Get Stronger Now with these 9 Weightlifting Cues

Key Takeaways A weightlifting cue is a simple reminder, usually in the form of a phrase, that directs your attention to a particular aspect of your exercise technique. One of the best bench pressing cues is “break the bar in half,” one of the best cues for squatting is “spread the floor with your feet,”...

The 4 Best Workout Splits for Women (According to Science)

Key Takeaways A workout split is a way or organizing your workouts throughout the week so that you train some muscle groups or exercises on some days, and other muscle groups and exercises on other days. No workout split is inherently better than another, and the best workout split for you depends on your schedule,...

This Is How You Should Stretch If You Want to Get the Best Results

Key Takeaways Stretching has gotten itself a bad name in the fitness space, but most of the criticism is unjustified according to the most up-to-date research. If you want stretching to help rather than hinder, it’s important to manipulate variables such as when you stretch, how long your hold stretches for, and how intensely you...

How to Get Back Into Weightlifting After a Break from the Gym (With a Training Program!)

Key Takeaways Your main goal during your first few weeks back in the gym should be to train just enough to improve your muscle’s ability to resist soreness, and to improve your technique. To do this, you’ll want to train with relatively light weights, low volumes, a variety of rep ranges, and a higher than...

A Simple Way to Fight the Symptoms of COVID-19 (According to Science)

Key Takeaways The primary way COVID-19 kills people is by causing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), which reduces your lung’s ability to supply oxygen to the body. New research shows that cardiovascular exercise may reduce your risk of ARDS caused by COVID-19. Keep reading to learn how exercise protects against ARDS, how much you should exercise...

The Complete Guide to the Best Home Gym Equipment in 2020 (COVID-19 Edition!)

Key Takeaways Building your own home gym is more convenient, time efficient, and (potentially) cheaper than going to a commercial gym (especially right now with gyms closed!). The main pieces of equipment you’ll want are a power rack, barbell, weight plates, adjustable bench and dumbbells, collars, and floor tiles. Once you’ve bought those items, the next...

The Best Home Workout Routines for When You Can’t Go to the Gym

Key Takeaways Research shows that bodyweight, band, and dumbbell exercises can be effective for gaining muscle and strength if you make them difficult enough. Although bodyweight exercises alone can work, you’ll get better results if you can also use bands or dumbbells. Keep reading to learn the exact home workouts you should follow until you can...

The Definitive Guide to the “Push Pull Legs” Routine

Would you rather listen to this article? Click the play button below! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4j2NHijdjo?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Want to listen to more stuff like this? Check out my podcast! Key Takeaways The push pull legs (PPL) workout split is a tried-and-true workout routine that separates your muscle groups and exercises into push, pull, and legs days. PPL routines can be customized for...

Can You Get All of the Benefits of Cardio by Lifting Weights?

Key Takeaways Both weightlifting and cardio offer many of the same health benefits, but cardio offers some benefits you can’t get from lifting weights alone. Cardio burns more calories than weightlifting per minute of time and combining cardio and weightlifting improves cardiovascular health and insulin sensitivity more than either kind of exercise in isolation. Keep reading...

How to Get Started with the Incline Bench Press

Key Takeaways The incline bench press trains your chest, shoulders, and triceps, and it’s one of the best exercises for developing your upper chest in particular. Proper incline bench press technique comes down to a few key points like lying on a bench set to a 30 to 45 degree incline with your shoulder blades...
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