Countercurrent Movements for Bodybuilding

Countercurrent movements occur when multiarticular muscles, or those that attach to more than one joint, contract while shortening or lengthening simultaneously at multiple joints. This usually happens at just two joints but can occur through more for some muscles. The classic example is kicking a ball for the rectus femoris of the quadriceps, which involves…

Protracted Close-Grip Row: The Ultimate Lat Exercise

This odd exercise, performed by the legendary natural bodybuilder Steve Reeves, is the best way to isolate the lats. You will feel a tremendous pump as they flex and flare, engorging with blood to form humongous balloons. After performing two or three working sets, you will experience the deep fatigue that accompanies great tension, a…

How Specifically Can We Isolate Muscles?

This should give you some direction in designing your own bodybuilding program, understanding the potential for isolation. It should also help you to make sense of the countless exercises available. You may doubt if it is necessary to approach the finer degrees of isolation described here. This all depends upon what you want, along with…

Why I Was Wrong and Some Lessons

My fitness philosophy was wrong, at least depending on your goal, which includes just about all of them. This will begin a new direction for the site. I will focus on natural bodybuilding, not for competition so much as for general appearance. This is my true passion, as I am sure for most readers too.…

My Fitness Philosophy Was Wrong

My fitness philosophy was wrong. Define your goal, compare pros versus cons, avoid dogma, disregard charisma, and stay open-minded. Be specific about what you want, not consistent, in that you think you know what works best for everyone or every situation. Develop a positive mindset. Treat people well and keep learning. A full explanation will…

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