Proper Deadlift Form

Proper Deadlift Form

The deadlift is a truly fantastic exercise for building strength. It uses muscles all over your body and is considered by some to be the “mac-daddy” of compound movements. However, deadlifts are also an exercise which many people claim to do with correct form, but the sheer amount of people who say this and don’t actually know proper deadlift form is staggering. People seem to think something along the lines of “a deadlift? Sure, that’s easy … you just pick the weight up off the ground, right?” – Wrong! It’s very easy to injure your lower back (sometimes permanently) if you aren’t using entirely correct form when doing deadlifts. I know a few people who have permanently injured their backs while doing deadlifts incorrectly and I can assure you that it’s not worth it. It’s best to be safe and…
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Perfect Squat Form

Perfect Squat Form

No matter what exercise you’re trying to learn, it definitely takes some practice to get your technique down – but this is especially true for squats. Hopefully, after going through this article you will be well on your way to achieving the perfect squat form! Let’s start by taking a look at this excellent video:     This is a fantastic squat technique video and the guy who made it really does a great job of illustrating the perfect form for this exercise. I’m now going to break this down a little further, recap some brief points mentioned in the video, and add a few more tips. OK so first things first – you need to “squat to parallel”. You’ll hear this phrase thrown around a lot and it just means that at the bottom of a rep the tops…
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Starting Strength: Learn How To Gain Muscle With An Emphasis On Strength

Starting Strength: Learn How To Gain Muscle With An Emphasis On Strength

As you can read in this article entitled “How to Gain Muscle“, the two main categories which most weightlifters fall into are bodybuilders or powerlifters. Check out the article linked above for the key differences between these two, but basically bodybuilders are concerned with the size and look of their muscles while powerlifters are primarily concerned with how much weight they can actually lift, in other words how strong they are. No matter where your goals lie it would be a good idea to work on a core foundation of strength initially, and the routine outlined here will help you to do just that. The routine is called “Starting Strength” and was designed by a weightlifting coach named Mark Rippetoe. The main focus of this routine is compound movements (exercises which incorporate many different muscle groups) with an emphasis on…
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A Simple Body Building Routine: Learn How To Gain Muscle

A Simple Body Building Routine: Learn How To Gain Muscle

As the name suggests body building is all about making your body larger and more aesthetic – although you will also grow stronger as part of this process. If building strength is your main goal however you should consider checking out this beginner strength routine. The routine outlined in this article is one that I have used myself to gain muscle with success, and it is an excellent starting point for anybody who wants to improve their body. You will find that after a few months of training you will learn more about your body based on your results and at this point you can adjust the routine to fit your specific desires or goals. The main aim of this training routine (or any bodybuilding routine) is to promote a hypertrophic response from your muscles – or to put it…
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A Muscle Building Diet

A Muscle Building Diet

When it comes to learning how to gain muscle, one of the most important lessons to learn from the very beginning is that a muscle building diet is equally as important as training in the gym correctly. The training time is when you break your muscles down, eating and sleep then recovers them and makes them stronger. For further details, check out this article. There are some general rules which you should follow when designing a diet to facilitate muscle growth. The first thing you should be aware of is the amount of protein you need per day – generally this is 1g of protein for every 1lb that you weigh. So if you weigh 150lb, you need 150g of protein per day. You also need to think about the amount of calories you consume. To build muscle, ideally you…
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The Principles of Building Muscle

The Principles of Building Muscle

This short article will explain in a very simplified manner the process of how muscle is actually gained as you follow a weightlifting routine, whether that be a bodybuilding routine or a strength routine. In this article we will also address how this relates to what weight you should be lifting based on your current capabilities. How Muscle Is Actually Built This is a very simple description, essentially the bare minimum of what you should know before starting any weightlifting routine. Your muscles are made up of individual fibers which fill with blood when you tense the muscle, causing the muscle to contract. So as you perform a weightlifting exercise your muscles contract to move the weight and as a result individual fibers are broken. When these fibers are repaired they come back bigger and stronger – they are repaired…
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How To Gain Muscle

How To Gain Muscle

The easiest and quickest way to gain muscle is with a weight lifting routine. There are many products out there which claim to help you gain muscle without any effort on your part – I’m sorry to say that this simply isn’t possible. In order to gain a significant amount muscle you must work hard and follow a solid weight lifting routine. There are two main types of weight lifting routines that this website will focus on, bodybuilding and strength. Bodybuilders focus on the size and definition of their muscles, while people who follow a strength routine (powerlifters) are more concerned with lifting the heaviest weight possible. Neither is superior – it just depends on your goals. It’s important to note here that while following a bodybuilding routine, you will still get stronger and if you’re following a strength routine…
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