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Ab Exercise Workouts
Ab Exercises - more!
Abdominal Exercise - 8 Minute Abs
Abdominal Muscle Myths
Lower Abs Exercise - Leg Raises
Avoid Overtraining
Back Muscle - Latissimus Dorsi
Back Muscle & Lats Exercise
Beach Body Abs
Become Fitness Model -1
Become Fitness Model -2
Big Biceps Exercises
Biceps Super Set Workout
Build Bigger Arms
Bodybuilding Tips - a few
Bodybuiding FAQ
Bodybuilding Myths
Break the Training Plateau
Build Muscle - Lose Body Fat
Calf Muscle Workout Exercises
Choose Bodybuilding Routines
Front Squat vs Back Squats
Forearm Exercises
Lagging Chest Development
Leg Muscle Squat Exercise
Leg Muscle and Glutes Exercise
Light Weight Lifting Vs Heavy
Martial Arts Training
Muscle Injury - How to Avoid
Motivation - Staying Motivated
Optimum Strength Training
Other Chest Workout Exercises
Over 40 Workout and Training
Pete Sisco Bodybuilding Q & A
Self Motivation for Workouts
Set Personal Records
Shoulder Workout Exercises
Static and Isometric Training
Static Contraction Training (SCT)
Strong Range Partials
Teen Bodybuilding
Thigh Exercise & Workout
Training With the Girl Friend
Training for Muscle Definition
Training Frequency and Rest
Training Frequency and Rest -2
Tricep Workout Training
Weight Lifting and Manual Labour

Womens Bodybuilding

Arm Workout For Woman
Woman Chest Muscle Exercise
Women Delt Workout - Shoulders
Women Forearm Exercise
Women Leg Muscle Workout
Women Triceps Exercises
Women Bodybuilding

Train for Better Muscle Definition

How to Achieve More Muscle Definition

Muscle definition, or 'getting ripped', refers to having your muscles appear more visibly and dramatically. A guy with a twelve-inch arm can have much more noticeable muscles than a guy with an eighteen-inch arm because he has better definition. Muscle definition is a function of two factors: 1) muscle size and, 2) percentage of bodyfat. If you want better definition you have to work on both elements.

First, you reduce bodyfat simply by burning off all the excess fat you can. The way to do that is with lots of very low intensity fat-burning exercise like treadmill, LifeCycle®, slow jogging, etc. The key here is to make sure the intensity really is low. Running hills with a 40-pound backpack is not pure aerobics. The higher intensity will cut into your recovery ability and your weightlifting workouts will have to be further apart. Fat loss is a matter of calories in versus calories out and your objective is just to burn a ton of calories over time, not to burn them all in one day or one week.

The second factor is increasing muscle size. And let me dispel a common myth right here. There is no such thing as "training for definition." A muscle can only do three thing related to size: it can get smaller, it can get bigger or it can stay the same size. There is no way to specifically train it to be "more defined" apart from making it bigger! And the way to make it bigger is to force it to engage in very high intensity overload.

High intensity is defined as "a great amount of work in a short unit of time." So it is better to do six reps with 300 pounds than it is to do 20 reps with 150 pounds. Yet the common gym mythology is "high reps for definition". Bull! High reps means you have to use low weights and that won't pack on new mass.

Sitting on a bench curling a dumbbell all afternoon won't burn as much fat as the treadmill or other activity that involves moving your entire body. And when you pick up a weight make sure it's a very heavy one. The muscle you build doing that will help to keep the fat off because it will burn calories 24/7.

If you pay attention to these two principles, soon you'll have the ripped look you desire.

All the best,