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How to Get Your Muscles Back After Taking a Break From the Gym

Taking an exercise hiatus can make muscles shrink fast. The experts explain how to get them back.<p>There are pieces of my body missing. Well, technically they’re still there, but I can’t see or feel them anymore. Anyone who’s taken months off from the gym or spent time in recovery from an injury, …

Muscle

5 Proven Ways to Keep the Muscle Coming

Tested Hypertrophy Essentials<p>Want to gain muscle? Me too. And I've spent two decades chasing muscle gains for myself and my clients. I studied the …

Muscle

Tip: The Best Machine for Biceps

Use this machine along with mechanical drop sets to ignite new muscle growth.<p>Cables Equal to Dumbbells?<p>Coach Charles Poliquin once wrote that cables …

Muscle

Tip: 3 Fresh Ways to do Farmer's Walks

Standard farmer's walks are awesome for building full-body strength and metabolic conditioning. Now try these cool specialty variations.<p>The farmer's …

Kettlebell Exercises

The Pec Pumper: Workout to Blow Up Your Chest

Workout Summary<p>Main Goal<p>Build Muscle<p>Workout Type<p>Single Muscle Group<p>Training Level<p>Intermediate<p>Program Duration8 weeks<p>Days Per Week<p>1<p>Time Per …

Workouts

Eight Lightroom Tricks for Landscape Photography

Raw processing is quite a detailed procedure and the possibilities are limited only by your knowledge and experience. That means there is always …

Tutorials

Tip: Single-Arm Push Press, Lowered Slowly

Add a slow negative to this classic strength and power movement and you'll get a great full-body exercises for athletes.<p>The push press is a great …

Workouts

Top 19 Best Canon EOS Lenses 2018 Reviewed

The lenses featured range from super-telephotos to wides and everything in between so no matter what your favourite photographic subject is, you …

Cameras

Lightroom Better | 10 Uncommon Lightroom Features

Bless you, Adobe, for packing every program with more capabilities than any one person will ever be able to know at once. Never a dull moment. Today …

Tutorials

Tip: DOMS Isn't Caused By What You Think

Delayed onset muscle soreness can interfere with how much weight you can lift, and traditional methods do nothing to help it. Here's what will.<p>Damn …

Exercise

10 Hidden Lightroom Features That Can Change Your Editing Life

Sometimes we can use software for years without taking the time to dive deeper and unlock its full potential. Here’s a great 12-minute tutorial by …

Tutorials

4 Exercises for Real Posture Improvement

The Posture Experts Are Wrong<p>Any time the subject of posture comes up, it creates the image of a bunch of wanna-be debutantes struggling to learn how …

Workouts

This Full-Body Workout From the "Kettlebell King" Will Leave You Feeling Sore and Badass

Eric Leija is known as primal.swoledier on Instagram, but around here he's known as the Kettlebell King. He's known for consistently posting kettlebell workouts that target pretty much every muscle in the body, including ones you didn't even know existed. And his emphasis on functional movement and …

Workouts

Tip: Death to Super Deep Squats

Parallel is better for strength, power, and pain-free gains. Here's why.<p>Squat Depth Trends<p>I was once a proponent of ass-to-grass (ATG) squats, but …

Exercise

Tip: 4 Thigh-Quaking Squat Variations

The basic squat is the missionary position of leg workouts. Go Kama Sutra on your leg training with these alternatives.<p>Here are some of the best …

Workouts

Want to Gain Muscle Fast? Try Slowing Down

Research shows that tempo training, or slowing down certain parts of your workout, can yield tremendous benefits — fast.<p>What is a rep? Exercise science is finding new answers for this basic question. For many lifts, guys tend to do standard reps: one second up, one down, racing through sets. But by …

Exercise

Are you REALLY Strong? Or Just Barbell Strong?

Try These Lifts and Find Out<p>Beyond the Big Three<p>Most strength training programs emphasize the "big three" – the bench press, deadlift, and squat. …

Workouts

Add Depth and Drama to Landscape Photos Using Lightroom

Here’s a 24-minute video from Andrew Marr that looks at how he adds depth and drama to landscape photos during post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.<p>The …

Tutorials

This Trainer Wants You to Stop Making This Common Push-Up Mistake

Push-ups tend to be Kryptonite when it comes to performing bodyweight exercises. For such a basic movement, doing the perfect push-up comes with many nuances. The slightest mistake in your form can make this exercise unnecessarily hard to perform and may cause pain in areas like your shoulders and …

Workouts

Correct Exercise Order

Does the order of exercises directly affect muscle growth?<p><b>HYPOTHESIS</b><p>The American College of Sports Medicine recommends training larger muscle groups …

Exercise

Tip: 1RM Training – Risk vs. Reward

Why you should stop focusing so much on your one-rep max and what to do instead.<p>Big Questions<p>Answer these questions:<p>How much do you bench?<br>• What's your …

Exercise

Adobe Camera Raw Vs Lightroom | The Difference, Advantages & Disadvantages

We recently launched an update to our industry-standard ACR Presets. A lot of photographers, some who already use Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Bridge, …

Tutorials

What Aperture Should You Use?

One of the primary questions that beginner photographers have about aperture is simply what aperture to use.And while there are often choruses of …

Landscape Photography

8 Things Coaches Have Changed Their Minds About

Training & Diet Ideas That Just Didn't Work Out<p>The Question<p>What training method or diet strategy did you once think was good, but now you don't …

Low-carb Diet

Camera Raw & Lightroom Tips | The Underrated & Underutilized ‘Snapshots’ Feature

Snapshots are absolutely one of the most underused and under appreciated features in Lightroom and Camera Raw, and the only reason I can imagine for …

Tutorials

The Truth About Kinesiology Tape

The Latest Science Revealed<p>A lot of top athletes use kinesiology or kinesio tape. Many of them even have endorsement deals with the various makers of …

Biomechanics

Tip: Reverse Lunge from Step

This knee-friendly variation is great for your quads, glutes, and hamstrings.<p>The reverse lunge is all about acceleration and power generation. …

Workouts

Tip: 4 Hacks for Gettin' Lean or Gettin' Huge

Simple strategies for controlling your food intake when you're cutting or packing in the extra calories for mass gains.<p>1 – Shake it up.<p>If you're …

Nutrition

Tip: The Power Exercise for Delts and Traps

Take a bodybuilding exercise, mix in an athletic movement and what do you get? A new way to add size to your shoulders and traps.<p>It's unlikely that …

Scott Herman’s German Volume Training Upper/Lower Workout

Workout Summary<p>Main Goal<p>Build Muscle<p>Workout Type<p>Split<p>Training Level<p>Advanced<p>Program Duration12 weeks<p>Days Per Week<p>4<p>Time Per Workout90-120 …