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Erin Stern

March 29, 2017

Build Without Bulking | Shoulder Tri-Set | Erin Stern

If you’re trying to build shoulders, consider incorporating one low-rep heavy weight shoulder day, and one high-rep light day. Shoulders are a combination of fast twitch and slow twitch muscle fibers, which require a variety of movements to stimulate growth. I hit a plateau in training, and only broke through...

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February 25, 2017

Build Without Bulking | Single-Arm Cable Face Pull | Erin Stern

In the gym, cables are a great option for helping to build muscle, as they can provide constant tension on the muscle through a full range of motion. When building specific muscle areas, it also helps to be able to limit the use of stabilizer muscles and momentum. This month,...

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January 28, 2017

Build Without Bulking |Incline Bench Upright Rows | Erin Stern

As some of you may know, upright rows have gotten a bad rap. Some trainers say that the exercise can cause impingements in the shoulders and can be harmful for overall shoulder health. I think that no exercise should be labeled as “off-limits”. That being said, tweaking the traditional upright...

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January 4, 2017

Build Without Bulking | Zercher Squats | Erin Stern

There are hundreds of squat variations. Some are common, easy to perform, and easy to implement into a training routine. Since I hurt my SI joint (lower back), I have been very careful about not doing too many traditional squats. Instead of going heavier on squats, I want to focus...

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November 16, 2016

Build Without Bulking | Incline Bench Dumbbell Curls | Erin Stern

We all want shapely biceps, but how many reps of standing biceps curls does it take to see results? Possibly thousands! Fortunately, there is a more effective way to curl, and it doesn’t require lifting more weight. Simply changing angles and changing tempo can produce great muscle building results! All...

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October 27, 2016

Build Without Bulking | Lat Pull Downs| Erin Stern

Lat pull downs with a pause-rep We’re coming up on the holiday season, or what many people like to call “bulking season.” Fortunately it’s not necessary to gain a lot of fat while trying to gain muscle! In this new series, Build Without Bulking, we’ll go over how to train...

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October 5, 2016

Small Changes, Big Results | Dumbbell Lateral Raise | Erin Stern

Many of us who lift strive for broad shoulders. Not only does it look powerful and help prevent injury, it can also make the waist look smaller. It can take years to build them, but with proper form, you’ll see results sooner! This month, we’ll focus on the dumbbell lateral...

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August 26, 2016

Small Changes, BIG Results | Biceps | Erin Stern

I think every gym has “that guy” or “that girl”, who walks over to the free weights section and starts doing curls. The weights are swinging, and you can see every muscle working, except for the biceps. I actually used to be that girl. I thought that I needed to...

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August 2, 2016

Small Changes, Big Results | Dumbbell Row | Erin Stern

I love training with free weights. Exercise variations can easily be introduced into your workouts, and you can achieve great results with very little time-spent training. However, challenges can arise when training muscle groups you can’t easily see, such as the back. I think choosing appropriate weights, utilizing the mind-muscle...

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June 29, 2016

Small Changes, Big Results: The Squat | Erin Stern

There are many exercises geared towards developing the posterior chain. My favorite exercise is the squat. Many of us tend to be quadriceps dominant, which can make the squat less effective for working the glutes and hamstrings. I want to share three small changes that can have a big impact...

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