Posts Tagged ‘Weight training’

Watch the muscle boys

December 13, 2012 Leave a comment
Dang Nguyen at L.A Fitness

Dang Nguyen at L.A Fitness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I love weight-training. There’s something uber satisfying about the burn and the ache afterwards. I know, I know, I need to do cardio too. But if I’ve had a bad day, you’ll find me in “muscle beach” with the boys at FX Leisure.


And as much as their grunting and weight-dropping drives me loopy, watching the serious beef-cakes do their workouts you can see some great exercises!


So next time, you’re in there, take a good look at the muscle-bound and see what exercises they’re doing to train.


But remember, for them, it’s as much about being seen to be lifting heavy weights as it is for training. So their form is often bad, with swinging arms, back bending and ineffective movement.


So, keep your weights lighter, do more reps but keep your form correct for your exercise. Yes, you’ll be lifting less, but you’ll be working your muscles correctly, and more importantly not storing up injuries.




Ultimate shoulder workout

December 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I’m a bit obsessed with making sure I work all parts of my shoulders when I’m weight-training. So these are the exercises I do on a weekly basis as part of my training.


Shoulder press – working the side and front deltoids. I use dumbbells because they allow the muscles to move in their natural plane. Don’t lock your elbows otherwise you reduce the resistance on your shoulder muscles and place stress on the joint.

Side lateral raise – works the side deltoids. I prefer to use the cables for this, but if someone’s hogging them then I use dumbbells. You’ll probably have to use lower weights for this one. Lift the weights out to  shoulder height, but keep your elbows bent.

Front raise – hits the front delts. To be honest, I often forget this one but it is good. Either with dumbbells or the cables, or even a circular plate. Again, keep your elbows slightly bent.

Upright row – ooh I love this one. It works the front and side delts and traps. Go for a low cable or dumbbells, hold at the top of the movement.

Rear delt raise – do this at the end of the session as they’re used mostly during back movements so get more work on a regular basis anyway.


Weights lead to weightloss

August 9, 2012 1 comment