4 Proven Ways to Get Stronger

It’s time to make you strong again but how should you do it? With so many approaches to becoming one of the strongest, it gets difficult to find just one path. I have listed four personal techniques that have always led me out of where I was and into newfound strength, enjoy!

  1. Eat More – One of the most common ways I see beginning strength trainers fail is because they are not eating enough. I know it isn’t always easy to stuff your face. I was a devout breakfast skipper for years. While missing the important meal of the day made me happy, it definitely wasn’t helping me gain any weight. Also, if you were already sleeping and missed breakfast, you have burned off those calories from dinner for about twelve hours.
  1. Lift, Even If Not Feeling It – Look, unless you are sick or injured, you really shouldn’t be skipping your workouts. I know that life happens and things come up to prevent you from spending that precious time pumping weight but try to limit it. I, myself, have had all kinds of situations come up where I didn’t really feel like working out but sometimes you can surprise yourself. I have found that, even if I am having the worst day, something about finishing a workout just feels right to me.
  1. Pick Up Heavier Weights – Now, this could seem like a no brainer but not everyone knows about the different ways to transform your body through weights. There can be differing lifts that you can do but if you aren’t focusing on strength, you are going in the wrong direction. On the opposite side of this, I wanted to start lifting for size but just figured the size would come from lifting heavier weights than what I was used to. Big mistake because I wasted a couple of years getting strong when I was wanted to get bulkier, lesson learned!
  1. Take Something – If all else fails and the above three methods aren’t cutting it for you, you’ve got to have a bit of help. I won’t go into which supplement would be right for you, as there are tons of them out there but if you look below, you will find what has helped me get the most out of when I lift to gain strength, above everything else.

There it is, four easy ways that you can use to get stronger faster!

Top 10 Reasons Everyone Should Start Weightlifting

Whether you have been curling like crazy for years or, are just starting to think about if you want to dip your feet into the world of lifting, you might need a nudge in the right direction. Telling my wife, who thinks I am nuts about fitness, why I love it so much seems to go unheard. I knew all of you could understand some of those feelings that only we know about. I put together this nifty list with ten great reasons you should start lifting right away.

  1. Getting up and just moving is great for keeping your risk of getting certain diseases that we all are prone to. It is always smart to stack as many good things together as you can. When you combine being able to feel better about myself with lessening any sort of health issues that come up as we all age.
  2. Setting goals for yourself and watching you achieve them is quite the rush. The daily list of chores that you might be doing every week aren’t satisfying to do, once you approach the one hundredth time of completing them. That isn’t the case with knocking it out of the park on a good set, that pride that you feel doesn’t stop coming.
  3. If you are having trouble finding friends, this can easily change through joining a community. Those of us brothers (and sisters) of the barbell are always happy to welcome another to our group. Many times I have reached a point where I had no one else to talk to but my friends that I have made through our times pumping iron.
  4. Watching yourself progress through different stages in your overall fitness level is a great way to pass the time. Another boring year won’t seem to be as such while you are seeing and feeling yourself go from Mr. Banner to the Incredible Hulk!
  5. The confidence that comes with completing a grueling fitness challenge will always keep you coming for more. Going to the locker room all pumped up knowing that you defeated every trial and tribulation that was heading your way, you will feel like you are on top of the world.
  6. Downing your favorite ice cold and refreshing drink when you have ramped up your temperature. The refreshing moment when that beverage hits your mouth and cools you down, it is hard to find another moment in life where your thirst is more quenched. I have to admit that I made myself thirsty by thinking about that great drink after a lifting session
  7. Seeing other people that are lifting weights that are smaller than you. It is somewhat of a selfish victory, but let’s be honest, you know that you get a certain sense of pride when you know that you are not the biggest weakling in the weight room.
  8. Conquering an all you can eat buffet and watching the horror on the workers faces as you go for your fifth plate. Being able to put down food in a quicker manner, the way a weightlifter does, will have you being hungry more often. You could be forced to expand your eating horizons with this new found hunger that you will have as your body grows larger.
  9. Watching someone that might have given you a hard time in the past, quiver when they see you walk into the room. I don’t like any kind of violent actions but I also hate any kind of bullying. In my opinion, if lifting some weights and getting bulkier keeps the bullies away, that is never a mistake.
  10. The bittersweet feeling of having to retire your old gym attire to step up to a bigger sized type of shirt.

Bad Form: When Weightlifting Becomes Dangerous

I was recently looking around the gym where I saw many instances of bad form. Having bad form doesn’t just mean some guy writes about you in a random article. Not practicing the right form can lead to some very bad situations you don’t want to find yourself in. The lucky weightlifters who practice bad form learn from it and change their ways. The unlucky ones probably will never lift weights again.

The bench press is definitely something you need to prepare for. There are so many things that can go wrong while bench pressing that you have to take proper precautions. I recommend that you have both ends of your barbell secured. Changing weight amounts on one side can lead to the other being too weighed down. Before you know it, all of the weights slide to one side and you have to deal with a mess. You must remember that weighted objects move fast. You don’t want to have a weighted barbell going at light speed towards your face, ouch.

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You definitely want to take proper safety precautions while doing squats. Preparing for a squat means getting under a bar, not the safest place to be standing. What I recommend is that you always work with a squatting weight you can handle. The time for maxing out is either when you have a power rack or a few spotters (depending on how much squat). Read infographic about squats, reread it, and then print it out. That’s how serious I am about doing squats the right way.

I wanted to give a shout out to the awesome people at Stack. The cool infographic seen above can be found at: http://www.stack.com/a/lifting-form-more-important-than-you-think. I highly recommend that you check out this website, as it has a ton of information. I’m so glad that infographic like the one above are made to help out people. I’ve been one of those weightlifters that miraculously has never gotten hurt. I urge everyone to be extra safe while in the gym. If you see someone lifting incorrectly, let them know in a nice way. You can tell someone there are lifting incorrectly without coming off as a total jerk.

Three Best Cutting Stacks for Fat Loss

You probably know that exercising is great. One study found that exercising helps our muscles to age well. One thing that we all want have is that nice flat stomach. Unfortunately, the temptations of unhealthy foods and bingeworthy television shows make it tough to burn calories. One way that you can lose weight faster is with a stack. Let’s go over three of the top cutting stacks available right now to find out how they work.

1. Marine Muscle Cutting Stack

cutting stackI found this stack to be awesome for weight loss. It felt like I was losing weight at a very rapid rate. The best part is that the fat loss comes from multiple areas of your body. It’s easy for the not so good cutting stacks to only remove water weight. There are capsules you can buy anywhere that remove water weight, that is easy.

The Marine Muscle cutting stacks uses four supplements including Alpha, Colonel, Trooper, and Winger to help you trim the fat. This stack works well if you combine it with a cardio or weightlifting program. These supplements are to be taken daily, on both workout and non-workout days. I recommend checking out this Marine Muscle cutting stack review to find out more about these supplements.

2. RSP Nutrition Fat Loss Stack

The next group of supplements is called the RSP Nutrition Fat Loss Stack. This stack is made with three supplements including DyNO, AminoLean, and QuadraLean.

DyNo is the preworkout supplement in this stack made to give you more energy and focus. Having the right amount of energy and focus is key to achieving the weight loss results you want.

The next supplement is QuadraLean which is a thermogenic supplement. Thermogenic supplements help you to burn fat by raising your metabolism. QuadraLean helps to give you additional energy that is safe to use with DyNo. Having two supplements that both provide safe combined energy is awesome.

Losing weight is all well and good. However, you will still need to provide your muscles with something to consume which is where AminoLean comes in. This supplement combines amino acids with CLA, caffeine and much more.

CLA is an ingredient shown to help improve the breakdown of fat within the body. You are still going to be consuming fats even while trying to cut weight. Having an ingredient like CLA helps to ensure that fatty foods are broken down properly.

3. Primeval Labs 4 Week Natty Stack

This stack is made up of four different supplements including Pyretic, Super Laxo, Super Rhanderol, and Black Devil.

Pyretic is a fat burner that contains no stimulants. However, not having stimulant ingredients doesn’t mean that Pyretic isn’t powerful. This fat burner is great because it targets multiple sources of accumulated fat.

The next supplement in this stack is called Super Laxo. This product is named after hydroxy laxogenin which has been shown to help boost muscle recovery.

Next, we have Super Rhanderol. I would say that this supplement might be the most powerful of the entire stack. This supplement helps you build more muscle while still losing fat. In addition, this anabolic supplement helps to improve overall brain function. I don’t know about you but improving my brain is always something that I want to do.

There are my three picks for the best cutting stacks out there. I hope that you liked what you saw. If you have any questions, please leave them in the contact section for me!

 

Avoiding Back Injuries while Weightlifting

Well, it happened. I had been on such a good streak of training safely that something had to have happened. As it turns out, last week was my time to pay the price. I was completing a really good bicep day. However, during this day, I was a little upset by something that had happened to me earlier in the morning. My game plan for this fateful bicep workout looked something like this:

Barbell Curls: 3-5 sets
Seated Machine Curls: 3 sets
Preacher Curls: 3-5 sets
Tricep Dumbbell Extensions with One Arm: 3 sets

I’m sure that this looks like a normal workout for most you. The really strong people out there will probably look at this as more of a warmup. However, this was the workout that I wanted to and did complete. I didn’t notice that anything had happened until that night. It was really scary, as the pain in the middle of my back felt way too close to my chest.

One thing you have to watch out for when weightlifting is a secret about soreness that most won’t tell you about. As I’ve learn first hand, soreness doesn’t have to happen while you are lifting. If you’ve pulled something while lifting, you might not know until later. I am not sure if I tore something that wasn’t that bad in the beginning.

All I know is that I went to turn my neck and felt a wave of back start in my pain. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I couldn’t tell if the tightness was in my chest or back. What I did know was that I started pacing around the kitchen and I could feel myself start to sweat. Thank goodness, I wasn’t having a heart attack like I had feared. What did happen was that my muscles were pulled from overexertion.

What I didn’t tell you yet about this recent fateful day was that I did something stupid. Being upset from something earlier, I wanted to let the weights know that I was feeling extra strong. Like an idiot, I loaded up heavier weight than what I was accustomed to.

It either happened during the barbell curls or the seated machine curls. I can’t say for sure but I know on the twp previously mentioned exercises, I went too far with weight levels. It has taken me about four full days to feel human again. The first two days were so bad that nothing would bring me comfort. I tried to contort myself in many ways, trying to find comfort that wouldn’t come until day three. Making matters worse, I still felt like I was in a good amount of pain and could barely turn my neck.

The best way to avoid nagging back pain before or after lifting is to know your limits. If you are training biceps, watch out for jerking your back. You might not think so but moving your back too far can be done, even while training an unrelated muscle group. When you complete pulling motions with your biceps that energy can be carried into the back muscles. If you are using too much motion, you can turn the way that your back will not like. If you’re anything like me, your back will be very angry that you moved it in an funny way and you will hurt.

Breaking Down Barriers to Train

Oftentimes, I hear many different excuses as to why someone isn’t working out. Isn’t it funny that there are always so many reasons not to do something? To me, that seems like such a waste of brainpower! What I wanted to do today was to go over these reasons that I hear about why people can’t be bothered to exercise. From there, I am going to counter argue those points, something my wife hates me for doing! Let’s get started by looking at some common barriers to why people are not exercising.

You Don’t Have Enough Time: This is the most common excuse that I hear from people about exercising. However, it only seems like you don’t have the time because your brain is playing tricks on you. If you compare yourself, who might not be in perfect shape yet, to someone who has trained for years there is going to be a big difference. What is important is that you realize getting in better shape takes time. If you go into working out with the mindset that expects instant results, you will be letdown. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t start lifting weights.

Getting enough exercise only takes a few hours a week, no joke! If you work 40 hours a week and sleep 8 hours a night, that is a total of 96 hours a week. As you know, there are 24 hours in a day and 168 hours in a week. Doing the math with the information you’ve just received probably has you thinking a little differently.

I Don’t Want to Look Stupid: Every single person that lifts weights had to have a first trip to the gym. Most likely, every person feels the same way you did about their first time to go and lift weights. It is natural to feel nervous and scared but don’t be! Most of the time, gyms are filled with helpful people that will assist you. Don’t be intimidated by the big muscles and loud noises, they are just there to workout, just like you! If you want to not look like a total beginner, think about checking out some weightlifting videos.

YouTube is filled to the brim with helpful tutorials of just about any lift you could think of. Over the years, I have tried so many exercises that I start to get them mixed up. Whenever I feel stumped as to how to perform whatever muscle dumbbell extension I am about to do, I know it is only one YouTube search away.

It’s Too Difficult: I don’t what this next section to sound too mean so I will try to restrain myself. However, if there is one pet peeve of mine it is people who coast through life never putting in any effort. Whether or not it felt like it, it did take work to develop the body that you have now. If you are overweight, it took work for your body to process those extra fats and carbs. Lifting weights should be challenging but never impossible. If you are frustrated with never progressing in your weightlifting, check your ego and lower the weights. As someone who frequently works out in a public gym, let me be the first to tell you that I don’t care how little you are lifting. No one is going to point and laugh if you can only curl ten pounds. We are all too busy worrying about we can curl!

 

ZUU is a Workout Like Nothing You’ve Tried

In a world that is filled with trends that are here one minute and gone the next, it’s tough to keep up with them all. However, one new way of getting into shape has been around since before you and I. This new style of workout is called ZUU and those who try it will be feeling a little like an animal. ZUU uses animal style movements to complete sets and it isn’t for the weak. This style of workout has been used to train some of the toughest people in the world. Military and police forces around the world use ZUU. People going to these classes will learn how to complete all sorts of movements. However, there really isn’t any equipment or fancy machinery you need for a ZUU class. You will primarily use pushing and pulling movements to complete these exercises.

The basis of these movements are actually moves that animals have used for thousands of years. One thing that people who go to ZUU classes will notice is that they are all about community. Teamwork is very important to the people who are all about ZUU. These classes aren’t meant to last for hours on end, most workouts only take about 30 minutes to complete. However, be prepared that you will be doing quite a lot during this half hour. The exercises in the ZUU program are to be repeated at a fast rate. There are not many breaks during a ZUU class but your team of caring workout warriors will be there to help you. Encouragement is another important benefit of attending a ZUU class. Too many workout classes are all about individual achievement when we should be celebrating everyone’s effort. I’m not saying everyone needs to get a ZUU participation trophy but you get the idea.

I hate going into a gym and feeling like everyone is competing with each other. I am all for having a competitive spirit but some people get too out of control with that kind of attitude. ZUU classes are rising in popularity and have began to be attempted by everybody. No longer is this way of getting fit sealed behind the doors of fighting teams. Now, it appears that everyone will get a chance to monkey arouifajosfijasfnd when this fitness class comes to their town, I couldn’t resist at least one cheesy pun. However, some are finding that they push themselves way too hard in the early rounds of this workout. You will want to ensure that you the pace you set is one you can keep. You don’t want to exhaust yourself in the first thirty seconds of your class, it will be embarrassing. Instead, try to set a pace that you can keep for about 20 minutes. It will take time to get used to the way of exercising that dates back to the animal kingdom.

 

There are actually many benefits to this style of exercising. One big advantage is that you don’t have to worry about injuries associated with heavy weights. Another perk is the general helpful and friendly attitude of who you will be exercising beside. No one wants to have to deal with a jerk in the gym. There are many new ZUU classes forming and it is very likely that one could be headed to your town very soon. However, you will have to check around with your local fitness facilities in order to obtain that information.

Should You Get A Mask for Your Workouts?

There are always new trends in the world of exercise. It seems that one new innovation, commonly known as a training mask, can provide people with tons of benefits. Training masks were initially made for those who were wanting to train at higher elevations. As you know, when you are exercises at locations that are elevated, it can have a negative effect on your breathing. In higher elevations, the air changes that occur are so noticeable that it can hold back your training. The different high-altitude air can also change the way that you naturally breathe. Chances are, your own breathing style is what makes your workouts succeed.

Throwing in a new environment, with different air, can mean your breathing is thrown off, much like your entire workout. The new wave of training masks aren’t only meant for training in elevated environments, some are claiming to change the way that you exercise. Increasing your strength is a concept of exercise that is hard enough to perfect. You know how to gain more strength but when it comes to actually lifting, your strength goes out the window. What is harder to ensure is getting greater, over strength, would be endurance. When most want to increase their endurance, they start on cardio workouts. Weightlifters that don’t utilize cardio can be missing out on many different opportunities to increase their endurance. Athletes who are needing a way to increase endurance levels have been getting behind the training mask.

One benefit of the hands-free training mask is that you don’t have to carry anything around. The dangers of trying to carry a sort of oxygen tank into the gym can create a mess. You won’t want to have large weights near anything combustible, like an oxygen tank. What you’re going to notice with the continued use of training masks is that your endurance will start to increase. The one drawback of these devices is that you will have to wear them throughout your entire workout. What I do like about training masks is that they don’t have to fit over your entire head. You don’t have to worry that you are going to have any parts of your eyes covered. Most training masks are able to fit effectively over the lower half of the face. Having stamina isn’t just a big component of a successful exercise plan, it is the main part. Without proper endurance, you are more likely to give up on your training. One of the secrets of some of the best weightlifters in the world are that they have amazing endurance.

Strength is to be gained but endurance must be maintained! These training masks are widely available and are fairly inexpensive. Most of the masks I have come across are durable and easy to wear. You can choose to have a plain model that doesn’t draw too much attention. You may even want to ask the staff at your gym if training masks are allowed to be used. Walking in to any business with a half mask on your face could draw some unwanted attention! I believe that we are only seeing the beginning of the popularity of a training mask. Entire sports teams are started to use these masks and I think that momentum will continue. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more of these half-masks at your local gym.

Getting Fit on the Farm: Who Needs a Gym Membership?

One woman’s recent fitness showing had everyone wondering how she did it. However, her training wasn’t the product of a gym membership. I’m not knocking going to a fancy gym, I love my time spent in nice facilities. However, it is nice to know that you don’t need to spend those membership dues if you really want to shape up. One common exercise technique that can be used is the tire. No, there aren’t the tires that you get replaced on your vehicle but rather much larger tires, like those seen on tractors. Although they are made of just rubber, these larger tractor tires can weigh quite a bit. Not only do these tires weigh a ton they are also quite large!

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There are many different exercises that can be performed with a large tire. One favorite lift to do with a tire is a deadlift. Much like you’ve seen with actual weights, you can do a tire deadlift by simply picking the tire up and setting it back down. Since a tire is shaped to have a large hole in the center of it, you’ll usually stand in the middle, think of it like a really big hula hoop.

One exercise that I’ve seen people do with a tire but never understood it was the sledgehammer against a tire. However, a buddy of mine recently told me why people are taking hammers to tires. The key is not to think of anything involving the tire, it’s not there for strength. The true exercise comes from repeatedly swinging a heavy sledgehammer. After hearing this exercise explained in such a clear way, it made way more sense to me. Another benefit of using a sledgehammer and tire in combination is that it is a great way to relive stress. Seriously, after a bad day at the office there is not a much better way to get out your anger than knocking around a tire with a sledgehammer. Considering that you are going to be swinging around a heavy object, be sure that no one is standing around you. In addition, ensure that you know the right position to stand in when swinging a sledgehammer. You don’t want such a heavy hammer to get away from you while you are swinging it. A sledgehammer that is coming down with every ounce of force you can muster isn’t an object you want crashing into your shins.

Another popular way to train with a large tire is to flip it. It might sound like a relatively simple task to flip a tire over but it really does require a lot of work. First, you’ve got to get yourself positioned under the tire and use your lower body strength to flip that tire over. You learn quickly just how much a large tractor tire can weigh when you are trying to turn it over, that’s for sure! However, after a day of flipping around a tire you will be amazed at how beneficial it is for your muscles.

Don’t just believe one woman’s inspirational story, there are many other people who have used the great outdoors as their gym. You may have heard of one notable case, he is kind of a big deal. This super athlete, better known as Brock Lesnar, has loved farm training. Currently, he lives in Canada but has been known all his life to love the outdoors to use as a training place. Many people have decided to change their minds about where you can train and are now opting for a strictly outdoors training session.

Great Amazon Prime Playlists for Exercising

Recently, I’ve been subscribed to the Prime service, to get items in only two days. Like it usually does with technology, it took me about three months to figure it all out. I have been loving the streaming service but I got to recently checkout Amazon Music and really liked it. Of course, the first thing that I did, once I had this app open, was to immediately see what workout playlists they had and I was very pleased. The next time that you load up that boring playlist that you’ve heard a million times, think about throwing one of these on!

1st Playlist – Workout Energy Boost
If you are a pop fan, I highly suggest checking out this playlist. Those of us who are more partial to metal may have to look elsewhere. Let’s break down the top tracks on this playlist that I feel would be perfect for any workout. Overall, this mix is great for knocking out that thirty minute cardio session. I don’t think that it would be very motivating for weightlifting, more on that in a second!
Top Tracks: Want to Want Me – Jason Derulo, Anaconda – Nicki Minaj, Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon

2nd Playlist – Rock Out Your Workout
I’ve always been more partial to rock music, I’ll admit that. I still can love and appreciate a catchy pop song like anyone else. However, when I’m moving heavy objects, there is something about loud vocals, a good beat, and a distorted guitar that motivate me like nothing else. Our second playlist is certainly geared more to the rock crowd and they’ve included some classics on here. A good mixture of sounds from the past and present, I would consider this playlist to be one I would regularly throw on.
Top Tracks: Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine, War Pigs – Black Sabbath, Down with the Sickness – Disturbed, The Red – Chevelle

3rd Playlist – Heavy Lifting
This is where you’re in that zone, that you have to crank the sound up. Featuring some of the best heavy metal tracks of the last twenty years, this playlist should be listened to loudly! You’ll have 29 different songs to give you that extra push to carry on and finish that last set. If you feel that the other playlists on this list aren’t strong enough for you, welcome to your new favorite playlist. There is a great mixture of different bands here, allowing you rock out while enjoying some great variety.

Top Tracks: Hail to the King – Avenged Sevenfold, Animal I Have Become – Three Days Grace, Sail – DevilDriver

There are three playlists, all from Amazon Music, to get you started working out with their music selection. If you have Amazon Prime, you have this service, you just might not know about it. Best of all, if you are a prime member, this service is added on to your subscription, at no extra charge. Check out the app, while they don’t have the largest music selection (yet), there is still plenty to love about Amazon Music. There are new playlists being added to this service every week, seriously, so if you don’t find anything on this list that you like, give it time! Be sure to leave a like or comment about this story on our social media page. If I know that all of my readers dug this, I will be more likely to throw up another one on other workout playlists, featuring genres I haven’t covered yet.

Has Streaming Tossed Fitness DVDs to the Curb?

While the writing has been on the wall for some time now, it appears that we are finally starting to see the end of the workout DVD. Like we’ve so often seen with music, in the past decade, the way of physical media is quickly being tossed out, in favor of streaming. From my perspective, I get why the change to streaming has been one that has been met with so many sets of open arms. Where I would used to have to spend a couple of hours making a mix CD, that wasted time is gone, thanks to the simplicity of pulling up a playlist on an app. I still have a couple of old CD Walkman devices, I just don’t know if I could handle the ridicule if I were to go wear one to lift with. Do you remember the awful skipping that would happen, if you even sneezed the wrong way, regarding those old Walkmans?

When you consider the way that most of us exercise, in the modern times, the streaming technology does make more sense to include. I remember hearing that new workout equipment has now started to integrate it’s own streaming service, as an add-on feature, enabling you to step foot in a training class, from the privacy of your living room. With even such inventions as scoreboards for you to track how you are doing, regarding keeping pace with the rest of the virtual class, streaming provides too many new features to give up so fast. Statistics are showing that, indeed, the streaming technology is slowly starting to kick those old DVD’s to the curb. I know, with my music, I’ve loved the streaming services that I have used so much, I would never go back to the old school way of playing the songs I wanted to hear.

With the convenience of being able to pull any song that I could think of, out of some giant imaginary cloud, as opposed to being forced to have the entire album is another huge advantage. Therefore, I see why thousands of people like the ability to pick and choose which workouts they want to do, based on how they feel on a given day. Not having to be tied down to the same DVD that you’ve watched everyday can give a whole new outlook on how you train. I know that I have had times where I merely wanted to test the easy steps of a workout, before I decided to give my whole week to it, that’s why I enjoy the streaming workout services so much. If you, too, are sick of the same old scratched up fitness DVD that is on it’s last leg, check out some of the awesome fitness streaming services available now.

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It is tough to really pinpoint what has caused such a quickened pace for those who are standing by their favorite streaming service. I still have a few old school DVD’s that I do feel provide me with enough lifting information to keep. Plus, I kind of have a slight hoarding problem (says my wife), so I won’t be throwing all of my old workout tapes in the trash anytime soon. As we are only now just starting to see how streaming technology can integrate itself into our gym time, I can’t wait to see where the technologies go from here!

Tragic Weightlifting Accident in Des Moines

First, let me say that my heart and prayers go out to the friends and families affected by this death, I am truly and deeply sorry for your loss. A man has sadly died in a tragic weightlifting accident that occurred in Des Moines, Iowa. From what I have heard, the fatal incident happened when he was bench pressing, one of the more dangerous moves that you can perform. As I heard about the death in Des Moines, it reminded me just how important it is to know your own limits. I’ve had two particular close calls with weightlifting injuries and one of those involved the bench press. No matter how strong you think that you are, it is always advisable to have someone with you.

The spotter that you take with you to the gym doesn’t have to hover over you the whole time, you can even just have that person close by. It is rare that accidents like this happen, but when they do it is heartbreaking. It makes news like this even harder to hear, when you learn about all of the accolades and general good words that he had attained for himself throughout his life. Do not think that it is embarrassing or it means that you are weak because you use a spotter, quite the contrary as it is a smart caution to make sure you take care of. I’ve seen it to be accepted as the general attitude that a spotter means you aren’t tough, which couldn’t be more untrue. If you are a loner, just ask someone to help you, most likely they will. If you are determined to complete your big lift and no one will help you, call it a day early. It’s better to play it safe than to risk everything to finish one more set, it’s just not worth it.

Also, if no one that you asks wants to help you while working out, I would consider going to a gym where people are nicer! Many are leaving heartfelt comments on this man’s social media pages and you can really see the love that he had in his life. I’m not very good at tributes, as I did not know this man personally, but from what I’ve seen, he lived a life that many would have envied. Being a star athlete and an all-around good guy, this only makes this tragedy that much more sad. Also, if it is possible, try to always use weightlifting equipment that allows you to rack the weight, should you run into a bad situation.

Bring A Friend, Safety First!

I used to not pay attention to which machines had auto racking capabilities, never thinking about them until I grew older. Now, I couldn’t imagine my workout without those machines, as they have definitely come in handy more than once. I can think back on a time where I had a muscle cramp, midway through my bench, and if that machine hadn’t caught the weight, I could have been in a very bad situation. I hope that we see all of the great technology available in the world to come up with something for weightlifting equipment so tragedies like this never have to happen again. I’m not sure that there even is a way to make this kind of technology something that could be applied feasibly but I am optimistic.