Core Values

Weeks five through eight of The Shape of Your Life focus on functional strength.

The Shape of Your Life: Month Two

In the second installment of Outside's five-part series on the Shape of Your Life, learn how to fortify your core and improve strength.

Stretching It

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So...

Lifting Tired

You won’t be able to perform to the best of your abilities and therefore you won’t see results.

Going Light

Weight lifting should be intense. Don’t do a set, talk to your buddy, then go back for another set. “You’ll see much better gains if you work so hard that your heart is exploding,” says Shaul.

Wearing the Wrong Footwear

When you lift, the rubber in your running shoes compresses, throwing off your balance.

Fearing Injury

Statistics show that playing basketball, soccer, football, and skiing all have much higher injury rates than weight training. Don’t use the possibility of getting injured as an excuse for not lifting.

Avoiding the Obvious

Can’t do pull-ups? Don’t avoid them; that will just create an unhealthy asymmetry in your body that could lead to injury. “I see it a lot,” says Bergeron. “A guy will have a really strong chest but...

Avoiding the Olympic

If you don't know how to Olympic lift, you're missing one of strength training's key moves.

Isolating Individual Muscle Groups

Lifts that isolate muscle groups—exercises like hamstring and bicep curls—aren’t movements that are used in everyday life. “If you’re great at leg extensions,” says Bergeron, “it doesn’t mean you’ll...

Going Solo

Not 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 for More Reps

The fixes for those old weight training mistakes are fairly simple. We enrolled two of the country’s leading fitness experts, Rob Shaul of Mountain Athlete in Jackson Hole and Ben Bergeron of...

Feeling Self Conscious

“Here's a secret for anyone who didn't grow up in a weight room,” says Shaul, “those big guys don't care how much you can lift. Most of these guys started out as weak skinny guys, too.”