Blogs about Strength Training

Strength Training Will Keep You Young

Many people today are continually looking for a magical quick-fix to weight loss, maintenance of health, youthful appearance, and vitality.

Fit Tips: Stability Balls 101 (with video)

Here's why you should get ballin': A stability ball works your abs way more than regular crunches do. Plus, use it in place of a bench for strength moves and your core gets a workout — you'll engage your deep obliques and lower-back muscles to stay in place.

Exercise (5 of 5)

Here are some of the confusing things we hear and think about in regards to exercise:

New Year's Resolutions

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Many Happy Returns

Focus!

Have you noticed how much time at the gym is lost on unnecessary small talk? Whenever I pass by any of the “big” gyms in the area, I observe, with horror, how some gym members come mostly to exercise their maxillofacial muscles while chatting with the other gym-goers. To me, exercising your facial muscles is not the primary goal of visiting a gym. Even today at one of the big gyms I kept glancing at quite a substantial group of people, formed by the regular members of that gym, as they congregated in the narrowest passage area of the room.

Fit Tips: Toughen Up Your Workout By Getting a Little Off Balance (with Video)

Make your strength training or body-weight exercises more challenging by adding a balance element. Turn bilateral exercises unilateral. Instead of a regular deadlift, try a single leg deadlift. Instead of doing standing bicep curls, balance on one leg instead of two.

Fit Tips: Stay True To Form

Form is a specific way of performing a movement, often a strength training exercise, to avoid injury, prevent “cheating” and increase strength. It doesn’t matter how many pushups or any other exercise you can do in a minute if you’re not doing a single one correctly, with correct form. A useful way to approach exercise is in terms of progression: Perfect your technique, then later add weight and/or speed.

Fit Tips: Bring Up Your Rear (with Video)

Two effective exercises for the butt and rear upper leg muscles, or glutes and hamstrings, are dead lifts and hip-thrusters. In order to perform a dead lift, stand with feet hip-width apart, with knees slightly bent. Contract (shorten) the upper back muscles and hinge forward from the hips, bending only as far as possible so that the hamstrings begin to stretch. Contract glutes, and return to standing.

Fit Tips: Bodyweight Exercise-Bear Crawl (with Video)

Bodyweight exercises are exercises that do not require free weights; your own weight provides the resistance for the movement. Regardless of age, strength, or experience level, everyone can do it-and everyone can benefit from this type of fitness programming. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises.