Category Archive for "Legs"

squats lower back pain

9 TIPS TO ELIMINATE LOWER BACK PAIN FROM SQUATS

Sean Nalewanyj

Are squats bad for your lower back? Well, yes and no. If you have no underlying lower back issues and perform them using the correct technique, squats are not inherently dangerous and can actually improve the strength of your lower…

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squats knee pain

HOW TO ELIMINATE KNEE PAIN DURING SQUATS (8 TIPS)

Sean Nalewanyj

Nothing ruins the joy of working out more than nagging joint pain. Not only is it physically uncomfortable, but it often stalls progression by preventing you from training at peak performance. The knee joint is an area that very commonly…

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no squat rack

NO SQUAT RACK? NO PROBLEM (7 BARBELL SQUAT ALTERNATIVES)

Sean Nalewanyj

Although they aren’t a “must” in order to build your lower body effectively, squats are still the most productive exercise overall when it comes to building up your leg size and strength as efficiently as possible. In other words, if…

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squats deadlifts testosterone

DO SQUATS AND DEADLIFTS INCREASE TESTOSTERONE LEVELS?

Sean Nalewanyj

Do squats and deadlifts increase testosterone levels? This “old-school” bodybuilding concept has been around for quite some time and goes something like this: Squats and deadlifts are two of the most challenging exercises you can perform in the gym and train…

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squats deadlifts thicker waist

WILL SQUATS AND DEADLIFTS THICKEN YOUR WAIST?

Sean Nalewanyj

When it comes to achieving a lean and “aesthetic” looking physique, maintaining a slim waistline is obviously an important part of the equation. Although squats and deadlifts are regarded as two of the most basic, fundamental compound movements for building…

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are squats necessary

ARE SQUATS NECESSARY TO BUILD BIG LEGS?

Sean Nalewanyj

QUESTION: Are squats necessary to build big legs, or is it possible to achieve an impressive lower body using alternative exercises? ANSWER: Despite the “hardcore” bodybuilding mentality that often treats squats as the “be-all-end-all” of effective lower body development, the reality is that it IS…

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bulgarian split squats

BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUATS (BENEFITS AND PROPER FORM)

Sean Nalewanyj

It might simply look like a “wimpy” alternative to a traditional barbell squat at first glance, but make no mistake: Bulgarian split squats are the real deal. You won’t see these being performed very often at most gyms, but they’re a highly…

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benefits of squats

THE 10 KEY BENEFITS OF SQUATS

Sean Nalewanyj

No other lower body exercise in existence delivers more bang for the buck than a basic barbell squat. It’s one of the most primitive movement patterns known to man and is without question the most productive leg exercise available for…

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BEST GLUTE EXERCISES FOR MASS: THE BARBELL HIP THRUST

Sean Nalewanyj

While basic lower body compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, leg presses and lunges do train the glutes effectively on their own, direct glute training is still necessary if you’re wanting to build these muscles up to their maximum size…

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PROPER LEG PRESS FORM: 7 KEY MISTAKES TO AVOID

Sean Nalewanyj

Although the leg press might seem like a dead-simple exercise on the surface, there are actually many small subtleties involved that can make a very big difference in your ability to maximally stimulate your quads and prevent knee and lower…

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