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Every single exercise progressed.  Nice.
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How to Lift Weights

For building Muscle Mass:

When you’re trying to build muscle mass, you have to find ways to stabilize your body so that you’re only working a select set of muscles at once.  You can think of this in a bench press exercise where your legs and core are minimally involved because they’re resting on a bench.  Your pushing muscles are the only muscles being stressed to a great extent.

This is the type of exercise you have to do if you want to gain muscle mass.  You have to use exercises where specific muscles are targeted.  Full-body exercises just don’t work as well for muscle growth. Continue reading

My second volume-based push workout.  Almost everything progressed by 1 rep.  It’s not bad, but it’s not extremely good either.  I’ll certainly take it, though.  I’m curious to see how next week’s goes.
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My first single-arm, plyometric, clapping push-up!  Oh, and literally every other lift went up as well.  It was a very good day.  🙂 Continue reading

This was the most volume I’ve used for pushing for a very long time.  As a result, my pushing musculature fatigued a lot as the workout progressed… which was the point.  🙂 Continue reading

I added a few exercises to this.  I needed to put some dumbbells in there for a little variety. Continue reading

This felt really good!  I’m glad to finally be pursuing some muscle growth again. Continue reading

Alright.  Following in the steps of a few prior awkward workouts, this one was equally strange.  However, my main goal is always to prevent future injury or rehab any current injuries.  I follow the Hippocratic Oath with the “First, do no harm” rule.

Given that I still have some very mild neck pain and mild tendonosis in my left wrist, my first priority is to alleviate those nagging pains.  It’s annoying, but I have to give it precedence over lifting more weight.  I’m a very long-term type of person. Continue reading

I haven’t done a heavy upper body day for a while because I’ve been doing mostly full-body workouts.  So, today was interesting.  It’s just a lot of volume for the muscle groups being used in comparison to prior workouts. Continue reading

Look Strong By Being Strong

So far, our articles have typically focused on getting women into the free weights section of the gym.  While those articles are definitely needed, this one is for the Generation Y (16-29) guys who have figured out that they need to lift, but they aren’t getting the results they’re looking for.  The good news is that there is a solution.  The bad news is that it’s hard.

After about ten years of trying every type of workout I could find through books and the internet, I’ve found one major principle that has worked every time I have tested it.  That principle is that if you become strong and powerful, your body will look strong and powerful.  You really don’t have to look much farther than natural bodybuilders, olympic sprinters, and strongman competitors.  They are all very strong individuals, and their bodies merely display that attribute. Continue reading