Weight Lifting 101

How Long to Rest Between Sets

Image Credit: Petranek It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the more rest you take between sets, the more weight you’ll be able to lift when you do come back. This doesn’t mean that you should always take more rest between your sets… the right amount of rest for you will depend on your goals somewhat. First off,...
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Weight Lifting 101

How to Avoid Calluses When Lifting Heavy Weights

Image credit: cronfeld Getting calluses while you lift weights is normal, but a lot can be done to reduce the number of calluses that form on your hands. If you’re getting calluses while lifting, you’re doing some things right. You’re training hard, using a heavy weight, and doing plenty of pulling movements. Just a few changes will help to...
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Weight Lifting 101

What You Need to Know About Your Deltoids

Image Credit: PrairieArt Talking about the shoulder muscles can really get confusing. Chances are, if you ask someone for a shoulder rub, they’ll grab the meat that sits close to the base of your neck. This part of your “shoulders” is referred to as the trapezius muscle, or your “traps”. Your deltoids or “delts”, on the other hand, are...
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Weight Lifting 101

Sit-ups Suck, Don’t Work Your Abs

All this time you thought those thousands of sit-ups were going to build you a six pack… only to have me tell you that you might have been wasting your time. (And chances are, you have no business doing any abs work – unless your diet is great, you are doing compound weight training, and are already fairly lean.)...
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Weight Lifting 101

Barbells, Dumbbells, Weights and Plates

Anybody new to the gym knows how difficult it can be to make sense of all of the machines and equipment that fill the workout room. Instead of trying to analyze each of the different machines in the gym, get to know the free weights first. The free weights will give you the greatest returns for the effort you...
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Weight Lifting 101

How Workouts Work

For Newbies Only: We will continue our series of Weight Lifting 101 posts here by introducing some new terms that you will have to become familiar with if you are going to succeed in changing the way you look. As you may have already guessed, working out with free weights is a little bit more complicated than doing steady...
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Weight Lifting 101

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic- Keep Breathing!

What’s the difference between aerobic and anaerobic exercises? I’ll make this simple: Aerobic– In the presence of oxygen Anaerobic– Without the presence of oxygen That’s the basic definition of the two general types of exercises. To be a little bit more specific, aerobic exercises are the ones that cause your heart rate to increase for an extended period of...
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Weight Lifting 101

Do I Really Need a Weight Belt?

Alright, you may have seen people wearing a belt in the gym and wondered if a weight belt is for you. In general, and for most of you reading this, a weight belt is probably something that should be used sparingly in your workouts, and maybe not at all. Whether a weight belt holds back your core muscles from...
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