Stronger people are harder to kill.
A 20-year study involving nearly 9000 men aged 20-80 found "Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders." Food for thought when designing your next fitness program?
Mistress Krista says: Only YOU can stop gym dorkery! Stumptuous
, one of AskMe's favourite fitness sites, has both a spiffy new design and a bunch of new content (Why your excuses are crap
; Lies in the gym
; Things you should not lift if you want to look like Madonna
). Beginners will find plenty of smart and blunt
information about eating
and refining a training program
, avoiding and recovering from injuries
, and developing a home gym one way
. But Stumptuous has also extended its domain to YouTube
. Part of the original Dork to Diva web series on correct technique
is now up at YT (deadlifts
; biceps curl
) thanks to the support of The Prevention of Gym Idiocy Society (Ladies' Auxiliary), but you can also find some more unorthodox exercise ideas
The Third World Squat
(Some images not 100% safe for work) When it comes to training someone who's new to the world of squats, deadlifts, and the fine art of picking up heavy stuff, I've found a substantial disparity in the learning curve between North Americans and those from third-world countries . . . There are a variety of possible reasons for this, but there's one dominant variable that's a great predictor of a trainee's immediate potential before they even step foot in the gym: The third-world squat.
is a series of videos focusing on proper form and technique in the Barbell Squat
. Topics include how to correct lower back rounding
, the use of bands and chains
, and how to set up a Westside regimen
Work out? Why bother?
Study shows that imaginary exercise builds muscles. Now if only imaginary friends worked the same way.