Monday Madness: Deadlift for Huge Traps

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There is nothing quite like a guy with large traps. Somehow they make him look huge all over. Huge traps can be achieved by doing heavy deadlifts on a regular basis. Deadlifts are an amazing exercise. There is no other exercise that makes me feel as strong as deadlifts do. There is something about picking up an extremely heavy object off the floor that makes me feel like a … [Read more...]

Working Hard or Hardly Working?

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There are many factors involved with weight training. Some of them are obvious and some not so obvious. What I have learned over time is that the single most important actual training factor is intensity. Are you working hard or are you hardly working? We've all seen the people at the gym who are so consistent that they never miss a day. Years go by and they come to the gym … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Making Gains

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Are you making gains in the gym? Have you seen any positive results? Today I am going to be frank about results and the various ways to insure that you get some positive results from your training. Planning I believe in planning your workouts. I know there are many who will say it is stupid, but I think that if you fail to plan you are likely to miss some very important … [Read more...]

Saturday Sharing: How to Have the Time to Train

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Time...it is the one excuse I don't like hearing from people. We make time for what is important to us, so if training is important you will make the time. So how do I have time to train? I put training first. What do I mean? Allow me to explain! Get It Done! To me there are so many things that can get in the way of training. Even though it may not be the most optimal time to … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Mix Up Your Training

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Do you mix up your training? How often do you mix it up? What does it mean to you to mix up your training? I am going to touch on all these issues in today's article and hopefully you will walk away knowing exactly how to maximize your results. Bored Body Like anything else, when you continue to do the same thing over and over your body eventually adapts and gets bored … [Read more...]

Is Rest Overrated?

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Resting during a training cycle is something that is debated by many people. Do we need days off or not? If so, how often? I believe that the answer is yes and no. What the hell do I mean you might ask? Read on to find out! It is my belief that you should always be listening to your body. I do not believe you need artificially imposed rest periods while working through a … [Read more...]

Getting It Done When You’re Ready to Quit

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Have you ever had one of those workouts where you had the entire thing planned and then, while doing the workout, you wanted to go home and just end the entire workout? I'm sure you have if you've been training for any length of time. The key to those situations is in how you deal with them as they come up. Baby Steps I tell my clients to handle these issues using baby steps. … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Tricep Tear Apart

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The triceps muscle is a very important muscle if you want big arms. It not only gives your arms great shape, but it pushes your biceps up so they also appear larger. The triceps are generally not trained correctly. Today I want to give you some suggestions for maximizing the training of your triceps.  I will give an example workout along with the technique for getting the best … [Read more...]

Saturday Sharing: Bringing Up Lagging Body Parts Quickly

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We all have body parts that are lagging behind the others when it comes to growth. It is one of the more common questions I see -- "How do I bring up my lagging body parts?" Well, the answer is pretty straightforward, but requires some hard work and dedication to get the job done. Training Variables There are several variables that effect training. You can play with these … [Read more...]

Why Your Music Selection Matters

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Why would music selection matter to a workout? Is it possible to lift more depending upon your music selection? I am going to tell you that your music selection not only matters, but it is probably critical to the intensity of your training. Studies show... A study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research that addressed the issue of music during your … [Read more...]