Outside of the small window of prohibition, alcohol has been a legal, socially acceptable form of altering your state of consciousness that everyone over the legal age could enjoy. Booze is everywhere, it’s been handed out at church for centuries, you can get it on a plane ride, even some grocery store chains are encouraging getting a drink during your weekly food shopping run.
It's no secret that the weight room section of the gym is made up primarily of men. If I had to estimate, half of those men are pumping away at their arms in hopes of getting those sleeves to fit a little tighter. While this article will certainly work for them, I wanted to call on the ladies here to get them over to the iron and reap some of the awesome benefits.
When it comes to protein shakes, I’m an easy customer. So long as its palatable, comes with the amount of protein I want, and doesn’t have a bunch of other useless calories, I’m happy. Every so often however, I make the extra effort to concoct a shake that satisfies my taste buds and my macronutrient requirements alike.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge protein bar guy. The average bar usually comes packed with a ton of useless calories, more artificial sweeteners than a 2 liter of diet coke, and taste like someone put a box of chalk in a Snickers bar. 9 times out of 10, I recommend making a shake with a high-quality protein powder in lieu of a bar simply because they are usually loaded with only protein.
When it comes to building the upper body, nothing beats a good set of lats. They help stabilize other movements like deadlifts and bench press, they aid in proper posture, and generally make you look more bad ass overall. In my opinion, when it comes to the pecking order of lat exercises, only pull-ups rank higher than lat pulldowns in terms of building size and strength.