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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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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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5 Strength Exercises To Use For A Lifetime Of Strength And Function

5 Strength Exercises To Use For A Lifetime Of Strength And Function

  1. If you had to pick 5 exercises to use for the rest of your life would they include these? 
  2. Are you training to build optimal fitness and function over the long haul? 
  3. If you had to could you pick 5 exercises for yourself to sustain your fitness and function for a lifetime? 
  4. What exercises would you choose? 

To me strength exercises should be about functionality and functionality is about quick and easy application. In addition to this strength is also the goal.

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