Break Through a Weight Training Plateau

February 26, 2010 Health & Fitness

If you’ve recently started a weight training program (like my starter workout plan) you’ve probably noticed a steady initial gain in the weight you can lift. But for every man there comes a time when the gains don’t come as easy. What then? Being stuck at a specific weight can be perplexing. To gain muscle […]

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Don’t Be Afraid of the Gym

February 4, 2010 Health & Fitness

This is the busy time for fitness clubs everywhere, as people who made bold New Year’s resolutions to shed pounds or gain muscle make a valiant (or maybe just half-assed) attempt at their goal. Every day as I go through my workout I see my gym’s sales rep leading prospective customers on a tour. “Over […]

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The Starter Workout, with Free Weights

December 16, 2009 Health & Fitness

In the time since I wrote my original Simple Starter Workout post, over a thousand people have read it and it’s still the most popular post on this site. (In fact, it’s so popular I’m going to be doing something special with it, just in time for your New Year’s resolution.) I still believe machines […]

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I Click It So You Don’t Have To: A New Way to Use a Barbell

November 18, 2009 Health & Fitness

Welcome again to “I Click It,” where I get past a confusing headline designed to make you view a page that may be useful or crap. Today we return to Men’s Health, where today I found this waiting for me: Hmm, a new way to use a barbell? Perhaps as a weapon in some new […]

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Squats: The Ultimate Exercise?

October 9, 2009 Health & Fitness

The toughest part of your body to work out is the legs. For the longest time I dreaded “leg day.” And if I was still using Nautilus-type machines I probably still would. Leg curls and seated presses are mind-numbingly dull and don’t hit all the muscles I want to work. Then there are leg extensions, […]

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Workout: Crossfit

September 17, 2009 Health & Fitness

There are workouts that create big, rippling muscles. Others maintain a steady heart rate to burn fat. Still others that increase your endurance and agility. Then there’s Crossfit. Designed for “elite athletes” and military personnel, Crossfit has trickled down to folks who are looking for an all-around fitness program — improving strength, endurance, agility, speed, […]

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Gym Basics

August 20, 2009 Health & Fitness

Now you have a solid workout plan, including a warmup and post-exercise strategy. Once in a while you just get outside and do some body-weight exercises — great. But it occurred to me today that I might be leaving something out. Why? Because it happened again. A guy walked out of the showers, soaking wet, […]

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No-Weights Workout

August 7, 2009 Health & Fitness

As I’ve said before, the critical factors to success in a workout plan are commitment and intensity. You need both before you’ll really see results. Most guys can build intensity when they do go work out, but the challenge is really making the commitment, and maintaining it. Getting in the groove of a workout program […]

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