Is the Bench Press Overrated?

Bench press.

Bench Press – Is It the Ultimate Test of Strength, or an Overrated Tradition?

If you’ve lift weights before or are on a strength program currently, chances are you’ve performed the bench press. It is quintessential “lift” of mainstream strength training. Everyone KNOWS the bench press.

The bench press is world-renown. Just take a look at the sport of powerlifting … Continue reading

Should We “Balance” Muscle Groups?

Muscular Imbalances

If you were to strengthen your biceps – through biceps curls, rows, chin-ups, etc. – without strengthening your triceps, what would happen? Would your elbow become injured over time? Would your flexibility diminish? Would all hell break loose? Or, would your biceps simply just be stronger than your biceps, and that’s it?

Well, it’d certainly be interesting to … Continue reading

Cortisone Shots (You’re Doing It Wrong)

Synringe.

Don’t Treat the Causes… Treat the Symptoms!

…is what must be thought by doctors in this country.

If you see a doctor for any joint-related pain or injury, they’ll give their cookie-cutter solution: rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What’s the point of all this? It’s to suppress evil inflammation, the reason why your ankle is swollen and painful when … Continue reading

How to Get Traps Like Bane

Traps like Bane.

When The Darknight Rises came out back in the summer of 2012, there was a revolution. It wasn’t a political revolution, nor was it a cultural revolution.

There was a physical revolution – a revolution of the trapezius.

That’s right, I said it.

This revolution came about as a result of the actor Tom Hardy’s physique while playing the role of Bane … Continue reading

Mastering the Deadlift – Part 2 – Bodily Awareness

Heavy deadlifting.

Lack of Strength versus Lack of Awareness

In my most recent workout, I was struggling with the deadlift movement. Every other rep, I was rounding my back slightly.

I was afraid at first that I’ve already found a weakness (lumbar erector weakness), but I’ve been contemplating the issue for the better part of today.

What was throwing me off about … Continue reading