Tagged: strength training

How to Strengthen Your Pinch Grip

We’ve worked our crush grip with grippers and our support grip with hangs and deadlift holds. Now it’s time for another type of grip strength: the pinch grip. Read more… Read more

How Deep Should You Squat?

I’m a person who can appreciate the great diversity of squats in our world. High squats, low squats, front squats, back squats—they’re all beautiful. And yet, people on the internet love to argue about...

February’s Fitness Challenge Is: Grip!

We spend a lot of time working our arms, legs, heart, lungs—but maybe not our hands. Which is a shame, because grip strength is helpful for other exercises, and can be a goal in...

The Complete Guide to Failing Lifts

If heavy barbells scare you, you’re not alone. Until you have a bit of experience (both lifting and watching others lift) you may feel slightly terrified at the thought of a bar crashing down...

How to Make the Ab Wheel Suck Less

This month in the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge we are taking on the ab wheel, aka ab roller, aka “crap, I fell on my face again.” Last week we did a plank on the wheel,...

It’s Time to Tackle the Ab Wheel

Ready for the first fitness challenge of 2020? We’re going to get acquainted with the infamous ab wheel, better known as “Hey, what’s this? I bet I can—oof.” (And here you fall on your...

Some Benchmarks for Your Pull-Up Journey

Do you want to do a pull-up? Can you already do a few, but want to move forward from here? In our series of year-end fitness benchmarks, here are several levels of pull-up oriented...

What Are Fat Gripz Good For?

Our quest to explain every weird thing at the gym has now landed on Fat Gripz, the heavy rubber handles, often blue, that you can wrap around barbells and dumbbells. Their main job is...

The Lifting Gifts You Should Ask For

As readers will have noticed, I have gotten really into lifting over the last year or two. And along the way, I’ve acquired a few items that were a bit expensive. If I were...

How to Hold Onto a Deadlift Bar

Deadlifts are a great way to work almost half the muscles in your body—your hamstrings and back especially. But if you can’t hold onto the bar, it’s hard to benefit. Here are a few...

Let’s Get Weird and Try a One Handed Deadlift

We’ve done a lot of different exercises in the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, from barbell lifts to endurance sports to yoga and more. This month will be special, though: we’re going to take on some...