Five Best Exercises for Your Core

Exercises
Greetings; I’m so glad you’re here today. In our last post, we learned the difference between an active rest day and a more conventional rest day. We also examined when to use each for best results. Today, we’re going to be looking at the five best exercises for your core. There are no shortages of fitness plans, miracle diets, and volumes of bro-science on how to build the perfect six-pack. But what many overlook is that a good-looking set of abs is only part of a strong core. Because of that, they don’t always recommend the best exercises for your core. The truth is, you can do crunches until the cows come home, and still not build the core you want. Like any other muscle group, your abs have to…
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Active Rest Day vs. Conventional Rest Day

Health
Hello there, Hero In Training! Welcome to Building You Better. Last week, we reviewed a great book written by a friend of the blog, George Rosamanta. This time around, we’re going to take a look at the difference between a conventional rest day and an active rest day. Now, if you are relatively new to weightlifting, you may not realize the importance of a rest day. And there are certainly plenty of people in the gym and online who will tell you that a rest day is completely unnecessary. But the truth is that if you are forcing your body to adapt, it needs time to recover. How much time depends on the amount and type of stress you are placing on your body. For powerlifters, a heavy lifting session…
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Real Talk Muscle: Book Review

Book Review
Hello and welcome back to Building You Better. Last time here, we talked about the dumbbell row, and how you can use it to build both width and thickness in your back. Today we’re going to review Real Talk Muscle, a muscle-building primer from George Romasanta. Writer and editor at the Aboutlifting.com fitness blog (which I reviewed here), George “Ironthumb” Romasanta has been a friend of this site for a while now. So when he let me know that he had published a book to Amazon, I was eager to check it out. He did not disappoint. Real Talk Muscle is everything I would have expected after reading his blog, and even a little more. With his no-nonsense approach and his passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals, the…
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Dumbbell Row: True Row or Lat Exercise?

Exercises
Hello, there; welcome back. In our previous post, we asked ourselves if we should get a personal trainer to help our fitness journey. This week, we’ll be examining the dumbbell row, and resolving some misconceptions many lifters have about it. The dumbbell row has been a staple weightlifting exercise for as long as people have been picking heavy things up and putting them back down. Anyone who trains with weight has probably done this exercise at least once, but many still do it incorrectly. There’s even some debate about what muscles the exercise works. Obviously, it is a back exercise. But what specific back muscles are used in the movement depend on how you execute it. In most training routines (including my own Better Back Routine) the dumbbell row is…
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Should I Get a Personal Trainer

Health
Welcome back for another great fitness post. Last time we were here, we found the cure for Invisible Lat Syndrome. Today, we’ll try to answer the question: “Should I get a personal trainer?” It’s an excellent question, and one you may have asked yourself at some point in your fitness journey. Today in the information age, with great fitness sites (like Bodyweight Life, Fit Daily with Hailey, or Modern Athletic Health, to name a few), it can be easy to think, “I don’t need to pay for a trainer, that’s what the internet’s for.” Now, before we really get into the subject, I need to clarify that I have never worked with a personal trainer. So should I get a personal trainer myself? At this point, probably not. But if…
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Invisible Lat Syndrome: My Cure

Uncategorized, Workouts
Hello, and welcome back to Building You Better. Last time here, we discussed the three aspects of health, looking at nutrition, rest, and exercise. Today, it’s time to address an all-too-common gym malady and find a cure for Invisible Lat Syndrome. We talked about building a better back in an earlier post, so you may be wondering why another back-related article is necessary. The truth is, while the earlier article is great for developing well-balanced back muscles, sometimes focusing on specific muscle groups is necessary. If you’ve been training with just rows and deadlifts, your wings may not be taking flight. This article is to correct that. Whether or not you suffer from Invisible Lat Syndrome yourself, you probably know someone who does. Their torso is square, or even round.…
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Three Aspects of Health

Health
Hello, there! Welcome to Building You Better. In our last post, we took a look at one of bodybuilding’s greatest legends. Today, I’d like to talk about the three aspects of health, and how we can find balance in working toward our fitness goals. You see, good health isn’t an accident, its the result of paying careful attention to three factors: 1. Nutrition 2. Rest 3. Exercise I talked briefly about these three aspects of health in a previous post. But I think they’re important enough to talk about some more. The sad truth is that most people who set health-related goals will never accomplish them. You do not have to be one of those people. The reason they fall short of their goals, the reason you may have missed…
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello, and welcome back to Building You Better. In last week’s post, we talked about some classic bodybuilders and how the sport got started. Today, we’re going to take a look at one bodybuilder in particular, a man many consider the greatest bodybuilder of all time. Arnold Schwarzenegger has had an impact on the sport few others have ever come close to. Now, almost 40 years after retiring from bodybuilding, the Austrian Oak remains the most recognized name in the sport, as well as being very successful in other areas. Born on July 30 in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger grew up in Thal, Austria. His father was chief of the local police force, but the family was hardly well-to-do. Though his grades were no higher than average, Arnold did well and…
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Classic Bodybuilders: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello again, and welcome to Building You Better’s Action Hero Month. In the last post, we talked about some of the classic action stars of the big screen. But the muscled blockbusters of the 80’s would have probably never happened if another movement hadn’t already changed the way we viewed fitness. Today, we’re going to take a look at the classic bodybuilders who brought a fringe sport into the spotlight. The sport of bodybuilding began in England in the late 19th century, with strongman Eugen Sandow (now called the “Father of Modern Bodybuilding”) at the forefront. Apart from appearing in numerous strength exhibitions, Sandow organized the first official bodybuilding competition in London in 1901. Three years later, the first major bodybuilding competition in America took place at Madison Square Gardens.…
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Classic Action Heroes: Action Hero Month

Action Hero Month
Hello again, and welcome back. Last time, we celebrated Sylvester Stallone’s birthday with a look at his career and his effect on the fitness community. Today, I’d like to continue Action Hero Month with a look at some of the other action stars who contributed to our ideas of fitness and heroism. After all, fitness and heroism is what this website – and the Building You Better movement – is all about. The big screen has been home to a number of larger-than-life heroes since film was invented, but the 1980’s saw an explosion of rough, tough, action legends. Names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, and of course Sylvester Stallone sold out theaters. It seemed like the country - and even the whole world - was looking for…
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