Can You Do Hang Cleans?

The hang clean is an incredibly effective exercise that will strengthen everything from your fingers to your toes, and clients of all ages and ability levels will benefit from learning and performing this movement.  Whether or not you work with a personal trainer you should be able to perform hang cleans. These guidelines are provided […]

Creatine Supplements Get A Buy Recommendation

Creatine is one of the most popular ergogenic aids on the market because of its putative muscle building properties.  And while there are those who don’t think it works, there is enough, legitimate scientific data to indicate that creatine supplementation is warranted for people who engage in weight training. I’m not a big fan of any kind […]

How Dumbbells Offer Unparalleled Training Versatility

Whether you workout at home or at a commercial gym you should be spending the vast majority of your time weight training with dumbbells. Flat out, dumbbells are the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment that you will find in any gym.  If you train with dumbbells you can adapt any exercise in at least […]

I Love Kettlebells, And You Will Too

Russian Kettlebells seem like they are only for the hardcore, but they are fantastic training tools that can help to reshape your physique and rev up your metabolism. Even if you are just a beginner. A kettlebell is a cast iron weights that looks like a cannon ball with a handle.  Known as a “girya,” […]

Converse All Stars, For All of Your Workout Needs

You won’t believe me when I tell you that Converse All Stars are the best shoes for your workouts, but I’m going to tell you anyway. These days – actually for about the last 20 years – high tech sneakers have been all the rage.  The real message of the “Just Do It” era has […]

Use a Descending Repetition Scheme to Build Strength

There is a lot of science – and exponentially more opinions out there – as to the best set/reps scheme to use in order to build strength. And as I’ve said, I’ve used them all both in my workouts and in the workouts of my clients and sports teams. Recently I’ve done a lot of […]

Weight Training is Beneficial for Breast Cancer Survivors

A study published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine weight training can help minimize the effects of lymphedema, a build up of fluids that causes painful swelling in the arms and/or hands. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that regular weight training exercises actually helped minimize this painful swelling […]

Zottman Curls Are a Ridiculous Bodybuilding Exercise

Bodybuilding has been responsible for creating an almost endless list of ridiculous fitness and nutritional myths, and an exercise called Zottman curls serves as a great example of this. Some may consider Zottman curls to be a “bodybuilding secret,” when in reality it’s just bodybuilding nonsense. Thanks to guys who used prodigious amounts of anabolic […]

Weight Training Guidelines For People With High-Blood Pressure

Weight training, also known as “resistance training” (RT), has beneficial effects on blood pressure and when used properly, and in conjunction with an appropriate cardiovascular exercise regimen, can help prevent and control hypertension. The American Heart Association in association with the American College of Sports Medicine recommends RT programs that feature lower weight and higher […]

The Health and Fitness Advice Training Journal, 20 Repetition Set of Squats Part 2

The flu bug has messed up my plans to present Jills’ progress with the 20-rep squats workout, so this week you’re stuck with me. One set of 20-repetition squats – if done properly – is one of the most difficult workouts that you can do.  Personal trainers and gym rats who squat properly should take […]