Category Archives for Weightlifting

Why Older Men Should Lift Weights

Aging means loss of muscle. Men at the age of 80 have typically lost 50% of the muscle they had in youth. Let me emphasize – 50%. That sad statistic shows why strength training is crucial, and why

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My Current Workout Routine

Here’s a brief run-through of my current workout routine. Maybe it would work for you too. I’ll keep this short and hopefully informative. Here’s a video of me doing weighted dips just

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Trap-Bar Deadlifts

I’ve been doing trap-bar deadlifts lately; here’s my most recent attempt. Deadlifts, 275 x 7. 2nd set plus my grip gave out. pic.twitter.com/cFIeJX3VAc — P. D. Mangan 🇺🇸 (@Mangan150)

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How to Make Lifting Weights a Maximum Anti-Aging Workout

A recent study found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) robustly increased both aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function in both old and young people. The older people saw a greater increase

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The Simplest Health Plan: Cut Carbs, Lift Weights

I got into a small debate on Twitter with Brad Schoenfeld, a fitness expert who’s more than skeptical about low-carbohydrate eating. Despite the fact that low-carb diets outperform low-fat, calorie-restricted

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Strength Training Nonsense

A reader recently told me that he was following this weight-training routine: The Best Damn Workout Plan For Natural Lifters. The routine, while it gets some things right, is all but unsupported by scientific

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Weight Training Causes Muscle Damage and Inflammation

Of all types of exercise, weight lifting generally requires the greatest amount of recovery time, which is the period of time you need after lifting weights for the body to fully recover its strength and

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Why Compound Lifts Are Essential

I see people in the gym making all kinds of mistakes. I’m not talking about the use of advanced techniques, or taking too much time between sets. Or even too much time spent doing cardio —

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Brief Workouts Produce Significant Strength Gains

One of the main differences and points of contention in weight lifting is frequency and duration of workouts. We’ll see in this article how brief workouts produce significant strength gains. How

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The Big Misconception About Weight Lifting

The big misconception about weight training: Does it increase aerobic fitness? Of all the misconceptions about strength training and weight lifting, one that comes up a lot is that they have no aerobic

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Weightlifting Is Anti-Aging

In my book Muscle Up, I gave a host of reasons why strength training — which most people accomplish through lifting weights — is a uniquely healthful exercise and much better than aerobic or

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Strength training for children and adolescents

  A reader asked me to write a short post on how and whether strength training for children and adolescents is safe and beneficial. In the old days it was thought that younger people shouldn’t

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Resistance training is critical for weight loss

“Weight loss” is a misnomer: when people want to lose weight, it means they want to lose fat. Unfortunately, when fewer calories are consumed than expended, along with fat, muscle is lost as

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How aerobic exercise causes fat gain and muscle loss

For several decades now, mainstream health and fitness authorities have recommended aerobic exercise, also known as endurance exercise or “cardio”, as the best way to exercise and get fit.

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New book, “Muscle Up”, coming soon

Muscle Up I’ve been working on another book, this one on the health benefits of strength training, and it’s called “Muscle Up: How Strength Training Beats Obesity, Cancer, and Heart Disease,

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Ten Best Books on Health and Fitness

If you’re looking for a few good books on health and fitness, you won’t go wrong with any of these. I don’t claim to have read all the most important books in this area, but these are

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