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Tips to Successful Teen Bodybuilding

As discussed in part one, teen bodybuilding can start at a very young age allowing young fitness enthusiasts a whole new world to pursue. Teen bodybuilding is an excellent way to promote a healthy lifestyle since it requires regular weight training, cardiovascular training, balanced nutrition and even stimulation of the mind since the topic of teen bodybuilding involves constant education. Teen bodybuilding can also help you erase nicknames like “Skinny Mini,” “Scrawny,” “Tooth Pick,” “Twiggy,” and in my own personal case, “Skinny Vinny!”

Unfortunately teen bodybuilding is not as easy as it looks and can result in injury, bad habits and frustration if stated with out structure and progression. Here are the next five tips to successful teen bodybuilding:

6. Learn Proper Technique First

How well do you think you would golf without supervision? How well do you think you will skate without coaching? How well do you think you will play piano without lessons? How much muscle do you think you will build without proper lifting technique? Not much!

I hope you are humble enough to swallow your pride and accept the fact that your first step should be getting professional coaching from a reputable fitness trainer. I know many of your friends will not even consider this and you will be told, ‘just learn it yourself,’ or ‘watch others.’ Can you imagine a medical surgeon or dentist who took this approach? Yikes!

Think about it. You are going to be lifting weights the rest of your life. Is spending a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars, on a professional fitness trainer, not going to pay you back over and over (for the rest of your life) if you do things correctly right from the start? Definitely! If you start lifting weights incorrectly, get ready to spend the money you saved on a coach for a rehab therapists next vacation! If you don’t get injured now, most likely it will be in the next few years.

7. Stretch Just As Much As You Lift

Stretching is the most under rated physical quality which is unfortunate because shortened muscles perform weaker and slower and have a higher incidence of injury. Stretching is the only physical quality which more is better. Stretching is one of the only habits that can not be over trained.

If you are serious about getting into the world of teen bodybuilding, I encourage you to start this habit early. Most text books teach stretching methods that include 20-30 seconds per stretch. Don’t even waste your time if this is your idea of stretching. From real world, in the trenches, experience, I would suggest stretching at least the same amount of time that you lift. That means, for every 1 hour of weight training you perform, you must balance the effect of weight training with one hour of stretching. Therefore, if you weight train 4 hours in the week, you better be stretching for at least 4 hours in the week. If you are really lazy, start stretching for at least half the amount of time that you lift. After you see the benefits of increased strength, quicker recovery and less injuries I am sure you will have no problem bumping up your stretching sessions to the recommend 1:1 ratio.

Fail to stretch at least the same amount that you lift is almost a sure fire way of shortening a teen bodybuilding career or lifestyle. Remember, weight training shortens and tightens the connective tissue you train. Stretching counters the effect and ensures your muscles have room to grow!

8. Focus On Bodyweight Strength First

It amazes me at how many teen bodybuilders can barely do a set of 40 push ups, 20 chin ups and 30 dips. In my opinion, these are some standard upper body fitness tests that should be accomplished with ease before loading is introduced (it might take your 3 or 4 months to achieve this if you can’t do them right now). I once heard a famous fitness coach say, “You have no freaking business using a load if you can’t stabilize, control, and move efficiently using your own bodyweight.” I would have to fully agree.

What’s the point of a sloppy 150 pound lat pulldown if you can’t do 10 bodyweight pull ups? What’s the point of a 185 pound bench press with microscopic range reps, if you can push up your body a couple dozen times? What’s the point of a 500 pound leg press if you can do a set of one legged squats down to the floor? Believe me, after a few months of conditioning your body to body weight training, you will be blown away by how quickly your weights climb when you introduce loading.

9. Keep Your Workouts Under 1 Hour

Unless you are in a teen bodybuilding competition for the longest workout possible, it bewilders my mind what you could possibly be doing for longer than a hour! Unless you go to the gym for mirror workouts (that’s when you spend more time looking in the mirror than actually lifting)I suggest getting some help with your workout program. If it takes longer than 20-30 minutes of even moderate intensity lifting to fully exhaust a muscle, I have to question your workout intensity. Shorter more intense workouts will always trump longer less intense workouts.

Your goal should be in fact to complete your workout faster and faster. This will force your muscles to condition and adapt to a greater work load. The more work you expose your muscles too, in a shorter amount of time will improve your muscle density. Your bodies ability to tolerate greater workloads.

10. Develop Full Range Of Motion

Initially, teen bodybuilding should involve building strong muscular attachments, tendons, ligaments and bones – text books refer this as anatomical adaptation. Look at building your muscles as the finishing touches on a solid house. You would not want to start framing the house until the foundation has been built. Strengthening your tendons, ligaments and bones would be considered building a strong foundation to build from.

What is the best way to begin a strong foundation for a house to stand on? Build from the bottom up or in our case, from the inside out. This means developing a full range of motion with each weight training exercise to ensure all the muscle fiber gets activated and all the supporting tissues are fully involved.

Think about it. Partial movements will only develop partial muscle. Full movements will develop full muscle. What would get you better results? Squatting 135 pounds with your butt to the floor or squatting 225 pounds for about ¼ of the way? That’s correct, involving the entire range of motion with a lighter weight will involve more musculature, improve your mind-muscle connection quicker and strengthen all the supporting tissues more rapidly. Initially, as a teen bodybuilder, you should never sacrifice range for load.

Conclusion

If you are serious about doing teen bodybuilding safely and effectively than take all of the tips very seriously. Do not pick and choose the ones you wish to follow. They will all result in a long and fruitful bodybuilding lifestyle. To your teen bodybuilding success!

New Trend For Teenage Fashion

download-8What I like about Madden Girl Shoes is that it allows teen girls to be a young diva on a moderate-sized budget. I’m sure you already know the word “budget” is not in a teen girl’s vocabulary but for those parents trying to keep up this collection of shoes can be a godsend.

Teenagers today avoid the mainstream and want to break out with new, fresh trends that allow them to stand out in a crowd. Who doesn’t want that kind of freedom? There’s a certain appeal to being unconventional sometimes and not thinking of pairs and matching, just choosing comfortable and cute. But teens choose Madden Girl Shoes because it’s a style that you can make all your own.

Take the Madden Girl Tandem Ballerina Flat; an adorable slip-on adorned by a spring floral that says young fresh and vibrant. The perfect shoe to be paired with light-washed denims or a flowing skirt; and there are so many other combinations I can think of that a young adult would love.

There is a wide-range of Madden Girl Shoes to fit each period of maturity in the teenage years from flats to heels. Teenagers understand the life-altering looks and the attitude that fashion deserves.

Keep in mind, style gives us confidence. It may not work with everyone but how inspiring the thought when everyone has all eyes on you. You build positive attitudes and this helps turn them into actions later in time. It’s paramount to achieving our fulfillment in life.

I don’t want to sound like fashion is everything and that’s all that you need for confidence but happiness is yours to create and how do we tap into that power? For teenagers its feeling self-assured and fashion helps you achieve that. A few select shoes can change everything in your life, whether you’re a teenager or an adult.

Just think how you feel when you are totally glam? You know you look great, you feel great and you’re ready to take on any challenge. Same with a teen diva and now all she needs is a few distinct pairs of Madden Girl shoes. And their affordable and will make an impact on any outfit she has in her closet.

My friend’s teenage daughter buys low-cost jeans with art-inspired inexpensive tee’s from WalMart but chooses eye-catching shoes like Madden Girl. The shoes stand out so much, no one really bothers to notice the jeans or t-shirt. The shoes make the entire outfit. The same is possible for any teenage girl with a limited budget but wants to remain modern, hip and trendy.

For the younger teen girl the popular choices include the Cardnal, Patsiee, Jassper or the Centurie. Each of them spectacular and able to stand out and make an outfit becomes noticed.

Summer Teen Fashion Trends

The 21st century teenager is no more coy about sharing views on clothing and accessories. In fact, teen fashion trends are preludes to what adorns the ramp in the ‘adult fashion’ genre. Teenagers are bolder, smarter, and more defined in their sense of fashion, now than ever before. Clothing for teenagers is being sold off the rack online, as well as offline. Teenagers around the world are not only among the foremost buyers of trendy apparel, but are also the most demanding! Trendy teen clothing is catered to by a separate segment. The clothes, especially summer trends, are designed keeping in mind their demand for:

  • Apparel that can be worn at formal and informal dos.
  • Fabrics that don’t need the bother of ironing and following special washing instructions.
  • Designs that reflect their bold and rebellious nature.
  • Patterns that enable them to flaunt well-toned bodies.

Summer Fashion for the Trendy Teenager

The summer apparel line for teenagers of both genders is designed for swapping and meeting the demand for semi-formals. The all-time favorites of this ‘cool’ age group remains denims and jeans. Teen fashion trends for summer include a mix and match of fabrics, patterns, and colors. The combination of light and heavy fabrics, loose upper or lower apparel, and vibrant and subtle hues are not uncommon at all. While the males prefer to flaunt the casual look even at formal venues, their female counterparts thrust the onus on jewelry to make up for the missing satins and silks. Trends for males include:

  • Wrinkle-free pants and jackets.
  • High waters or shpants designed in denim.
  • T-shirts and half-sleeved regulars.
  • Crimped, faded, and/or motif jeans.
  • Khakis – shorts and shirts.

The young women definitely have more options than the males. Trends for females include:

  • Dresses; short, long, or flowing.
  • Jeans of varying lengths, from shorts to capris, or pedal-pushers to the traditional full-length.
  • Flared or skin-clinging skirts of varying lengths, from micro minis to ankle-length wraparounds.
  • Blouses and tops of varying lengths, from the regular waist length to the midriff revealing tube-tops, and knee-length pull-overs.

Today, teenagers demand more than apparel to define their sense of fashion. The other components that make up summer trends for teenagers include:

  • An exclusive range of jewelry.
  • Open and closed ‘branded’ footwear.
  • Headgear, such as bandanas.
  • Flashy stoles, flaunted by both the genders.
  • Hairstyles that reflect their attitude, like spikes and flats.

Summer trends for teenagers are rife with pocket designs that enable them to move around hands-free. These pockets are used more for gizmos than money. Their sense of fashion is defined by a line of apparel that is not only functional, but also very eloquent. Young girls now have a whole new line of ‘summer dresses’ to choose from. The dresses are fashioned in accordance to the preference surveys conducted by Vogue, Twist Mag, and Cosmo Girl, among a host of other teen-exclusives. Teenagers are now flaunting designs by designers who cater exclusively to this age group. The designers keep in mind, the teen level of awareness towards global issues while designing motifs and fabric graffiti. The range of teen clothing options is characterized by the use of environment-safe fabrics, ‘green’ styles, and expressions of individuality. Teen fashion trends are expressions of a universal community that thrives on independence, freedom of opinion, and most importantly, the uniqueness of every individual.

Buying Best Clothes to Wear to College

download-7Every girl on this planet dreads her first day in college whether she accepts it or not. There is only one thing that leads to this dreading – what will I wear on the first day? This question has troubled many girls and given them sleepless nights, I agree. This article will perfectly clear all the doubts you have ever had on what you should be wearing to college. Before you start making plans to make some changes to your wardrobe, there are a few things you should consider. ‘What suits you best?’ This is a very important question as depending on this, we will decide what can be the best clothes for you to wear to college. Then again, you have to understand that college is all about being a student and you cannot wear anything that will make you look older than your age. Yes, some guys would like that but for the ladies, it’s a strict no-no. Avoid everything that will make you stand out of the crowd, as chances are you won’t be ‘in’ it for long then. Yes, you’ve got to be different, but this is how you’re going to do it!

What You Should Wear to College?

Shirts
Your shirts are going to be a very important part of your wardrobe as this is what people notice first. If you live in a town that is blessed with too much of sun, stick to wearing light colored simple tees. Avoid too much of sleeveless as this would give you a horrible tan in the long run. Never wear anything that shines too much. On those lazy days you can pull on a cardigan, but make sure you don’t make this your habit. For accessories throughout the year, choose between stoles, mufflers, gloves and shrugs as and when the weather permits or demands. None of these should be more prominent than the shirt/sweater you wear.

Denims and Pants
Since it’s hot most of the year, once every week, you can wear a skirt or some casual shorts to let your legs breathe. Khadi and cotton pants look cool too. During the winters, stick to denims (no boot cuts and only black or blue) and a few well designed yet, simple pants. Avoid shorts completely. These would show the occasional goose bumps that you would get. If you have to attend just a sport or music class, you can dress in pajamas too. Once in a while, it’s important to you let yourself free!

Footwear
When it comes to footwear, you have to be careful. You might think it is cool to wear those red pumps, isn’t it? They look so hot after all. But then, NO! You are not attending a party! Sneakers are the best option to team up with denims and pants. To give yourself a change sometimes, wear a pair of nice flip flops. With skirts, team up some nice flats. As for the boys, stick to those shoes. You’ll look the best in them!

Drop Dead Gorgeous
Once in a while, you need to show just how gorgeous you are! On days that need a celebration, a birthday maybe, dress up just the way you want. Get those pumps out (finally!) and also get that makeup out. Do your hair just how you want it and wear any color and fabric that you want, even if it shines (finally, again!). On such days, dress to make a statement. Get out all the accessories from the closet as well and make sure you enough of them on you. As for the guys, will you even bother?

These tips on choosing your college wear are very important as most people are a little low on their fashion quotient at that age. You like something, you pick it up and come to college all geared up, ready to flaunt what you shouldn’t be. You have enough trendy teen clothing to choose from; choose well. Throughout your college days, stick to simplicity. Every fashion trend fits different age groups differently. Don’t try to imitate a super model on the cover of your favorite magazine, you may look too overdone for a student. Always, for your entire life, focus on ‘style’. As they say, Keep It Stylish!