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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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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Squat Variations



After last week’s post on lunges, I was inspired to put together a short list of the most popular variations on the squat. But I’d like your help. Sure, I could scour the web for all kinds of weird variations but I want to know which ones YOU do. So please add yours, with a short...
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Exercises & Routines

The Greatest Quad Builder… That Almost No One Wants To Do



Everyone seemed to like the last article from Tom, and so here's another. This is a great one that you can start putting to use in your very next leg workout. It's a really important variation if you find your knees and/or back overstressed.

By Tom Venuto, NSCA-CPT, CSCS
BurnTheFat

It’s axiomatic that the exercises which give you the...
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Science News For Building Lean Muscle – Feb 23 2009

Editor’s note – There is so much monthly science news when it comes to muscle fitness, that it’s probably hard for you to keep up.  In these occasional posts, I’ll summarize various items of research in the past 90 days or so.  I’ll cite the official reports so that the hard-core of you can read the science for yourself. ...
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Training Tips

How to Squat Properly

Image Credit: physicsman Squatting is the best way you can build overall muscle mass. Period. There are a lot of people out there who fear the squat. They think that doing the leg press machines or squats on a smith machine will somehow be safer. Using these machines is just like using any other machine in the gym. The...
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