Walking for Weight Loss – Effective or a Waste of Time?

Many people consider walking for weight loss as an ineffective form of low-impact exercise for out of shape folks. I was one of those people. I was wrong. In this article I will share my experience using walking to get in shape in the spring of 2011 during a high stress period in my life when all other forms of higher intensity exercise were out …

Is the L-Pull-up the Most Bang for Your Buck Chin-up Variation?

I first discovered the l-pull up while working out in my neighborhood in my teens. The father of one of my buddies was cranking out 15-20 reps of this pullup variation where he was sticking his legs in front of him instead of letting them hang loosely. And let me tell you, the guy was built! He told us stories of doing handstand walks around …

The Best Pushup Workout Routine in the Universe

So I was watching the fantastic Batman Begins and got inspired to create new pushup workout; I came up with what I consider the best pushup workout routine. And I’ve tried many, many pushup routines. Hey, if pushups are good enough for Bruce Wayne, they are good enough for me. They are making a third Batman movie with Christian Bale. I’m stoked. As a side …

How to Really Go From Skinny to Buff: The Vaclav Gregor Story

Going from skinny to buff can be not only a challenge, but simply an impossible task for many young guys. That’s why when I recently saw the transformation of a young guy who started out pretty skinny and managed to train his way to a respectable physique. I asked him, Vaclav Gregor, to share his story which reminded me of the transformation of Tobey Maguire …

Gaining Muscle By Stuffing Yourself Like A Pig Is A Stupid Idea

A few years ago I was reading this book called Ultimate Diet Secrets from Dr. Gregory Ellis, a nutritional expert. The book itself is a very comprehensive explanation of the process of losing fat. Ellis details energy metabolism at a cellular level and offers a practical way to lose weight with a low carbohydrate diet (under 100g of carbohydrates per day), as well as some …

Barbell Lunge 101: A Beginner’s Guide

The barbell lunge is probably one of the most effective and yet most problematic barbell exercises. The benefits of doing exercises for your legs one leg at a time are numerous. You will develop better coordination, get rid of muscle imbalance between your limbs and last but not least become athletic in a very functional manner. In fact after a good barbell lunge workout, done …

Cumulative Fatigue – the Real Secret of Fast Muscle Growth

Fast muscle growth – is it really possible? If you ask most people who try working out for a few months without actually achieving anything, fast muscle growth is just hype. If you focus part of your workouts on this kind of training you will experience very fat muscle growth, especially if you haven’t been training in this way before. As strength coach Charles Poliquin …

The Kettlebell Swing – Kick Ass Exercise for a Kick Ass Body

The kettlebell swing is quite possibly the easiest and at the same time most effective tool when it comes to training the whole body for multiple fitness qualities at the same time. When done for high volume of reps it makes you sweat and huff and puff thus making you fitter and leaner at the same time. The high rep kettlebell swing burns tons of …

How to Unleash Your Pull-up Work Out Potential with Lat Activation

So what is lat activation and why should you bother with it in your pull up workout? Trying to do pulling movements with the arms instead of the much more powerful back muscles is like driving a car with the emergency break stuck. If you don’t learn to use the lats on chin ups, you will never master them. However, if you do learn how …

How to Make Chest Muscle Exercises Effective

I received a question from Mike, a reader of the site regarding a way to make chest muscle exercises effective. Mike’s problem was that he wasn’t feeling his chest work enough. His triceps was taking over and he was concerned if his form was off. Before going further, here’s what you will miss if you don’t read the article. You won’t find out how to …