Category Archives for Weightlifting

Resistance Training Treats Depression

Depression has been called the common cold of psychiatric disorders, and at this point, huge numbers of Americans take antidepressant drugs. But there may be a better way, since resistance training treats

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Today’s Workout

Here are a couple of very short videos of me deadlifting today. Might as well post them here, even though they’re not as earthshaking as Kanye. Deadlifts today, 275 x 3 for heaviest set. pic.twitter.com/D9SZxspmRv —

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Free Weights vs Machines For Strength Training

Is there any difference in results using free weights vs machines for strength training? You will get wildly varying answers to that question, depending on whom you ask. Free weights, machines, and skill Free

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Guest Post: How Lifting Weights Transformed My Life

A reader in Sweden asked me, unsolicited, if I would like to publish his story about what lifting weights has done for him. I’m glad I said yes, it’s a great article that shows how getting

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Drop Sets in Resistance Training

High-intensity weight training differs from traditional resistance training in that it involves performing a set to momentary muscular failure, that is, the point at which the weight or resistance can’t

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Protein Supplementation Increases Muscle Mass

People who train for strength and/or muscle growth by lifting weights have long supplemented with protein in order to get the biggest gains possible from their exercise. Whey protein has been studied extensively

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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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Simple Strength Training

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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