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.
The trap muscles (Trapezius), or “traps” as they’re known, are located in your upper body just below the neck and between your deltoid (shoulder) muscles, as illustrated in the image below. Looking from your back they run from the neck down to your upper back.
I’ve wrote numerous articles on the bench press here on my site over the years, all of which contain a wealth of information that can help improve your bench press and the form in which you perform one of the best upper body exercises there is.
I’ve trained for years, and although I wouldn’t say ‘I love it’ – that’s a bit strong – I will go so far as saying I thoroughly enjoy it, and my life is far better with my training, than without it. It’s improved my quality of life on so many levels and I simply can’t imagine a time when I …
We already know stretch marks are a problem for fat people and women during and after pregnancy, and we also know that teenagers often develop them during their growth years. What some people are blindsided by, and rather put off by when it happens, is the fact that weight training too can cause stretch marks.
In bodybuilding – particularly competition – all muscles are important, but as some are more prominent than others, some are clearly more equal than others. If that weren’t the case, then Tom Platz wouldn’t have gotten such acclaim for his thighs. Arnold for his chest. Dorian Yates for his back, etc. They would have gotten criticism for their extreme parts.
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.
I always sense people’s disappointment and sometimes sheer mortification when I tell them the best way to develop their quads is to squat. But, the simple fact of the matter is, some people will never squat no matter how great this exercise is. That’s life.
Achieving great biceps development is an ambition of anyone who trains with weights, and the biceps are indeed the first thing anyone looks at to gauge someone’s physical prowess.
In your attempts to build your quadriceps up, you’ve probably heard of, and even tried lunges before… maybe even backward lunges. But, there is another variation which is seldom mentioned, and even more rarely seen in the gyms – and that is walking lunges.