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The Benefits of Burpees

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Before explaining the benefits of burpees, it is important to share what exactly a burpee is, for those who have never heard of this exercise. A burpee is a six-count intense exercise movement, which combines squats and push-ups into an intensive singular movement, where you go from a standing position, to a squat, to a plank position, then perform a push-up and finally, reversing the order until you are standing.

Performing burpees as part of your normal workout routine does have several benefits. However, before attempting this intensive exercise, it is highly recommended you have someone there to supervise, as well as get permission from your healthcare provider, if you are not in peak physical condition. Some of the benefits you can gain by doing burpees, and repeating them in quick succession, as many times as possible before tiring include:

  • Increases Endurance – Since burpees are performed quickly, and rely upon the entire movement of the body and all of your body weight, they are considered a “high-load” exercise. In addition, most people can perform as many as 15 complete burpees in just a 30 second period. Due to the high repetitions in a short period of time and high weight load, they are an effective exercise to use to increase endurance.
  • Promotes Weight Loss – Burpees can help you lose weight (fat) because you are moving the muscles throughout the entire body and burning a large number of calories. When you burn more calories than you consume, it results in a reduction in body fat.
  • Increases Strength – Since burpees push you through a wide range of strength building exercises, namely push-ups and squats, they help increase muscle mass and muscle strength. Not only does muscular strength in the legs and arms increase, but also the back, hips, stomach, and more.
  • Improves Anaerobic Capacity – Burpees raise your heart rate in a short period of time, thereby contributing to anaerobic exercise training. During anaerobic training the body tends to produce energy with limited or without oxygen assistance. Doing burpees frequently can help increase your anaerobic capacity, and lead to improved heart and lung health.

For beginners, it is highly recommended to move through the burpee motions slowly at a regular pace, and gradually increase the speed in which you complete them as you become more comfortable. The last thing you want to do is cause an injury to your body because you tried to quickly move through unfamiliar motions.

If you are having problems performing burpees with your hands firmly on the floor, some beginners rely upon a step, bench, or box for support. As you become more proficient, then you should gradually lower the height of the support until you are doing burpees directly on the floor.

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As your body starts to peak with regular burpees, you should consider one of several different burpee variations to make your reps more challenging, to continue to gain further benefits. After any intense workout, including burpees, remember to refuel your body with energy bars and protein bars ordered from Promax Nutrition by calling (888) 728-8962 now.

The Wrong and Right Ways to Use a Workout Bar

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When you reach for a yummy workout bar, you probably don’t give much thought to whether you are using the bar in the right manner. After all, you are eating it in place of a sugary, fatty snack, so you must be on the right track, right? Well, the answer is “probably not.” If you are not eating these bars at the right times, and for the right reasons, you won’t get any benefits from eating them. Let’s take a closer look at the wrong and right ways to use these bars.

The Wrong Way

The wrong way to use these bars is easy—don’t use them as a total meal replacement all of the time. Instead, add them into your daily diet in appropriate places, which we will discuss in the next section of this article. Another wrong way to use these bars is to eat them for all of your daily snacks. These bars are packed full of different proteins, carbs, and nutrients. However, they are not made to be munched on twelve times a day. Finally, another wrong way to use these bars is to depend on them to lose weight. These are not weight-loss bars. They are not going to melt away the pounds. They need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan.

The Right Way

Now, on to the right ways to use these bars. As mentioned, these bars need to be a part of a well-rounded diet and exercise plan. So, don’t depend solely on the bars to help you lose weight. Also, don’t depend on the bars as a meal replacement every day of the week. Instead, add the bars where they will be must useful during the day—before and after a workout. They are, after all, workout bars, so they need to be utilized as such. These bars are not “snack” bars. They are meant to fuel your body with necessary nutrients. When is the best time for fueling? Before and after a workout!

Using these bars before a workout will give your body everything it needs to get through the workout, no matter how grueling it may be. Then, after the workout, you can gnaw on another bar or the other half of your bar. This will help replenish everything your body lost during the workout. It will also keep that metabolism working properly, so when you do sit down for a meal, your body handles the  calories the right way.

So, there you have it—the wrong and right ways to use these kinds of bars. It is rather simple—t use them before and after workouts. Now, if you do need a quick pick-me-up every once in a while during the day, you can eat a bar. Just try not to make it a habit. There is no magic bar that is going to get your body fit and trim. Instead, pay attention to your diet and exercise plan, and you will soon see results.

To learn more about nutrition and exercise, contact us today at Promax Nutrition.

12 Diet Changes to Make Right Now

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Losing weight is one of the most challenging tasks to undertake. Sure, you can grab a protein bar here and there, take a walk around the block a few times a week, and pray for miracles. But if you don’t commit yourself to the weight loss process, you will never have success. It takes willpower and determination to successfully shed pounds. Promax is here to help you get started on the path to a healthy, fit body with 12 diet changes you can make today.

  1. Eat more often. Instead of grabbing 1 or 2 large meals each day, keep your metabolism running with 6 small meals every day.
  2. Stop the soda. These delightful, carbonated beverages are loaded with sugar, which will find its way to your waist. Opt for water every chance that you can for the best weight loss results.
  3. Savor protein. Protein helps your body feel full faster, so make it a daily part of your diet. You can find protein in our bars, or you can opt for protein-rich foods.
  4. Keep it moving. When you can walk instead of driving, do it. You need as much movement during your day as possible. Even if it is just a brisk walk around the block after work, make sure you incorporate activity into your daily schedule.
  5. Get rest. A good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy body and mind. Make sure you get your required amount of sleep, usually about 8 hours.
  6. Load up on veggies. Instead of sweet snacks for your cravings, stock up on veggies. You can buy them bite-size, or you can save money, and cut them yourself. Just make sure they are ready to eat when hunger strikes.
  7. Spice it up with salsa. Instead of reaching for the sour cream for your baked potato, opt for salsa instead. This is a tasty veggie treat that has fewer calories. You can spice up a variety of foods without adding too many calories.
  8. Brush, brush, brush. Brushing your teeth right after a meal helps rid your mouth of the after taste of yummy foods, which lessens your chances of going back for seconds.
  9. Use smaller plates. Instead of a large dinner plate, use a smaller dish for your meals. Your eyes will still see a full plate, but you will eat less food.
  10. Keep it brown. Whether it is brown rice or whole-grain, you need to switch out your white foods for brown ones. These darker alternatives are healthier and easy on the waist line.
  11. Use a list. Always make a list, and stick to it when shopping for groceries. This will help you avoid all those last-minute purchases, usually of sugary snacks.
  12. Shop right. Speaking of shopping, stick to the outer edges of the store, where you will find veggies, fruits, meats, and other healthy items. Interior aisles tend to be full of snacks and other treats.

If you want to learn more about healthy weight loss, contact us today at Promax.