Strength and Power TrainingArchive
I recently bought a set of resistance bands. What moves should I do to make myself a better runner?
By the end of the day, I often feel too tired to exercise. Is it better to skip my workout or trim it down? The Editors Santa Fe, NM
Can being super flexible make runners more prone to injury? The Editors Santa Fe, NM
What exercises will help improve my reaction time as a lacrosse goalie? Lax Asheville, NC
I want to get in shape for sand volleyball. Any advice? The Editors Santa Fe, NM
What is the proper technique for an overhead squat? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
How can I improve my lateral speed for defense in basketball? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Which exercises are best for developing strength in mountain biking? Matt Memphis, Tennessee
Can doing calisthenics replace strength and cardiovascular exercise? Jumping jacks, mountain climbers, push-ups, pull-ups, and high knee running seem be very effective and time efficient. Jay Liverpool, New York
What's the best workout to improve strength for paddling a kayak? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
I'm a beginning climber. My hands and forearms are relatively weak, and crp up easily. What are the best exercises to increase hand and forearm strength? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
I want to be quicker on the basketball court and soccer field. What exercises should I do to build explosive power and speed? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
I'm training to run my first half-marathon. How much strength training should I be doing? The Editors Santa Fe, New Mexico
When is the most effective time after weight training to take protein? Alexander Waterloo, Ontario
Hiking or backpacking large descents just kill my quads. I did a Grand Canyon backpack last week and the 5000-foot decent just about killed me. Quads felt weak and I didn't feel like I had good control of my legs while descending. I did much better on the climb out several days later. What is the best exercise I can do in the gym to improve my eccentric efficiency and strength of my quads? Thanks! Bill Littleton, CO
“When you sit down on an exercise machine, with your back against chair, you tend to shut down the rest of your body,” warns Laird Hamilton. “You want strength that you can actually control and apply.” It’s called functional strength, and it dictates the way you should lift weights. Here’s…
Over the holidays I put on a few extra pounds, as I'm sure a lot of people did. It's not a lot of weight, just about five pounds, but I'm struggling to get it back off my body. I do well for a few days, then I crack and overeat again. I know how to eat healthy, but by the end of the work day I don't have enough energy to do my workouts. What I doing wrong?
I'm bored with the traditional weight-lifting routines I've been doing for years now (splits, push/pull regimes, etc.). So, I'm looking for a different routine that will allow me to burn calories and lose fat, while allowing me to maintain muscle definition. Any suggestions? Cross-training maybe? Chris Athens, Georgia
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I am a runner and not interested in going to the gym. What results could I get if I did, say, 20 regular push-ups, 20 wide-grip push-ups and ten tricep push-ups every day?
I typically workout in the evening after work. I'm curious, is it better to work out in the morning or at night? With the daylight hours getting shorter, I may have to switch to morning workouts. Jared Philadelphia, PA
TECHNOLOGY HAS MEANT GREAT THINGS for the fitness industry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get real results from “old school” workouts. When I coached the U.S. National Cycling Team, from 1990 to ’97, I used the mountains behind my Colorado Springs cabin as a training ground for young racers,…
I doing about 100 crunches after supper every day and I don't feel a change in me. What I doing wrong? Chad Regina, Saskatewan
I about 10-12 pounds overweight, female, and 31. I'd like to lose the weight while building more muscle and definition. Can you give me a diet plan to use while working out to lose the weight and build muscle? Renee San Jose, CA
Is it more effective to run and then lift or to lift first? I keep hearing different answers. Jenn Doantelli Mahwah, New Jersey
I want to get a six pack within a week and keep it there. Is it possible? If so then how?
Can lifting weights help someone who is trying to lose weight? If so, how? A.N. Chicago, Illinois
How many training days can I skip before I fall out of shape? Brett Bara New York, New York
I'm an endurance athlete. How often should I lift weights? Jes Cunnings Austin, TX
Want to dunk a basketball? No? How about maximizing your performance in every sport you do? We thought you'd be interested in that. The following training program was followed by writer Josh McHugh, who writes about his quest to dunk a basketball in the March issue of Outside. Adhere to it the way Josh did, and you may remake yourself into a bone-a-fide
THIS STRENGTH REGIMEN—designed by Los Angeles–based coach Steve Ilg, author of Total Body Transformation (Hyperion)—was built to match the groove of the Zen room. » YOU CAN ACHIEVE what Ilg calls Wholistic Fitness with this routine, which utilizes yoga blocks to create strength, balance, endurance, and flexibility. » STRUCTURE RULES:…
Los Angeles-based coach and author Steve Ilg (Total Body Transformation, Hyperion 2004) has spent the last 20 years honing a workout program that combines the best of strength, focus, balance, endurance, and flexibility for athletes
In the January issue of Outside magazine personal trainer and elite triathlete Karen Merrill put together a strength program that only requires a set of weights and an adjustable bench. Here we'll give you her program again with step-by-step instructions to every exercise.