Narrow Grip Pullups

Narrow Grip Pullups Narrow grip pullups are an awesome exercise that work lats, biceps, shoulders and forearms. You can do them at home or at the gym.   For most people, narrow grip pullups are much easier than the classic overhand pullup.  If you still have trouble doing these, please see my How To Do Your First Pullup page.  For you really strong advanced folks, we will get to your techniques in a bit but first, lets talk basics. [iframe width="480" height="303" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/DltwoA_UCus?rel=0&wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen] Form of the Narrow Grip Pullup Good form elements of the narrow grip pullup Elbows...

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New Years Eve – Amateur Night

Amateur Night. Thats what I call New Years Eve. As you might guess, You most likely will not see me out at the clubs tomorrow night ringing in the new year. In my opinion, its the most over-rated "holiday" of all time. Its a night when people who normally dont go out and dont know their limits head out to whoop it up and get really messy - some with drugs and others with alcohol. Some just get a hang over, some throw up, but a very unfortunate few die. To me, New Years Eve seems like a holiday where...

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Christmas Fitness Tips

Christmas Fitness Tips You can enjoy Christmas without going overboard, here's how: Fifteen minutes before the big meal, drink two 16 ounce glasses of water.  This will help make you feel full with less food. Plan on getting two plates of food.  On your first plate, pile on the vegetables. take a modest portion of lean meat,  and just take a small, satisfying portion of everything else. After finishing your first plate, talk and and enjoy the company of friends and family for at least fifteen minutes before going back for seconds, and then drink another 16 ounce glass of...

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Complete Killer Home Pull Workout for Intermediates

Complete Killer Pull Workout for Intermediates This is a complete intermediate bodybuilding workout for gaining muscle and getting stronger.  All you need is a used set of dumbbells and your carpeted floor.  This is the pull workout day of my intermediate home workout plan.  My intermediate home workout consists of a four day repeating cycle: a push workout (this one), a pull workout, a leg workout, and a rest day. This workout will take you about 60 minutes to complete. [iframe width="480" height="303" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cDmGGpaad1c?rel=0&wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen] Day 2 – Pull Bodypart Exercise Number sets Number reps lats overhand pullups 3 sets,...

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December 21, End or Beginning?

 December 21, End or Beginning? Is today the end of the world or the beginning?  Although some predict the end of the world, I am rejoicing today.  The winter solstice is today and its the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere where I live.  From now on, every day gets longer - more daylight!  I can nearly taste springtime already.  I am a creature of summer.  I love the heat, beach volleyball, and sweating puddles when going for a run.  Its always a fight for me to keep up my fitness motivation in the winter, I even try light...

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Cardio Options During Winter

Cardio Options During Winter Its easy to get cardio during the summer but what can you do in the winter when your outdoor options are limited?  Most people gain 10-15 pounds of fat during the winter because they eat the same amount of food as they do during the summer but dont get nearly as much exercise.  Couple to this the bad food temptations of the holiday season and winter is a bodyfat mine field. What kind of winter cardio you can do depends on how good of shape you are in and whether their is snow/ice outside. Cardio At...

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Live Bodybuilding and Fitness Q&A Today

Live Bodybuilding and Fitness Q&A Today Please join me today at 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern for a live Q&A session! At the beginning of my office hours I talk about how to choose good cardio equipment. Ask your questions in this post, on YouTube, on Facebook, on the AskScooby Forum, or on AnyAsq.com. [iframe width="480" height="303" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8-LbyrA0YhA?rel=0&wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen]

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Upper Pec Mass Builder

Upper Pec Mass Builder In my opinion, incline dumbbell flys are the #1 best exercise for building pec mass.  For upper pec mass, the incline dumbbell fly and for lower pecs the flat dumbbell fly. The incline dumbbell fly is an exercise you can do at the gym or at home with a minimum of equipment.  The one thing you will need in addition to your used weight set is an incline bench but you can build an incline bench in 5 minutes with what you have around the house.  I'd like to reiterate that if you have been working out...

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Build Your Own Incline Bench

Build Your Own Incline Bench If you want to build upper pec mass then you must have an incline bench. You can build an incline bench in 5 minutes with what you have around the house.  Best yet, it disassembles in 10 seconds and doesn't take any room at all to store!  I know that you can buy complete adjustable benches but they have several problems, the biggest is their size.  Like many people, space is at a premium in my house and there is no possible place I could put a huge bench - not even in the yard....

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Mark Rippetoe Inducted Into Fitness Hall of Shame

Mark Rippetoe has been inducted into my Fitness Hall of Shame because of his deceptive and cruel marketing promises of "31 pounds of LBM gain in 11 weeks" used to sell his book "Starting Strength". It's a shame that an otherwise good book has been ruined by ridiculous claims which cast doubt on the entire book. He also claims that Zach's results are "not an isolated case, but rather a prime example of good program/good program adherence convergence", in other words, he is promising 31 pounds of muscle gain as long as you follow his program precisely. The issue is,...

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