Nobody wants to have a weak shoulder press but is there any way to get a stronger press?
Skipping the gym may not be the end of the world if it is only a month but you do need to ask yourself important questions...
It is 4AM in the morning and all you can think about is how you can get through your workout without feeling so tired and dizzy.
If you were wondering how much you can increase your deadlift by in one year, I will stay outright that it is very difficult to estimate, and it depends on a lot of factors.
You may have considered starting to go to the gym but are held back by a strong belief that lifting weights is bad for your joints.
While scrolling through Instagram or YouTube fitness channels, you might have seen the wide variation in the way people perform deadlifts.
Whether you are training for a strongman competition, or are simply performing farmers walk for bigger forearms or traps, the farmers walk is a great exercise that works the entire body.
It has already been proven time and time again that wearing a lifting belt results in increased strength in the squat, deadlift, and overhead press.
One of the most common questions I receive is what position should your head be in while you low bar squat and where should you be looking?
The rope extension is an exercise using the cable with a rope attachment used to target the triceps.
As you may have heard time and time again, performing lifts with proper form is crucial for safety and longevity in weightlifting.
If you ever felt that your chest won’t grow no matter what you do, it’s time to look at your overall program and approach to training.
The skull crusher is an exercise that is widely recommended for improving triceps development and for increasing overall bench press strength.
Having a sore upper back from squats is an issue that most beginner lifters may experience but don’t let it be the cause of you taking a break or deter you from working out.
One of the common gripes beginners complain about to me is the uneven development of their chest or bench press.
The overhead press is a great exercise that works the shoulders, pecs, and triceps and can be overloaded for increased muscular strength and hypertrophy.
If you only had time to perform the squat and deadlift in the gym, are these exercises enough to provide sufficient leg development for the beginner?
Beginners, intermediates, advanced, elites, and even top lifters all need to eventually face a heavy weight for them to squat.
If you have been following Starting Strength, or any other strength program for a while, you might have reached a point where no matter what you do, you can’t progress on your bench press.
In this article, we will discuss why your back might be cramping up while you are performing the squat.
If you have knee pain when you do Bulgarian split squat, hopefully, they will be the last article you will be reading.
If you are running 5/3/1 BBB, 5x10 deadlift might seem daunting and you might be looking for a deadlift alternative.
When you are talking about leaning back on the deadlift, are you talking about the top position or the bottom position?
One training aspect every lifter should focus on is to do progressive overload on their accessory work.
When I was first starting to lift weights, I sometimes wondered how much can a beginner increase their bench press each week.
As a beginner nowadays, you are bombarded with tons of free programs online and one of them that caught your eye is Smolov and Smolov Jr.
I wanted to know what are the best accessory movements to increase my bench press, other than doing the flat bench press all the time.
When choosing an accessory movement, are power cleans or high pulls better for strength? For a beginner?
The trap bar deadlift is a great, overall movement for any lifter that is simply tired of doing conventional deadlifts or sumo deadlifts.
If you are bench pressing and you do not have an impressive back arch, you may not be doing something wrong.
Powerlifters and avid gym-goers alike understand the importance of adhering to their training regimen as best as possible in order to maximize results and promote better overall strength and muscle development.
You might be wondering if the deadlift is the king of all exercises, then what is the point of deadlift assistance exercises?
If you’re looking for ways to optimize your workouts, and especially if you’re looking into creative ways to build leg strength, chances are you’ve heard about the hip belt squat and are wondering if you should incorporate it into your workout regimen.
If you’re trying to be aware of your bodily symptoms during and after your workouts — and you should be!
Goal setting is necessary for accomplishing any particular goal – it could be losing weight, gaining weight, becoming healthier, etc.
If you’re doing squat after squat to build your glutes only to limp home, check the mirror, and wonder why everything except your glutes ache—you’re not alone.
The lat pulldown is an amazing compound exercise to use for back development and gaining upper body strength.
Those who are new to lifting are oftentimes extremely eager to build more strength and develop a better physique at the very start of their journey.
When people think of powerlifters or bodybuilders most times they picture athletes who have massive pecs, Popeye-style arms or perfectly tailored lats who can lift incredible amounts of weight.
Gym lovers and elite athletes alike try their absolute best to maximize the amount of time they spend lifting and training hard each and every week.
Powerlifters and those who compete in strength-based sports seem to always be on the lookout for methods that allow them to maximize gains as quickly as possible.
The farmer’s walk is one of the simplest exercises you can perform. But, do not let the simplicity fool you.
As a strength athlete, consistency is key. It is especially important for beginners to structure themselves and set a schedule with attainable goals.
The deadlift is known as the king of all exercises. It works the posterior chain which includes your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings like no other exercise.
Many athletes incorporate strength training into their weekly schedule and find themselves lifting several sessions throughout the week.
Have you ever gone to the gym, laced your sneakers, had the motivation for a workout, but after the workout you end up feeling unaccomplished?
Front Squats are a compound exercise and are utilized to develop lower body muscles. It challenges numerous muscles and is essentially a full-body lift.
Are you scared to go to the gym for the first time? Perhaps you are afraid of what people will think of you.
The fitness industry is saturated with new trends and ideas, all promising to make you a lean mean fighting machine with the least amount of effort possible.
You are doing some decently heavy weight on your overhead press and your neck pops. Once or a couple of times, you know this is not normal.
You are on the bench press but it seems glaringly obvious that you have weak wrists, are you doomed in the iron game?
In strength training, making sure you have proper running form may not be something that is actively preached.
Whether you want to increase your bench press by 50lbs or 100lbs in the next few weeks or months, you will see a ton of programs that are supposed to help you for that.
For many athletes, the commonly performed exercise known as the squat is the ultimate test between new year resolution gym attendees and gold star powerlifters.
Ah, the classic deadlift. To some people, it may be one of the most intimidating exercises in the gym.
If you are looking to increase your barbell row and deadlift strength, is it a good idea to do them both on the same day?
The lat pulldown is a fantastic upper-body exercise because it crosses multiple joints and uses more than one muscle group, which is known as a compound exercise.
As strength athletes, we are always looking for the newest tactics in order to help us become the strongest versions of ourselves.
All lifters want to get stronger and having a big deadlift will enable you to maximize your strength gains.
Stalling on your bench press is one of the most common complaints lifters have when starting a new program.
As a beginner lifter, you chose to do a linear progression program because you read online that it was one of the best ways to get started in the gym.
For many people who are just beginning to work out at their local gym, or even for those of you who frequently attend the gym or the occasional CrossFit class, it can sometimes be difficult to get stronger or reach a new personal record.
Jim Wendler first published 5/3/1 in 2011 and it was a breakthrough in the lifting community that no one could have predicted.
There’s nothing better for fitness fanatics than prepping for the summer season and knocking out a solid leg day in the gym.
A person dedicated to physical fitness is just that- dedicated. Sometimes this means training multiple days in a row to meet goals.
When should you compete in a powerlifting competition, which tests for your squat, bench press and deadlift max?
Geared more towards beginners and intermediates, this post will shed some light on how beginners can increase their squat, bench press and deadlift PRs.
I know that feeling - you are working hard with your linear progression program. Then, all of a sudden, it stops working. Should you move to another program?
Lifters love to theory craft different routines on what to do in the gym. As strength athletes and strength enthusiasts, we get excited whenever there is a new breakthrough in the lifting community.
Can you train in the gym without a spotter? Exercises, like the bench press, are one of the most common exercises to rely on a spotter.
Find out whether or not you are getting stronger after every workout in the gym. No matter what sport you do, it is a huge positive if you do any form of resistance training.
Come find out why your biceps are so small with or without training. If you have been training in the gym for some time, one of the most common goals you can have is to have big arms.
Are you losing interest in going to the gym? Does your motivation seem to fade whenever you think about going to the gym?
Find out how to do pullups to develop the strength you never had. If you are strong, you are a master of your body.
There are many strategies you can use in order to get the first reps of your dumbbell shoulder press.
You are working out in the gym and you find that you cannot finish the working set reps for a particular exercise.
Find out whether or not you should start cutting back your program volume if you are cutting weight.
When pumping iron in the gym, there is only one exercise that really shows how alpha you are - the bench press.
Find out how long is too long to stay at the gym. Working out and staying healthy is always the number one priority for all lifters.
In this article, we shall focus on one the most important equipment for powerlifting; lifting belts. If you are seriously committed to powerlifting, you should invest in a good lifting belt.
Squatting with neck pain is not normal. The squat should be performed in a controlled and pain-free manner.
The overhead press is frequently classified as the last member of the big four exercises, joining the squat, the bench press and the deadlift.
You are setting up in a tight bench press. Shoulder blades are retracted and depressed so that your shoulders can be in the safest position possible.
Back cracking is scientifically known as crepitus. It is regarded as a common occurrence although it differs slightly from one context to another.
Lifting helps to build muscular strength, develop bone density and strength and also it aids in enhancing endurance.
For a big bench press, many lifters emphasize the importance of leg drive. It is critical for lifters to know how to utilize leg drive so that they can effectively increase their bench press.
Different exercises have different impacts on various joints. Deadlifts, for instance, can be problematic for amateurs and even experienced lifters.
It is the reason you want to skip your experience with the deadlift. Worrying knee buckles during deadlift and back pain can interrupt your normal exercise, or even they can complicate the entire comfort of weightlifting.
The bench press actively engages many muscles in your back. While the bench press is known to be one of the most alpha chest exercises in the lifting community, you cannot have a big bench press without a well-developed upper back.
The traditional exercise for building calves is the calf raise. Load that machine up and feel the burn after 10-12 reps.
The deadlift challenges our grip strength and mental fortitude. It is one of the staple exercises to include in any program in any era of strength training.
Deadlifts are the best exercise to develop your posterior chain. Tackling on your glutes, hamstrings, back, and hips, deadlifts are the foundation for every strength training and bodybuilding program.
We all know deadlifts are the king of all exercises. What we may not know are all the small intricate details about deadlifting pains beginner lifters may get.
Ankle sprains are not fun to deal with, especially if you are an athlete. They interfere with regular day-to-day movements and can restrict mobility and power in your leg.
Throughout your lifting career, this advice has been passed on through decades of training experience - “Develop a strong grip.”
When you extend your arm, your triceps are contracted. During the deadlifts, your arms are perfectly straight in order to achieve the best leverages for the deadlift.
The bench press is one of the most important and crucial upper body exercises that can help you in many ways.
The lower body needs as much attention as you give to your upper body. If you are focused only to get the best biceps, triceps, chest, and shoulders, then you will not be able to have proper body aesthetics and proportions.
Are deadlift bruises a sign of a good deadlift? Should I be black and blue once in a while after a deadlift session?
You have done the bench press over a thousand times. But for some reason, you experienced a neck pop here and there.
Both good mornings and Romanian deadlift are essentially barbell exercises that focus on your lower body muscles.
It boils down to a host of things and if you are wondering whether that is normal or not to squat more than you can deadlift.
The front squat is a quite popular exercise and many people do this regularly. But have you noticed bruises on your shoulder because of this?
Are you feeling a little lightheaded after squats? If so, rest easy as you are not alone. It's a pretty common thing in strength training.
Sleep deprived for a day? Got maybe around 4,5, or 6 hours of sleep and are debating on whether or not you should workout for the day.
Fitness always comes first. If you are lately taking interest in fitness and workouts, then you might have already heard the terms overhand and underhand grip.
The barbell row and the squat are two of the Big 4 lifts. The Big 4 lifts are 4 of the most well known compound exercises that are included in all beginner strength training programs.
Featured as one of the best lower body compound exercises, squats do more than just develop your muscularity - they also work on many intangibles too, like your character and determination.
When people begin their journey of strength training, they are tasked to pick programs and understand which exercise is best for them.
Physical fitness can be frustrating if it won't respond as you may expect. Beginners think about quitting, considering how difficult exercise is, let alone lifting weights.
Lifters know how important wrist health is when going to the gym. But are you taking proper care of your health, especially your joint health?
While you do not need to wear deadlifting straps in all of your training sessions, there are particular moments when these straps come in handy.
The squat, commonly referred to as the king of all workouts, is one of the most promising strength training exercises you can do in the gym.
Is a 600 lbs deadlift possible at 160? Seven-time Mr. Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger once said that the only thing that stands between you and your end goal is your mind.
Do you struggle with unracking the bench press? Through personal experience and searching through the web, I have found several tactics you can use to alleviate your unracking bench press struggles.
How come I am getting more sick after doing my big lifts, deadlifts or squats? I have noticed this trend for a while now.
Can you get big by only doing compound exercises? Do you need to do isolation exercises to build a muscular body?
Do your shoulders get tight when you are descending from the start position of your bench press? But you need to keep benching to make progress with your bench press, right?
I have been strength training for over 6 years now and a question that always comes up is this, should you replace back squats with front squats?
As a strength training athlete, I am always looking for new programs to consider for myself, one of which was the Kizen Infinite Offseason Program, written by Silent Mike, Bart Kwan, and Omar Isuf.
For our lifters out there who need to do a hard labor job, should you adjust your workout if you had a physically demanding day?
With six years of strength training under my belt, I have done thousands and thousands of pull ups. However, I wondered if my biceps will grow if I do pull ups every day.
I currently have a home gym and deadlift to my heart’s content. I am curious if lifters should deadlift quietly since this is a common complaint about many gym-goers in the community.
Currently, I have been deadlifting twice a week and for most of my strength training journey, I probably at maxed deadlifted three times a week. But I wondered is deadlifting 4x a week too much?
Powerlifter Amanda Lawrence continues to prepare for the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival, hosted in Columbus, Ohio. The events are from February 28th to March 3rd, 2019.
It has been a little over 6 years of strength training and I have finally hit a 2x bodyweight squat - I did a 350lbs high-bar back squat, weighing around 170lbs bodyweight.
As I continue to get stronger, I always eat enough food. But I thought about this - can you get stronger while cutting?
As I have been strength training over the years, I wondered - when should I switch to an intermediate program?
As I continue to strength train and get stronger, I often wonder - Why is powerlifting not in the Olympics?
I have been lifting in a cold garage for over four years now. But sometimes I thought about this, how do I lift weights in a cold garage?
I workout in the evenings usually but I have done strength training in the mornings, afternoons and late nights. I always wondered this, should you do powerlifting workouts in the morning?
As I strive to build more muscle with my strength workouts, I often wondered, how do I know if I am losing fat or muscle?
After a tough workout, I wondered to myself, how do I become an elite powerlifter? Like everything in life, I decided to find out the answer to this question.
I have been to places where there is no gym anywhere in sight. It begs the question, what is the best way to preserve my gains if I won’t have access to the gym?
I currently bench press two to three times a week and I have wondered about this question, why do I shake when I bench press?
As my deadlift workouts approach each week, I thought about this question, why are my hamstrings sorer than my back after deadlifts?
I have recently finished a deadlift workout and was wondering, why do people shake during heavy deadlifts?
I am sitting close to my home gym and thought about this, is strength training 6 days a week too much?
I had a great workout upper body workout last night and it left me thinking, how to bench press 225lbs?
The last time I overhead press heavy was about 3 months ago. My best overhead press is 155 lb. I'd like to share my insight on how to overhead press 135 lb.
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