On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing a workout Q&A where I answer your workout questions on camera.
Remember when I used to do the #LLTV Q&A series where I would answer your questions on camera?
Well since I’ve been getting so many questions from you, I’ve decided it’s time to do it again.
This is where I’m going to answer your questions, on camera, but I’m going to try and do it in 1 minute or less.
My goal is to keep each video post less than 3 minutes.
So if you’re ready, let’s get to today’s workout Q&A.
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One of the best exercises to thicken the back are chin ups.
I love chins ups, but be sure to use a full range of motion and bring your lower sternum to the bar.
I also love seated machine rows.
To really increase the thickness of your back, be sure to hold the contracted position for 3-4 seconds, as shown in this video.
Time stamp with video answer: 0:52
I like to train with loads 70-100% of your 1 rep max (1RM).
Your 1RM is simply the amount of weight you can lift for just 1 rep.
Once you know your 1RM max, lift in the 1-6 rep range, using a weight that is between 70-100% of your 1RM.
For example, if your 1RM is 100 pounds:
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This is a great question.
If you have shoulder pain, you can get away with not training your shoulders, while still growing them.
This growth in your shoulders still happens because you get plenty of shoulder work when training your chest.
But if you want to stick with just one shoulder exercise, stick with shoulder abduction work, such as a standing single arm cable lateral raise.
Just add this movement into your workout routine, once every 10 days, or until your shoulder pain stops.
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I would say 95% of people are not overtrained.
But try this tip.
Record your bodyweight on a weight scale after you go to the bathroom in the morning.
If you’ve kept your diet consistent, but you see a 3.5% drop in your bodyweight at night, you’re probably overtraining.
In other words, if you’re 180 pounds in the morning, and then you drop to 174 pounds at night, you may be overtraining.
So if this happens, here is your solution.
Decrease the volume of your workouts.
This simply means lowering the number of total sets and reps that you’re doing.
However, keep the intensity high.
Or you could just take a couple days off from the gym.
Time stamp to watch the video answer: 2:05
I want you to focus on power lifts like the barbell power snatch.
In my opinion, it can be more effective than using those jump stretch bands that you see some people using.
Time stamp with video answer: 2:15
Yes I do like kettlebells.
Kettlebells are great for the posterior chain, which are the muscles on the backside.
Kettlebells are also great for improving explosive strength.
That was 6 questions answered in just under 3 minutes, so I’m going to cut it off here.
Thank you for those great questions.
I’ll answer more of your questions in the coming weeks.
So thanks for tuning in.
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