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.
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.
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.
Besides running itself, there are a few exercises that will help you become faster. Some of them are for a specific group of muscles – in the case of running we’re talking about your glutes, calves and rest of your legs. The other group is made up of stamina exercises which increase your ability to run faster and go farther by handicapping you.
Muscle Group Exercises
So, the first type of exercises that you’ll want to start are pure lower body exercises that are intended to build the muscle in your legs and make them as strong as possible. The stronger your legs are the faster you are going to be able to run. Here are some of the muscle group exercises you should be doing:
Squats: This is a great exercise for improving your running speed because you are improving all of the muscles involved in that process. You want to stand with your feet lined up with your shoulders and then act like you are lowering yourself into a chair behind you. When you get to the point where you feel those muscles engage, do your reps. I recommend you do heavy weight low rep training to strengthen your muscles as much as possible with gaining unnecessary muscle, which would slow you down.
With over 600 muscles in the human body it’s tough to pick a favorite and even though there has been research conducted on muscles with very measurable results, it is still difficult to definitively say that one particular muscle is the strongest, because strength is measured several different ways. Even so, there are a few muscles that stand out. They are: the gluteus Maximus, the masseter muscle and the heart.
Meet the Masseter Muscle
The masseter muscle, you say? Are you confused? Most people have never heard of the masseter muscle, but it’s one that you use all day, every day. It qualifies as the strongest because of the potential force that it can exert on something else – like a cheeseburger. Does that hint help?
Yep, it’s in your face and it’s the muscles that help you chew your food and pretty much anything else that has to do with your jaw. The masseter muscle works your jaws and has the ability to exert a ridiculous amount of pressure on outside objects. It’s the same with any other mammal.
What is the best way to train like a strongman? Easy, just do the exercises that strongmen do in the arena. These events that have been designed to test men to the very brink of their potential aren’t just flashy crowd-pleasers; they are all actual exercises that will train your body the way you want it to be trained. So, let’s take a look at the things that strongmen do in competition and examine the muscle groups that they affect and how these competitive events can get you in the best shape of your life.
Backward Drag: The backwards drag is a popular strongman event where the competitor pulls a heavy object while walking backwards. This is a terrific workout because it adds size and strength to your quads in a way that little else does. This is also an exercise that you can probably design at home to practice.
For decades now we’ve had official standards that classified us into healthy weight, underweight, overweight and obese. You can even break those down further if you’d like. But the point is, once we became divided into those categories, everyone was obsessed with weight. Some men slimmed down to the point where they were actually underweight and women have gone crazy with the whole diet thing the last 10 years or so. There are lots of websites that will tell you how to lose weight, but here, we’re going to tell you how to gain weight – and more importantly – why you should.
There are three different strategies that we’ll discuss for gaining weight the natural way. All of them are important. While our society is obsessed with being as thin and fit as possible, you shouldn’t be underweight. Find out what your ideal weight is and stay between the two numbers, don’t go too low or too high, or you’ll put yourself at risk for health problems. While it’s not as bad as being overweight, being underweight is actually bad for your health as well.
Better health isn’t the only reason people seek to gain weight though. Weight gaining is a frequent aim of people who wish to get stronger and Boxers/MMA fighters who want to fight in a higher weight class. Having a good BMI will lead to a better lifestyle and to more physical strength and it’s always nice to be stronger even if you’re not a boxer or a powerlifter. Now, let’s discuss the weight gain strategies.