Exercises & Routines

You Gotta Be Kidding Me- Bridging on the Bench Press (repost)

I sat in absolute bewilderment as I read an article in a recent muscle magazine. It explained in detail why you should lift your hips as high as possible off the bench (called bridging) when you bench press. Was the author seriously recommending this type of thing to people who are trying to improve their workouts? I could hardly believe...
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Dieting & Food

How to Harness the Healing Power of Water for Muscle Health

Most people do not realize how powerful water is in the healing process. No, this is not an article about spa therapy, holistic medicine, or anything like that. This is about using simple methods to build muscle and strength as well as maintaining your overall health. Your body might be 60% water overall, but your muscles are actually...
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Training Tips

Side Laterals That Actually Work Your Shoulders

While the best exercise for building shoulder mass is the overhead press, you might want to incorporate side laterals into your workout to add thickness to your outer shoulders. There are, however, a couple ways to lose some of the benefit from this exercise. Your shoulder muscles are actually composed of three separate heads that are in the front...
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Rest & Recovery

Proper Warm Ups & Stretches

Getting a good warm up before you attempt any heavy lifting is an absolute necessity. The purpose of a warm up should be pretty obvious from its name. You need to get your body warm and the blood pumping before you start lifting heavy. Another fact that should be pretty obvious is that your ability to get your body...
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Training Tips

Getting the Right Stance for Squats

Doing squats is one of the best ways to increase your overall lean body mass and power. Squats involve more muscle groups than almost any other exercise, and if you’re not already doing squats, adding them to your routine can help you to add strength quickly. Learning the correct squatting stance will go a long ways in helping you...
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Exercises & Routines

Weighted Dips for the Pecs and Triceps

The bench press is one of the best exercises we have for training the chest muscles and triceps. We use the bench press because we can easily add weight to the bar or grab a heavier dumbbell for increased resistance. Probably the biggest drawback to the bench press, however, is that only your arms are moving. Technically (and I...
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Training Tips

When You Should Point Your Toes Out on Calf Raises

If you ask me, calves are probably the most stubborn muscles on the body. Getting them to grow and take on the shape you want is no easy task. One possible way to help shape your calf muscles is to either point your toes in or out as you do calf raises. Actually, there’s a bit of disagreement out...
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Straight Leg Deadlifts, Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs)

If you aren’t using the forums, here’s another example of the kind of dialog and advice people like Greg are getting for free: This is an excerpt from the thread http://leanlifters.com/forum/the-big-7/s-leg-deadlift-as-a-variant/ Greg: Darrin, Cameron, or others, I have a question. How do you feel about straight-leg deadlift as a periodic variation and/or compliment to regular deadlifts? Are they more...
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