Lifting Heavy Weights: How Heavy is Heavy?

Lifting Heavy Weights: How Heavy is Heavy?

The best way to gain muscle and strength is by lifting heavy weights.  This is the most common advice you'll find when it comes to achieving your goals.  The most common, correct, advice you'll find, anyway. But how exactly do we define heavy? What does "lifting heavy" mean to you?...Read More
How to Get Your First Pull-Up and Beyond

How to Get Your First Pull-Up and Beyond

  Want a smaller waist?  Without dieting?  Focusing on building your back and shoulders is the way to go.  The wider your upper body, the smaller your waist will appear. This look, also known as a V-taper, is much sought after among bodybuilders and average Joes alike. If you want the illusion of a smaller waist, it's time to...Read More
Crafting a Successful Squat: The Squat is Individual

Crafting a Successful Squat: The Squat is Individual

Many videos on YouTube, and much of the squat advice found online, will treat the squat with a one-size-fits-all approach.  These "squat tips" often miss the mark because the squat is not a one-size-fits-all situation. There are definite squat rules that should be followed, but squat tips must be taken with a grain of...Read More
The Evolution of a Squat

The Evolution of a Squat

It took many years, but I finally have squat form I can be proud of.  It amazes me because I really thought I was never going to be able to squat correctly.  There are many factors that go into a proper squat.  I've lined them out in a series called Crafting...Read More
Weight Training Programs: Rep Ranges & Goal Changes

Weight Training Programs: Rep Ranges & Goal Changes

When it comes to weight training, there are many programs to choose from.  So many, in fact, the task of picking the right one can feel a little overwhelming. While a self-written exercise routine is okay, a professionally structured training program is often the best way to go.  Before even attempting to wade...Read More
Weight Training: Your Insurance Policy

Weight Training: Your Insurance Policy

Recently, my sister-in-law asked me how I eat so "hearty" but still maintain my figure.  She said she noticed that I'm not shy about going back for seconds and I tend to clear my plate.  Well, the first answer that popped into my head was, "I lift weights.  It's like...Read More
No Gain, No Gain

No Gain, No Gain

Yeah, you read that right.   The name of the game in this muscle thing is gain.  You might say, "Obviously!"  Ah, but you'd be surprised how many folks make missteps in this game, myself included. When I first started out, I thought I knew what I was doing.  I was...Read More
Muscle Confusion: Myth or Miracle?

Muscle Confusion: Myth or Miracle?

When muscle confusion first came on the scene, it was as if the clouds parted and the light dawned on a new and glorious day.  A day of reckoning.  A day when blurred visions of fitness success finally became clear.  A day that would live in infamy. Okay, too far. Anyway, on that...Read More