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12 Fitness Blogs To Check Out if You Want to be Strong

12 Fitness Blogs To Check Out if You Want to be Strong

There are many resources available for those who want gain strength. Sure, a quick Google search can be your friend. But it can also yield some results that aren’t relevant to you at all. Here is a list of fitness blogs/websites that can help take you to the next level, no matter what level you’re already on.

1. Art of Manliness

This website features many different tips and tricks on how to get strong in a conventional way. From the playground workout, to a guide on how to know your lifts, you’ll learn how to kick your strength workouts up a notch. As an added perk, this website also allows for you to learn how to be a gentleman. There are ample resources for all of your strength needs.

Art of Manliness

    2. Musclehack

    Musclehack is a great site when it comes to cut-and-dry tips for strength. They get straight to the point, giving you a very clear picture that you can use to step up your strength game. There are blog posts, articles, and food recipes that will help you gain muscle, lose fat, and get strong. A couple of my favorite articles include: how much protein is needed to build muscle? and what is muscle growth? These informative articles will keep you informed while giving you an action plan to build your muscles.

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    Musclehack

      3. Greatist

      This site is packed with informational and action-oriented articles that are focused on keeping you happy and healthy, every single day. Plus, the articles are fun and easy to read, leaving you with the impression that they’re really here to help you get fit.

      Greatist

        4. Bodybuilding.com

        This popular site has everything that you could ever need in terms of how to get strong. From workouts, to nutrition, to supplementation, Bodybuilding.com is guaranteed to teach you a thing or two about what it really takes to build your muscles and maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle. Check out some of their featured workouts to begin, and watch yourself get lost in the countless resources that this site has to offer.

        bodybuilding.com

          5. Impossible HQ

          Joel Runyon is a genius when it comes to doing the impossible. His main goal is to motivate you to do the things in your life that you feel are impossible. He also has some great resources when it comes to nutrition and how to get motivated to workout.

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          Impossible HQ

            6. Grow Stronger Blog

            Elliott Hulse is the mastermind behind this site. He has some great videos and articles that are focused on getting strong and staying strong. One perk that this site offers is strengthology, which is focused on helping you become the strongest version of yourself. Click this sub-title and immerse yourself in Elliott’s wealth of strength knowledge.

            Grow Stronger Blog

              7. 12 Minute Athlete

              Run by Krista Stryker, this site is bound to help you get strong without even really setting a foot into a weight room. That’s right — all of her workouts are focused on out-of-the-gym exercises, helping you learn how to get strong, no matter where you are. Her fun, easy-to-navigate website will give you inspiration to stick with any workout that you’re doing.

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                8. Powering Through

                powering through

                  This site has a scientific side to it, giving you information that is proven. Each workout that is featured gives you a detailed outlook on how to do them correctly, avoiding injuries and maximizing your strength opportunity in the process.

                  9. Strength Running

                  Jason Fitzgerald runs this site, and it is all about teaching people how to build themselves to become strong runners. If you’re looking how to become a better runner, look no further. Jason has articles on how to improve your endurance and how to prevent over-training. You can also follow him on Twitter for small, insightful tips.

                  Strength Running

                    10. Ben Does Life

                    This site isn’t so much a blog as much as it is a journey. Follow Ben Davis as he goes through his life, how he conquered his weight problem, and what he does to stay fit. If you’re into inspirational pieces, this is the site for you. Start from the beginning…

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                    Ben Does Life

                      11. Nerd Fitness

                      This site’s tagline is, “level up your life, every single day,” and it couldn’t be more accurate. Steve over at Nerd Fitness created this site to help people get fit, cook healthy meals, and improve their well-being. The idea behind this is to help the “average” person get simple tips on how to make their life extraordinary. See for yourself.

                      Nerdfitness

                        12. Pick The Brain

                        This last site is all about growing yourself, both physically and mentally. They have some great articles with tips on bad habits that unhealthy people possess, as well as things that you need to know about the raw food diet. This is the kind of information that you will want to seek out when you’re searching for the best way to have a strong body from head to toe.

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                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                          The Gentle Art of Saying No

                          No!

                          It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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                          But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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                          What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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                          But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

                          1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
                          2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
                          3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
                          4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
                          5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
                          6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
                          7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
                          8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
                          9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
                          10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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