There is one exercise I have never included in my workout routine. I firmly believe that there is no reason you should perform this exercise. There are far more effective exercises that target the same muscle group without putting you at risk for serious injury. The exercise that I’m referring to is the behind the neck shoulder press, and to a slightly lesser extent, the lat pulldown behind the head.
I thought I’d throw my two cents in on the age-old argument, “What is better to use for a bicep curl, an EZ bar or a straight bar?”
Most people are quick to say “EZ bar.” After all, the EZ bar was designed to put less strain on your wrists.
Bodybuilders; however, usually recommend the straight bar because the movement puts more emphasis on your biceps. With the EZ bar, your palms are angled slightly inward. While this takes stress off the wrists, it also takes a little emphasis off the biceps as well. Thus, many conclude that the straight bar works your biceps more.
Now, being a hardgainer, I don’t have very big wrists or forearms, and safety comes first. I like to use the EZ bar because my forearms are prone to muscle aches because of a past injury. If you find that you aren’t hurting too much after using the straight bar (you will naturally feel some soreness in your forearms), by all means, go with it. Personally, I don’t notice much a difference in the amont of reps I’m able to do with the EZ vs. the straight bar, so I use the EZ bar.
If you ended up at my website by typing “does the Shake Weight Work,” you are one of the lucky ones. You just have easily could have clicked an “honest review” about the Shake Weight and seen all the purported “benefits” this thing has to offer. (Ed. Note: If you were not already aware, people are paid, often through affiliate marketing, to promote fitness products like the Shake Weight, either on their blog or by commenting on another).
If you haven’t heard of the Shake Weight by now, you are clearly living under a rock—a rock with high-speed internet. Here is the women’s version of the Shake Weight. Yes, there is even a men’s version. I’m not even going to touch that.
The Bodyform Total Fitness Platform. It’s that ridiculous looking contraption to the left. It is $150. Yes, $150 for a platform and a resistance band.
Some might look at the Bodyform Total Fitness Platform and think, “Wow, I could do all those exercises with just a resistance band or dumbbells!” Others might think, “Great! Another way to waste my money!” Still others might be lured into actually buying this product, which genuinely scares me.
Look, it’s not that I’m against home gym equipment, it’s just that I’m realistic and cost-conscious.
I currently pay $25/month to workout at XSport Fitness. XSport has all the machines and free weights I could ever want. I can workout at XSport for an entire 6 months before my membership equals the cost of buying the Bodyform Total Fitness Platform.
First of all, I’d like to point out that I was never a member of Planet Fitness, and for good reason. After hearing this man’s story, reading about the gym, and taking a tour of the local Planet Fitness, even the cheap price tag couldn’t help me get over the obvious irony in their “judgement-free zone” policy.
40 year old Albert Argibay was kicked out of the gym for “grunting.” Yes, grunting.
Staying motivated is arguable the hardest part of weight lifting. Too many people want to see quick results, and when they don’t, it is not long until they go to the gym less frequently, and then stop going altogether. So how do you stay motivated? How do you maintain that drive to go to the gym?
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