All posts by Andrew Read

3 Smart Shoulder Exercises That Will Improve Your Shoulder Health

3 Smart Shoulder Exercises That Will Improve Your Shoulder Health

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Over the years, I’ve read a bunch of articles written by people who told me how hard on the shoulders the bench press can be. I took note of the information in these articles, but only in a circumspect way. I had no real understanding of what was being said.

The reason for that was simple: most of these articles were written by guys who had been training longer than me.…

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The Research-Backed Reasons You Need to Start Walking

The Research-Backed Reasons You Need to Start Walking

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Man has spent centuries on packaging the world into a neat space with a roof, lights, and climate control. Because of this, we tell ourselves that we are advanced, evolved beings.

But we’ve got it wrong.

The modern fitness world has spent billions of dollars developing machines (and advertising them to you) in order to keep you fit and healthy.

But they’ve got it wrong, too.…

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How to Win at Exercise After Age 40

How to Win at Exercise After Age 40

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I recently ran a survey on my Facebook page and was overwhelmed by the response. Hundreds of “my guys” over the age of 35 replied and let me know their biggest problems when it comes to getting in shape and staying there.

There were two things that stood out:

  1. What people saw as their biggest impediments to training. While there were many answers, they boiled down to four main things: previous injury, time, work, and family.
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The Best Leg Exercises for Barbell, Kettlebell, and Bodyweight Training

The Best Leg Exercises for Barbell, Kettlebell, and Bodyweight Training

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Having covered the best pulling exercises and pushing exercises in previous articles, that leaves us with legs. Many people would think finding the best leg exercise is simple — just pick squats, work hard and heavy, and move on.

But are squats really the king of lower-body movements?

A Critical Point When Picking the Best Leg Exercises

Before we pick our best leg exercises, we need to remember what our legs can do.…

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The 3 Most Effective Kettlebell Exercises for the Advanced Trainee

The 3 Most Effective Kettlebell Exercises for the Advanced Trainee

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I recently wrote a three-exercise kettlebell program that I coined “Recon Ron 2.0.” The whole premise of it was to design a program that yielded the best possible results in a short time span. It was never designed to be a lifelong program to follow — if such a thing even exists — nor did I consider the exercises necessarily the most important kettlebell drills.…

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Why More Is Better and Intervals Can Be a Bad Choice

Why More Is Better and Intervals Can Be a Bad Choice

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10,000 hours. That’s the number it is said to take to master something. 10,000 hours of hard work to get world class.

But what if you don’t want to be world-class as an athlete — what if you just want to be in really good shape? How many hours does that take?

If we start with what 10,000 hours might look like broken down into a weekly target, we can work our way backward and figure out the hours you need to put in to achieve your fitness goals — as well as the most effective thing to do during those hours.…

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How to Create an Effective Workout Program in 2 Simple Steps

How to Create an Effective Workout Program in 2 Simple Steps

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What if you had to write an exercise program for someone (or for yourself)? Where would you start? Would you start with basic bodybuilding movements or would you go for the big three power lifts?

Right now, in gyms all over the world, people are answering these questions. And right now, their clients are getting bigger and stronger. But what if “bigger” and “stronger” are only the answers to a very small number of questions and we, the general public, has been led astray by sports strength and conditioning?…

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The Golden Mean Training Plan: A Simple Template for Success

The Golden Mean Training Plan: A Simple Template for Success

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At the beginning of each year, it is easy to be fooled into thinking you need a new workout. New year, new you, and all that jazz. Don’t be fooled by fitness marketing hype.

The basics are the basics for a good reason — they work.

Let’s face it, squats don’t stop working to make you stronger just because you’ve been doing them for a while.…

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The holidays are done and whatever transpired can’t be changed. But you can take a more intelligent approach to diving back into your training and making fitness part of your routine again. Here are five guidelines for formulating your own post-holiday exercise plan of attack

How to Launch a Successful Post-Holiday Exercise Plan of Attack

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It’s easy to get derailed during the holiday season. Work accelerates because everyone is frantically trying to finish tasks before the end of the year, but this happens at a time when most people’s brains are already in vacation mode. With more work on your plate and everybody else moving at a slower pace, it’s easy for things like your training to take a back seat.…

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