For years squatting mostly just hurt my knees and back. But I kept experimenting and found one major change permitted a deep squat with no knee or back pain.
Since the beginning of time man has pondered the important question of how to look cool with no shirt on. For the naturally gifted, it’s easy: lift heavy things and eat lots. However, that plan won’t work for the hardgainer with a slow metabolism like me. We’ll get slightly bigger and stronger, but mostly just fat. All is not lost, though.
Joint pain is unavoidable if you lift weights. Even with no injuries, the reduced recovery of aging will force it. But thankfully there are changes you can make to keep training and stay healthy.
There are few certainties in life. Proverbial wisdom counts death and taxes among them, but back pain should be on that list. Everyone seems to suffer it at some point, and it’s incredibly debilitating because our backs are involved in almost everything we do.
This article is an exploration of all the things I tried to heal back pain. What finally worked was rethinking how I use my back, and surprisingly, heavy resistance training.
I got golfer’s and tennis elbow on both arms at the same time. The worst thing was the negative impact to training, but the good news is I healed without having to take time off.
Does the bench press just hurt your joints and only make your shoulders and triceps grow? Here’s how to turn it into a shoulder-friendly chest builder.
The truth is I’m a foodie, but I also love weight training and being in shape. I used to think there were two options. I could eat what I wanted and get fat, or follow a restrictive diet to be lean, but never both at the same time. That changed when I tried intermittent fasting.
Squats are a difficult and exhausting exercise, sometimes causing fatigue for days. That’s why doing them every day is an intriguing idea, and I wondered if there could be an extreme reward for such an extreme protocol.
I used to dismiss the mind-muscle connection as gym mythology, but science shows there’s something to it. Here’s how to apply it to increase gains and decrease injury risk.