Stiff Leg or Russian Dead Lifts Proper Form

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Question: Stiff leg deads hurt my back because our coach wants our hands to touch the floor. Coach said that’s how a friend of his that coaches at an SEC school says to do them. What muscles are they supposed to be working? Answer: Stiff leg deads, also known as Romanian, Russian or Bulgarian deadlifts, […]

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Building a Better, Stronger Back

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Question: I’m looking for a killer back routine to add to my training. What are some cool exercises I can do to build a better back? Answer: Interesting question. To build a better back, first look at the muscle groups that compose the back from a bodybuilding viewpoint. You have the lats, spinal erectors, teres […]

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Glute Workout Safe for Lower Back Pain

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Question: I have lower back issues and squats always aggravate it. I can do wall sits without making it worse but that doesn’t help me as much in strengthening glutes or hams. The doctor has cleared me to continue working out. What exercises do you think I can add without hurting my back? Answer: Since […]

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Do Not Drop Deadlifts from Your Training

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Question: I recently dropped deadlifts from my training routine because I strained my back while doing them a few weeks ago. When I played high school ball we didn’t do deads but did cleans instead. Should I just do cleans or go back to doing deads? Answer: Some coaches even at the D-1 level came […]

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Training Chest and Back

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Question: I need a routine to help me grow a little larger through my chest and back. I currently do some bench presses, push-ups, incline dumbbell presses and sometimes the flye machine. Usually I do 10 reps per set. For back I do Pulldowns, machine rows and sometimes dumbbell rows for 10 reps or so […]

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Building a Bodacious Backside

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Question: I have a flat butt. There’s no other way to say it but I want to change it. What are some exercises that I can do to actually build shape on my backside? Answer: The shape of your glutes is partially determined by where the muscle inserts on your femur, upper thigh bone. You […]

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How to Get World Class Abs and Back…

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Question: I want to build my abs so that the muscles are in blocks, you know, get my six-pack clearly defined. Also I would like to know what exercises are best for building a wide back? Answer: We will assume that you are doing your cardio intensely and effectively, as well as, eating a clean […]

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Rockin’ Workout for Guitar and Bass Guitar Players!

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Question: I play bass guitar in a band on weekends and between performances and practice my shoulders and back between my shoulder blades are aching. I just take Aleve or Advil to dull the pain but there has to be a way to strengthen those muscles so I don’t feel this bad. What can I […]

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Exercises for Great Posture…

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Question: I read your article last week and the question occurred to me, “Could I improve my posture from working out with weights?” You mentioned it and I wondered what exercises could I do to help me strengthen my back and stand taller again? Answer: Visualize your spinal column as the mast of a ship […]

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Sexy is Back – Building Sexy Backs!

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Question: I want to build a good looking back so this summer there’s something to see instead of just soft fat sticking out of my swim suit top. What exercises are best for doing that? I do assisted pull-ups on the machine, pulldowns, and rows with a dumbbell kneeling on a bench. What am I […]

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