In this video I share a quick, simple trick I use to help improve my workouts and make fatigue towards the end less of an issue. If you've done much training before, you're probably familiar with how energy wanes as the sessions nears completion. That's why it's important to hit the main, most important lifts first. Trouble is, this approach often means later assistance exercises are poorly executed due to lack of energy. Click and watch my solution for this.
With an estimated 338 000 personal trainers working in the USA as of 2018, you’d think we’d be the fittest continent on Earth, but we’re not. Quite the opposite. Although 55 million Americans will hold gym memberships this year, 80 percent will quit within the first month. Obviously personal trainers aren’t solely to blame for this. Laziness is. But could PT’s be doing a better job? I think so.
Once you settle into the rhythm of regular training and start seeing results, it's easy to start feeling invincible. You're not. Every serious trainee deals with injury at some point, and sometimes knowing how to get back to the gym can be difficult. That's where this video can help. It shows my first time bench pressing after a cracked rib kept me out of the gym for a while.
Loaded barbell exercises are the best way to get strong, but if you try heavy squats or deadlift without proper stretching first, you're asking for trouble. Watch the video below and see two simple and effective stretches you can do anywhere to help improve hip flexibility for squats and other leg dominant movements.
For those driven to push their bodies to the natural limits so those limits can expand, being temporarily grounded by pain often breeds intense mental anguish. It certainly has for me. But all is not lost. Here are my 5 favourite battle strategies for when injury comes calling.
If you like the idea of a home gym but don’t know what equipment you need to get started, this post will help. Here are the things you’ll need to build your own fully equipped strength training gym in your home.
I’m not a fan of relying too much on fancy equipment. The guy with the nicest camera in the room won’t necessarily take the best pictures. That said, I believe it’s important to always be properly equipped for the task before you. Serious lifters need proper equipment, and while it’s easy to become too dependent on training accessories, here are 6 items I believe should be in every dedicated trainee’s gym bag.
The trouble with many commercial gyms these days is that they’re full of fancy machines, while barbells and weight plates are increasingly rare. Most gyms still have them, but there’s often a sense that these antique, time-tested training tools are second rate, and modern, complex machines are far better for regular people.
You get under the bar, take a deep, bracing breath, and push it free of the standards. Something’s wrong. It’s only 10 pounds more than what you squatted last week, but it feels way heavier. Shockingly heavy. You start squatting and the first rep feels like a 1 rep max. This scenario isn’t unusual. In fact, for anyone who’s been training seriously for more than a few months, it’s inevitable.
Just about everyone I know who lifts weights regularly is at least a little concerned with how they look. I know I am. Even those who claim to train mainly for strength over aesthetics will tell you (if they’re honest) that having visible gains is part of the attraction. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does raise some important questions. Don’t you always get stronger when you get bigger, and vice versa? Yes and no.