Unbelievable! Eddie Hall just lifted half a ton 500kg/1102lbs deadlift and cemented his name in the history books. No wonder they call him THE BEAST! Unfortunately the lift was a little too much for the big man to handle because while he did lift it successfully, he passed out after busting blood vessels in his head, which is not surprising considering the MASSIVE weight! Here’s the footage of the lift:
Weight lifting gloves are gloves specifically made for bodybuilders and powerlifters to lift weights with. Men commonly use them for the deadlift and the bench press but some also use them for pull ups. They are usually used by people who have thin, fragile skin which develops blisters easily and by others who have a weak grip. Here’s what they look like:
Should I use weight lifting gloves?
I don’t recommend them for the very same reason I don’t recommend wrist straps. These gloves do not improve your grip strength and both of your grip and palm skin can be strengthened by lifting barehanded. If you’re having difficulty holding a particular weight then you should lower it and practice regularly until holding it becomes easy. The Deadlift is a great exercise for grip strength if you lift without gloves or straps. Simply grab the bar as tight as you can, lift and try staying in standing position while holding it for as long as you can.
If you want to add a little something extra to your workout, consider using a weighted vest. You might have seen these on TV and thought they looked rather silly, but the truth is, weighted vest workouts have some pretty amazing benefits. For one thing, you burn more calories when you use a weighted vest and you are also strengthening your muscles by putting more stress on them than normal.
If you like the sound of that, here are some great weighted vest workouts you can do. Make sure that you start light at first until you know what weight is perfect for you. The last thing you’ll want to do is give yourself an injury the first time you use the weight vest.
So, you want to improve your biceps but you don’t know all of the exercises you can do to make that happen. You probably know at least a couple. Everyone who is interested in fitness has at least heard of a couple of bicep workouts, but actually there are quite a few to choose from.
Standing Barbell Biceps Curl: this is a great workout for the entire biceps area. The primary focus is the brachii but it is amazing for building strength throughout the entire region. However, you want to make sure that your form is good with this exercise. Make sure that your back is straight and make sure that your elbows are in. Also, make sure that you’re not holding the barbell with your hands too close together. Your hands need to be wide enough to work the bicep not another part of the arm.
The forearms don’t always get the love they deserve. There are a lot of muscle groups that we think of when it comes to strength and endurance and unfortunately, the forearms just don’t make the list. But they are actually a pretty important part of your quest for arm strength. Here are some forearm exercises that will help you build that strength in short amount of time.
Backwards Cable Curl
Okay, the backwards cable curl is our first contender. This is a great exercise to do on a pulley machine but you want to make sure that you have a D-handle attached, as that is the best grip handle for this exercise. Grab the handle with one hand and step away from the machine, with your back facing the machine, and take a step so that your right leg is in front of the left (if you are using your left on the cable) or vice versa. Curl the handle but stop before you reach the point where your elbow is pointing in front of you.
If you want the best workout routine possible and you don’t currently incorporate squats into that workout, you might want to consider it. Squats are some of the best overall exercise that are available today and experts predict that you can easily improve your total overall workout by ten percent or more just by adding this one exercise. However, if you are going to do squats, you need to make sure that you are doing them correctly. Not only will the wrong form not give you the benefit you want to get from doing squats, the wrong form may actually cause a serious injury if it’s done with heavy weights.
Preparing for Squats
When you do squats for the first time you are going to want to do them without any weight. You can add weight later on when you get the form down perfectly, but until then, you are just asking for an injury. Even if you have done squats before, you may want to improve your form. The better your form is, the more benefit you will get out of this exercise and the more weight you will be able to lift.
The triceps may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to building overall strength but there is no doubt that they are important. In fact, the triceps are even more important for overall arm strength than the biceps. Triceps are bigger, stronger and much more important than your biceps, a relatively useless muscle, and rather than neglect them as most people do, you should work on them twice as much as your biceps if strength is your goal. Here are some of the best tricep exercises to do just that.
The first triceps exercise that we’re going to discuss is dips. This is a great exercise for a couple of reasons. First, you can do it literally anywhere. You just need a chair or some solid surface with an edge. Second, it seems so simple, but it is still one of the best triceps exercises around. So, how do you do dips? The best way is on the parallel bars, but if you don’t have any handy, you can use any raised platform with an edge. Sit backwards and lower yourself as far as you can go, doing straight and even dips.
Want to strengthen your upper body but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, down below you’ll find the ultimateupper body workout that works just about every muscle in your upper body. Now by the term upper body I am talking about the torso and the back. The neck and arms aren’t included but still some of these exercise below will have an effect on those muscles.
Single-Arm Barbell Rows: This is a great workout because it targets so many different parts of the upper body. The lats, middle back, shoulders, biceps and triceps all get a workout when you do single arm rows with the barbell.
Elevated Pushups: If you haven’t thought of doing elevated pushups before, now is the time to get in on this terrific upper chest exercise. If you want to get the same effect but use a weight bench and a bar instead, try doing the incline bench press.
Single-Arm Pushups: When you do regular pushups, you do work out several muscle groups including the arms and chest. But when you do one-armed pushups you work out a lot more like Chest, Shoulders, Triceps, Abdominals as well as Trapezoids, Rhomboids, Infraspinatus.
Do you want to get stronger but do not have access to weights? Don’t worry, men have been getting big and strong for 200,000 years, long before there were gyms and weights. Of course, most of that strength training was from fighting off wild animals and the occasional other human. Still, we have evolved with the ability to get strong and reach our fitness peak even without the use of gyms and weight machines. While the bench press and the rowing machine might be marvels of human ingenuity that allow you to get strong faster, they aren’t the only way that you can improve your strength. Here are some ways that you can do all the strength training you need without ever setting foot inside a gym.
Push-ups: Push-ups are a staple in upper-body conditioning without weights. Push-ups pit your own weight against your strength and can be adjusted to work quite a few different body parts. Push-up variations like the diamond-shaped push-up and the one-arm push-up are the same basic exercise with completely different targets. Narrow, or diamond push-ups, work your triceps and forearms while one handed push-ups like T-push-ups work out almost all of your entire upper body. If you want to target your chest, you can do a very wide push-up instead.
Pull-ups: Although whenever you see someone doing pull-ups, it’s usually at the gym, these exercises can be done anywhere and they offer some amazing benefits. Just find yourself a solid bar that you can grip and use it to pull yourself up. You can do variations like clapping, one arm, parallel bar, towel-assisted and wide grip pull-ups to work different parts of your upper torso including lats, back, shoulders and biceps and triceps.
Anyone who is a fan of working out should be a fan of the bench press. This versatile little tool can help you work out several muscles and is especially useful when building up the chest and arms. The bench press is a marvel of modern fitness and if you’re into bench press exercises then you’re going to love the incline bench press. Exercises on the incline bench press are similar to the ones that you usually do, but they work a different set of muscles and you would be remiss in putting together a full workout without incorporating some incline bench.
What is an Incline Bench Press?
An incline bench press is just like your flat model, except that it is raised on one side to give you a 45-degree angle, a variation that makes for some great workouts that you wouldn’t usually get on the normal bench. Incline benches come in a couple different configurations. All-in-one gyms and more expensive benches are adjustable so that you can do many different kinds of incline, decline and flat bench exercises. The other kind is the simple incline bench that you only use for these type of exercises.