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Skinny Guys and Gals: Here’s All You Need to Know About Building Muscle

Posted by Slyvon Blanco on Nov 14, 2014<p>Von Blanco is a Chicago-based personal trainer (NSCA) and nutrition coach (Precision Nutrition). When he’s not …

Strong, Fast, and Ripped: The Training Plan

This training program is designed to improve your speed, agility, quickness, and explosiveness. It will make you faster in every direction. And it will help you lose fat and build muscle. So it not only trains you to be a better athlete—but to look like one, too.<p>And yes, it'll also give you one …

Man Performs Feat of Strength That Will Amaze You

You think you have challenges? This guy shows you what’s possible when you put no limits on what you expect from yourself<p>When we saw this video of trainer Travis Pollen performing the hanging dragon flag, what impressed us most was how absolutely effortless he made it look.<p>You’ll also notice this …

The Secret to Getting Better at Yoga

It was a little disgusting, sure, but this wasn’t my first vinyasa rodeo. I’ve been practicing yoga for more than a decade, in rooms larger and more crowded than this one. I’d chosen to attend this class when I very easily could have practiced at home by myself, just as efficiently. So my real …

This Abs Exercise Makes All Other Core Moves Look Easy

Think about the move as an upside-down plank: While holding a plank position, your glutes, quads, and core are braced as one solid unit. The second you pick up one foot from the floor, though, the move instantly becomes more difficult. The muscles that are still involved must work even harder to …

How to Get Stronger

He was 10 years old.<p>It’s easy for Nuckols, a strength coach in Orange County, California, to figure out where his strength comes from. “My mom's side of the family is full of freaks who, honestly, I just don't talk about because no one would believe me if I did,” he says. “I’m not one of the top …

The 4 Worst People to Work Out With

Don’t hit the gym with your bodybuilder buddy. When people were paired with others of similar body mass, age, and fitness level, they were three times as likely to continue their workout plan after 7 weeks than those who were unequally matched, according to a study in the journal <i>Science</i>.<p>Since we …

40-Day Strength Program

In order to make continuous progress and stay healthy, you need to think of your workouts as daily "performances" in the weight room instead of going all out and depleting your test tube.<p>Renowned Russian strength coach Pavel Tsatsouline uses this exact philosophy with his 40-day workout program. It …

Why Squatting Hurts Your Knees

It’s a concept that other strength coaches and I try to get across to our clients. There is a proper way to squat that won’t cause harm—and then there is every other way. Unfortunately, I rarely see them executed the proper way.<p>Let’s get one thing straight about squat form, though: There is <i>always</i> …

How Kettlebells Work Your Core

While the study’s program was not designed to specifically hit the core—which is made up of the more than two-dozen muscles between your shoulders and your hips—it was comprised of many multi-joint movements that involve lifting the weight from the floor to chest height or overhead. This requires …

7 Mental Tricks to Help You Crush Every Workout

Crank up your performance with these simple motivational strategies<p>There’s a crucial piece of exercise equipment that doesn’t cost a thing, and it can help you perform your best every time you enter the gym.<p>It’s called your brain. Use these seven simple mental tricks from scientists and fitness …

Why One Fitness Expert Won't Do Kipping Pullups

But outside of an actual CrossFit competition, I see no benefit to it.<p>Now, this isn’t to suggest that there’s no technique involved in the movement. Kipping pullups are impressive. And people who can bust out 50-plus repetitions and not blink an eye are in incredible shape.<p>(Want to get in the best …

Jump Higher with ... an Upper Body Exercise? | Men's Health

The scientists discovered that guys who did the move—which combines a partial squat to the classic overhead press—put the same amount of force into the ground as they when performing the barbell jump squat. That latter exercise is a favorite among smart trainers looking to help pro athletes add …

This Row Will Build You an Epic Upper Back

Generally, we recommend that you ditch fixed-movement machine exercises in favor of barbell, dumbbell, kettlebell, and cable lifts. They allow you to move through a natural range of motion and recruit more total muscle across your body. They’re efficient, and that’s what most of us who are busy …

Build Bigger Stronger Arms with Pushups

That’s why Ballantyne recommends doing pushups in what’s called a drop set. With each round of the exercise you perform, you drop the number of reps you have to do.<p>"This allows you to exceed the amount of reps you would ordinarily perform because as your muscles get more tired, the volume of work …