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My Current Chest and Back Training Routine

I’m a firm believer in training a lot in one session. This does’t necessarily mean I spend a ton of time in the gym (currently one hour), it just means I like to pack a lot of training into each session. I’m not one to bring my phone with me, stare at the TV (I hate those in gyms!), or chat up someone about nonsense for 15 minutes at a time.

When I tell people I like to train chest and back in the same workout they often look at me with a little confusion. You see, I don’t perform a ton of sets for each body part. I do what I need to do and get out. There’s other things I need to attend to like a family and stuff.

As I stated in my leg training post, I’m a big fan of A/B training routines. They spark interest and keep the gains going. So I apply the same to my chest and back training.

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My Current Leg Training Routine: Sore for Days

I’m a tall guy (6′ 2″) so squats have always been a challenge for me. And that also means effective leg training in general has been challenging all my lifting life. It took many years to get to the point where squats actually helped instead of hurt me (lower back, knees, hips). And on top of all that, I’ve never been one to load up the squat bar, crank out a few heavy sets, and call it a day all the while my legs grew and grew in the meantime.

Leg training is a fickle beast especially as you get older. I’m well into my forties and most of my counterparts have abandoned leg training altogether. I’m either convinced that leg training is an essential part of a program replete with fat-burning potential, overall, full-body growth in strength, and makes me feel more balanced, or I’m just nuts.

The following is a simple, but highly effective leg training program that doesn’t require plates on plates of weight, insane intensity, unlimited amounts of gym time, or unparalleled genetics. It’s a sound program that just works.

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Uncomfortable Progress

A revealing reason why we don’t progress as much as we’d like in most things is our desire for comfort. We seek too much of it all the time. I’m guilty as anyone.

You get in your car on a hot day? You turn on the A/C. Have to get to the second floor? Take the escalator or elevator. Don’t feel like reading the whole article? You’ll just skim it.

The desire for comfort is baked in. It seems to be in our DNA. It’s one of technology’s biggest challenges: To make life easier. Heck we don’t even need to click or flick a switch anymore. We can just ask our voice-enabled devices to do it for us! We’re actually living the dreams of those visionaries years ago.

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The Perfect Fitness Formula for a Lifetime

No, that title isn’t meant to be click bait. It’s stone cold truth. Even though the perfect fitness formula for a lifetime sounds catchy once you figure it out it’ll make complete sense. Insert sarcasm.

So many fitness businesses, bloggers, and “influencers” are trying hard to sell you the latest and greatest “system” promising unbelievable results. They’re selling formulas. In other words they are broadcasting acute, short-term so-called fixes.

Formulas are great as long as they’re a part of a bigger mindset. A bigger lifelong lifestyle. We need to instead focus most of our attention to fundamentals.

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4 Things to Consider for Better Workout Results

Struggling to get a better workout and ultimately physique progress? You may have your priorities backwards. I see so many gym-goers start with the very few things that need to be at the end of their lists.

One day I overheard a guy at the gym who was telling his buddy his grand plan for an ultimate transformation. He started by saying he had just ordered around $300 worth of supplements and was excited for the shipment to finally get in. Once he had all of his “potions and powders” he would then be ready to finally get started.

Now, I must also mention he wasn’t eating all that great, didn’t make sleep a priority, and wasn’t even training in the very gym he was standing in. I knew this from past conversations.

It’s no surprise that he never made the progress he’d wished while spending all that money.

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How to Design a Simple Workout Program

Your workout program doesn’t have to be some exclusive, hard to devise quantum equation. But on the other end of the spectrum it’s shouldn’t be a random concoction of exercises thrown together either. There should be some rhyme to reason. The human body moves in a few different planes of motion. Couple those planes with direct real-world application and you have a great start.

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How to Properly Progress Your Workouts

One of the age-old questions in the world of working out is: How do I progress my workouts? Or how does one go about training progression? It’s an honest question that deserves a bit of clarification from all of the frustrating noise out there.

You may have come across such notions as chasing the pump, lift heavier each training session, and beating the clock for better results. Now, all of those (plus many more) have their merit. But it all depends on what you’re setting out to do.

Here I want to focus in on building muscle. Good ole-fashioned muscle mass. Put simply, you can either build muscle tissue or coax your muscular system into a variety of improved performance (muscular endurance, power, strength, etc.).

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3 Back Friendly Barbell Squat Alternatives

Looking back over 30 years of training with weights I can truly say that it’s not the age, it’s the mileage that has taken a toll on my body. Many days, weeks, months, and years of toiling away in the gym for hours and hours (and not to mention the years of competing) will make anyone take stock of what has worked, what hasn’t, and especially what needs to change. Here I’ll briefly outline 3 back friendly barbell squat alternatives I use to keep the fires going. But first, let’s back up a bit.

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How to Train Your Back for More Muscle

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I’m not so good with pushing. I’ve never been good at bench presses, squats, or shoulder presses, but I am a puller. I can do pull ups and chin ups for days, row with pretty considerable weight and curl ’til the cows come home. Since I have long arms they provide me with good levers to do this. I’ll show you how to train your back for more muscle.

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Basic But Effective Chest and Back Workout

Simple is in. Minimalism is the new buzz word floating around and I for one have always been a fan before it was trendy. Most problems have simple answers (not easy, but simple). Your training should be no different. This basic but effective chest and back workout possesses that principle.

It’s not hard to see the complex, frustrating, and confusing machine the fitness industry has turned into. The industry is filled with snake oil ready to take your money and manipulate you into buying the latest gadget or “system” that guarantees will finally be the secret you’ve been seeking. No gimmicks here.