The squat has been called the king of the lifts, and with good reason. It involves a multitude of muscle groups, and whole body coordination, and is the heaviest lift one can perform with the weight supported by their body (as opposed to something like the deadlift which can be heavier for some people but the bar is not resting on their back/shoulders). It serves several purposes, from athletic development for various sports to developing lower body musculature for bodybuilding, to being one of the three competition power lifts.
I think we all have a pair of jeans hanging in our closets that we don’t wear but can’t part with. Maybe it’s because you’ve gained some unwanted weight and dream of fitting back into them. Maybe you’ve lost some weight and keep them as a reminder that you never want to fit into them again. Maybe you’ve been naturally thin all your life but have dreamed of having more curves and fitting into a larger size of jeans. Whatever the reason, the common goal is to work towards our goal physique in a healthy and sustainable way.
First and foremost, I’m a lifelong fan of lifting weights, so I’ve had an interest in every endeavor that is intrinsically tied to that. Olympic weightlifting, strongman, powerlifting, arm-wrestling, bodybuilding, etc. My competitive career has been predominantly in powerlifting, but I have also done two strongman competitions (in 2014) and have always wanted to try my hand at bodybuilding. After I was injured in November 2021 while preparing for a powerlifting competition, I knew I wouldn’t be able to do any heavy squatting for a while, so I figured going the bodybuilding route would be a way to feed my competitive drive and take on a new challenge that involved a different style of training and dieting. Just to be clear, I am not done powerlifting.
We'll tell you what—having crappy joint health and lubrication is going to suck when you're trying to get anything done physically, let alone train at the highest of levels. Get Animal Flex in your program...for real. This will keep you moving and performing how you should. Facts.
There are ways to make gains and continue to progress in bodybuilding as you age. Albeit, you may need to make adjustments and work around ailments due to age but you can still do it. How? John Jewett throws some pointers here.
Major injuries are some of the scariest things a lifter can encounter--actually, scratch that. They are. Coming off a major tear, Andrew Herbert gets up with us on his recovery and the lessons learned from an eventful day.
Your physique goal and current training phase can dictate the cardio choices that you might want to set in place. Whether your goal is fat loss, aerobic capacity, health improvement, or you have a sport-specific need, let this be your guide to personalizing your cardio to reach that goal.
Are you interested in maximizing your fat loss progress or are you okay with hitting plateaus and staying exactly the same? If you identify with the former, then read up on John Jewett's latest article, where he throws out some tips on how to keep your fat loss moving forward.
Who doesn't want to get lean and ripped up? Everyone wants to be more defined and chiseled because it displays their physique in a better way, but it's tough losing fat. Renee Jewett has 3 tips to help make it easier for you to reach your fat loss goals.
There are a lot of new people in the gym, and very few have been cued in on proper gym etiquette. Bodybuilder G-Six runs you through the dos and don'ts of the gym in his latest article. Check it out, and be sure to share it with any other gym noobs who may need some guidance.