We’ve all seen the strength athlete that makes analogies to a lone wolf, a lion, or some alpha primate, regardless of how inaccurate that self-comparison may be. And we can accept the reality that often, this journey needs to be taken alone. The truth, however, is this mindset can be a very isolating (and needlessly … Continue reading The “Lone Wolf Mentality” Is Holding You Back
For every method in strength training, there is a variation and alternative that best suits the lifter based on their ability. Unfortunately, there are also methods, when done exclusively, have little carry-over to form and function. Are you training optimally? Specialization has its benefits, but becoming one dimensional can also have some serious consequences. In … Continue reading Improve Your Athletic Performance With These 5 Elements
If you’ve ever started a new type of physical activity or pushed yourself harder than usual, you probably experienced DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness). It’s the unpleasant feeling after a workout where the muscles you recently trained feel sore, weak, and sometimes painful. Walking up a flight of stairs feels like a fitness challenge, and putting … Continue reading Why You’re Sore After Working Out & How to Fix it
It’s no secret that kettlebells are a bit of an underdog as far as training equipment goes. When most folks get into strength training, they are immediately introduced to barbells and dumbbells — squats, deadlifts, bench press, rows, bicep curls, and the like. Kettlebells are often doomed to gather dust. But the fact is, there … Continue reading 3 Reasons Why You Should Include Kettlebells In Your Workout
A debate has been going on for a long time. Which training style is better – using free weights or working with machines. To the uneducated, the clear winner might be the latter. After all, machines come in so many configurations, and we can use them for hundreds of exercises. Plus, they make it easier … Continue reading Are free weights or machines better for building muscle?
The “Big Three” of training can be broken down into Volume, Intensity, and Frequency: When one of these variables increase, the other two will need to be adjusted accordingly. Regulating these variables to achieve results is dependant on experience level and work capacity. New lifters tend to benefit from a more linear progression, while intermediate … Continue reading How to Structure Your Workouts for the Best Results