Barbell Bench Press: Should The Bar Touch Your Chest When Bench Pressing?

The barbell bench press is probably the most popular exercise on the planet, especially among guys. Chicks (supposedly) dig guys who have a lean muscular chest, and guys constantly use the barbell bench press as the ultimate measure of strength and awesomeness. They often challenge their friends, claim to bench 100lbs more than they actually…

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Pull Ups vs Chin Ups: What’s The Difference? What Muscles Are Worked?

If you asked any intelligent trainer or strength coach to list the top 5 exercises the majority of the population should be doing, pull ups and/or chin ups (or lat pull-downs) will usually be on every list. It’s just universally considered one of the best exercise variations for building muscle and increasing strength in the…

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Dumbbells vs Barbells: Are Dumbbell or Barbell Exercises Best?

A common topic of debate among people in the weight training world is whether free weight exercises (which use dumbbells or barbells) are better than body weight exercises or machines. This of course is a topic I’ve already covered here: Free Weight Exercises vs Body Weight Exercises vs Machines However, if you look specifically at…

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A List Of The Best Weight Training Exercises For Each Muscle Group

The most common and straight forward way of categorizing weight training exercises is simply in terms what muscle group or body part an exercise targets. While some explaining was necessary to properly show the difference between free weight exercises, body weight exercises and machines, and compound exercises and isolation exercises, and of course the different…

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Movement Patterns: Exercises For Horizontal & Vertical Push & Pull, Quad & Hip Dominant, And More

Another one of the many ways of categorizing weight training exercises is in terms of their movement pattern. You see, while there might be hundreds of different exercises in existence, there’s really only a few basic movements the human body is capable of doing during an exercise. For the most part, these movement patterns are:…

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