Leg Day Observer

'Leg Day Observer' is a regular column from Inverse by Sam S. Reiss that offers a thoughtful approach to lifting, exercise, and eating.Michael Ochs Archives/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Leg Day Observer

Why are weightlifters so short? The height-lifting connection, explained

Is it better for weightlifters to be tall or short? The answer is more complicated than you think.

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Why butts are the “Trojan horse” way to get healthy

Don't underestimate the butt.

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Bodyweight workouts: How to skip the gym and still get fit

These no (or very minimal) equipment workouts can still get you strong.

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Why weight lifters need to pay more attention to their feet

A foot can't grow like a bicep, but it can become stronger.

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Need to take a weight lifting break? Use these ‘eccentric’ exercises instead

All exercises contain three phases of movements.

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Can you lift weights too much? How to get stronger, sustainably

In a technical sense, it’s impossible to lift too much. But over time it’s unavoidable.

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How to solve the muscle problem that’s coming for us all

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Can athletes weight lift too much? Tom Brady’s workouts trigger a debate

Most in the NFL workout with serious weight — except the league's most famous player.

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How to keep weight lifting, even when life gets in the way

You can create a workout plan compatible with your schedule.

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Intermediate lifters: Why the awkward stage of strength can mean freedom

Knowing even if you're an intermediate weight lifter is half the challenge.

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Weight lifting progress: What to do when you're ready to level up

Progress becomes more complicated when you're no longer a beginner — but the next stage is more fun.

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A beginner's guide to weight lifting: How to get started and what to expect

The choice is easy and there’s no downside.