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Articles: Strength Training

5 Joint-Friendly Upper Body Exercises

An ideal fitness goal for every woman should be to cultivate a routine of optimal, pain-free training that ensures the ability to continue to engage in the physical activities she enjoys and that helps her stay fit and healthy. To sum it up in one word: longevity! Key factors that dictate if an exercise is […]

4 Exercises for Bolder Shoulders

I’m a petite person, but I have always had a rather big upper body. I used to absolutely hate my broad shoulders. I’d describe them as linebacker shoulders, in the most negative way possible. For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried myself with a slumped posture to make those big shoulders appear a […]

Getting Started With Strength Training — True Stories From Former First-Timers

For someone new to strength training or thinking about starting, it can feel at once inspiring and intimidating. If that sounds familiar, just remember… Everyone has been a beginner at some point. For me, everything started on a summer day in 2009. As I sat in the parking lot of the gym looking over the print-out […]

Beyond The Back Squat: 3 Squat Variations To Mix It Up

Whether your goal is to improve your performance or your body composition, the squat is an essential tool for success. Don’t be fooled! Though typically considered a lower body exercise, this “bang for your buck” move offers total-body benefits. Squatting not only strengthens and develops your leg muscles (most notably your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings), […]

The Difference Between Training for Strength and Training for Hypertrophy

The goal of training for hypertrophy is to increase muscle size, and the goal of training for strength is to maximize the amount of force produced with those muscles in relation to skeletal structure. Although by definition, these two approaches to training aim to produce different results, when programmed thoughtfully, they complement each other. When […]

Why You Should Train Your Breathing for Better Movement

To perform at your highest level as an athlete, or even just to move better in your daily life, training your muscles for enhanced movement is a no-brainer. But what about your breathing? When thinking about the role breathing has in training and performance, the focus usually tends to be on oxygenation and stress management. […]

BRAGG: 5 Tips for a Deadlift to Brag About

One of the most important keys to developing a stronger barbell deadlift is your setup. Without a good setup, not only are increasing your risk for injury, you’re also not fully tapping into your strength potential. A solid setup includes the following five elements, and to help you remember what they are, I’ve devised an […]

7 Low-Back-Friendly Glute Exercises

Whether your training goal is performance enhancement, fat loss, or simply feeling good while maintaining an injury-free lifestyle, there is one concept that is almost universally agreed upon amongst the experts. In order to achieve the best possible outcome, you will need to address your glutes in an intelligently programmed and strategically executed manner. A […]

How to Perform A Barbell Clean

This is the second installment in my Olympic lifting series for Girls Gone Strong and builds on some of the information from my first article on the snatch. The clean, much like the snatch, is one of the best training options available for developing strength and power. It requires a little less speed but more […]

7 Best Core Exercises For Runners

Runners, like most athletes, are a particularly dedicated bunch who prioritize getting stronger and staying injury-free. Sure, sometimes they look at me and say, “You want me to do what?” — but they are usually up for anything in our training sessions, especially if it will help safeguard them against injury and allow them to […]

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