Category Archives: legday

Deadlift and squat technique

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Deadlifts and squats are 2 of the best exercises as they work so many muscles and actually lead to better strength (which you can find useful in everyday life… i.e being able to lift heavy from the ground is very useful – maybe not squatting heavy things so much, but squats still work so many muscles!). However they also require ALOT of technique and proper technique, otherwise you can hurt yourself and can lead to back problems which take months to heal.

So hopefully the below gifs will help you 🙂 And remember FORM OVER WEIGHT – ALWAYS.

Best strength training workout for beginners?

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Best weight training for a beginner? 🙂

It depends what your goals are? And how often you are going to do it… But maybe start with 3 days a week (with 1-2 days inbetween the workouts) where you do 3 full body workouts – i.e legs&but, arms & back, stomach. Or you do one leg workout, one upper body workout and one full body workout per week.

This site: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/beginner_weight_training.htm can help you as well 🙂 This site as well: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/wotw57.htm

Think about what your goals are – muscle gain, strength, endurance etc and then decide the sets, weights, reps etc depending on that. And decide whether you are going to use weights, machines, body weight or resistance bands… all are good 🙂

How to improve deadlifts

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Does Your Deadlift Suck?

Tonight I realized that, in over a relatively short period of time, I had taken my broken-ass deadlift from shit… to fucking awesome. So I thought I would share some thoughts with everyone on how I got there. This list is excellent for beginners, but even if you’re an experienced lifter, you may be overlooking something.

1. Don’t be a pussy

Yeah, the deadlift sucks. But it’s a true test of your posterior chain (the muscles on your backside). If you’re serious about being big and/or strong, you had better do some deadlifts.

2. Technique

Study good technique. Don’t just watch YouTube gym gurus. Instead, watch professional powerlifters and bodybuilders perform all sorts of deadlifts. If they’re pros, they’re doing something right.

Have someone smart watch you. Sometimes this involves videoing your training session and posting it on Facebook and YouTube—where every asshole can post about it. But if you don’t have people keeping an eye on you, it’s very easy to slip into bad habits.

Practice makes permanent. If you practice bad technique, you will be plagued with bad technique. I will not deadlift for reps of max effort if I do not have someone smart watching it.

Technique is half the deadlift. If your technique sucks, you will get hurt and are shortchanging yourself.

3. Lighten the load

Leave your ego at the door. Sometimes (a lot of the time) you need to lighten the weight and do more reps. This follows Tip #2: if you can’t do 10 or more reps with excellent form, something might be wrong.

Deadlifting heavy is taxing on the CNS. If you go heavy too often, your gains will eventually suffer. I’ve learned this myself and so have many of my training partners. Don’t learn it the hard way.

4. Speed

The other half of the deadlift is explosiveness. With very few exceptions, the deadlift is a two- to three-second lift, and every second after three, your odds of locking it out decrease exponentially. So do some research on the various methods for becoming more explosive. The dynamic effort method is most widely used by power athletes but is really just another form of plyometrics. If you are not explosive, your deadlift will suffer.

5. Your core is weak

Your core isn’t just your abs. Your core consists of your abdominals, obliques, spinal erectors, hips, lats, and traps. If your deadlift is struggling, strengthening and conditioning all of these muscles will increase your lift even if they aren’t the main culprit. Having a stronger core will also make all of your other multi-joint lifts stronger and better, so just do it. (Oh, and refer to Tip #1 and remember that a six-pack does not always equal strong abs).

6. Your grip sucks

Having a strong grip is a necessity when deadlifting for a lot of reps or with heavy weight. However, sore forearms and feeling like you can’t hold on to the bar is very psychologically damaging and may hold you back. Plus, we could all use a stronger grip and it benefits every lift, so why not do it?

7. You need better conditioning

You need to have the energy to get work done. One thing I began to notice was that I was burning out by the end of my warmup. My conditioning was shit, and it was keeping my deadlift in the mud. So, sometimes it’s beneficial to lighten the load and do more reps (See Tip #3). Also, every now and then cut your rest time to really annihilate yourself. The deadlift is very taxing on your body and regardless of the intensity of the workout, you’ll probably be feeling dead after it.

Source: http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/does-your-deadlift-suck/

New Week and legday

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Its Monday and a new week! And the best way to start a new week is with legday (also had lots of energy from not being at the gym the whole weekend and eating lots of food)! At the moment i have lots of things going on in my life, so my blog isnt my main priority, but i am going to try make a post each day or so 🙂 If you have any blog suggestions and topics you want to read about, let me know 🙂

I never write down my workouts i just come up with exercises and supersets when im at the gym – thats what works for me. So today i did:

Straight leg deadlifts super sets with squats (MANY sets c.a 10-15)

Hip thrusts on bench with weight

Sumo deadlifts

Jumping squats

Leg press super set quad extension.

By the end of my workout it was hard to walk properly and my legs were literally shaking!! But it was a good feeling… the way it should feel after a leg day according to me 🙂

Im already longing until tomorrow so that i can do my shoulder workout 🙂 I have so much energy at the moment, even if i have lots going on 🙂

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Leg exercises with gifs

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Thighs/Glutes

 

Bench Step-ups with Weights

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Feet Up Glute Bridge

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Glute Bridge

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Glute Bridge with Weights

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Inner Thigh Leg Lifts

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Leg Lifts

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Lunges

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SIngle Leg Row with Leg Lift

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Squat Holds

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Step Out Lunge

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Straight Behind Leg Lifts

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Sumo Squat with Later Raise (fill bottles with water is an option if no weights)

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Toe Raises

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Toe Sprints

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To the Back Leg Lifts

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To the Side Leg Lifts

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Legday

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Today it was legday, and my second one for the week! Legs is the hardest place for me to see progress, even if i work hard during my leg workouts nothing seems to happen. So im hoping that by doing 2 leg days a week hopefully i will see some type of progress! But of course, i love leg day as well… Crazy i know 🙂

I dont write down or plan my workouts so i wont write down my whole workout however here are some of the exercises i did:

Straight leg deadlifts (i love these!)

Squats (with a pause at the bottom) & pulsing sumo squats

Walking lunges super set with air squats (i did these last and after 3 sets i couldnt move my legs.. haha)

Hip thrusts on bench with weight

Many sets of each exercise and my workout was a total of 1 hour!  My legs are still super tired… my evening will be spent in bed and its perfect that tomorrow is rest day!

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