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7 Abused and Misused Training Methods

Exercises are tools. You've got to know how to use them properly. Here's a list of commonly misused ones.

The Truth About Kinesiology Tape

Does kinesio tape or K-tape actually do anything to improve performance, stability, or pain? We dug into the new research.

Tip: The Athlete's Overhead Press

This will increase your ability to transfer force across your body, which is crucial for punching, batting, throwing, and even sprinting.

Tip: Do This Before Heavy Squats

Fire up your central nervous system and recruit a monster amount of muscle fibers with this movement.

Tip: The Best Bench Press for Athletes

Close grip or traditional grip? If an athlete wants to transfer strength into power, here's what science says is the best choice.

Tip: A Recovery Protocol for Power Athletes

What happens when you combine several popular recovery methods? This new study tested it out.

Tip: Get Explosive Without the Olympic Lifts

Not interested in learning the full O-lifts? Build athleticism and power anyway with these two easier-to-learn exercises.

Tip: Elevation Masks Just Don't Work

A new study shows that these goofy masks make everything about your workout less effective. Here's why.

Tip: Athletic Exercises That Make You Slow

Here's how to run slower, punch slower, and miss the ball more. Wait, you don't want that? Then avoid dumb training methods like this.

Tip: Kinky Lifting for Kinesthetic Awareness

Does lifting blindfolded (or with your eyes closed) really improve performance? Here's the science.

Tip: Does Compression Gear Really Work?

Do those tight shirts and pants really improve workouts and recovery? Here's the science.

Tip: How To Do a Handstand

It builds your shoulders and strengthens your core, but most of all it looks cool. Here's your step-by-step guide.

The Most Efficient Warm-Ups, Period

If your warm-up takes more than 15 minutes, you're doing it wrong. Here's how to get fired up for training, fast.

Tip: Sport Specific Skill vs. Functional Exercise

Here's why reenacting sports movements in the gym doesn't transfer to athletic performance.

Tip: The Real Cause of Muscle Cramps

It's not dehydration. Here's the real problem and how to prevent it.

Rotation Training for Athletes & Lifters

Perform better, build great abs and obliques, and prevent injury with these moves.

Tip: Dope Your Performance With Leaves

Daily consumption of this vegetable can increase exercise performance. Here's what you need to know.

Tip: Pre-Workout Crocodile Breathing

Practice this technique and correct your dysfunctional breathing patterns. Here's how to do it.

Tip: A Better Way to Jump Squat

It's a common plyometric exercise with athletes, but there's a better, safer way to do it. Check it out.

Tip: Train at a Higher Level With Tactical Breathing

Known as box breathing in military circles, this technique can also be used by lifters to improve performance. Check it out.

Fix Your Breathing, Build More Muscle

Crocodile breathing. Tactical breathing. Recovery breathing. Perform better, recover faster and de-stress with these 3 methods. Here's how.

Tip: How Athletes Should Train for Gains

Here's how athletes can train for hypertrophy without losing velocity and power.

Tip: Beware of Overkill

You've seen it. You've done it. We all do it. Stop doing it.

Tip: The 5 Best Ab Exercises for Athletes

Build a strong core that not only looks good, but makes you a better athlete. Here's how.

Stronger Wrists, Bigger Lifts

Wrist pain is common for those who lift big. Kill the pain by strengthening them and adding mobility. Here's what to do.