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While this workout has a definite old-school vibe, it will still increase your muscle size and strength. There are more complicated back workouts out there, but hard work beats fancy exercises and convoluted set and rep schemes every time. Try to increase the weights used by 2.5-5.0 percent each week, and you’ll soon start to see progress for your workouts.

Big biceps are cool but big triceps are cooler. If you want to make your arms look like you are wearing your teenage sisters’ T-shirt, it’s time to shine a light on your triceps and start working on your horseshoes!

Nothing beats the results of a strong deadlift - it's one of the most productive exercises you can do. It works virtually every crucial muscle in your body, and is the ultimate test of strength. How do you get stronger? Follow this plan for 6-8 weeks, and you should soon hit a new deadlift record. Enjoy a week of light training, and then repeat the plan again.

Workouts don’t have to be long to be effective. In fact, when time is against you, you are much more likely to work hard and fast. Short, sharp workouts are more intense and productive than workouts that are done with less urgency. Yes, they hurt more too but that pain is over in minutes rather than hours! If you dread long, laborious leg training sessions, give this workout a try; it’ll be over before you know it!

How could such a short workout be productive? When it comes to stimulating new muscle growth, the more novel the workout, the better. If you want to see new progress, you need to do something you’ve never done before and embrace the unusual. The question is; are you brave enough to embrace the unknown and try a new approach to training? If you do, you could be rewarded with your best results ever!

Strong, powerful hamstrings can add a lot to your physique and also your athletic performance. You only have to look at the hamstring development of athletes like sprinters, jumpers, pole vaulters, and rugby players to see how important the hamstrings are. And no self-respecting bodybuilder or fitness model will ever make a name for themselves with weakly developed "leg biceps". If your hamstring development and strength is letting you down, it's time to think beyond the leg curl machine.

12th Apr 2017

Nordic Hamstring Curls

If your hamstring development is lacking, you want to improve your athletic performance, or you're simply looking for something new and cool to do for your leg workout, look no further than the Nordic hamstring curl. While it might raise a few eyebrows, the results you get will make all that extra scrutiny worth it.

Contrary to popular belief, when it comes to strength training, more is not always better. In fact, fewer training sessions per week are sometimes better than more. The balance between training and rest is crucial, and if you out-train your ability to recover, your progress will soon grind to a halt. When planning your next training cycle, consider reducing rather than increasing training frequency. Who knows, you might discover that you get better results from doing less and not more.

If you want to run well and stay injury free, regular strength training should also be part of your workout schedule. Strength training workouts can make you a better, more complete runner so that you can keep on running for years to come.