• Strength

    How Important Is The Bench Press?

    The bench press.  It’s the centerpiece of most people’s workouts. When a 17 year old guy steps into a real gym for the first time, the first thing he’ll look at is the bench press. It may not be the first thing they go to, because they’re initially pretty intimidated by it and they’re unwilling to admit that they can’t lift any real weight yet. But we guarantee that the exercise they’re most interested in is the bench press.  It isn’t just new gym-goers who idolize the bench press of course. Although the squat and deadlift are far more effective measures of overall strength, most guys gauge each other’s abilities…

  • Barbell complex guide
    Strength

    Do Barbell Complex For Size & Conditioning

    Chances are, you’ve never heard of the barbell complex before now. And that’s OK; they aren’t an indispensable part of weight training, they aren’t widely used, and there’s nothing about them that tells us everybody should be doing them.  But we promise you this; they are devastatingly effective for quickly building raw mass and real strength.  The great thing about barbell complexes is that they are so damn SIMPLE! They can be tailored to suit your goals, time and equipment restrictions – hell, you can even just choose the movements you like best.  The best thing about them though is the results they get. We’ve never seen anyone do a solid 12…

  • You should be doing farmers walks
    Strength

    Why You Should Do Farmers Walks

      Farmers walks are one of the most effective and under-utilized exercises in the world. None of the major fitness magazines, blogs or YouTubers really talk about farmers walks. The reason is that most of them have no interest in helping you achieve the physique you actually want; they just care about pulling you in with gimmicks and then selling you their “secret workout plan” for $79.99 a pop. We can’t think of any other reason why so may people would completely overlook the farmers walk when programming strength training, either for themselves or for their clients. It is an incredible exercise and it should be practiced by people as…

  • Minimalist bulking routine
    Strength

    Workout: Minimalist Bulking Routine

      The consensus among people today is that in order to get big and strong, you need to be hitting the gym 4-5 times per week. The vast majority of people look to the top bodybuilders of today, and assume that the way they train today is how they go to where they are. As a result, the most popular training setup among new gym-goers is a bro-split, such as that followed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in his Mr. Olympia prime. The assumption is that if they follow his same training methodology, they’ll eventually start to look like the Austrian Oak too. But sadly, that’s just not true. Most new lifters…

  • Deadlift training importance
    Strength

    The Deadlift – Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

    The deadlift is often touted as the ultimate exercise for brute strength. It is often the foundation of cookie-cutter training programs. It’s the main event in every strongman contest. At the end of the day, it’s the perfect measure of strength. But is it really everything it’s cracked up to be? Should everyone be incorporating the deadlift into their training? How important is it to be able to deadlift a lot of weight? Are there other exercises that you could be doing instead to get the same results? Let’s look at the scientific literature to find out!   What Muscles Does The Deadlift Recruit? The deadlift is often said to…