If you’ve had the opportunity to browse through the numerous videos, exercise descriptions, articles and photographs or diagrams on how to perform certain exercises, you’ll no doubt have come to the conclusion that everyone tells you different… sometimes very different.
Bored of crunches and other abs exercises? Why not try hanging leg raises, an exercise many believe helps to develop the lower abdominal area more than most do.
Quadriceps – commonly referred to as the thigh – is the frontal muscle group of the upper leg, and is both the largest and most powerful muscle group in the entire body. Fred (Dr. Squat) Hatfield said you can’t fire a cannon from a canoe, and he’s right; strong quads are the absolute foundation upon which the body should be …
Bodybuilding (training for size) and strength training (training for strength, irrespective of size) may seem to be completely different outcomes, but not everything is as black and white as it seems. The main differences in outcomes is that the typical bodybuilder will not have the explosive strength and speed of someone training for strength, but the strength devotee will tend …
If you’ve ever looked at an extremely well developed guy before and seen the curious way in which his arms no longer seem to be able to touch his sides, that’s because of extreme lat development. The lats are a back muscle which more than any other, are responsible for giving the desired V shape.
Abdominals – or six pack – tend to be second only to the biceps in the ‘favourite muscle’ competition. In their zeal to develop a calved midsection, people use a whole variety of exercises. Some exercise they use to develop their abs, though, also hit another less-known muscle group, called the obliques.
In the world of pumping iron, no matter whether you are training for strength or size, there’s no doubting the fact that the barbell is seen as the most macho free weight tool. Mostly to blame for this is because of the glossy magazines which show perfectly manicured guys grinning as they effortlessly lift a plastic dumbbell.
Some may say they are a sign of vanity, some may say a sign of malnourishment. Others may say they are the ultimate sign of physical fitness and ‘hot’. Whatever your take on it, when developing the physique we leave no muscle behind.
Although all forms of lifting progressively heavier weights technically can be called strength training, the type of strength training I’m talking about here is the kind which isn’t about size, it’s not about being body beautiful, it’s all about shifting that iron from A-B.
Variety is always a good thing, and for building muscle and strength – it’s crucial. But variety can also be a bad thing. For instance, when a beginner looks to start training it can be very overwhelming