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Free Weights Vs. Machines In Strength Training

Free Weights vs. Machines In Strength Training

The original publishing date on today’s article was back on June 18, 2015. This article features a question I’ve gotten many times over the years and my response for it still applies here today.

Do you predominantly use free weights or machines with your current fitness and strength program? Perhaps you use a blend of both? Check out today’s article and post up below in the comments and let me know what you think by offering some of your feedback. Read and enjoy.

So there is that age old question that has bounced around inside of yours and everyone else’s head at one time or another about the matchup between free weights and machines. Which one is better? Is one good? Is one bad? Well today we’re going to examine that very thing my young Jedi of strength.

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5 Reasons Your Squat Is Terrible

5 Reasons Your Squat Is Terrible

  1. Are you aware of the quality of your squat technique? 
  2. Do you experience problems with squatting? 
  3. Can you perform the movement with a full range of motion (ROM)? 
  4. How often do you practice squatting?

The squat is one of 7 fundamental human movements and it should be your mission to make sure your squat is NOT terrible. So many people butcher this movement and you can witness this take place in just about every run of the mill health club across the globe. Today I’m going to address 5 different reasons why your technique may not be up to speed.

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Shoulder Integrity: Priming And Strengthening Your Shoulders For Performance

Shoulder Integrity: Priming And Strengthening Your Shoulders For Performance

Today I pulled this article from the training archives as I thought it would meet a need if you’re looking for better ways of strengthening your shoulders for movement.

If you experience shoulder pain, discomfort, or stiffness then I thought this article would be a good fit for you. If you’re not experiencing shoulder pain, or stiffness I still think this article would be a good fit for you. If you don’t have those issues then my guess is you certainly don’t want them.

  1. Are you experiencing tightness and immobility in your shoulders? 
  2. Do you experience shoulder pain on a regular basis? 
  3. Are you currently using any exercises to prime your shoulders for movement prior to your training? 
  4. Do you want to learn how to develop and maintain healthy strong shoulders for the long haul? 

Are you looking for a better plan for strengthening your shoulders? When it comes to training these days many people really have to work to prime their bodies before they can even get into the driver’s seat to start doing any work. Since the career world has transitioned to including jobs where sitting has taken precedence over physical activity the need for priming the body for movement is a bigger deal now more than ever.

We can couple this with the fact that technology has also created an entire generation of lazy individuals that have lost a great deal of function in their bodies. This is the case due to many people developing postural imbalances and weaknesses from crouching over and looking at computer screens and handheld devices for the majority of the day. Because of this coaches and trainers have to constantly battle through these issues on a regular basis. Today I want to talk about some ways we can enhance your shoulder integrity and prime and strengthen this mobile joint for other more useful activity compared to just holding and reading your cellphone.

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Can Bench Pressing Be Used To Increase Punching Power

Can Bench Pressing Be Used To Increase Punching Power

  1. Are you currently looking to dial in your strength and conditioning program to improve your fight skills?
  2. Are you interested in learning how to increase your punching power for MMA and boxing?
  3. Are you currently incorporating the bench press into your training to improve your fight skills? 
  4. Are you curious about whether the bench press can be used to improve your punching power? 

First of all, bench pressing does increase upper body strength, but can it be used to increase your punching speed and power? This question is a bit more open ended which leaves some options open to examine. I will shed some light on that here!

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4 Ways To Improve Your Grip Strength For Big Lifts

4 Ways To Improve Your Grip Strength For Big Lifts

  1. Are you training your grip to improve your lifts? 
  2. Are you aware that a stronger grip will improve your shoulder stability? 
  3. Are you aware that there are a few grip variations that you might be neglecting? 

If you’re serious about strength, performance, and not having to screw around with injury then you need to invest time in giving your grip strength an upgrade. There are several methods you can employ to improve your grip strength and I am going to cover 4 of them here. Buckle that chinstrap and get ready!

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