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

Exercises for better posture: 2 hacks lifters should try now

Here's how weight lifters can improve one critical feature, their posture, and why that's critical for strength.

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Best stretching exercises: Why lifting is about more than strength

Here's how weight lifters can improve through mobility work and stretching.

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Is grip strength important for weight lifting? 3 facts you need to know

Here's how to improve one of the most important elements of weight lifting.

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Why gaining weight when lifting weights isn’t a problem

Here are three questions weight lifters need to ask.

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The one piece of equipment you need to achieve strength, cardio, and health

Kettlebells are a deceptively simple way to get fit.

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Olympic weightlifting 2021: How to become a fan, before it’s too late

The Tokyo Games may be the Olympics’ last waltz with the barbell. Here’s how to watch it.

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How to choose the right weight lifting shoes

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How sore is too sore? What every weight lifter needs to know

While soreness can be brutal, it’s not exactly pain.

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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.