Deadlift Your Way to Bigger Traps? Fact or Fiction? (Here’s What You Need to Know)

Close Up of a Man Preparing to Deadlift

The traps are actively involved in deadlifts. As your torso goes from a forward lean to an upright position, the traps will be stimulated by a dynamic isometric hold. You can build your traps further from deadlifts by progressively adding weight, but also by varying your reps and intensity to stimulate new muscle growth in … Read more

Soft Biceps Even When You Flex? Here’s Why & How to Fix it!

The Back of a Muscular Man Who is Holding a Biceps Flexing Pose

The main reason your biceps are soft when you flex them is because they’re carrying a layer of fat. It’s impossible to spot reduce fat from the body or to control where fat may form. You should ensure that you properly contract the muscles when training biceps. Additionally, don’t go too heavy when working biceps, … Read more

Always Tired After Deadlifts? Here’s Why They Leave You So Drained!

An Athletic Man Preparing to Perform a Deadlift

It’s natural to feel tired after deadlifts because it’s such a big lift. The deadlift is a compound exercise that incorporates many muscles of the body, and therefore it can be taxing on the Central Nervous System. You should also be wary of factors such as your deadlift volume, intensity, and whether you’re getting enough … Read more

Lats on Fire After Deadlifts? Don’t Panic! Here’s What You Need to Know

A Man in the Gym Preparing to Deadlift

Your lats should not be sore after deadlifts, but there are a few reasons this may occur. Firstly, it’s important to realise that the lats work isometrically to ensure that the bar stays close to your legs. Plus, if your arms aren’t fully extended during the deadlift, so even the slightest bend in the elbow, … Read more

Cheat Day Paradox: Feeling Skinny After Going Overboard? Here’s Why!

A Plate and Bowl Full of Junk Food and a Measuring Tape

The main reason you look skinnier after a cheat day is because a cheat day will replenish depleted glycogen stores, which will make the muscles look fuller and more pumped. Furthermore, a cheat day will boost your metabolism, so you’ll be burning more calories the following day. It is also estimated that leptin production in … Read more

Understanding Balanced Strength: Should You Barbell Row As Much As You Bench Press?

A Muscular Man Holding a Heavy Weight Plate

When it comes to building that classic upper body you’ll be hard-pushed to find two better exercises than barbell rows and bench press. However, something that’s always puzzled me is the difference in weight that I use to perform the two movements. I wasn’t sure whether my ratios were good or whether I had a … Read more

Chest Day Dilemma: Incline or Flat Bench First? Do This For Epic Chest Gains!

An Athletic Man Sittng on the Bench of the Bench Press Resting Between Sets

When it comes to building muscle and strength in your chest the bench press is typically the first place that we all look. However, with many variations of the great barbell exercise you may be wondering whether it’s better to do incline or flat bench press first. There are certain factors that you’ll need to … Read more

Bench Press Going Down? Why Your Gains are Stalling & How to Get Back on Track (Fast!)

A Muscular Man Performing Bench Press

The most common gym-related question to determine someone’s manliness is probably, “How Much Do You Bench Bro?” So, there’s nothing more frustrating than performing bench press regularly, but finding that your numbers are actually going down. This is obviously not great for progression, and definitely not great for the ego. Allow me to explain what’s … Read more

Bench Press & Overhead Press: Same Day or Separate Strategies?

A Muscular Man Putting a Weight Plate onto a Barbell

There are probably no two better push-based exercises than the overhead press and the bench press. So, if you want to get a bigger and stronger upper body these two movements are a must. However, you’ll typically find that one lift can be impacted by the other. This generally means that the exercise you’re doing … Read more