Strength

The 14 Biggest Weight-Training Mistakes

The bad news? There are a lot of exercises you grew up doing that are dead wrong for building power. If you want to get stronger faster, you’ll need to embrace the new science. The good...

Isolating Individual Muscle Groups

Exercises that isolate muscle groupsLifts that isolate muscle groups—exercises like hamstring and bicep curls—aren&rsquo...

Fearing Injury

Fearing injuryStatistics show that playing basketball, soccer, football, and skiing all have much higher injury rates than weight training. Don’t use the possibility...

Avoiding the Obvious

People avoid doing the things they're bad atCan’t do pull-ups? Don’t avoid them; that will just create an unhealthy asymmetry in your body that could lead to...

Going Solo

Lifting aloneNot only is it hard to motivate yourself to train alone and push yourself during workouts, it’s also dangerous to lift heavy weights without a spotter.

Going Light

You're not working hard enoughWeight lifting should be intense. Don’t do a set, talk to your buddy, then go back for another set. “You’ll see much better...

Ignoring the Deadlift

Skipping the deadliftThe thing humans do more than anything else? Pick things up. The deadlift trains that movement so that you prevent injury when, say, you go to grab...

Feeling Self Conscious

Avoiding the gym because you’re weak“Here's a secret for anyone who didn't grow up in a weight room,” says Shaul, “those big guys don't care how...

Going for More Reps

Light weights with too many repsDoing eight to 12 reps, the numbers so many of us have come to associate with proper weight training, is an aerobic exercise that mostly...

Rise of the Machine

Using machines“In the real world you don’t do anything sitting down,” says Rob Shaul, the owner of Mountain Athlete in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “You...

Overindulging Endurance Runs

Too many long runsPounding the pavement is great for your heart, but doing too much can tighten muscles and decrease the flexibility you need to lift properly....

Rambling Through Workouts

Going to the gym without specific goals“If you don’t have a goal, there’s really no motivation to work out,” says Bergeron. “You walk around...

Avoiding the Olympic

Skipping the Olympic lift“No other movement involves as much pure athleticism,” says Bergeron. “Strength stamina, speed power, accuracy, agility are all...

Lifting Tired

Starting a workout tired.You won’t be able to perform to the best of your abilities. You won’t see results....

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