Training glutes is something everyone should be doing. Not only will you build an impressive set of cheeks that look great in a pair of jeans but stronger glutes also mean fewer injuries and improved performance!
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.
Scrolling through the online store or browsing the supplement aisle, the options of products seem endless. If you are a research nerd like me, it takes forever to choose as I don’t want to make the wrong one. Or maybe you are whimsical and grab the first thing that has some flashy packaging. Either way I want to simplify this process for you, especially for picking the right pre-workout.
There is not an easy way around fat burning. What is even more problematic is for those that have busy lifestyles that don’t allow for as much gym time as others. We all can get frustrated when we are lowering food intake and exercising more but then weight loss seems to slow down.
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.
Creatine is such an old supplement it can get glazed over and forgotten about. Personally, I took creatine for the first time in 6th grade. The joke was “look at John’s biceps, it's only a big ball of creatine and water”. At the time it pissed me off like I wasn’t working hard and was cheating, but looking back now it’s pretty darn funny.
In recent years I’ve noticed more and more women interested in gaining muscle. Some with the intention to compete in physique sports and others because they feel a sense of empowerment or want to improve the way they feel in their bodies. Whatever your reason for gaining muscle, I think it’s awesome. No matter your reasoning, you’re here because you’re most likely looking for information to help you build muscle. In this article, I outline my most important top five muscle gain tips for women. So hop on board the gain train to learn more!