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Tips for Your First Powerlifting Meet

Over the years, I’ve seen countless first-time powerlifting competitors make the same mistakes.  Follow these tips to avoid those mistakes and have an awesome experience at your first meet. Know your federation’s rules and commands. Nothing will take the wind out of your sails more than lifting a weight only to have it turned down…

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How To Warm Up For Lifting Weights

Many weight lifters are lazy about warming up.  Are you one of them?  Ironically, warming up properly is one of the easiest things you can do to get better results in the gym.  It doesn’t take long and doesn’t take much energy.  All you need is a little guidance and a game plan on what…

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Top Five Glute Exercises

The gluteus maximus are the largest muscles in the body and provide most of the power for sprinting, jumping, picking up heavy things, and even throwing a ball or a punch.  Top athletes from all sports have highly developed glutes because body power comes from the hips, and the glutes are responsible for hip extension. …

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How To Build Big Arms

Just about every guy who works out wants bigger more muscular arms.  Here’s a guide to making that happen. Before we delve into details, let’s talk for a moment about realistic expectations and genetics.  While everyone can build more arm size, not everyone can build massive muscular 20 inch arms like you’d see on a…

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How to Leg Press

There are tons of articles, blog posts, and youtube vids about squatting and deadlifting, but what about the poor leg press? Granted, the leg press is a much simpler movement, but you can still screw it up and hurt yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing. If you know someone who’s herniated a disc…

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Bear Crawls and Animal Movements for Core Development

So you want great core strength and awesome abs? Sorry to break the news, but crunches and the ab machine at the gym aren’t going to get you there. The abdominals are a large and complex muscle group best developed by movements that force you stabilize your spine. Basic barbell exercises like squats, deadlifts, overhead…

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Why are Meal Prep Services so Popular?

You may have noticed a growing trend in meal prep services offered in your area.  These businesses provide fresh healthy home style cooked meals that are ready to heat and eat.  Typically, they’re available for pick up or delivery. Meal prep services have been sprouting around the country to fill a void in the food…

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Five Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer

Have you ever wondered whether it’s worth it to hire a personal trainer? Regardless of whether you’re an exercise nut or certified couch potato, a professional trainer can be just what you need to reach your fitness goals. Here are five benefits of having a trainer: 1. Accountability and motivation – the #1 reason most…

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Hangboard Training for Non-Climbers

What is a hangboard?  It’s is a cool tool invented by rock climbers to improve their finger strength, or contact strength as they call it.  As you can see from the pic, it has handholds and edges of different sizes that you hang from to stress and strengthen your fingers and hands.  In this post…

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What to Look for in a Gym

Most cities and towns these days have anywhere from a handful to dozens of gyms to choose from.  How in the world does one decide?  It might be tempting to choose the cheapest one, thinking that a weight is a weight, and a treadmill is a treadmill.  If you always buy the cheapest car on…

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