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How Long Does it Take Muscles to Recover After Workout

Unbeknownst to the average person looking to build significant muscle mass, muscle recovery time is one of the three most important factors in muscle growth, setting aside training and diet for a moment. Even if you’re training correctly using proper form, increasing the weight and resistance at each workout, without adequate time given for muscle recovery then your efforts in …

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Do Push Ups Build Muscle?

When one talks of building muscle, it’s automatically assumed that the only way to do so is to start pumping iron. And, while I can’t say I disagree given my fanatical love of weight training, I think it’s important not to turn out backs on the old, simpler methods: those which don’t require equipment, and which we can do anytime, …

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Bent Over Barbell Row vs. Deadlifts

Several times on internet forums I’ve seen people asking about whether they should do bent over barbell rows or deadlifts for their back exercise. Whenever I get the opportunity to answer, I always tell them to do both. As you’ll see, rather than it be a question of bent over barbell rows vs. deadlifts, its about making the most of …

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8 Telltale Signs That Your Muscle Building Workout Worked

When we first embark on a muscle building regime, everything comes so easy. We gain a lot of strength and muscle size quickly and it seems as if we have developed a touch which would make even Midas jealous. Then, before we know it, it all seems to grind to a halt: Our beginner gains are over, and this is …

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Best Exercises to Build Muscle Mass for Senior Men

I’m sure you’ve heard it said already that building muscle mass for seniors can be tough. But, don’t give up. In fact, it’s tough for anyone a few years past their teenage years, so we’re all in the same boat, more or less. There are several things you can do to maximize your muscle gains, even if you are past …

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Why Some Bodybuilders Are Better Off Not Training To Failure

After doing just a little research a new trainee will see that most people promote the principle of ‘training to failure’. Failure is the time at which the nervous system simply can’t take anymore at a given weight and crashes, causing your muscle contraction to come to an end. Training to failure would seem to make sense in that you …

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Top Strength Coach Says EZ Curl Bars Do Not Build Biceps

Along with dumbbell curls, barbell curls are the most common method of building the biceps with free weights. In fact, many people prefer barbell curls which are more effective for performing cheat curls when loaded with heavier weight. As anyone who has curled will testify, barbell curls with a straight bar can feel a little awkward and when a person …

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Leg Presses: A Machine Alternative For Long-Legged Squatters

While squats are undoubtedly the greatest exercise for building lower body strength, particularly the quads, it’s fair to say that squats aren’t a well-loved exercise for many people. Some people do have a legitimate beef: For people with long legs and a short upper body, squatting can be awkward. The immense forward lean to retain balance not only places the …

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How To Make Mountainous Traps Out Of Molehills

Nothing completes the powerful look like big traps. If you want to improve your upper trap development and have tried shrugs and haven’t gotten the results you’d like then don’t abandon shrugs just yet because I have something for you that’ll help supercharge the effectiveness of shrugs, so the exercise starts to pay dividends for you.

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Why Regularly Changing Muscle Building Exercises Is Critical

It’s incredible to think that even today some people still scoff at the idea of changing exercises regularly in order to continue building muscle. “Why would you need to, do the muscles have little brains which know what you did over the last few weeks?” they ask sarcastically. Others say it’s merely psychological – that on some level you become …