A big deadlift by a powerlifter.
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Invest in Home Gym Equipment – Gains Lost

Greatest regret in life? Not buying lots of Apple stock when it was $0.52 per share in 1997. But my second greatest regret is that I didn’t invest in proper gym equipment early on in my life. So, I’m here to tell you – your 20s and 30s will be your most productive age for your training and physical accomplishments. Don’t fritter them away by doing the wrong things, in the wrong places, with the wrong equipment. And even worse – don’t let time pass you by because you are too cheap, or “don’t know how.” Let me explain deeper. Get ready for an old guy rant… This is a tale of gains (gainz?) lost – or more accurately never to be had in the first place. Why Younger Is Better When you are young(er) your hormonal levels are better for training. You recover quicker – which means you can train more. You don’t have much “wear and tear” or […]

Your Gym Sucks - Reasons the Garage Gym Rules
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Your Gym Sucks – Reasons the Garage Gym Rules

Membership at the globogym? No way – too crowded, and too many gym-idiots. Membership at the local CrossFit box? No thanks. It costs too much, the hours are odd, and they really don’t let you do your own thing. Face it – your gym sucks. So make your own garage gym. Let me convince you. There’s a myriad of reasons to DIY – Do It Yourself. Let’s dive right in. No Fees! The garage gym has no sign-up fees, no late fees, no early cancellation fees, and no contracts. No punch cards, no drop-in fees, no parking fees. And where is that money going anyways? Probably to finance a whole bunch of crap you’ll never use – treadmills, a variety of arcane cable machines, and that weird thigh-master thing. We all know barbell, dumbbell/kettlebells, and body weight are all you really need for EFFECTIVE exercise that gets results. So let’s skip all that garbage – and save that money. What […]

Bench press form
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Ode to the Bench Press

The Bench Press is a gym legend. But, nowadays it catches a lot of flak. For no good reason, in my opinion. The mighty bench press was the first thing I ever did in the gym (30+ years ago). And, god willing, it’ll be the last thing I do too. Let’s discuss why the bench press rules. First of all – you can build massive pecs. You also get to lay down. In fact, it’s not correct form to do anything other than lay down on the padded bench. Are you seeing the benefits now? It’s the most weight you can move with your upper body. Dips, curls, overhead press – all great. But nobody is every going to overhead press 1,000 lbs. Oh – but that’s wearing an artificial performance device like a bench shirt?

Air Bike or Rower? Which is the best metcon tool for you?
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Rower vs Air Bike – FIGHT!

What’s the best metcon equipment for a home gym or garage gym? Is it the air bike or the indoor rower? That’s what we’ll discuss here. We’ll be looking at the pros and cons of indoor rowers like the Concept 2 Model D rower and air bikes like the Assault Fitness AirBike. Both are low impact exercise. There’s no jarring impacts to the joints. Can’t run? You may be able to row or bike instead. Back problems? The Air Bike might be the better bet. Your lower back is kept in a relatively static position. The forward lean required for the rower could cause you problems. The air bike seat gets uncomfortable pretty quick. The rower is definitely the better choice for stead state cardio or LSD (Long, Slow, Distance) type training. The Air Bike is better for intervals and sprints – think HIIT style training (High Intensity Interval Training). But, you can do intervals on the rower as well. […]