Muscle Building

  • Body Weight Training 2.0: Calisthenics
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    Some time ago I wrote a post on body weight training, but the focus of that article was for travelers who may not have access to a gym. In this post, we’re going to explore bodyweight training methods that are done, not due to a lack of equipment, but because they are highly effective at building strength, muscle tone, dexterity, and balance. First, I have to come clean and admit that until recently, I thought bodyweight exercise was for wimps. I would see people in the gym doing pistol squats...
    Some time ago I wrote a post on body weight training, but the focus of that article was for travelers who may not have access to a gym. In this post, we’re going to explore bodyweight training methods that are done, not due to a lack of equipment, but because...

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  • All About Protein Powders
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    Your local supplement store will be glad to sell you a wide variety of protein powders, from whey isolate to micellar casein. But what are they, and when should you use them? If you’ve been to a supplements store for protein formula you may have found the array of options confusing. Not just whey vs casein, but labels proclaiming ‘Concentrate’, ‘Isolate’, ‘Hydrolyzed’ and ‘Blend’. What does all of this mean? Is one of them better than the others? Why does Isolate cost more than...
    Your local supplement store will be glad to sell you a wide variety of protein powders, from whey isolate to micellar casein. But what are they, and when should you use them? If you’ve been to a supplements store for protein formula you may have found the array...

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  • How to Gain Muscle and Lose Fat
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    They’re called ‘mass mongers’. Those people, usually guys, for whom mass is happiness. The bigger they are, the better. We can’t really blame them, though. For many years conventional wisdom in bodybuilding has been that you have to bulk up before you can cut. This led to the traditional bodybuilder’s mass and cutting cycles. Usually, a six-month cycle, repeated twice per year, where 3 months would be dedicated to bulking, followed by 3 months of cutting. It works too, but there’s a problem....
    They’re called ‘mass mongers’. Those people, usually guys, for whom mass is happiness. The bigger they are, the better. We can’t really blame them, though. For many years conventional wisdom in bodybuilding has been that you have to bulk up before you can...

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  • How to Lift Safely: Protecting Your Upper Body
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    In part 2 of 2 of this series, Julia once again demonstrates proper lifting technique. Proper technique will prevent lifting injuries and optimize your results. Click here for Part 1: Protecting Your Back. The Top 6 Upper Body Lifts and How To Do Them Right! Barbell Curls & Dumbbell Curls While repetitive strain injuries to the biceps and connective tissues at the elbow can result from doing curls, either from weights that are too heavy or from excessively high reps. the injury that occurs most...
    In part 2 of 2 of this series, Julia once again demonstrates proper lifting technique. Proper technique will prevent lifting injuries and optimize your results. Click here for Part 1: Protecting Your Back. The Top 6 Upper Body Lifts and How To Do Them Right! Barbell...

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