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6 Sh*tty Realities of Lifting Weights
The great thing about lifting weights is that you end up with a rockin' body. But sometimes lifting weights isn't as glamorous as the fitness magazines make it to be. Sure, the results can be gratifying, but the journey might be...awful. You Will Get Stronger That 5 pound bag of potatoes you grab at the grocery store will all of a sudden start feeling really light. Buying Clothes Will Suck Sometimes lifting weights builds incredible legs and glutes. But what that means is that you'll stop wearing regular jeans, and start wearing jeggings that brings even more glory to those perfectly sculpted glutes. Oh, the struggle! Stares Will Increase You already spend a generous amount of time mirin' your body at the gym, but you'll soon realize that everyone wants to stare at you too. You can feel their jealousy burn as they stare at your muscle striations in your arms. You'll Be Able To Bring in Groceries in One Trip Remember the time you used to make several trips to the house with groceries? Sorry, looks like you're going to make your life easier by just taking one trip. You Get To Eat More Food Oh god this is the worse. Because you lift weights heavy and often, your appetite is going to increase A LOT. Cheesebugers, steaks, cakes, and protein shakes -- you get to have them all, and you get to enjoy every damn calorie you worked hard to burn. You Get A New Fam: The Gym Fam All though gym rats become your new fam. They may bother you for a spot, for support, or to just show you all the damn love when you're about to max out on bench.
Cool Shit You Should Know About Squatting
Squatting is one of the most important lifts you'll ever learn. It's a compound movement that targets several areas of your body (not just the booty). Actually, depending on the variation of squat used, you might be targeting of your quads, hamstrings, or glutes more over the other groups. My favorite type of squat is the high-bar squat, which means the bar is placed higher on your back, sitting right on your traps. It's really great for quad strength, as well. Tryyyy it. Here's some cool shit about squatting ;) 1 - It'll Make You Feel Powerful Especially when the lift is performed correctly. Believe me, it's more impressive to execute the lift correctly with perfect form and lower weight, than to wobble and buckle with heavy-ass-weight. Either way, when you feel that bar hug against your back, and you feel your legs burn, you'll feel that instant power. 2 - Squats help build muscle throughout your body It's not just your booty getting the gains, it's other parts too. Since this is a compound movement, it promotes muscle growth for other parts, as well. Squats especially help out with your calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads, and core. 3 - You don't need a barbell for squat gains Look, you don't need a barbell for this exercise.There are so so many ways you can execute a squat. It can be with dumbells, kettlebells, sand bags, or even your dog/child. Want to do some intense body-weight squats?Check out THIS CARD to read about explosive jump squats. 4 - It's actually a natural movement When you think about it, a lot of squat throughout the day during our normal daily routines. It can be from squatting down to pick something up, or rising from a chair. In other cultures, you might even find people squatting to eat a meal. Squats are bad for your knees? Nah, not squatting is bad for your knees. ;) 5 - Tired of ineffective sit ups? Try squatting. When squatting, you should focus on also engaging your core. The muscles in both your mid-section and your lower back are utilized for balance and control over the movement. When you are squatting, think about activating that core. Exercises like sprinting, deadlifting, and squatting, will be far more better for fat burning and building core muscles than your half-ass sit-ups.