Gordy Megroz is an Outside correspondent and a former Outside editor. He lives in Jackson, Wyoming. Follow him on Twitter: @GordyMegroz.
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...
“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.”
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.
Deadlifts will get you strong and protect your back from injury
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.
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...
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.
When you lift, the rubber in your running shoes compresses, throwing off your balance.
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...
The bad news? There are a lot of exercises you grew up doing that are dead wrong for building power. The good news? The fixes are simple.
Stop using weight machines
You won’t be able to perform to the best of your abilities and therefore you won’t see results.
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