Are Isolation Exercises Holding You Back?

  My initial workouts were heavily focused on exercises that would isolate the muscles I wanted to grow. Looking back, I now believe these moves actually held back my progress even once I focused on compound movements. The tricky thing about muscle isolation is the fact that the body likes to use muscles …

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Bulk Up Your Arms & Triceps With Tiger Bends

  Tiger bends are as old as the hills and will bulk up your triceps muscles unlike anything else. You can do them anywhere, they can easily adjust to any strength level and they also build strong joints. A word on that last point though. If you feel it a …

The Fit RebelBulk Up Your Arms & Triceps With Tiger Bends

Volume Creep is Workout Poison

More is not always better, especially when it comes to your workout. Just adding more endless sets to your routine can cause what is known as volume creep. Volume creep is one of those false ideals that runs rampant throughout our fitness culture. It makes us believe we are getting …

The Fit RebelVolume Creep is Workout Poison

Advancing Your Hanging Leg Raise

  The hanging leg raise shares the following common characteristics of calisthenics exercises: – Almost anyone can do it. – Most people choose not to because it’s “too easy.” – Once you get the technique dialed down, it will challenge you in ways unlike anything else. Not to mention it …

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Why Your Grip Makes or Breaks Your Total Body Strength

Your total body strength is often limited by your grip strength. The other day I was at the Denver Museum of Science and Natural History and they had a fun little challenge testing your ability to hang off of a ledge. It was a neat set up where there was …

The Fit RebelWhy Your Grip Makes or Breaks Your Total Body Strength

A Stronger Plank for Stronger Abs

  The plank is a rather new staple for core training. It’s quickly replaced the crunch in many routines and for good reason. That said, there are still plenty of ways the plank is abused and misused. Trying to hold the position for too long and trying to keep the …

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How to Do a Stiff Arm Pull Up

  The stiff arm pull up is one of my favorite back exercises. It looks cool as hell and it completely works your entire back like crazy. As a bonus, it also torches your shoulders, abs and even your biceps even though you don’t bend your arms. Here’s a quick …

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You Can’t Build Muscle Until You’re Stronger

  I’ve long said that strength doesn’t come from muscle. Muscle comes from strength. There are a number of meanings behind this saying. The first one is that it pays reference to your inner strength, the power that comes from within when the going gets tough. For when your muscles …

The Fit RebelYou Can’t Build Muscle Until You’re Stronger

Sit Ups vs Leg Raises

  When it comes to building the ultimate abs which is best, sit ups or eg raises? Debating one exercise against another sets up the mentality that one is good and the other is bad. In the end, you’re probably best off doing both. Why throw out a perfectly good exercise? That …

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The Science Behind Weight Lifting Speeds

  Lifting speed is kind of funny. If you lift slower the exercise is harder. If you lift faster…the exercise is also harder. It seems like a conundrum but here’s a simple way to understand lifting speed and how to use it to your advantage. The root cause of muscle building exercise is really …

The Fit RebelThe Science Behind Weight Lifting Speeds

How to Pass the PCC Century With Flying Colors

When I first signed up for the PCC, I figured the century would be a walk in the park. Thankfully, I tried it and was humbled by the fact that I couldn’t even do it. I didn’t even come close! I also didn’t complete it the second, third or forth …

The Fit RebelHow to Pass the PCC Century With Flying Colors

Why a Bigger Range of Motion Makes You Much Stronger

    I’ve already covered why using a shorter range of motion can actually set you up for joint problems. Now I want to cover how a bigger range of motion makes you stronger. Using a shorter range of motion is very common within our fitness culture. Walk into any …

The Fit RebelWhy a Bigger Range of Motion Makes You Much Stronger