The Best Butt Toning Exercises for Men

Glute exercises—barbell hip thrusts, wide-stance squats, and booty blaster machines—are often considered the bailiwick of women. Just because many women are wont to train their derrieres, though, doesn’t mean men shouldn’t. Strong glutes are a boon to your performance in just about every way, including helping you lift heavier weights, run faster, jump higher,...

Should You Incline Bench Press to Grow Your Upper Chest?

Yes, you should incline bench press.  Although you don’t have to incline bench press to build chest mass, doing so will probably make your pecs appear more proportional, balanced, and “aesthetic.” Some people disagree, though. They say that the incline bench press is a fine exercise for your chest and shoulders, but it doesn’t offer...

Incline Dumbbell Press: Form, Variations & Common Mistakes

The incline dumbbell press is one of my all-time favorite chest exercises. It trains all of your “pushing” muscles (pecs, shoulders, and triceps) simultaneously and allows you to move heavy weights, making it a time efficient way to build your upper body. It’s a cut above many other chest exercises, too, because it’s particularly good...

How to Power Clean: Tips, Variations & Common Mistakes

Few exercises are as visually stunning as a well-executed power clean: Someone rips a loaded barbell off the floor, swings it overhead, drops into a quarter squat to catch it on their shoulders, and then stands up. In addition to looking cool, the power clean is also one of the best exercises for developing explosive...

The Ultimate Leg Workout for a Killer Leg Day

If you’re looking for a killer leg workout to build an impressive pair of gams, you’re in the right place.  Building a pair of strong, defined, muscular legs is more difficult and unpleasant than building your bis, chest, or back, which is why many guys will do anything to goldbrick their way out...

What Is Progressive Overload Training?

Progressive overload refers to making your workouts more challenging to stimulate your body to become bigger, stronger, faster, or fitter over time.  While this sounds humdrum, it’s the single most important principle of effective training. In fact, you could say that progressive overload is the key factor that separates “training” from “exercise.”  If you “exercise,”...

The Best Back Workouts for Mass & Hypertrophy

In some ways, back workouts are the straw that stirs the drink in your workout program.  A strong back is essential for safely and effectively performing all of the most effective compound exercises, like the squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press, which are what will deliver the majority of your muscle and strength...

Does Cardio Burn Muscle? An Answer, According to Science

By many people’s lights, cardio is to muscle gain what garlic farts are to a first date.  Kryptonite.  Many guys and gals looking to build muscle avoid cardio like cigarette smoke, thinking that even a little whiff will kill their gains.  Others take avoiding cardio to absurd extremes (using the escalator instead of the stairs, for...

How to Close-Grip Bench Press: Tips & Variations

The close-grip bench press is a flat barbell bench press performed with a slightly narrower grip. While this seems like an insignificant technique tweak, using close-grip bench press form significantly changes which muscles are emphasized during the exercise. While the conventional bench press is primarily a chest exercise that also trains the shoulders and triceps,...

The Best Quad Workout for Building Bigger Quads

If you want to know how to get big quads, I have good and bad news. The good news is that building big quads isn’t complicated.  The bad news is that it also isn’t easy. You’re going to be wobbling around like a baby deer on bath salts after some of these quad workouts.  First and...
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