A list and explanation of equipment to get started strength training.
Having a home gym is fine, but you have to be careful and adopt some best practices.
Being not fat is what people actually mean when they say they want to 'lose weight'. I detail some methods to get there and why strength training in addition to not be fat is desirable.
I wrote an article a month or two ago outlining foods with a high protein:dollar ratio. This is the calorie:dollar article.
Other than physically, there are a host of emotional and mental benefits that result from weightlifting. Here are just a few.
Designing the squat in order to lift the most weight and include the most muscle mass.
Dieting just like strength exercises is a skill and can be improved based on helpful tricks and systemic analysis.
Getting strong on a budget can be hard. Here are 5 foods to get protein if you're tight on money.
Measuring progress is important in strength training, but soreness is not the right metric. Increased weight on the bar is.
For the sake of shoulder health, trainees should press at least one workout for every bench press workout.
Not resting long enough, short range of motion, squatting above parallel, and sampling exercises. These five things will delay progress in strength training.
Strength plateaus lead to trainees looking for methods to breakthrough their plateau and get stronger. Muscle confusion is one such method they turn to, but it doesn't work.
A pitfall of weight loss is letting one day of overeating ruining your entire week or diet. Mathematically, it is superior to take a step back, calm down, and get back to your diet the next day. Don't get emotional and give up.
After understanding why strength is important and understanding that becoming strong is desirable, there is a difficult next step: learning how to get strong. The actual process of getting strong is simple, but hard.
At some point, a trainee will need a coach, even if they only meet with them once or twice a year. Everyone needs someone to watch them lift and give recommendations. There are some things that cannot be done on one's own and coaching is one of them. If a trainee chooses to acquire a coach at the beginning of the training process, a lot of time and energy can be saved, even if they only choose to have a coach for a short amount of time.
Training Jiujitsu as a large, strong trainee requires a specific mentality to optimize technique improvement. This mentality attempts to mimic that of the small, weak individual.
Strength training will assist any trainee in brazilian jiujitsu. A highly technique dependent art, BJJ is still bound in the limits of force production.
Some strength goals are more reasonable than the general population think. Going from point A to point B always requires incremental increases, and these increases are what make trainees strong.
Many people seem to think you have to spend every day in the gym and workout twenty hours a week. This is not the case.
Kettlebells have become popular for strength training. While attractive on an intuitive level, further analysis shows that kettlebells are suboptimal for strength training.