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...

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

lKey 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...

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...

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...

The Definitive Guide to the Barbell Row (and the 8 Best Variations!)

Key Takeaways The barbell row is one of the best exercises for developing your back muscles, including the lats, traps, and erector spinae, as well as your arms, shoulders, and even legs to some degree. Proper barbell row technique comes down to a few key points like bending at the hips so your upper body...

What Every Weightlifter Should Know About Energy Systems

Key Takeaways An energy system is a physiological process that describes how the body transforms the energy from food into a form your cells can use to power various functions. Weightlifting relies on the phosphocreatine, anaerobic, and aerobic systems for energy, and improving these three energy systems can improve your weightlifting performance. Many weightlifters neglect one...

The 6 Best Triceps Workouts for Bigger, Stronger Arms

Key Takeaways The triceps is a horseshoe-shaped muscle on the back of the upper arm, and it contributes significantly more to your upper arm size than the biceps. The best triceps exercises are pushing movements that allow you to safely move heavy loads through a full range of motion like the close-grip bench press, dip,...

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Powerlifting (With a Free Training Plan!)

Key Takeaways Powerlifting is a sport that consists of lifting as much weight as possible on the squat, bench press, and deadlift for a single repetition (of each exercise). Although many people think powerlifting only helps you gain strength, it’s also an outstanding way to build muscle if you follow an effective powerlifting routine. Keep reading...
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