Building leg muscles without squatting

Do You Have to Squat to Build Leg Muscles?

Many people love the squat, once they have got the correct squat form.

Squats are an exercise that can increase athleticism as they provide the body with many benefits and help to build muscle.

Squats build the leg muscles, hamstrings, quads and calves. They also work the thighs, hips and the buttocks.

They help to build both upper body and lower body strength.

They are known as an explosive exercise that helps to build power and strength.

They are also good for coordination and endurance. It’s fair to say the squat has many health benefits.

But, do you have to squat in order to build your leg muscles? Will avoiding squats hinder your progress? 

We’re going to break it down for you, providing the best exercises to help build strength and muscle in the legs. Read More

Working pecs from different angles

How to Work out Different Parts of Your Pecs

The main focus for fitness fanatics used to be looking for the best way to work the abs and biceps.

Now, it’s about the chest, or back.

Or any other body part or any combination thereof – depending on who you ask.

Back to the point at hand, though. The question today is, how to work out different parts of your pecs? And there is no single opinion here, there are plenty of opinions on this out there.

What is the best way to work your chest muscles? Read More

Should you push each arm to failure?

Pushing Both Arms to Failure When One Side is Stronger

Most people have a more dominant arm or leg compared to the other.

Where they can either push out an extra few reps with one arm or lift a heavier weight on the opposing side.

This can be down to many factors such as if you have a manual job you may use one arm more than the other.

The strange thing is, in most cases, the non-dominant side of your body tends to be that little stronger.

Maybe, it is from overuse of the other side.

So, the question is, should you push both arms to failure, even if it means working one arm more than the other?

Which in turn means gaining more muscle and strength on one side.

We’re going to discuss pushing opposing muscles to failure when one side is stronger than the other, and give you the best advice when weight lifting.

We will also give preventative measures and ways to help correct muscle imbalances. Read More

Best weightlifting shoes for men

Best Shoes for Weightlifting & Cross Training for Men

People underestimate the importance and benefits of wearing a good pair of gym shoes for lifting or cross training.

They provide support and cushioning to your feet and help stabilise your body.

If you wear just any shoes to the gym, maybe you should think twice.

Apart from suffering from delayed onset muscle soreness, have you ever walked away from exercise or a gym session with a pain in your knees, back or hips? A pain that is not related to being a newbie to the gym?

You should take a look at the shoes you are wearing whilst working out.

Think about it, your feet get put through their paces during any workout. They take a hammering from the treadmill, cross trainer, deadlifts and squats.

Bad footwear can cause damage to the muscle, bones, joints and tissue throughout the body. Long-term effects would mean your fitness goals may be put on hold whilst your body recovers from the damage. Read More