The Best Shoulder Workout Routine, According to Science

<!-- The Best Shoulder Workout Routine, According to Science 0 Home / Blog / Training / The Best Shoulder Workout Routine, According to Science Written by Michael Matthews Evidence Based The shoulders are the calves of the upper body. They’re small, stubborn muscles...

The Complete Guide to the Valsalva Maneuver

You may have heard that holding your breath while you lift weights is dangerous. Critics of the Valsalva maneuver—the technical definition for holding your breath while lifting weights—say it increases your risk of fainting, aneurysm, stroke, and blood vessel damage, and that there’s no evidence that it helps you lift more weight. This is why...

The Complete Guide to the Best Home Gym Equipment in 2021

Building your own home gym is more convenient, time efficient, and (potentially) cheaper than going to a commercial gym. That said, building a home gym can also be a confusing, expensive ordeal if you don’t know what to buy. You can easily spend north of $10,000 on equipment you don’t need or, more likely,...

The 3 Best Chest Workout Routines for Mass & Hypertrophy

If you’re like me, you got into lifting weights because you wanted to build chest mass, bulging biceps, and washboard abs.  (Our motivations may have matured since, but hey, there’s no shame in our not-so-humble beginnings.) And since you’re reading this article, you probably need some help with chest hypertrophy. Maybe you’re new to lifting weights,...

The 3 Best Ab Workouts for Building a Great Six Pack

Having a defined six pack is the fitness equivalent of “having arrived.” You may be strong . . . you may be big (or toned) . . . but all the cool kids have killer abs. And it’s okay if you want some too.  You’re probably wondering, then, what are the best ab workouts and...

How to Front Squat with Proper Form

Every day, more and more people are realizing the power of the barbell front squat. It’s one of the all-time best lower-body exercises, it strengthens your core and back and improves your mobility, and it’s much easier to learn than it appears. Many casual gymgoers avoid the front squat, though, because to them, it looks...

The 3 Best Back Workout Routines You Can Do at Home

Here’s something many people don’t know:  At-home back workouts can be just as effective for building a strong, defined back as traditional gym workouts.  Why? How?  First, many of the most effective back exercises only require your bodyweight, a pair of dumbbells, or some exercise bands.  For example, you can train your back muscles at home with...

The Definitive Guide to the Romanian Deadlift (and the Best Variations!)

Key Takeaways The Romanian deadlift is one of the single best exercises for developing your posterior chain (including your hamstrings, glutes, and lower back). Romanian deadlifts are easy to load and program, and if you perform them correctly, they’re also perfectly safe (which you’ll learn how to do in this article). Keep reading to learn how...

What Is a One-Rep Max and How Do You Find Yours?

A one-rep max is the maximum amount of weight you can lift for a single repetition of a given exercise through a full range of motion with proper technique. In other words, it’s how much weight you can push, pull, or squat for a single rep.  And why is this important, pray tell?  The first thing...

Navy SEAL Training: Is It a Good Way to Get Fit?

There’s no question that Navy SEALs are veritable ripsnorters. They’ve had a reputation as free-wheeling bruisers since the 1960s, but their recent missions in the Middle East and increased media coverage have propelled them to near mythical status. (There’s even a genre of romance novels about SEALs now).  As they’ve gained popularity, journalists, screenwriters, bloggers,...
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