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

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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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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Mental

Your Workouts Will Always Suck Without These

Image Credit: Gio Foto This article was written by Jason. I hate the basics. It doesn’t matter what it is, we simply don’t want basic things in life. Nobody wants to go out and buy a basic car if they could afford something nicer. We don’t like to have basic computers or basic cameras either… we want the fast...
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