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Monday, August 22, 2016

Floor Dumbbell Press Is An Underrated Exercise

When one thinks about the subject of weight lifting, there are most likely a few key workouts that immediately come to mind. Among these might be bench press, squats, shoulder press, biceps curls, etc. However, there are several workouts that don't quite get the attention that they deserve. One of them is the floor dumbbell press.

One of the great things about this exercise is the fact that very little equipment is required. In order to perform the floor dumbbell press, one only needs a set of dumbbells and, well, a floor (though a floor mat is certainly helpful as well!) For those who do not wish to join a gym, it can be a very convenient, in-home workout.

The floor dumbbell press is an upper-body workout and trains both the triceps and chest. There are many who might find it to be the perfect supplement or even alternative to the traditional bench press. According to BodyBuilding.com, this exercise can be less taxing than the bench press for those who may experience shoulder issues. The reason for this is because of the ability to use a “neutral grip” (palms facing each other) and the lessened range of motion. It can also ease tension on your lower back. 

To learn how to perform the exercise properly, one may want to either click on the link above or check out this YouTube video with WEE star Triple H.


Of course, I am not the one to tell you whether or not this exercise is right for you. But certainly do the research, see what you think, and then decide for yourself whether or not this is a workout that you have been overlooking. 

Till next time, 
BF

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cold Showers vs. Hot Showers

Hey folks,

I know it has turned out to be a long, long time since I last posted, but I am now officially ready to reboot the blog. After a lengthy hiatus, I am very excited to begin a whole new chapter of The Way of the Alpha Male. 

I plan to focus many of my future blog posts on fitness, nutrition and healthy living. In the first installment of these articles, I would like to talk about the benefits of taking cold showers.

I first started doing some research on this subject last spring. After reading about some of the amazing benefits of taking cold showers, such as improved immunity and better breathing, I decided that it was worth a try.

Unsurprisingly, after years of taking hot showers, it wasn't exactly easy to make the switch to cold. It was really a slow, gradual process, but eventually I was able to get used to it and make the change. In the months since, I have experienced an overall improved feeling of well-being. After a cold shower in the morning, I feel healthy, energized and ready to tackle the day. 

In my humble opinion, the greatest benefit of taking a cold shower may be the improved willpower that comes along with it. I feel that taking cold showers has improved my confidence in areas that might seem unrelated. 

There are many uncomfortable situations in life, such as going out and meeting new people or stepping up to the plate and trying to get your dream job, that really aren't all that different than taking a cold shower. It may be a bit difficult at first, but in the end, you might be happy you did it.

Of course, cold showers aren't for everyone. It can be a bit of a shock, and from what I've read, those who have certain heart conditions are advised to steer clear of them. That said, it has certainly been an interesting and rewarding challenge for myself, and I wanted to share it in my return to my blog.

Until next time,
BF

Sources & Further Reading: 

15 Benefits of Cold Showers That Will Blow Your Mind

The Health Benefits of Cold Showers

The James Bond Shower: A Shot of Cold Water for Health and Vitality