I Can’t Do Pull-Ups Or Chin-Ups, What Alternative Exercises Should I Do Instead?

One common thing you might notice among the workout routines I’ve designed (and really the vast majority of the intelligent workout routines designed by any other sane human) is that they almost always contain some form of vertical pulling exercise. And, more often than not, the vertical pulling exercise of choice is either pull-ups or…

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Triceps Exercises & Workouts: A Guide To Dips, Pushdowns, Extensions And More

Let’s get something out of the way up front. If you want to build bigger, stronger, better looking triceps, the various compound pushing exercises in your workout routine will play the largest role in making that happen. Why? Because the triceps muscle is involved during any exercise where your elbows extend. This includes all of the…

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Upper Chest vs Lower Chest: Workout & Exercises To Build Big Pecs

QUESTION: I’ve been working out and making decent progress everywhere except for my upper chest which seems to be lagging behind. This makes my overall chest muscle look uneven and unbalanced. The lower half sticks out more than the top half because of how small and flat the upper part looks. How do I fix this? What…

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How To Progress Better At Isolation Exercises

The key to getting results from your workout is progressive overload. If you’re not increasing the demands being placed on your body in some form over time, your body won’t be improving. With weight training, the most basic and common way of increasing those demands is by increasing the amount of weight we lift. So…

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Leg Extension Machine: Bad For Your Knees And Bad For Building Muscle?

QUESTION: I see a lot of people online making fun of the leg extension machine and calling it the most useless leg exercise there is. They all say that if you’re trying to build muscle, you shouldn’t ever waste your time using it. I’ve also heard some people say it’s really bad for you knees. Is any…

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How To Do Skull Crushers For Triceps And NOT Hurt Your Elbows

When it comes to the “best” triceps exercise, the conversation most often involves the following three: Dips. Close grip bench press. Skull crushers. Sure, there are plenty of others that can get the job done just fine. And yes, various other compound pressing exercises in your routine (bench press, shoulder press, etc.) will likely produce…

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Bench Press Fail: Stuck & Pinned By The Bar Without A Spotter

Do you bench press? Cool. With a barbell? Also cool. Here’s another question for you… do you always have a spotter? I don’t mean only sometimes, or just when you’re going extra heavy. I’m talking about ALWAYS, as in every single time you bench press? If so, awesome. You’re smart. But if not, there’s something that…

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