Anatomy Dictates Exercise Selection

Summary:  Relying on intuition will not always serve you in choosing the right exercises for each muscle. Understanding anatomy will help you to select best. Mostly, the key is to ensure the target muscle is stretched enough. The muscles you may think work on certain exercises are not necessarily so. Many assume that pull-ups work…

Qualities and Pursuit of a Classic, Natural Physique

Summary: Avoid core work, mostly the obliques, and learn to pull in your stomach with a vacuum. Widen the shoulders and lats with lateral raises and close-grip rowing with a rounded back respectively. A pull-up will help further by hitting the teres major. Avoid inner thigh development occurring through adductor and single-leg exercises.  Avoid squats and…

Bodybuilding Requires Specific Training

Summary: Improving your muscle mass and overall physique best will require specialization. If your main goal for lifting is bodybuilding, you should learn about and focus on this sort of training, just as you would for any sport or competition. This is also a good life principle: we should define, pursue, and achieve our goals as…

Loaded Stretching Exercises for Better Muscle Growth

Summary: Stretch the active muscles as far as possible on your exercises for better growth. For muscles attached to more than one joint, you must stretch the muscle over multiple joints. The greatest mistake I made with this blog was to have no clear goal. I ended up pushing some unified theory of training that…

Concurrent Movements for Bodybuilding

Concurrent movements occur when multi-articular muscles, or those that attach to more than one joint, contract while either shortening or lengthening at one joint and lengthening or shortening, respectively, at another joint. Many compound exercises involve concurrent movements. Pushing, pulling, and squatting all have this form of movement. The multi-articular muscles in these movements maintain…

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