The 3 Best Leg Workout Routines You Can Do at Home

Many people don’t like training legs even when they have access to a squat rack and weightlifting machines.  In other words, when conditions are perfect.  Leg workouts at home, though? Sounds about as much fun as licking the inside of Satan’s septic tank. Plus, how effective can at-home leg workouts really be when you’re limited to your...

Navy SEAL Training: Is It a Good Way to Get Fit?

There’s no question that Navy SEALs are veritable ripsnorters. They’ve had a reputation as free-wheeling bruisers since the 1960s, but their recent missions in the Middle East and increased media coverage have propelled them to near mythical status. (There’s even a genre of romance novels about SEALs now).  As they’ve gained popularity, journalists, screenwriters, bloggers, YouTubers,...

What’s the Best Hamstring Curl Machine Exercise?

Key Takeaways Two of the most popular exercises for building the hamstrings are the lying and seated hamstring curls. In a recent study, researchers found that seated leg curls resulted in more hamstring muscle activation than lying hamstring curls. Keep reading to learn what this means for your training and the best hamstring exercises for building muscle. What’s...

7 Fantastic Valentine’s Day Gifts for Fitness Lovers

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. And typically, this means waiting until the eleventh hour to buy a gift, praying to the ecommerce gods that it arrives on time, and hoping your special someone likes it.  Unfortunately, fitness folk are often hard to please.  We pay attention to what we eat, we have particular preferences for athletic equipment...

How to Not Suck at Spotting in the Gym

I’m Mike, and I don’t like a scrotum dangling over my face when I’m bench pressing. Or a sweaty hardo snuggling with me while I squat. Or shrieking at me to “dig deep,” “feel the burn,” or “let the big dogs eat.” You see, after 18 years of gymming, I’ve experienced a lot of bad spotting, and...

The Best Way to Lose Weight Fast with Exercise

The first thing you should know losing weight fast with exercise, is that your goal really shouldn’t be to lose weight.  Instead, your goal should be to lose fat.  You see, one of the biggest mistakes dieters make is using their scale weight as their only yardstick for success, and neglecting how their eating and exercise...

Should You Pre-Exhaust Your Muscles? An Answer According to Science

Key Takeaways In a recent study, researchers wanted to see if a weightlifting program that included pre-exhaustion would improve muscle growth, strength, and body composition more than a traditional weightlifting program. The participants who pre-exhausted their muscles gained the same amount of muscle and strength as the group that followed a traditional weightlifting program—pre-exhaustion didn’t enhance...

The Best At-Home Chest Workouts (with Bodyweight, Dumbbells, or Bands!)

Key Takeaways With the right exercise variations, intensity, and (simple) equipment, you can do productive at-home chest workouts. If you want to build (or maintain) a powerful and proportionate pair of pecs, you want to use a variety of different at-home chest exercises to train each element of the chest muscles. Keep reading to learn the science...

The Top 10 Legion Articles of 2020

In 2020, my team and I published over 184 articles here on the Legion blog and another 174 episodes of The Muscle for Life podcast. As with everything this year, there were a few surprises. Articles about maintaining and gaining muscle during and after the COVID-19 lockdowns topped the list, but there were also a...

The 7 Best Fitness Books of All Time

The Dutch philosopher, scholar, and priest Erasmus once quipped, “When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.” That’s a human with his head screwed on straight.  While Erasmus was focused on the health of the soul, his statement is equally true if you want...