Work All of Your Ab Muscles with this Bicycle Crunch Video

WATCH this video presentation on the proper technique for performing the Bicycle Ab Crunch to work your entire abdominal wall from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Mastering Basic Kettlebell Moves

 

For the most part, the fitness industry has taught people to sub-divide and train their muscles separately. Most traditional weight training workouts that use dumbbells and free weights zone in on just one or two specific muscles at a time. Kettlebells trainers and supporters are revolutionizing that way of thinking and training by promoting the use of three-dimensional movements that simultaneously work muscles throughout your entire body—with cardiovascular training added in, too!

Kettlebells — cast iron or steel weights that look like cannon balls with a handle — can be used to strengthen and enhance your body, regardless of your age, size, or fitness level. Whatever your fitness goals may be, training with kettlebells can help you get there and achieve those goals faster.

Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men, due to release in December 2013, gives readers a comprehensive guide to using this unique fitness tool, complete with workouts for people of all fitness levels. Simple to learn, easy to use and with a ton of benefits, Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men provides the perfect core or supplement to your existing workout routine.

You are no doubt excited and ready to begin your kettlebell training, eager to reap the benefits, and that is great. But, before you jump right into trying all the killer advanced kettebell movements, it is important for you to master the basics. So harness that energy for a little while, take it slow, and focus it on first learning the proper form for the basic movements. The following basic movements shared from Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men will form the foundation of your training techniques and will later be incorporated into many of the more advanced exercises.

 

The Kettlebell Swing

The kettlebell swing is the foundation for all kettlebell work and should be the first move that you learn to master. It’s also one of the most comprehensive exercises ever created, so take your time and get this one right before you move on to the others.

Begin with your feet placed shoulder-width apart. Grasp the kettlebell using both hands, with your arms straight and allow the kettlebell to hang, resting in front of you down by your legs. Push your hips back and swing the kettlebell far back between your legs. Forcefully snap your hips and knees to move the kettlebell forward and up into the air. Once the kettlebell reaches chest height (the peak of the swing), squat back with the downswing and allow the kettlebell to swing back between your legs as far as you can go. Make sure to keep your heels planted firmly on the ground the entire time. Exhale on the upswing and inhale on the downswing.

Once you have mastered the basic double arm kettlebell swing, you can progress and add the single arm kettlebell swings to your routine.

This one move alone makes for an intense and stimulating workout. Your glutes, hamstrings, back, shoulders, chest, and abdominals will all be worked with every swing of the bell. When you perform a kettlebell swing, your core engages to maintain your balance and everything from your chest to your knees gets a workout all at once. You will also experience a boost in your cardiovascular endurance. In fact, the same muscles that would typically be used for a vertical leap are used with every kettlebell swing. The difference is that with the kettlebell swing, the explosive force is used to propel the kettlebell up instead of lifting your body off the ground. Using the kettlebell makes it possible for you to repeat the exercise several times and to slowly increase the amount of weight load.

 

The Kettlebell Squat

Start with both hands on the kettlebell handle, allowing it to hang in front of you with your arms straight down. Place your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and allow your toes to turn out slightly. Bend your knees and push your butt back and away from you like you are lowering yourself into a chair. Squat as far as you can go, with your heels pressed into the ground and your knees facing out. Keep your chest up and arms straight while you come back up to the start position.

Once you have mastered the basic double hand kettlebell squat, you can progress and add the single hand kettlebell squat to your routine.

 

The Kettlebell Clean

Begin with the kettlebell resting on the floor. Straddle it with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width and turned slightly outward. Squat and grab the handle with one hand in an overhand grip. Make sure your shoulder is over the top of the kettlebell, your back is straight, and you are looking straight ahead. In one swift motion, pull the kettlebell off the floor and up using your shoulder, keeping it close to your body and with your elbow bent out to the side. The move should simulate the same motion as pulling the starter cord on a lawnmower. Once the kettlebell reaches your chest, rotate your elbow under the kettlebell. Catch the bell on the outside of your arm between your forearm and bicep. Keep your wrist straight and knees slightly bent. This is called the “rack” position. Lower to the start position. Once you have completed the desired amount with one arm, switch to the other side and repeat.

 

The Kettlebell Press

Start by holding the kettlebell in the rack position, as explained above. Press your shoulder down and unfold your arm until it is straight overhead. When you unfold your arm, make sure that your palm is facing the front and your hand is relaxed. Bend your elbow again and return to the rack position. Your legs should remain straight for the entire movement. Once you have completed the desired amount with one arm, switch to the other side and repeat.

 

The Kettlebell Clean and Press

The kettlebell clean and press incorporates the kettlebell clean described above with a press to create a full-body movement. Begin with the kettlebell resting on the floor. Straddle it with your feet a little wider than shoulder–width and turned slightly outward. Squat and grab the handle with one hand in an overhand grip. Make sure your shoulder is over the top of the kettlebell, your back is straight, and you are looking straight ahead. In one swift motion, pull the kettlebell off the floor and up using your shoulder, keeping it close to your body and with your elbow bent out to the side. Once the kettlebell reaches your chest, rotate your elbow under the kettlebell. Catch the bell on the outside of your arm between your forearm and bicep into the rack position. Remember to keep your wrist straight and knees slightly bent. Explosively press the kettlebell straight up over your head until your arm is fully extended (referred to as “lockout”). Lower the kettlebell back to the rack position and back to the start position on the floor. Once you have completed the desired amount with one arm, switch to the other side and repeat.

 

It is always encouraged for beginners to ease into kettlebell training and take it slow while you are learning the basics. Listen to your body during these workouts and only complete what you feel comfortable with. Listen to your body and do not train as hard when your body is failing or fatigued.

 

Reprinted with permission from Body Sculpting with Kettlebells for Men. ISBN: 978-1-57826-478-0 $19.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978-1-57826-479-7 $12.99 (eBook). From Hatherleigh Press. Distributed by Random House.
Get the Best Body Possible with This Video from the Authors of the Body Sculpting Bible Series

WATCH this video presentation by the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue, to hear what they have to say about the importance of rest and recovery in your workout routines and how to get the best body possible.

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

 

Body Sculpting Bible Workouts Explained by Authors Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue

WATCH this video presentation by the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue, to learn more about the workouts and strategies behind the successful Body Sculpting Bible series.

 

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Sculpt Your Glutes and Hamstrings with this Stiff-Legged Deadlift Video

WATCH this video presentation on the proper technique for performing the Stiff-Legged Deadift to work your glutes and hamstrings from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Get the Secrets to Perfect Push Ups with This Video

WATCH this video presentation on how to do perfect push ups from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

 

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Chisel Your Chest with this Flat Dumbbell Fly Technique

WATCH this video to learn an isolation exercise called the flat dumbbell fly to develop your chest muscles from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

 

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

WATCH this video to learn how to properly do a dumbbell bent-over row to strengthen and define your back muscles from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

 

 

 

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Sculpt Strong Sexy Glutes with this Video

WATCH this video to learn how to do dumbbell squats to build great glutes from the authors of The Body Sculpting Bible for Men and The Body Sculpting Bible for Women, Hugo Rivera and James Villepigue.

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.

JAMES VILLEPIGUE is a bestselling fitness author of 23 books and has over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. as a nationally certified personal trainer with National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), with their prestigious Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential, The American Council on Exercise and The International Sports Science Association. He has received degrees from Hofstra University, the New York College of Health Professions, and the Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching. He now lives in East North Port, New York. He is the author of Mind Over Muscle as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women and Combat Fat for Kids.

Take Your Workout on the Road: Eating Right by Hugo Rivera

Dieting and eating healthy during travel is by far the most challenging part of traveling and staying fit. The steps below will help assure that meals are not missed and that smart choices are available to you.

 

1. Make sure that prior to selecting the hotel, you choose one that has a refrigerator in the room and that provides access to a microwave.

2. Find out where the grocery stores are at so that as soon as you settle down you can go grocery shopping. Ensure that you get plenty of Ziploc bags while you are there.

3. The day that you jump on the plane, carry with you a small bag full of chicken sealed in individual Ziploc bags. For carbohydrates you can have bags of brown rice ready as well. In addition, bring with you some Tupperware containers, Meal Replacement Packets (MRPs) and/or Ready-to-Drink (RTD) Shakes. This will guarantee that you do not miss meals on the day that you are heading to your destination. As far as water, since now you cannot carry those in the planes, drink as much as you can before the checkpoints and then drink some more during the flight.

4. Invest on a small George Foreman grill so that you can take it to the hotels with you. This makes it easy to grill your own chicken even without a kitchen in the room.

5. Wake up early each day to get your meals ready in individual bags or tupperware containers and carry them with you in your book bag.

6. For good fats, get some almonds and have a serving or two of these per day.

 

Are Fast Food Restaurants Recommended?

The best way to do things is to use grocery food but if you find yourself for whatever reason without food during the day and there is a fast food restaurant around, here is what you need to do:

 

1. If it is not your cheat meal day, refrain from fatty choices such as french fries.

2. Drink between 8-16 ounces of water before you get there and then drink an additional 8-16 ounces more while you are eating. This will prevent you from feeling hungry and falling to temptation. If temptation is strong remember two things:

* There is nothing better than being in shape.

* You control everything that goes into your mouth. Food does not and should not control you!

3. Always combine a serving of low fat protein (in the case of fast food restaurants, this is either skinless chicken or turkey) with a small serving of carbs. Remember that if you are eating a chicken or turkey sandwich the bread will count as the carbs.

4. Salads in addition to a serving of protein and a serving of starchy carbs are always good since they provide fiber and they fill you up. However, avoid using high fat/high sugar dressings.

5. Refrain from using high carbohydrate sauces or mayo.

6. In traditional restaurants, combine a low fat protein like chicken with a good carbohydrate such as a baked potato and have a salad to go with it. You may also opt for Wild Alaskan salmon which gives you your daily source of Essential Fats. And remember, drink plenty of water!

 

As you can see, even though it will take more effort to get or stay in shape if you travel, it is not impossible. If you are determined enough to make things happen, everything is possible!

Also read Travel and Your Fitness Program: Planning Ahead and Travel and Your Fitness Program: A Traveling Training Routine.

 

HUGO RIVERA is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, engineer and international best selling fitness author with over 20 years of bodybuilding experience. He is also the New York Times About.com Guide to Bodybuilding and continues to educate others on how to use bodybuilding in order to achieve their goals. Hugo is the author of Hardgainers’ Bodybuilding Handbook as well as the co-author of the best selling Body Sculpting Bible for Men and Body Sculpting Bible for Women.