Weight Lifting 101

It’s Time to Take Your Worst Picture Ever

Are you planning to get in shape, but haven’t quite started yet? If so, I have an assignment for you. Go into your room and take all your clothes off. That’s right, strip down to nothing but your briefs, your boxers, your lingerie, whatever you are wearing underneath. Go and do it right now! This is your last chance...
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Weight Lifting 101

I Respect the Little Guy with Good Form

I saw something interesting the other day at the gym. I saw an average-sized guy in his mid 20’s who was obviously trying to build up some muscle. He looked like he had some padding (weight) on him, but he didn’t look too out of shape. The thing that caught my eye is what I saw him doing. He...
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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

Muscle Growth: Playing God With Your Body, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series that explains how your muscles grow. If you haven’t already read Part 1, please go back and read it first. In this post, we’ll explain the message presented in Part 1 and what it represents. In Part 1, a short story was told in which I had you imagine that you...
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Rest & Recovery

Setting the Record Straight on Muscle Recovery Time

How long should you let your muscles rest before working them again? You may have heard that your muscles are ready to be trained again after 48 hours of rest. Editor’s Note:  This is Jason’s take.  To read Darrin’s take, click here. I’d like to set the record straight on that number. If you’re one of those genetic supermen...
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