Fundamentals of Resistance Training, Part 1

NASM Applied Training and Ironmaster Workout Written by Andre Adams  @AndreAdams_Official   There are so many ways to work out and get in shape, how do you know where to start? Well, in this blog we will explain the fundamentals of resistance training to help guide you into a routine that is right for you. The foundation of our evidence-based programming at NASM is grounded in the Optimal Performance Training model (OPT). This has been refined and expanded over the years to include...
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Deadlifts With Dumbbells, the Why and How

If you’re looking for an effective full-body exercise that saves time, dumbbell deadlifts should be on your list. Doing dumbbell deadlifts offers several benefits that extend from your performance at the gym to your daily life.It ramps up your strength levels. If you perform progressive overload (increased resistance with each set) with this exercise, you will increase your capacity to lift heavy objects in the workplace and at home. For instance, if you experienced difficulty lifting or moving furniture at...
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Leg day: Top 10 dumbbell leg workouts

Whether you are breaking through a plateau or just looking to mix leg day up to keep it interesting, our top 10 dumbbell leg workouts will help you add effective variations to your movement toolbox. Dumbbell Squats Squats are a timeless compound exercise dating back to the days of Platz and Co. This means it hits multiple muscle groups, which is a great time saver for busy gym buffs. The dumbbell variation fires up your quadriceps, Gluteus maximus, hamstrings, soleus, and...
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Dumbbell flys: Common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Dumbbell flys on chest day is always a good idea. But are you doing them right? It’s easy to grab a pair of dumbbells, lie down on a flat bench, and then crank out those reps. However, dumbbell flys require a certain technique and precision which will allow you to reap their full benefits. Knowing and avoiding the most common dumbbell fly mistakes will go a long way in building your pecs. In this article, I will break down the common...
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The lowdown on dumbbell concentration curls

Here’s what you need to know about the classic dumbbell concentration curl and why you need to include it in your workout. Muscles Worked Dumbbell concentration curls are an isolation movement which primarily targets your Biceps brachii or your bicep muscle. It has two heads: the short head and the long head. The former originates from the front end of your scapula (shoulder blade). The long head originates from the back end. The short and long heads converge on the same...
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Why you should try the incline dumbbell press

If you’ve never tried the incline dumbbell press, you’re missing out. For many, a typical chest day likely revolves around barbell bench presses, cable chest flyes, push-ups, and chest dips. There’s nothing wrong with these exercises, but if you ask any strength training professional why people lose their motivation while working out, I’m sure lack of variety is one reason that will come up. Here are the reasons why you ought to give the incline dumbbell press a try. But first,...
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How much should I be able to bench?

Whether you’re a beginner at weight training or a seasoned lifter, it can be tough to know how much you should be able to bench press. Your bench press standard is the amount you should be able to bench, but this depends on more than just your iron will. The reason why this is difficult to pinpoint is because of several evolving factors: your strength and endurance level, weightlifting experience, age, and weight, to name a few. This explains why...
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Ultimate guide to dumbbell rows

Dumbbell rows are a great option for beginners because they’re easy to learn. It doesn’t involve any complex movements or fancy equipment. In fact, all you need is a dumbbell or two (depending on the variation you fancy) and an exercise bench. So we've created the ultimate guide to dumbbell rows. I will break down the basics of this exercise to help get you started. Muscles Worked First, let’s look at the muscle groups you target when you do dumbbell rows:Latissimus dorsi:...
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Dumbbell pullover: For pecs or lats?

So you’ve always wanted to incorporate the dumbbell pullover into your routine, but you’re unsure whether it is for your pecs or lats? Well, science shows this exercise has potential for building both muscle groups. Let’s probe deeper into the question, “Is the dumbbell pullover for pecs or lats?” so you can determine how it can help you achieve your long-term fitness goals. Basics of Dumbbell Pullovers Bodybuilders were already doing variations of the dumbbell pullover as early as 1911. However, it...
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Building your chest with dumbbells at home

If you can smash it at the gym, you can kill it at home–all you need is some simple equipment and the know-how to get results. Don’t believe anyone who tells you that you can’t build your chest with dumbbells at home. There are ways and means to do just about anything if you want it bad enough–sculpting your chest at home is one of them–and we’re here to show you exactly how to do that. Forget the machines Building muscle...
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