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

Is creatine necessary? A shortage of the cult-like supplement forces lifters to question its importance

While creatine has a long history as a strength and performance supplement, there’s still a bit of confusion around it.

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Do three-second lifts work? A sports science breaks down how much time you should actually spend lifting weights

A few seconds of lifting a day can lead to strength, but there’s a catch.

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How to start lifting at any age

Does strength fade as we age — or can we maintain it?

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Why is it nearly impossible to master the squat?

The exercise may take a lifetime to master.

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Is lifting weights good for runners? Yes, if you do it right

Strength training can help runners achieve faster times and prevent common injuries.

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How to set weight lifting goals and succeed: 3 expert tips to hit your benchmarks

Finding balance is key to following through on your goals.

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What are good weight lifting benchmarks? The science of milestones, explained

We all train to get somewhere, even if we don’t know where to.

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What time should you eat to gain muscle? The complex science, explained

Does meal timing affect muscle growth? Here’s what you need to know.

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Is coffee before workouts good or bad? The benefits of caffeine, explained

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How to get good at exercise: The secret is right in front of you

Here are the exercises to try again.

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Upper body strength: The exercises and stretches you need to try

Too many “leg days”? Here’s how to catch up your upper body.

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Does sprint training increase strength? What weight lifters need to know

Sprint training should be viewed as a type of strength training.

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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.