Having strong forearms is an absolute essential for anyone who wants to both project and implement true strength and power.
They’re important for looking strong because, aside from your neck, no muscle group is as frequently on display to others.
And you need them to actually be strong because having a powerful grip and sturdy, resilient hands is absolutely necessary for accomplishing a great multitude of physically demanding tasks.
As the old saying goes: You’re only as strong as your weakest link. Having big “beach muscles” won’t be of much use if you can’t even hold onto what (or who) you’re trying to manhandle.
Most workout enthusiasts understand the importance of forearm and hand strength to at least some degree.
Unfortunately, however, few seem to know how to truly make the most of this all-too-frequently misunderstood muscle group. Continue reading
The bridge is a simple yet challenging maneuver that offers a multitude of athletic, aesthetic and therapeutic benefits.
Many great athletes, trainers, coaches and fitness enthusiasts in general have made it a staple to their training programs, and it is still widely considered to be the king of all exercises throughout the East.
Here are 6 important reasons why you should be bridging on a regular basis:
1.) Stretches and Strengthens Multiple Muscles at Once
The bridge impacts almost every single muscle group in your entire body. Continue reading
Maintaining optimal physical fitness has long been a major priority of mine. For over a decade, I put a tremendous amount of time and effort into researching and experimenting with a wide variety of successful weight-lifting routines. But it wasn’t until just a couple years ago that I decided to venture away from the weight-room see what strength-based calisthenics could do for me.
What I found was that doing these holistic bodyweight exercises enabled me to function, look and feel far better than any of my previous weight-training endeavors ever did.
Plus, I no longer needed to spend an exorbitant amount of my time training, cooking and eating in order to make such progress. Continue reading
One of the biggest misconceptions held among the modern fitness community is that you need to lift weights in order to pack on some muscle mass and build any real strength.
This is just plain false. As a matter of fact, the best results can come about from ditching the weights altogether. I know I’ve certainly never been so functionally and aesthetically impressive since doing so:
No flexing or “pumping up” before hand. No goofy lookin’ fake tan or special lighting. Just a casual picture I recently took after returning home from work one day.
I got to this point exclusively using bodyweight exercises, also known as calisthenics. No gym, no weights, no machines. Just my body and gravity. Continue reading