The Fit 5

The Fit 5

For all of our fans who shoot us questions on our Facebook page, this one is for you. Each week, we will tap into our pool of editors and experts to help with any questions or challenges you are having with your fitness regimen.

This week, Sean Hyson C.S.C.S., Group Training Director for Muscle & Fitness and Men’s Fitness magazines, answers some of your questions about getting killer triceps, defining abs and instantly increasing your size.

Be sure to read up on all of Sean’s articles here on or in Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness magazines each month.

You can also catch Sean on Twitter

1) Building Triceps — asked by Lance Harrison

What is a good way to build up triceps?

“Try changing the main lift in each upper-body workout to one that emphasizes triceps. For instance, if you’ve been bench pressing, switch to a close-grip bench press. You can add in one or two exercises that isolate the triceps each session, too, but be conservative. The key to bringing up a weak body part is to give it just enough work so it grows—focusing on it too intently will make you over-train and defeat the purpose.” — Sean Hyson

2) Protein and Pimples — asked by Yameo Horino

I started taking more protein and ever since I can’t stop getting breakouts. Is it true that protein gives you more pimples?

“There’s no truth to that. You may be having an allergic reaction to the protein powder you’re taking, or any other supplements you’re on. More than likely, your diet is out of whack in some other way—are you eating whole foods most of the time? Vegetables? Acne is often a sign of the skin trying to detoxify the body. Help it along with good nutrition.” — Sean Hyson

3) Weak in the Knees — asked by Christian Solis

If I have a bad knee, what’s the best way to incorporate cardio into my workouts without having to run? Is it by doing circuit training?

“The answer is simple: do anything that doesn’t hurt. Cycling won’t aggravate your knee. You may be able to do a light circuit workout as well. Avoid any kind of repetitive pounding motion on your lower body and you should be able to work around it fine.” — Sean Hyson

4) Amazing Abs — asked by Tiffany Delaney Larsen

How often do you suggest doing ab exercises? Is every day too much?

“Since seeing your abs is really dependent on your diet, you don’t need to train abs any more than you probably already are. If you’re strength training three or four days per week, and using lots of compound and standing exercises (overhead presses, chin-ups, squats, etc.), your abs are already getting a lot of work. You can throw a few sets of direct core exercises in at the beginning or end of your training if you like, but the abs need time to recover like any other muscle group. If your goal is to see definition and you haven’t been, the only solution is to start dieting.” — Sean Hyson

5) Best Way to Bulk — asked by Edikan Elijah

What is the fastest way to look huge?

“Do pushups and curls. Hit the deck and do a set of 10, then stand up and curl (dumbbells, a bar, or a chair if that’s all you have) for 10. Rest 30 seconds and repeat for at least three sets. Your upper body will be pumped to twice its normal size.” — Sean Hyson

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