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
Injuries That Can Occur with the Deadlift
I went in the gym this morning to get my pull-workout in, and I started it off with some deadlifts. ‘Cause, why the hell not?
My warm-up felt fine, so I went on to performing my working set for the workout. I’ve been worrying about preventing low-back-rounding as well as my hips shooting … Continue reading
Fitness for the End of the World
7am. You wake up like usual. Make your coffee, eat your bagel, and read the paper. As you walk outside to your car, you realize something’s “off”. Your neighbor is standing on his lawn, so you go up to him to see how he’s doing. Then, you realize half of his face is … Continue reading
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
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
Back Rounding During Deadlift
Everyone who deadlifts fears for the health of their backs. One wrong move, and POP, there goes one of your vertebral disks. That’s why extending the spine and maintaining it in a neutral position during the lift is so important. I’ve written before about the importance of maintaining … Continue reading
Are You Dealing with a Snapping Wrist? Read About My ECU Subluxation Treatment
In the summer of 2009, I injured myself while lifting weights. Really, what happened was I was performing power cleans until I heard a “pop” in my wrist. I later found out this “pop” was ECU tendon subluxation.
With ECU tendon subluxation, what happens is that the … Continue reading
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
What is the Best Grip for the Deadlift?
My strength has been coming back, and I predict that my deadlift will outpace my grip strength. It’s awesome to once again see the positive changes Good things come if you’re patient, guys.
Anyway, now I’ve got to decide what to do about gripping the bear during deadlifts. I’ve been using the … Continue reading
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