed, ENDURANCE is a highly effective training system that has catapulted thousands of endurance athletes to the next level. Developed by CrossFit Endurance founder Brian MacKenzie and featuring instruction from some of the world's top endurance and CrossFit coaches, Power, Speed, ENDURANCE unveils techniques, drills, and training strategies that will optimize your performance and overall work capacity while decreasing your susceptibility to injury. Through thousands of step-by-step color photographs and detailed narrative, Power, Speed, ENDURANCE breaks down proper running, cycling, and swimming mechanics like never before. MacKenzie's unique system of building strength, speed, and power is aimed at reaping continual results, without injury. In fact, he devotes an entire chapter to the "broken down" athlete, equipping you with the knowledge to prevent, repair, and treat injuries brought on by poor mechanics and tight overworked muscles. In addition, MacKenzie outlines a straightforward approach to nutrition, hydration, and electrolyte balance that will increase your energy, boost your performance, and accelerate your recovery. Whether you're a self-trained athlete looking to compete in your first endurance event, a seasoned competitor looking to reach your highest potential, or a CrossFit athlete looking to increase stamina, Power, Speed, ENDURANCE will help you reach your goal. In this book, you will learn how to: il develop proper running technique using the Pose Method il properly fit yourself on a bike il improve cycling mechanics on a road, time-trial, and mountain bike il swim effortlessly and improve freestyle-stroke mechanics through skill-based drills and exercises il accelerate work capacity and minimize fatigue by building muscle, speed, and power il incorporate a CrossFit Endurance strength-and-conditioning program into your training routine il maximize nutrition, hydration, and electrolyte balance to improve performance and body composition il prevent, repair, and treat nagging injuries associated with endurance sports and improve range of motion using Starrett's Movement and Mobility Method
Smarter Workouts by Peter O. McCall
What are the biggest obstacles to sticking to a workout plan? You don’t have enough time? It costs too much? You don’t have enough equipment? You don’t know how to get the results you want? Now you can set those excuses aside. Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple gives you the solution you need with efficient and effective workout programs that use only one piece of equipment. You can work out in a short period of time without spending a lot of money on expensive equipment or gym memberships—all while targeting your personal goals. Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult to figure out. In Smarter Workouts, fitness expert Pete McCall explains the effects of exercise on your body so you can identify what will work best for you. He gives you access to fat-burning workouts that help you work smarter to produce real results. First, choose your target: improving mobility for better balance and coordination, strengthening your core for better functional movement, or amping up your metabolism with sweat-inducing conditioning work. Then select one of seven equipment options to perform your workout: Bodyweight Dumbbell Kettlebell Medicine ball Stability ball Sandbag Resistance band Armed with a variety of exercises and organized plans, you’ll flow quickly through your workouts, saving precious time and experiencing real results. Put an end to your frustration and let Smarter Workouts be your go-to guide for smart, effective workouts. CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Smarter Workouts Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of Smarter Workouts With CE Exam, a package that includes both the book and the exam.