10 Best of List – Fitness Edition
Best Exercise for Quadricep Mass- Leg press. Many will say heavy squats, but I believe that the ability to change angles on the leg press allows for tension overall quad development and emphasis, rather than the glutes which I’ve seen become over developed in some people who squat regularly.
Best Fitness Accessory- VersaGrips. These grips are a great way to protect the hands and prevent calluses, but they are double as lifting straps that can help you use more weight than your normal grip would allow. They are very comfortable, can be used during the entire workout and help a great deal with back exercises. (Runner Up- Weight Lifting Belt)
Best Cardio Machine- Stepmill. Not only is the stepmill difficult, it can be used in a variety of way to improve the calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes. Overall caloric expenditure on this machine is higher than most other pieces of cardio. (Runner Up- Jacobs Ladder)
Best Arm Mass Building Exercise- Close grip bench press/ Cheat Curls with forced negatives. These two movements, one for tricep mass and one for bicep mass will beef up your arms a great deal if performed correctly.
Best Abdominal Exercise- Hanging leg raise. Not only does this exercise give traction for the spine and stretch out the lower back, it also strengthens the entire core. This movement is also very applicable to sports. (Runner up- Planks)
Best Chest Exercise for Pectoral Development- Incline dumbbell press. Some would argue the incline barbell press is better for building strength and power. I agree. However, dumbbells can be used in a variety of ways and angles that allow for more pectoral activation and emphasis and less shoulder recruitment. The amount of gym goers who have undergone shoulder surgery from barbell presses is endless. Keep that in mind. (Runner Up- Cable flyes)
Best post workout supplement- Whey protein isolate. Loaded with L-leucine and other essential amino acids, this supplements digests quickly and also has an effect on spiking insulin post workout, which aids massively in repairing muscle tissue. (Runner Up- Fermented Branch Chain Amino Acids BCAA)
Best pre workout supplement- Caffeine with Creatine . One stimulates the central nervous system and allows for increases in endurance and strength. The other allows for extra water to enter muscle cells resulting in increased endurance and causes an increase in protein synthesis- meaning your muscles grow.
Best back exercise- Pull ups- Not only are they one of the hardest exercises, they also are one of the most applicable to sports and real life situations. If you only did pull-ups for back work, you could still achieve an impressive back.
Best Butt Exercise- Reverse Hack Squats. Doing squats on the hack squat facing the pads allows you body to drop back and keep the tension on the glutes as if you were sitting down in a chair. I like the hack squat because I find it to be somewhat more accessible for people than barbell squats. Also, it’s much easier to do partial reps on this machine and absolutely tear up your buns. (Runner Up- Deep Barbell Back Squats)
Bonus- Best Time to Workout for Muscle Gains- Afternoon Between 3-6pm (if you wake up around 6-9 am. The afternoon is when your core temperature is the highest and it’s likely your strength will be as well. (Runner up- first thing in the morning fasted-great for fast loss and boosting natural Growth Hormone)