Gym Safety: Four Simple Ways to Stay Safe and Strong in the Gym

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Welcome to Building You Better. Last time here on the website, we talked about pushups, which I believe is the absolute best exercise. Today, we’re going to look at gym safety with four steps to stay safe and strong in the gym. When we go into the gym, we usually have some specific goals in mind. Whether it’s to lose weight or to build muscle, or just to feel stronger and ready to take on life’s challenges, we’re there on a mission. While some of us practice good gym safety rules, some of us tend to make a more hardcore approach in an attempt to get results quickly. When I first started training, I fell solidly in this group. I wasn’t worried about gym safety nearly as much as I…
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Pushups: The First Exercise

Exercises
Hello again. In my last post we learned all about supersets, and how they can maximize your workouts and your strength gains. Today I’d like to talk about pushups, an exercise everyone probably knows, but that some dismiss as too basic for anyone but the newest trainee. Its true that the pushup was the first exercise I learned, and it is kind of basic, but there’s another reason I and many others learned to do pushups before anything else: its effective, and not just for building a strong chest. In fact, the pushup is a total-body exercise. If you don’t believe me, just watch someone who’s never done one before make the attempt. To perform pushups properly, we must engage not only our chest, but our arms, shoulders, core, and…
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Supersets: Why You Need Them in Your Training

Workouts
Hello and thanks for stopping by. In the last post, we honored Memorial Day with a look at military fitness, and saw a small part of what it takes to keep freedom safe. Today, we’re going to look at a training method that should be in every hero’s training arsenal: supersets. If you read my earlier post on building strong arms or if you looked at Day 2 of the Big Three Program, you already know that I like supersets. While I said briefly in those articles why I use supersets, I felt that the benefits of this method were enough to warrant a separate post on the subject. But first, what are supersets? If you haven’t read my earlier posts, and if you’re new to weight training, you may…
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Military Fitness

Fitness Inspiration
Welcome to Building You Better. In our last post, we looked at a fellow fitness website that I think you might find interesting. This time, two days after Memorial Day, we’re going to talk about military fitness. If you’ve visited this site before, you already know that I am a big believer in heroes. Well, I firmly believe that the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our lives and freedom meet the criteria of heroes without question. That’s what a hero is, after all: someone who puts another person’s safety and well-being above their own. For less pay – and certainly less appreciation – than they deserve, the men and women of our Armed Forces face hardship and potential danger every single day. To…
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Aboutlifting: No-Nonsense Fitness

Fitness Inspiration
Hello, Hero In Training, and welcome back. Last week, we reviewed a great book on health and nutrition – the Big Book of Juicing. This time we’re doing another review, but not of a book. We’re going to take a look at a fitness website, Aboutlifting.com. Here at Building You better, we believe in getting the most of life. We do that by constantly working to improve our health and fitness. We also believe much of the fitness industry has been overrun by people who don’t believe in hard work. They’d rather push a fad or miracle pill than actually dig in and commit to good health. That’s why it’s always refreshing to find a website that understands good health is the result of hard work, and offers real advice…
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Big Book of Juicing: Book Review

Book Review
Hello there, and welcome to Building You Better. In the last post, we completed Day 3 of the Big Three Program and talked about the three aspects of health: exercise, rest, and nutrition. Today we’re going to continue our discussion of nutrition with a book review of The Big Book of Juicing. The Big Book of Juicing is technically a collection of recipes and book excerpts from several health authors and experts in the field of juicing. But its arranged in an easy-to-read, informative style. With over 150 different recipes for fruit juices, vegetable juices, smoothies, and probiotic drinks, The Big Book of Juicing is the best book I’ve found on the subject of juicing. We all know we need more fruits and vegetables in our diets. But its hard…
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Big Three Program Day 3

Big Three Program
If you completed the two workouts in the previous posts, congratulations. If you just came across this article and have no idea what I’m talking about, take a minute to go back and read the last few posts before you continue. On Day 1, we worked our major muscle groups with the Big Three lifts. On Day 2, we trained all the other, smaller muscles with a tough series of supersets. Today is our day to take it easy. It is a proven fact that rest is even more important for building muscle and increasing strength than lifting weights. Right now is a good time to take a look at how much rest you’re getting, at the quality of your rest, and at your daily nutrition. There are three aspects…
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Big Three Program: Day 2

Big Three Program
If you put your best effort into yesterday’s workout, you’re probably pretty sore today. But don’t worry, Day 2 of our Big Three Program is going to be a little lighter. Yesterday we took care of all the major muscle groups, the back, the legs, and the chest. Today we’re going to focus on the smaller muscles like the abs, arms, and calves. These muscles played a part during yesterday’s big lifts, but to build a total physique, we’re going to have to give them some special attention. Not only do a strong core, arms, shoulders, and calves give you a more aesthetic build, they also strengthen your big lifts and help prevent injury. If yesterday was all about brute force, then today is about using the tricks of the…
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Big Three Program: Day 1

Big Three Program
Welcome back. In yesterday's post, we had the introduction to the Big Three Workout Program. Today, we're actually going to get into the heavy lifting. This is the first day of our Big Three training program, Day 1, the day that gives the program its name. In one workout, we are going to train all the major muscle groups using the Deadlift, the Squat, and the Bench Press, plus three complementary lifts to get the most from our workout. For each of the main lifts, we’ll be using the 5x5 method, which means that we do five sets of five reps per exercise. This is a proven rep scheme for building strength. For the other three exercises, we’ll aim for three sets of ten reps, which is a classic bodybuilding…
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Big Three Program: Introduction

Big Three Program
Hello there. Welcome to Building You Better. My previous post was all about building your best arms, with a great superset workout for biceps and triceps. Today, we’re going to talk about training the entire body with the Big Three. These are three awesome exercises to work the major muscle groups. We'll also use some bonus exercises  to help us build our best physique. In weightlifting circles, there are three exercises that are considered the absolute best, the Big Three that every bodybuilder or strength athlete must master. All the other lifts are necessary for building a balanced physique and avoiding injury, but these three separate the strong from the weak. If you’re serious about weightlifting, sooner or later you have to turn your attention to the Deadlift, Squat, and…
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