Barbell Workout Programs are The Key to Success

A barbell workout program is critical to achieving your fitness goals. Although training on machines has its place I believe they are heavily overused. Most machines only have one path for the weights to move whereas a barbell workout forces you to engage stabilizing muscles and actually control the weight. For majority of people there will never be a need for anything other than a bar, a pile of weight, and perhaps a bench but go to any health club and look how many machines litter the floor. Does anyone reading really believe that you need to hit your chest from every angle to build an big strong upper body? I sure hope not.

The Big Three Lifts Using a Barbell

Powerlifting Routine

Powerlifters know that focusing on barbell workouts with the three big lifts (Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift) will work the entire body and build big thick muscles all over without needing all the supplement exercises. If you talk to a body builder they will insist that you must do some isolation exercises to bring out the details in your muscles. Even most men would argue that you have to do some curls at least to hit your biceps. I disagree. 90% of isolation exercises are an utter waste of time.Read More...

Beginner Strength Training Routine

Strength Training Routine

A strength training routine is probably the best place for for beginners to start their journey into a barbell workout including weightlifting, bodybuilding, powerlifting, or any physical sport. A training routine that helps you to mass on your frame to excel builds a nice strong foundation. A basic rule of thumb is that you should be able to bench your bodyweight, squat 1.5 times your bodyweight and deadlift twice your bodyweight before you even think about starting a workout program that is not targeted toward improving strength. Read More...

How to Build Your Own Barbell Workout Routine

Free Workout Plan

In this article I will teach how to build a program to achieve your goals that we listed in the goal setting worksheet. If you don't have goals, be sure you go back and do that before jumping into building your own program. Lots of people jump right into a weight lifting routine that their buddies are doing or they read about in a fitness magazine without any thought about what they hope to accomplish. This kind of thinking reminds me of a dialog from Alice in Wonderland between Alice and the Cheshire Cat. Read More...

How to Best Use Gym Equipment

Gym Workout Plan

Building a gym workout plan is really no different than building any other workout plan. In reality they are both the same thing because if you subscribe to the advice on this site then you really don't have much choice but to focus on training in a gym. A barbell workout that focuses on lifting heavy weights requires space and lots of weights. Even though I workout every day, maintaining a home gym requires too much space and too much money. Now if you are like most people and paying for a gym membership (mine is free) then you might be able to look at the cost of your membership over a period of time and justify the expense of turning your garage into your own home gym. Read More...

Choosing a Strength Training Program

Strength Training

Starting a barbell workout routine for strength training training can be very confusing. When you go searching the internet for workout programs you will have no trouble finding plenty of them but deciding which one to go with can be quite a challenge. The problem is the abundance of experts online all claiming that they have the best training program and showing their amazing before and after pictures. Although most of the programs you find for strength training will probably produce results there are some key things you need to look for when selecting a weight lifting routine. The most important one is that all strength training programs worth anything should contain the big compound lifts. Read More...

Build or Buy - Weight Lifting Programs

Weight Lifting Programs

The key to remember regardless of whether you choose to build your own free workout plan or if you choose to buy a barbell workout program, is that you commit to the routine. It really doesn't matter if it is the best gym workout plan in the world if you never go to the gym. The best circuit training routines written by top Olympic athletes don't mean anything if you can't do high impact training. A quick weight loss plan that is based on drinking milk is worthless if you are lactose intolerant. So follow these simple rules when selecting a workout program whether you build it yourself of purchase it somewhere. Read More...

No need to Compete to Use Powerlifting Workouts

Powerlifting Workouts

Powerlifting workouts or a barbell workout can be used to increase muscle mass and lose body fat. I have talked about this before but not sure it really sunk in with the readers here so I'm going to hit it again. Focusing on strength training results in bigger, stronger, more defined muscles. To focus on strength training you need to drop all the exercises that don't bring big results and double up on the exercises that do. Read More...

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