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

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

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

Suffering Mid-Back Pain During Bicep Curls? Here’s Why & How to Fix it

A Muscular Man Performing Dumbbell Bicep Curls

It feels weird to talk about pain in the middle of your back when doing bicep curls. I mean, you’re training your biceps, so obviously you should be feeling it in your biceps. Okay, I’ll admit that there are times when you may feel bicep curls in your forearms, wrists, elbows, and even shoulders. But, … Read more

Pull Ups Leg Placement (Should You Cross or Not?)

A Muscular Man Performing Pull Ups With His Legs Crossed

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s thought about the ideal leg position when performing pull ups. The standard “go-to” method seems to involve crossing your legs at the ankles with your feet behind you. In fact, during my first few years of performing pull ups I always had my legs crossed behind me. … Read more

Why Do I Feel Lat Pulldowns in My Triceps? (Issue Resolved)

Why Do I Feel Lat Pulldowns in My Triceps?

Seems like a strange question, right? I mean, you’d expect to fell lat pulldowns in your lats, biceps, forearms, rear delts, and even your traps but definitely not the triceps. But as it turns out this is actually a “thing”. So, if you are feeling this famtastic upper back exercise in the back of your … Read more

Forearm Fatigue During Lat Pulldowns? Here’s Why & How to Fix it!

A Man Performing Lat Pulldowns

How often have you performed lat pulldowns and felt a burning sensation in your forearms? Then again, how often have you ended your set early because your forearms are fatigued, and yet you don’t even feel as though you’ve hit your lats? Funnily enough, I had the same issue, which I resolved by changing my … Read more

Bodybuilding Back Workout For Mass (4 Exercises to Blow Up Your Lats)

A very muscular man's back

The following muscle-building back workout may not have many exercises, but it will definitely force your lats to grow. In fact, I’d even recommend setting yourself up for this workout in the same way you would for a tough leg workout. So, make sure you eat beforehand, grab your belt, and swallow down some pre-workout.  … Read more

Why Does My Lower Back Hurt When I Leg Press? (Solved!)

Why Does My Lower Back Hurt When I Leg Press

The leg press, whether seated or incline, is typically viewed as one of the best exercises for quad hypertrophy. However, this doesn’t mean it comes without its problems, and lower back pain is quite common. With that being said, if you adhere to a few “rules” you’ll be able to take the pressure off your … Read more