2 Arm Blasting Body Weight Exercises From Hell

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  These two moves are hands-down the best way I know of for focusing and blasting the hell out of your biceps and triceps. These take a little practice to get the technique down, but once you get comfortable with them I promise you’ll be able to push your muscles …

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Exercise Technique Isn’t Everything prt2

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    In the last post I wrote about the three essential aspects of technical exercise. There are no other aspects of any exercise that are more important than position, muscle activation and balance. Now I know what your’e all thinking. What about how much weight you lift? How about …

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Technique Isn’t Everything

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  “Technique isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” If I ever open a gym I’m putting that up on the wall in big BOLD  letters. Everything you’re looking to gain from your training boils 100% down to your technique and how well you can maintain it. If your results are …

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Intro to Handstand Push Ups

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  Few moves will build upper body muscle and strength like the handstand push up. The only problem is it’s a really tough move to even start training even for the experienced exercise enthusiast. I’ve met more than a few folks who can lift a weight fine enough but struggle …

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I Always Lift with My Ego

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  Lifting with your ego is something many experts caution you against. I however, aim to lift with my ego as much as possible. The difference between my approach is that my ego isn’t attached to weight or reps. My ego is 100% focused on my technique. The technical side …

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Secrets of the Best Abdominal Exercise

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  The hanging leg raise is without a doubt one of the greatest ways to target your abdominals. All of these planks and crunches don’t even come close…….if you know what you’re doing. Problem is most folks will hardly scratch the surface of the potential contained in such a move. …

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Are Isolation Exercises Holding You Back?

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  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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More Muscle & Less Elbow Pain From Pull Ups

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  The pull up is one of the best moves to pack on muscle, but it’s also a common cause of elbow pain. Luckily, it is possible to build more muscle and end that elbow pain with a simple tweak. With the pull up, the rear shoulder muscle is kind …

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Bulk Up Your Arms & Triceps With Tiger Bends

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  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 …

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Volume Creep is Workout Poison

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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 …

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Don’t Do Weighted Calisthenics Until You Read this

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Adding more weight to your body weight exercise may seem simple enough, but there are a few risks to be aware of. The first issue is that you shouldn’t sacrifice your technique in the name of greater loads. Using a shorter range of motion or different body position doesn’t always …

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Advancing Your Hanging Leg Raise

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  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

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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 …

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A Stronger Plank for Stronger Abs

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  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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You Can’t Build Muscle Until You’re Stronger

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  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 …

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Sit Ups vs Leg Raises

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  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

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  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 …

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How to Pass the PCC Century With Flying Colors

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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 …

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Why a Bigger Range of Motion Makes You Much Stronger

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    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 …

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