If you are trying to put some size on your guns or you just want to have firmer upper arms, bicep training cannot be ignored. The biceps are a muscle that is very closely associated with a strong and eye-pleasing physique.
In fact, well-built biceps can be a clear indicator of somebody that lifts weights and cares about the appearance of their body. Therefore, bicep training has become an important and much-loved part of the gym routine.Continue reading
There is a never-ending debate about whether you should use free weights or machines in the gym. While I mostly sit on the free weights side of the fence, I do feel that certain machines can benefit your training greatly in many situations.
Some of the better machines out there are hammer strength machines. Hammer strength machines are actually somewhat of a middle ground between free weights and the type of machines found in many commercial gyms that rely on pullies and cables to lift a stack of pin-loaded weights.Continue reading
Generally, the biceps get a lot of attention in the gym; most people want bigger, firmer and more aesthetically pleasing upper arms. The problem is that many gym-goers end up performing endless variations of what is essentially the same exercise.
For example, going from barbell curls into dumbbell curls and then onto straight bar cable curls. Of course, there are some slight differences between each one but they all work the biceps in a very similar fashion.Continue reading
Pull-ups are without a doubt one of, if not the toughest bodyweight exercise out there. Being able to pull your entire body weight up to a bar is a true test of strength and control over your body.
Those that have never attempted a pull-up may assume it’s an easy movement. After all, it really doesn’t look that hard. However, those individuals are always surprised and humbled when it comes down to trying the exercise for themselves.Continue reading
Looking for a new exercise to add to your chest routine? Maybe something that provides a different type of stimulus than your flies and bench presses? Enter the Svend press. Unless you know your strongman competitors, the name of the exercise is going to sound rather meaningless. That is because it was utilized and made popular by elite strong man, Svend Karlson.Continue reading
Boxing is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet and as a result produces incredible athletes and physiques. While the physiques of boxers vary widely, one thing that is common among them is their thick abdominal muscles and super-strong core. Training the abs for boxers is an absolute must. Your abdominals and other cores muscles not only help you to throw punches but also protect you from body shots in the ring. Even if you aren’t a boxer, using a boxing abdominal workout is a great way to build a very impressive mid-section.Continue reading
The dumbbell hex press or “squeeze press”, as it is sometimes known, is one of those rarely used exercises that deserves way more attention. Especially if you are training for bodybuilding or aesthetic purposes, the hex press needs to be considered.
After all, everybody wants to build a more impressive set of pectoral muscles. A chiselled, well-built chest is key to attaining a balanced physique; it will also help you bench press more weight.Continue reading
The rear delts can sometimes end up as the forgotten step-child of shoulder muscles. With gym-goers focusing heavily on pressing movements and adding in raises for isolation, the anterior and lateral heads of the deltoids get the lion’s share of attention.
Sure, your posterior delts will get worked during some of your pulling movements but they rarely get as much focus as they need. As you will discover in this article, training your rear delts is something that you need to take seriously.
To train these muscles effectively, isolating them with certain exercises is a good idea. An excellent isolation exercise for the back part of your shoulders, where your posterior delts are located, is the cable rear delt fly.
I will provide a step-by-step guide to performing the exercise correctly later. First, you need to know a little bit more about your posterior deltoid muscles and why training them directly will benefit you.Continue reading
Recently, glute and hip training have been gaining a lot of attention and for good reason; your glutes and hips play a part in pretty much every athletic movement. Building a stronger posterior chain will make you a better athlete, a stronger lifter and can even help you achieve a more appealing physique. Cable Pull ThroughContinue reading
For many gym-goers, a six pack is a huge goal. A visible set of abdominal muscles has become heavily associated with being in great shape and having an aesthetically pleasing physique. Butterfly Sit Ups
You will probably hear that diet is of great importance when it comes to revealing a chiselled mid-section. While this is certainly true, you must still build the muscles before you can reveal your six pack.
An excellent exercise for working and building your abs are butterfly sit ups or butterfly crunches, as they are sometimes known. Sit up and crunch variations have long been a staple in people’s workouts but butterfly sit ups are a rarely used exercise.
In my opinion, butterfly sit ups are far superior to the standard, more popular sit up. Throughout this article, you will learn the benefits of butterfly sit ups and how to perform them properly to build your abs.Continue reading