Free Weights vs. Machines: Which Is Better?

Training with free weights

Key Points: *** Are free weights or machines better to train with? Which makes your muscles grow faster? Which makes you stronger? And does it make any difference if you are a beginner or an advanced lifter? Or if you are young or old? While some may preach the superiority of one or the other, … Read more

Do Squats Work Your Hamstrings?

Squats hamstring muscles

Key Points: Do barbell back squats work your hamstrings? Depending on who you ask, you are bound to get different answers. My answer? Not really. The idea that your hamstrings are important for your squat has been around for decades, but is slowly losing ground as new research disproves it. Sure, your hamstrings contribute to … Read more

The 10 Best Core Exercises for Muscle & Strength

Core exercise training

Your core muscles form the foundation of everything else you do. Together, your core muscles bend, extend, rotate, and stabilize your body. Any time you create force or movement with your legs or arms, your core is where it all begins. In this article, we’ll review ten of the best core exercises you can do to … Read more

Bench Press Grip Width: Close-Grip vs Wide Grip Bench Press

Close-grip bench press strength

Key Points: What are the main differences between the close-grip bench press and the regular (or wide grip) bench press? And which grip width should you use in your bench press training? In general, there is a small strength difference between these two lifts, and they also work your muscles slightly differently. How to Perform … Read more

StrengthLog’s Home Workout Split

home workout plan

True or false: you can reach your fitness goals with a home workout split using inexpensive training equipment that takes up almost no space in the comfort of your home. If you answered “true,” you’re a winner! If you said “false,” you’re still a winner because this article outlines the ultimate strength training program for … Read more

How to Train Your Lower Back Muscles: Exercises & Workout

Lower back muscles

Your lower back muscles sit in and around your lumbar region. They are at the center of much of your movements and make your lower back both strong and flexible. In this article, you will learn about your lower back muscle anatomy, what some effective lower back exercises are, and how you can combine them … Read more

Pre-Workout Meal Strategies: What to Eat Before Training

Pre-workout meal

Building muscle and strength is not just about lifting heavy weights and doing intense workouts; it’s also about fueling your body with the right foods at the right times. One of those times is your pre-workout meal. It ensures you get enough energy to power through your strength training sessions and that your muscles have … Read more

The 20 Best Back Exercises for Muscle & Strength

Back exercise

Your back contains some of the largest muscles in your upper body, and it is vital both for powering your everyday movements and making a big physical impression. A strong back will support almost everything you do: from lifting to carrying heavy weights and decreasing your risk of injury. Aesthetically, a broad V-shaped back is … Read more

The 10 Best Rear Delt Exercises for Muscle & Strength

Rear delt exercises

Your posterior deltoids, or rear delts, are the muscles on the back of your shoulders. The rear delts are often neglected in training yet contribute to a muscular upper back and broad, powerful shoulders. In pulling and rowing movements, strong rear delts help your lats pull your upper arm back. In this article, we’ll review … Read more

The 15 Best Glute Exercises for Muscle & Strength

Best glute exercises

Your gluteus, or glutes, is one of the largest and strongest muscle groups in your body. Regarded as the powerhouse of your body, this trio of muscles not only contributes to a well-rounded, aesthetic physique but also fuels our everyday movements and the explosive power required in various sports. In this article, we will delve … Read more