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When to Increase Workout Intensity

How do you know when you can add another day to your workout schedule? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says it's really up to you and your body.

When you are not getting sore from your workout and feel like you could do more at the end of your workout, that is the time when you want to add an additional day. Aaron says he wouldn't workout more than 5-days a week.

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Weekly Workout #5 (WW5) -
February 6, 2012
Weekly Workout 5 Day 1:  Chest/Cardio Chest: Dumbbell Flys Superset with Pushups:  (Flys)4 sets x 10 to 12 reps then drop down and do pushups 4 sets 10 to 20 reps Flat Bench Press Dumbbells:  4 sets x 8 to 12 reps Dips (body weight or assisted): 3 sets x 8 to 12 reps Flat Bench Press With Bar (Free weight or smith machine): 4 sets x 8 to 12 reps Cardio: 35 min in target zone   Day 2: Read More»
Weekly Workout Explanation -
February 6, 2012
IAmAlphaM Weekly Workouts are difficult with a lot of volume. Aaron Marino of alpha m. details what to expect with these IAmAlphaM workouts. Alpha says that a big misconception is that you have to spend tons of time in the gym. You shouldn't be in the gym for more than a hour. You should rest 45 seconds to 1-minute in between sets. And the IAmAlphaM workouts are designed for just that-- one hourRead More»
Weekly Workout #4 (WW4) -
January 30, 2012
Weekly Workout #4 (WW4) Monday:  Chest and Bi’s Chest: Pushups: 4 sets 12 to 30 reps Peck Dec:  4 sets x 10 to 12 reps Dumbbell Bench Press:  3 sets  x 8 to 12 reps Dumbbell Fly: 4 sets x 10 to 12 reps Flat Bench Press: 4 sets x 8 to 12 reps Chest Dips: 3 sets 10 to 20 reps Pushups: 2 sets 10 to 25 reps (yes again…you are going to feel like a little girl this time) Bis: Straight Bar CuRead More»
Beginner Workout -
January 23, 2012
Starting a Workout Plan Weekly Workout for Beginners So you are starting a fitness program and one thing that many guys do is go crazy and overdo it in the gym.  What happens is they are either so sore they can’t move for a week…or worse they injure themselves.  The answer is to start slow and go at a decent pace.  I have come up with a 4 day workout plan for those of you who are just startRead More»

Starting a Workout Plan -
January 23, 2012
When starting a workout plan, how many days should you hit the gym? What areas of the body should be done on what days? Aaron Marino of alpha m. reviews the aspects of starting a workout routine. The most important piece of advice is to take it easy. Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will your Adonis body. Don't get sore or hurt by going overboard. To get the body of your dreams, take it sloRead More»
Weekly Workout #3 (WW3) -
January 23, 2012
Weekly Workout #3 (WW3) Monday:  Back and Bi’s Back: Pull Ups (body weight or assisted): 4 sets of 10 reps One Arm D’Bell Rows: 3 sets x 8 to 12 reps Close Grip Pull Downs (Close grip handle on high pulley): 3 sets x 10 to 12 reps Seated Rows: 4 sets x 8 to 10 reps Bis: Straight Bar Curl: 3 sets x 12 reps Hammer Curls: 3 sets x 12 reps Seated Alternating D’bell Curls: 3 sets x 8 to 12 rRead More»
Gaining Weight Fast  -
January 20, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses a viewer question about how to pack on pounds fast. Alpha recommends eating  a high calorie diet around 3,000 calories WHILE working out in the gym. Ectomorphs need to support their bodies working out to avoid potential health challenges. If you don't have time to workout, make the time by getting up earlier, doing it later in the evening, or doing it during lunRead More»
Weekly Workout #2 (WW2) -
January 15, 2012
Weekly Workout #2 (WW2) Monday:  Chest + Shoulders Chest: Flat Dumbbell Press (Bench Press): 4 sets x 10 to 12 reps Flat Dumbbell Fly: 4 sets x 10 to 15 reps with a super set up pushups 4 sets 10-20 reps (do your set of flys…set the dumbbells down and go right into pushups) Body Weight Dips (machine assisted dips if needed) 3 sets x 12-20 reps Peck Deck 4 sets x 10 to 15 reps Cable Flys (stRead More»
Importance of Water | 100 ounces a day!  -
December 21, 2011
Water is essential for maintaining bodily functions and so much more. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses how water is vitally important. You never want to feel thirst. Constantly consume water during the day, which is approximately 100 ounces to keep your body operating at an efficient level. Put down the sodas and sweet beverages and replace with water. You will see a difference. Read More»

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