12 Must-Read Fitness Features From 2012

2012 has come and gone and it’s time for a new year and new resolutions. But before we put 2012 completely behind us, we thought we’d take one last look back. There were hundreds of fitness features written to guide and advise you with building the physique of your dreams, so we tallied social media numbers, listened to comments and compiled this list of the top 12 fitness features that you must-read. Already read them? It’s time for a re-read.

12. How to Get Lean: 25 Ways to Lose Fat Faster >>>

Don’t want to just hear, “get a trainer” or, “get on a diet plan”? This feature provides 25 solid tips to shedding extra fat and building lean muscle mass. 

11. Back to Basics: The 3 Most Powerful Workout Moves >>>

You can read and research for hours upon hours about all different types of exercises that will claim to burn more fat and build more muscle, but nothing will ever compare to the absolute tried and true basics—big, compound moves.

10. The Abdominal Trifecta Workouts >>>

Want to get well on your way to a sliced and diced mid-section? Pick a high-protein, high-fiber and reduced carbohydrate diet you can tolerate and package it up with these gut-busting workouts.

9. Six Recovery Strategies for Workout-aholics >>>

It’s not always about throwing around weights and eating the right food. Muscles are trained, exhausted and torn down in the gym. Muscles build during rest and sleep. Don’t neglect proper recovery—a must read for anyone addicted to the iron.

8. Seven Reasons You’re Not Getting Stronger >>>

Didn’t break any new bench press or deadlift personal records in 2012? Here are 7 things you need to change to make it happen this year.

7. The Most Important Body Parts You’re Neglecting >>>

There’s nothing good about loose ends and weak links—the same goes for your body. Probability of injury rises, performance dips and you become discouraged. Neglecting certain body parts is a vicious cycle of getting no where fast.

6. Five Terrible Ways to Fuel Up Before a Workout >>>

To get the most out of your training you need to be prepared and fueled up properly. You don’t expect a lean, muscular physique with a crap diet, do you?

5. Nine Foods That Should Be in Every Diet >>>

Doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to bulk up or trim down. These are the foods that should be in every diet, regardless of your goal.

4. Six Not-So Obvious Newbie Training Mistakes >>>

Getting started for the first time in the gym can be intimidating and it could take a while to figure out your strengths and abilities. You’ll learn certain aspects of training, but somethings aren’t quite as obvious. Here are 6 every newbie should be aware of. 

3. Five Muscle-Building Moves You’ve Probably Never Tried >>>

You can never fail with the basic big moves like the deadlift, squat, overhead press and bench, but sometimes change is needed, or you’re looking for a new fun technique. Give these moves a shot in your routines of 2013. 

2. Ten Reasons You’re Not Building Muscle >>>

Building muscle is hard enough to do even when you’re doing everything right. Maybe one of these 10 reasons has been holding you back and packing on more pounds.

1. Top 25 Fitness Tips and Strategies from the Experts >>>

The fitness industry is constantly changing and evolving with new ideas and concepts, but somethings never change. Our experts all agree with these 25 strategies. 

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