Feeling Calf Raises in Your Glutes? Don’t Worry, It’s Normal (But Here’s the Catch)

A Man Performing Calf Raises in the Gym

The glutes and the hamstrings are activated to some extent during calf raises. The glutes will not be isolated, but they will contract in order to keep you in a standing position. However, if you somehow hinge at the hips, the glutes will be activated to a far greater degree. Plus, if you are calf … Read more

Deadlifting Two Days in a Row: Is it Worth the Risk?

A Man's Legs and a Loaded Barbell on the Floor. He is Preparing to Deadlift

There is no problem with deadlifting two (or even more) days in a row, although this will largely depend on your training experience and powers of recovery. However, you should vary the intensity and stick to lower volumes of work. Plus, you can use alternative deadlift variations if you decide to perform the movement more … 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

Why Do I Feel Hamstring Curls in My Calves? (5 Main Reasons)

A Man's Lower Body on the Lying Hamstring Curl Machine

Do you ever feel hamstrings curls in your calves? It must be one of the most annoying things about the hamstring curl machine. You seem to be activating, stimulating and working every muscle except the hamstrings. And most notably the calves seem to bear the brunt of your curls. So, what exactly is going on … Read more

What Are the Best Exercises to Target All 3 Areas of the Glutes?

An athletic woman performing cable kickbacks exercise for glutes

Have you ever noticed that most glute training focuses primarily on squats and hip thrusts? Don’t get me wrong, both are fantastic exercises and they will definitely help your glutes to grow. However, in order to produce a bigger, rounder, stronger butt it makes sense to specifically focus individually on each of the 3 areas … 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