Happy Friday! Welcome to a new edition of Body-Solid's official digest – Built for Life & Times. If you're unfamiliar with the Built for Life & Times, we do the heavy lifting (pun intended) by collecting the best articles on the web related to fitness, body building and exercise equipment around the internet.
Today we're looking at 100 Push Up variations, exercises for building a bigger chest, a very detailed look at increasing proficiency in the olympic lifts and the Body-Solid Product of the Day.
5 Best Exercises for a Bigger Chest
Stephanie Lee of Bodybuilding.com has a great article detailing five of the best exercises for building a bigger chest. Some of these exercises may be common sense to more veteran lifters but it's a nice quick list for those looking to focus:
"Building the chest of your dreams shouldn't be treated like rocket science—overly complicated with a chance of blowing up in your face. James Grage likes to stick to the basics, using different angles and rep ranges to blitz every fiber in his pecs and elicit maximum growth."
The five exercises Stephanie recommends are barbell bench press, incline dumbbell press, flat dumbbell fly, bar dip and the classic push-up.
Read the full article at http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/5-best-exercises-for-a-bigger-chest.html also we recommend using our exclusive Body-Focus tool to see the best Body-Solid products for building up your chest.
Increasing Proficiency in the Olympic Lifts
Few sites break down the science behind lifting better than EliteFTS and today's article by Greg Potter is no exception:
"It is no surprise that the Olympic lifts are held in high-esteem by many athletes and coaches alike (given the skills necessary to perform them efficiently). While I am not suggesting that any one exercise is a panacea for anybody—unless the exercise is the competitive event itself for an athlete—when pressed for time in the gym, the selection of lifts that demand and develop high motor unit recruitment and a multitude of physical qualities can be an efficient strategy provided that an individual has the requisite training background to perform these lifts safely."
This, like most EliteFTS pieces is a long read but if you're serious about improving your olympic lifts this is one of the best guides you'll find online.
Read the full article at http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/increasing-proficiency-in-the-olympic-lifts
100 Push-Up Variations
Yes, 100 different variations of the standard push-up in this informative and interactive infographic. The infograph was developed by Sergeant Mike Volkin of Strength Stack 52 and Dan Delisleof PushXpro.
Body-Solid Product of the Day: OSR Rubber Grip Olmypic Sets
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Quad-grip design guarantees safer and easier performance than any other plate on the market. Encased in durable, heavy-duty rubber to prevent scuffing or damage to equipment, walls or floors. Impact-resistant, these Olympic Plates will not split, crack or peel. They are also impervious to rusting, chipping, flaking or losing their color. And the integrated metal sleeve provides a smooth, secure fit onto any Olympic bar.
Heavy lifting has never been easier or safer. Find out more about the OSR at http://www.bodysolid.com/Home/OSR/Rubber_Grip_Olympic_Sets.
That's it for today, folks. Have a great weekend and remember to stay Built for Life!