Archives For strength

Don't make common ab training mistakes to get the most out of your midsection...

Don’t make common ab training mistakes so that you can get the most out of your midsection…

Ab training tends to be the favorite of most aesthetically-inclined people. Nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t want ripped-to-shred 6-pack abs?! I know we all do!

Unfortunately, most people tend go a little overboard with ab training where they make some very common mistakes. We should avoid these ab training mistakes at all costs, as they can lead down the road of counter-productivity.

What Are The Most Common Ab Training Mistakes? Part 1

Let’s run down the list of the most common ab training mistakes and what we can do to correct them. More importantly, how to train abs the RIGHT way!

We found this interesting article on BodyBuilding.com called Ab Abominations, which lists the most common abdominal training mistakes. Continue Reading…

Ab training mistakes are far too common, and become counterproductive quickly!

Ab training mistakes are far too common, and become counterproductive quickly!

In Ab Training Mistakes Part 1, we listed 4 common ab training mistakes that you guys should be mindful of and stop doing!

Here we will continue the list so that it is beat into your head that abdominal training needs to be properly planned and thought out.

Ab Training Mistakes Continued…

5. Training Them Everyday

No need to go into much detail on this one. You take breaks between your other muscle groups, so why in the hell are you training your ab MUSCLES daily?! Stop this instantly!

Abs are just like any other muscle in your body. That means they need time to recover. When they get worked hard, a couple of days’ reprieve is necessary, in my opinion. If you can crunch yourself into submission one day and then wake up the next morning ready for more, take it as proof that crunches aren’t actually working your abs as hard as they should be. Try a harder movement and tell me if you’re up for repeating it tomorrow.

Continue Reading…

Change your perceptions of "good posture," and finally start standing the proper way!

Change your perceptions of “good posture,” and finally start standing the proper way!

You think you’ve been standing right this whole time, eh?

If you’re living in a modern society, then chances are your idea of good posture is not actually what good posture is, according to this interesting article from ScrawnyToBrawny.com. The author of the article, Nate Green, states:

Apparently, I’ve been standing wrong for 28 years.
Well, no, that’s not quite right. I’ve been standing wrong ever since I started working out (about 10 years ago) and learned that “good posture” was to keep your chest high and shoulders back.
Turns out that’s NOT good posture.
Chris told me so, the other day when I was working out at his gym. He said, “your chest is puffed up too much and your shoulders are too far back.
I told him I didn’t even know that was a thing. That’s how I thought you were supposed to stand.

Continue Reading…

Make sure to balance all the areas of athletic development, to become a well rounded athlete.

Make sure to balance all the areas of athletic development, to become a well rounded athlete.

Let’s clear things up first and foremost: just because you are a bodybuilder, for example, does not make you an “athlete,” by definition.

Having athleticism is not merely about being big and strong. You may look better than certain athletes, and be bigger, and be stronger, but that does not equate to being athletic. Athleticism isn’t just about being big and strong.

There is a very, VERY strong article that the geniuses over at T-Nation.com recently wrote about…

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Athleticism requires movement quality, coordination, strength, and speed – in that order.
  • It’s a lot easier to pack on size and strength if you’re flexible and move well.
  • Focus only on movements that have the highest carryover to other things.

When it comes to athleticism, the general adage is that you will be forced to give up on a certain aspect of development, to prioritize another area for your given sport or activity. With athletics, unfortunately, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

Your Sport Takes Priority When Training

Let’s take boxing for example: in order to be a successful fighter, you need to box. You need to spar, you need to hit the heavy bag, you need to work the mitts with a trainer, and so on and so forth.

Weight lifting can be good for boxing too, obviously, but it is not a staple and it does not take priority over boxing specific training. That is what we mean by having to give up one aspect of training to focus on a more “important” one. And note, I say important loosely, because when it comes to athleticism, EVERYTHING is important! Continue Reading…

Prioritizing strength training can lead to gains in other areas of muscular development

Prioritizing strength training can lead to gains in other areas of muscular development

Obviously, there’s more than one way to workout.

There’s hypertrophy training, strength training, power training, explosive training, and so on and so forth. Each method utilizes different set / rep schemes depending on your goals.

Is there a “most important” method of training? Technically, no. Working out is working out, and you will better yourself regardless, assuming your regime and diet are in check.

There’s this guy you may or may not have heard of, and his name is Charles Staley. He is something of a mad scientist and a visionary in the field of fitness. The guy is on genius levels and certainly knows his stuff. Continue Reading…