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25 Ways to Get Stronger Now

Putting on muscle isn't just about piling on more and more weight. Use these tips to work out smarter—not harder—for big results you can really see.

11. Squeeze your glutes on every lift.

Tightness through your hips leads to increased stability everywhere and will let you put up more weight immediately on any exercise. In other words, you can, in fact, pull a new record "out of your ass."

12. Hold on to an ice pack for one to two minutes before lifting.

It's like a cold shower for your nervous system, awakening your senses.

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13. Use lifting chalk.

Magnesium carbonate (not the same stuff you used in school to write a sentence 100 times on the blackboard) keeps your hands dry for a superstrong grip. Like the weight belt, it can help you instantly up your max.

14. Warm up with a heavier weight than your work set.

Do your last warm-up set with a heavier weight than what you plan to use in your first work set. Do fewer reps than what you will do on the work set, too. Using the heavier weight in the warm-up will help you recruit extra muscle mass for the work set.

15. Wear a weight belt.

A lifting belt will help support your lower back on deadlifts, squats, and presses. You can increase your max by tens of pounds just by strapping one on.

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