3 Ways to Maximize Your Strength Workouts

Maximize your workouts

I often hear people say they want to “maximize” their strength-training workouts. The translation of this statement is usually “my workouts aren’t giving me what I want.” If this is you, you’re smart to think you should be doing something differently to build muscle or lose fat. But what is that “something?” You can improve your workouts – and your body composition– by changing an almost endless array of variables. Here are just three ways to start seeing better progress immediately. Avoid Ineffective {Read More…}

How to Use Weights for Functional Training

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You’ve probably heard the term “functional training” used by fitness professionals, gyms, and the media for everything from explosive power movements to yoga. It’s a recent catch phrase that has many different interpretations and can be confusing as to how it relates to weight training. Some might even wonder if they should scrap their traditional weight lifting routine in favor of functional training. According to the American Council on Exercise, functional strength training enhances the performance of movements so that {Read More…}

Using Isolation Exercises to Supplement Your Routine

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As you’ve no doubt heard, you can’t spot reduce any area of your body but you can focus on building strength in certain areas if needed. Strive for balance in your body – you’ll accomplish this with compound, multi-joint movements with a few isolation exercises thrown in. You may have heard that  compound movements are better when it comes to weight training. These are the exercises that use many muscle groups at once, including your abs, instead of just one {Read More…}