The Foundation to a Bigger Upper Body

  All force in the upper body travels through your back. Even if you’re doing push ups and hand stands, the work you want your pushing muscles to perform needs to travel through your back in some way. This is why keeping your back tight and stable is very important …

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Shoulder Training With Tree Handstands

Trees are God’s gift to anyone who wants to work on hand stand work. It doesn’t matter if you’re working on static poses or full blown push ups, trees offer everything you need. One of my favorite shoulder building moves is to do handstand walking or crawling around a tree. …

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The Fixed Bar Bodyweight Biceps Curl

Some of the best arm exercises are body weight moves and this is no exception. Like tiger bends, and floor triceps extensions, this fixed bar curl keeps your hands still while moving your entire body against gravity. This creates a lot of potential tension in your biceps while also sparing …

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How Strong Do You Have to Be to Build Muscle?

  You don’t have to cross some imaginary threshold in order to be worthy of building muscle. Anyone, regardless of how fit they are can start building muscle right at this very moment. That said, you do have to possess some strength to make muscle building possible, but it’s not …

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Body Weight Triceps Extension

This is one of the best triceps exercises bar-none. It also happens to be one of those body weight moves that doesn’t require anything other than the floor and a bucket full of determination. Give this workout a shot: -3 sets of extensions for 15 reps with 60 seconds rest …

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Better Muscle Activation For Your Push Ups

Building more muscle and strength requires developing your muscles in a balanced way. The push up is a great example of this in action. Using your chest, triceps and shoulder muscles in about a 30-30-30% ratio of work, the push up becomes a very balanced move and all of your …

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The Bigger Chest & Triceps Workout

I’ve been playing around with a workout style that combines two classic muscle building strategies: – Pre-exhaustion – Drop sets Pre-exhaustion is a great way to give a lagging muscle group a little extra love while drop sets are a time-tested way to ensure a large group of muscles (ie …

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9 Reasons Why You Should Train Every Day

Training every day may seem a little extreme, but it may just be the ticket to making progress much faster and easier than if you only pursued your goals a few days out of the week. Here are a few reasons why training every day can super charge your strength …

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4 Tips to Upgrade Your Grip Training

Nothing develops your grip and forearms like hanging from a towel. The soft, yet tough, design of the towel brings all of the elements of a killer grip workout into play all at once. Best of all you can incorporate them into exercises like rows, pull ups and even levers …

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Build More Muscle With Push Ups

One of the secrets to unlocking more muscle building tension in your pushing chain is in your back. Your back muscles serve as the foundation for setting your shoulders in an optimal position to ensure that beautiful muscle building tension goes right into your muscles while staying away from your …

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Slowing Down the Crave Cycle

The crave cycle is a never ending loop of binges and purging on certain foods that all begins with trying to rid your diet of a particular food. For example, say you decide to rid yourself of carbs. At first you get some good vibes as you decrease some of …

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3 Tools to Quantify Your Body Weight Training

One of the biggest arguments made for using weights over calisthenics is that you can measure and track the amount of resistance you’re using. This is a pretty good argument because if you’re not able to quantify and track your progress every workout is nothing more than a guessing game …

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Are Planks Just as Bad as Crunches?

Do you remember when the crunch was the core exercise of choice? Everyone and their mom did thousands of the damn things for hours and then bragged about it on their My Space page. Thankfully, we’ve wised up a bit and realized all of those crunches cost far too much …

The Fit RebelAre Planks Just as Bad as Crunches?

The Garden of Eden Diet & Exercise Myth

A lot of popular diet and exercise methods are based on what I like to call the Garden of Eden myth. This myth essentially states that we humans have evolved within a particular environment and now modern society is throwing a monkey wrench into the works. We are sitting on …

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2 More Squat Myths That Need to Die

  Welcome back! In the last post I discussed 2 classic rules that are commonly applied to squats and why these rules may need to bend, or even break when it comes to doing body weight squats as nature intended. So let’s keep this party rock’n with 2 more squat …

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2 Squat Myths That Need to Die

The squat is one of those moves that I have long held a love / hate relationship with. On one hand I love having strong legs and the feeling of tension surging through my body in a big powerful way. On the other hand, I hated having that damn barbell …

The Fit Rebel2 Squat Myths That Need to Die