Level Up Your Plank Workout: 11 Planks to Build Core Strength

When you were a kid, you probably did sit-ups for an ab workout. But is the sit-up the best ab exercise?

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A lot of it is just variations that keep you in the same position – arm raises to the side or in front, the effect on the body is the same.

When Weightlifting Belts Are Necessary, and When They’re for Show

Weightlifting belts can be fantastic and boost your performance, but they’re very commonly misunderstood, and often misused. Let’s break down what weightlifting belts do and when you’ll really benefit from wearing one.

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You don’t need to splurge on a $100+ belt, but please don’t go for the velcro belts and think you’re doing yourself any good. A leather belt should be extremely uncomfortable and stiff the first few times you use it, but after a month or so will be nicely broken in.

Will Stronger Abs Help You Poop Faster?

The intestines themselves are smooth muscle, however, there is a large involvement in straining thoracic and abdominal muscles whilst defecating.  The abdominal muscles act to increase the pressure within the abdomen following contraction to prevent mechanical damage to the spine during dynamic movements, assist posture etc but also this can assist in the movement of a stool.

The mechanism of excretion is an intrinsic reflex that is stereotyped to produce a certain intensity and speed if intestinal contraction called a mass movement. So, your defecating won’t be ‘faster’ as they travel through the intestine, but you will have more force available to you to move very dry, compact stool, or large stools out of the bowel which may require your assistance.

In short, no, having a six pack will not mean you have super charged defecating that fly out of your rectum, but you will be able to increase the pressure available to you to push stool out.  Careful though, don’t use those gains for a grade 3 rectal tear…

Know that bathroom posture affects your health – we’re not meant to sit on the toilet seat.  Squatting is the natural position for our body to poop (and give birth for that matter).

Fun Fact: The “Poop Splash” is actually called a “Worthington Jet“.  Yes, some guy out there thought it so fascinating, that in 1895 he did the science on it.

Top 10 Stubborn Exercise Myths That Just Won’t Die

“No pain, no gain!” “You’ll never bulk up without supplements.” “Crunches are the key to six-pack abs!” It seems there are more questions and half-truths in the market about healthy exercise than there are clear, definitive facts—but the exercise industry is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States alone, built partially on selling gadgets and DVDs with incredible claims to people desperate to lose weight or look attractive. Meanwhile, good workout plans and simple truths lurk in the background waiting for their time to shine. All of this results in a ton of misinformation about exercise in general, and while the reality is different for everyone, we’re taking some of those commonly held exercise myths to task, and we have science to back us up. Let’s get started.

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