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Here’s what’s on tap today:
Do the perfect crunch for better abs.
We run down the best-tasting protein powders on the market.
Why you need a deload week.
Do a Better Crunch
Some people love them, while others absolutely hate them. Crunches may be one of the most contentious ab exercises out there. The caution about crunches is understandable — if you only focus on this move, you’re paying attention to your “six-pack muscles” and risk neglecting to train your core from all angles.
It’s true that crunches alone don’t make a complete core workout regimen. But if you combine them with other core-strengthening moves, this oft-maligned move can be a valuable ally in your search for a strong set of abs. Here’s how to do the crunch properly, and why you should always have it in your routine.
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There are about a trillion different varieties of protein powder on the market, so finding the best-tasting one is no small feat. Though many of these powders have similar ingredients — 20-plus grams of protein, carbs, fats, and amino acids — the actual tastes run the gamut. Some are overly sweet, while others are chalkier than a powerlifter’s palms. (How’s that for a visual?)
We’ve noticed this problem and decided to do a thorough deep dive into some of the most popular powders on the market to find the ones worth dancing on your palate. From classic chocolate and vanilla to fruity cereal and blueberry muffin flavors, we took on the role of protein shake sommelier to help you make the right choice.
Deload With the Best of ‘Em
In the never-ending pursuit of more strength, it’s easy to overdo it and run the risk of injury. To protect yourself from the effects of training too much, it’s vital that you take time to rest and recover. Enter the deload week.
Put simply, a deload week is a break in your regular training regimen aimed at improving your recovery. It’s typically scheduled out in advance and repeated roughly every four to eight weeks. The break could mean lightening your workload that week or completely avoiding the gym.
With so many influencers or athletes telling you to be in the gym every day or to never miss a Monday, it gets hard to know how often you should actually train. Regardless of how much you typically train day-to-day, if you’re training hard over the course of your program, you’ll want to take a deload week.
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