The best and most famous physiques weren’t built with deadlifts and squats. I’ve been training at the gym for two decades and so I speak from experience when I say that there has never been such hype surrounding the squat and the deadlift as there is right now. If you, like me, have been going to the gym regularly for a long period of time you will surely has noticed this trend yourself. It’s been going on for a few years now, this Squat-fixation and Deadlift-hysteria. Before
I The seated inclined biceps curl Considering the status of the biceps muscle it is no wonder that on any given day you can probably see a great variety of biceps exercises being performed at your gym. This one however, the seated inclined biceps curl, you’ll see being performed more seldom. The reason for this? In two words: light weights. When performed properly - which implies not only a correct exercise technique, but also a sufficiently lowered bench – the incline biceps
I've been asked several times which one I prefer when doing the biceps curl - the classic straight barbell or the so called "curl bar", also known as the EZ bar. Today's post delivers my answer in an unequivocal manner: the straight classical barbell is my choice. For me it is not even close, I don’t consider the EZ bar a worthy opponent to the beloved classical barbell. I’ve always stuck to this choice of mine. Sometimes the EZ bar is claimed to be more gentle for the wrists
Today's blog post is dedicated to a favourite abs exercise of mine: hanging feet-to-the-bar leg lifts This is one of the toughest abs exercises there is. This is one of the toughest exercises there is, period. In fact, it belongs to that group of exercises which not everyone will be able to perform from day 1 at the gym. If you are one of those, don’t let it get you down-hearted – instead meet the challenge and stick with it, because it will be worth it. This is a great exerc
The Triceps. It makes up for two thirds of most people's arms. Yet it doesn't get nearly as much attention as the Biceps. If you want to add mass to your arms, make sure to give the triceps at least as much attention as your biceps. It is not only about size - a well developed triceps lends an aesthetic appeal to the arm. If properly trained it will let you achieve a truly statuesque and visually impressive look. Personally I have always rated is as one of the muscle groups t
Arnold shoulder presses Introduction I'm going to expand heavily on the number of exercises articles here at Penandbarbell.com. In the near future there will be articles covering most relevant exercises. This will result in an exercise library that you can consult when in need of technique tips, inspirational ideas and exercise analysis. The man Arnold Schwarzenegger needs no introduction, so I’ll skip straight to the topic of this article, namely the exercise that is named a
17/4-2016 The minimalistic save, part 1 Sometimes we face the daunting prospect of having to go through a few days, or maybe even weeks, without being able to visit the gym. It could be traveling that causes this traumatic experience. Or it could be social circumstances, or job related stuff that hinders us from doing what we really want to do, namely lifting weights in a locale filled with soul mates doing the same thing. When this happens we can either accept it – or we can
11/11-2015 There is a lot of talk online about the importance of leg day. There is an urge not to become somebody who has a muscular upper body and thin legs. The truth however is that in reality the opposite is much more commonly seen: people walking around on thick and heavy legs while lacking completely in upper body development. So: let us not forget shoulder day and let us not forget to perform the important isolation exercises, like for example the biceps curls, the tri
31/10-15 Leg day is seriously overrated. What should be highly rated depends only on your own personal ideals and goals.
There is no magic involved in doing squats. Squats are not important, unless you re planning to compete in... Squatting.
Deadlift is not an important exercise, unless you're planning to compete in... Yes, deadlifting.
There is no king of exercises.
There are no absolutely essential exercises that "has to" be involved in your workout routine.