Training Tips

You Gotta Be Kidding Me- Bridging on the Bench Press

  I could hardly believe what I was reading. 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...
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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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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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Weight Lifting 101

Lifting Lessons With My Dad – 12 Tips

You can keep lifting weights after 60, into your 70s, and beyond I recently took my family to visit my parents and got to workout with my dad at his gym (Gold’s Gym – wow, their membership fees are really low!).  While coaching him, I was reminded of many tips that I bet you’ll find valuable.   (Dad, you don’t...
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Training Tips

Why Your Biceps Never Grow

Bicep curls seem like such a simple exercise, but one frequent mistake exists that often leads people to transfer the stress of this movement away from the bicep muscles and to the shoulders. In his Encyclopedia or Modern Bodybuilding, Arnold Schwarzenegger describes that bringing the elbows forward during this movement creates a lower quality stress on the biceps and...
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Training Tips

Wide Grip Cable Rows

As with all rowing movements, seated cable rows focus mainly on working the lat muscles, as well as working the biceps, traps, and the deltoids (shoulders). When compared to bent-over barbell rows, it has some advantages and disadvantages. Bent-over barbell rows: More muscles involved: This exercise involves more muscles for stabilization and is therefore a more compound movement, and...
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