Exercise is a crucial part of maintaining a manly physique. Join up to share ideas, get support and discuss plans with other men.

Members: 915
Latest Activity: yesterday

Discussion Forum

Brett McKay's pull-up routine

Started by Greg S. Last reply by Tim yesterday. 10 Replies

non gym exercise

Started by Matt Daly. Last reply by Matt Daly Aug 5. 2 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Exercise to add comments!

Comment by Mongoose on Wednesday

OK, so it's been a year and several months, but I think I'm starting to see results. I had slowed down a bit a few months ago, stopped taking all supps, and restarted training three weeks ago.

Here's what I did different this time: rather than 3 sets of 10 reps, I switched to 6 sets of 12 reps. I also resumed my MZA supplement at night on an empty stomach.

Additionally, last week, I resumed taking creatine (still creatine loading at the moment) and resumed taking something called A2 (a pre-cursor to Nitros Oxide or something like that). I have noted my arms, chest, and V-shaped muscles (back and sides?) are actually appearing bigger in the mirror.

So this makes me feel that there's hope for me.

Comment by Joseph Suter on August 18, 2015 at 2:46pm

Upright row with rope and a kettle bell via SwingThis Kettlebell and Functional Strength

Comment by Mike S. on May 29, 2015 at 8:54pm

Marvin - your back is considered part of your core. A lot of people think of your core as being your abs and obliques, but that is just half of it. You definitely won't feel it in either of those areas. Some things to consider when you are deadlifting: 1) Think of it more as a pushing motion than a pulling motion. What I mean by that is instead of focusing on pulling the weight up using your back muscles, focus more on pushing your heels through the floor and standing straight up. This will help your form and ensure you are activating the right muscles. 2) Make sure you aren't tensing up your arms too much. A lot of people get really stiff arms and lock their elbows. This is a result of my former point - they are looking at it as a pulling exercise. Just keep a tight grip and a relatively loose wrist, then stand up. 3) Pay very close attention to your back and ensure you do not round it out. 

Comment by Tim on May 29, 2015 at 10:20am

Matt, I agree with you about chin/pull ups..they are the among the best (and simplest) exercises to build upper body mass & strength. I started out early last year doing barely 6 pull I can do 15-20 easily. Am working on weighted pull-ups since regular pull ups feel so easy now!

Comment by Matt Daly on May 28, 2015 at 7:02pm

one of my fav exercises are pull ups/chin ups. I get asked by boys at school how often i curl and do bicep work, i tell them i haven't curled in about 5 years. Look at gymnasts arms they have the most impressive and I think pull/chins are the best upper body exercises going round!

Deadlift is great for whole body too i do like them as well !

Comment by Marvin on May 28, 2015 at 12:20pm

Mike S. - Thank you. Today was my second day of doing deadlifts and I progressed to 205 lbs. I mainly felt the burn in my lower back, some of my legs, and my glutes, but not all over my body including core. Also, I progressed to 245 (my bodyweight) on the barbell squat, but I can't seem to activate my glutes how matter how hard I clench. Ultimately, I'm only sore when I flex my back muscle, but otherwise I never come home feeling as if I did anything, even after sweating a pig and going heavy (for my body).

Comment by Mike S. on May 28, 2015 at 5:45am

Marvin - Deadlifts, in my opinion, are one of the best lifts out there, right up with squats. Deadlifts work more muscles than any other single movement, to include squats. Most importantly, deadlifts strengthen your back and core which are crucial to every lift you do. Strengthening your back and core provide a stable base for all lifts and help prevent injury. Additionally, because it works so many muscles, it can be another big mass builder. For me, one of the big reasons I like it is because of its practical application. Lifting something off of the ground is one of the most basic movements we make on a regular basis. Think about when you have to move furniture, lift a heavy box, pick up an injured buddy, etc... all deadlift. 

Comment by Matt Daly on May 28, 2015 at 5:34am
Hey Richard I think your arms are so sore is because you are using machines. I've been working out for 25 yrs and I've found machine stretch the muscle too much. Use free weights or body weight and you will find less soreness and better results. Hope that helps.
Comment by Marvin on May 26, 2015 at 8:21am

So have I been missing out on not doing deadlifts? I've done squats, but not deadlifts...and I'm looking for strength and a beautiful rear to acquire. However, the deadlift space is always taken.

Comment by Richard Lambert on May 25, 2015 at 9:14pm

Just started working the machines this week....i didint think i over did it but my arms are difficult to bend since yesterday. Is that normal? Im new here, and im still learning, and working up to weight lifting. Thought i might be able to learn a few things from you all. :D 



Members (915)


Latest Activity

Regular Joe replied to Regular Joe's discussion The Visual Encyclopedia of Russian Prison Tattoos in the group AoM Secrets and Mysteries
"Google says the following:  Five dots on the hand stands for the amount of time a prisoner has done in a prison. The four dots on the outside represent the walls of the prison and the dot in the center represents the inmate bearing the tattoo.…"
3 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to Bearwolf's discussion Holding Hands During the Our Father in the group Catholic Men
"And what's up with people praying in the orans position? "
6 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to Braeden's discussion My Fellow Americans, What Nation are you From?
"What are pineys?  And does "Indians" mean this: or this:  "
12 minutes ago
Seitanist Dan replied to Braeden's discussion My Fellow Americans, What Nation are you From?
"NYC is stepford, USA. New England, however, is a utopia."
15 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to Braeden's discussion My Fellow Americans, What Nation are you From?
""Darn snowbirds." Yeah, it's weird. I could go to Florida for the holidays and go to a French Canadian bank, get coffee at Tim Horton's, attend French Canadian Xmas mass, attends French Canadian NYE parties, etc.  You guys…"
17 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to Braeden's discussion My Fellow Americans, What Nation are you From?
""general Southern attributes of being outwardly friendly, happy, and a bit laid back (none of which seems to be the case in many places up North)." Don't know what you consider to be "up north" but I've spend some time…"
19 minutes ago
Regular Joe replied to VH's discussion What's your workout?
"Martial arts usually year round but I've taken a break since the spring since my (first) child was born. I'm currently concentrating on Judo and doing a bit of BJJ on the side. In the past I've also done Muay Thai (and a handful of…"
27 minutes ago
Profile IconBo Arevalo, Zachary Gillmore, Dominic Jay Struckhoff and 32 more joined Art of Manliness
38 minutes ago

© 2015   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service