Monday, 2 March 2015

Trap Bar vs Straight Bar Deadlifts

Every exercise has pros and cons. To get the best possible results, you want to weigh the pros and cons of each exercise option to find the best one for you. I love deadlifts. They build real-life strength, improve sport performance, build muscle, burn fat and are very time efficient. Also, there are many great variations to choose from. One option for deadlifts is the hex or trap bar. Is this better than a straight bar deadlift? Let’s find out.



Monday, 23 February 2015

6 Mistakes That Are Keeping You from Losing Fat

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Nothing is more frustrating than putting your valuable time and sweat-equity into pursuing a goal and then having nothing to show for it. When it comes to fat loss, sure there are people who are lazy and not willing to work for it. However, there are also those who are working hard, but making mistakes that end up killing all their hard work. A while back a wrote about 5 Common Mistakes that Slow Down Your Fat Loss. Here are 6 more mistakes that will keep you from getting to your fat loss goal.



Monday, 16 February 2015

8 Superior Alternatives to 8 Popular Stretches

Why do you do the specific stretches that you do? If you are like most people, you simply do what you have always done. You learned a stretch years ago by a trainer, coach, PE teacher or therapist and you have kept doing it ever since. However, many of these popular stretches not only fail to effectively stretch the target muscle(s), they also place unnecessary stress on the surrounding structures. If you are doing to be spending your valuable time stretching, here are 8 better replacements for 8 common stretches. 

Monday, 9 February 2015

A Case for the Incline Press

Ever had a conversation about lifting with someone who doesn’t lift? If so, they will often they will ask the question, “whada ya bench?” Ever since the 70’s the bench press has been the most popular lift in the gym. While it is a good upper body strength exercise for some people, is the not the best option for others. No, I’m not trying to convince everyone not to bench. However, the bench press’ less popular cousin exercise the incline press offers some great benefits that may make it a better lift for you. Here is my case for using the incline press.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Eat More Protein, Lose More Fat

A calorie is not just a calorie. While this is true in a food incinerator, there is more to energy balance than just calories in, calories out when you are talking about the human body. Yes, how many calories you eat matters, but so does what you eat. If you want to develop a lean, athletic body, you need to look for optimal protein levels. 
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Monday, 26 January 2015

How to Get Faster

If you want to take your game to the next level, you have to get faster. Next to skill, speed is one of the most game-changing qualities you can possess. While some people may be naturally fast, everyone can get faster – with the right approach. Here is how you can get your body moving faster than ever before. 

Monday, 19 January 2015

How to Build Muscle In a Busy Gym

You walk into your gym in January and scan the crowded craziness. You look over to your gym’s four squat racks. Three of the racks have now become curl racks. One is being used for 1/16 squats while a buddy captures the epic squat session on the latest iPhone to share with the world on YouTube. Every bench press station in the gym has one guy doing half bench presses with elbows flared while the “spotter” lifts 75% of the weight while yelling the famous, “It’s all you bro!” which is most accurately translated from bro slang as, “I don’t know how to spot!” Frustrated, you take a deep breath in and wisely tell yourself that this is what your gym needs to pay the lease so you have a place to train year round. Now, you resolve yourself to make the best of this situation. If you want to pack on some high-performance muscle this year, here is a plan that will work for you even in the busiest gym.