Monthly Archives: August 2014

Good Fitness Reads for the Week: (8/31/2014)

I hope you are enjoying your weekend! Time to catch up on some fitness reading.

This week’s edition will catch you up to speed with strength tips and articles by myself and others.

Enjoy!

 

Strength tips

*There are two types of training mentalities people possess.

There are those who always want to push the limit, do one more set, extra reps and more weight.

Then there are those who consistently do too little and find themselves doing the opposite.

I would fall into the first category like many strength sport athletes, and while the former may seem like the better mentality, they both have their drawbacks.

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4 Tips You Need to Know for a Bigger Bench Press

4 Tips you Need to Know for a Bigger Bench Press

  • Setup properly and get as tight as possible.
  • Train and utilize the muscles in your back.
  • Press the weight explosively, keeping proper form.
  • Work on your technique and weak points.

“How much do ya bench?”

Always the first question every lifter is asked by their friends. If you’re a big squatter or deadlifter, this is not the question you want to hear. If you struggle in the bench press like many lifters do, you may just need to make a few adjustments.

Here are four tips that will help you bring up your bench and make you a whole lot more eager to answer that question.

1. The Setup:

Drive your heels through the floor, trying to push your head back towards the spotter. You shouldn’t actually move towards the spotter because your traps will be driving into the bench creating stability. Keep your feet planted in the ground and drive your knees out. Whether you prefer to bench on your toes, or flat footed is up to you.

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Good Fitness Reads for the Week: 8/17/2014

I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Time to catch up on some fitness reading.

Before we get to the goods, I want to let you know about a new article I’m working on, so be on the lookout this week for ‘4 Tips You Need to Know for a Bigger Bench Press’!

Strength tips:

*Stop training through your nagging injuries. If you are training and aggravating the same nagging injury day in, day out, it will never heal and probably get worse.

This does NOT mean you should stop training all together. Continue doing exercises that don’t cause pain. For example, if doing barbell squatting causes your hip to hurt, take some time off barbell squats and replace it for a movement targeting similar muscle groups that you can do pain free.

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