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Yet another unilateral exercise that everyone should perform now and then? Have you never heard of it? Do you like stiffness in your legs for a few days? Then the bulgarian squat exercise will be something for you! Read the rest of this entry »
Split squats? Chances are great that you have never heard of this exercise before. What a shame. This exercise is one great example of a unilateral exercise, that will make your tendons, ligaments and of course muscles stronger. Read the rest of this entry »
Chins, chin-ups, pull-ups .. a lot of names for practically the same thing: a great way to show off your strength if you're small. Since you will need to pull up your own bodyweight, even beginners can sometimes get more reps done than an advanced athlete, who carries 120 lbs extra bodyweight.
Yes you might have heard that performing a bench press with the legs up will put the accent more on the pecs. And you believe those rumors because a 40 year old 250 pound bencher has told you that. Am I 40 years old? Nope. Do I bench 250 pounds? Not yet. But I do have things what that 40 year old bencher doesn’t have… good arguments not to put your legs in the air.
The deadlift is called the king of all exercises, and with good reason too. There is no other exercise that will put more stress on your central nerve system, and therefore will make you stronger.
It is also an extremely compound exercise and will work on the entire posterior chain as well as the back. The deadlift should be part of everyone’s program, from fitnesser, to powerlifter to bodybuilder.
Squats are very important. They should be the foundation of your workout. In fact, whenever I see a strength program with only a few sets or even no sets of squats at all, I’ll just throw the program away and tell whoever it is who showed it to me, to start reading up on workouts.
I will write a post about the why of squats later. But first let’s concentrate on the technique.