Strength without size 2: The thickening

In the first part of this article, we discovered why lifting weights for strength is not going to turn you into a she-beast. In the second part, Geoff Girvitz gives you some concrete examples of how to put the theory of getting stronger into practice.

Training for young ‘uns

Folks who have young daughters (or sons) interested in weight training worry about what they have heard about the ill effects of training too young: stunted growth, injury, impaired development, etc. However, an appropriately designed, monitored, and instructed weight training program is safe for kids.

The bone building workout

As the population ages, osteoporosis, or brittle bone disease, is a growing concern. Though osteoporosis is not just a condition that affects older women, they are one of the groups most at risk for it. How to put together a fitness program that will give you bones of titanium!

Punching bag plyometrics

By guest author Big Lee.

This is a personal story of how I created a hybrid training protocol with punching bags to strengthen weak tendons.

Kardio Kween – Do you really need to sweat to the oldies?

Begone Jane Fonda! Pfuah on you, Kenneth Cooper! The truth about “cardio”, “aerobics”, and why you don’t have to hamster on a treadmill for eternity.

Fartlek – Swedish for “asswhuppin”

Hey, what’s so funny about the word “fartlek”? You kids just quit laughing. I said quit it!! Stop laughing right now or I’ll turn this car right around then you’ll all be sorry!!!

Clubbell training

The club is one of humanity’s earliest implements. As it so happens, the club can also make you strong like bool, and it’s fun to whip it around your head and pretend to be Red Sonja.

The clubbell: not just for Snake Whacking Day any more!

Boy butches up girl

I am always happy to hear that guys are encouraging their female acquaintances and partners to train with weights. Many women are introduced to weights by male partners and friends, and this introduction creates an ongoing interest. What if you’re a guy that’s interested in women’s training, and want to know how to do a good job? Here are some helpful tips along with dos and don’ts.

Basics of a routine

Well, now, you’re all excited and ready to go to the gym. But where do you start? There’s no point in stumbling around the gym with no particular plan in mind. If you don’t have a focus it’s easy to get bored and give up. The solution? A routine. Here’s how to put one together.

Sit yo ass down! The importance of rest

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t get stronger and fitter IN the gym, but OUTSIDE of it. The recovery, not the workout stimulus, is what makes the magic. Rest big to gain big.