The Intelligent & Relentless Pursuit of Muscle™
Author: Charles Staley

Most Beneficial Exercises
by Charles Staley | Wed, Sep 11, 2013

The best exercise isn't the one that hurts the most, but the one that has the greatest benefit compared to its costs.

7 Hard Truths About Lifting
by Charles Staley | Tue, Aug 20, 2013

Here are seven training tenets that have worked for over 30 years. Have you adopted them all?

The Hub and Spoke Method
by Charles Staley | Fri, Aug 02, 2013

A new way to organize your workouts to quickly boost a lagging lift or stubborn muscle group.

Twice a Week Lifting For Convicts
by Charles Staley | Fri, May 31, 2013

Train only two times per week and make progress. Not possible? If your training methodologies are solid, it can be done.

The Novelty Workout
by Charles Staley | Mon, May 13, 2013

When things get stale and you've lost that lovin' feeling, you've gotta' spice things up a bit, both in the bedroom AND in the weight room.

3 Questions For Better Workouts
by Charles Staley | Tue, Apr 23, 2013

People rarely ask themselves questions because they fear the answer will expose them as weak, hypocritical, or plain wrong. If you fear the truth, don't read this article.

How to Build Size and Strength Simultaneously
by Charles Staley | Wed, Apr 17, 2013

Building strength and size at the same time isn't crazy; in fact, it's smart. Here's a smart, easy-to-follow workout that will make it happen.

7 Principles For Masters Lifters
by Charles Staley | Mon, Mar 04, 2013

Coach Staley is at his physical peak at age 53. If you want to ensure that your best days are still ahead of you, implement these 7 operational principles now!

6 Important Training Discoveries
by Charles Staley | Thu, Feb 14, 2013

Charles Staley reveals 6 awesome training epiphanies; any one of which, if implemented, could markedly improve your training and your physique.

A Power Clean Primer For Beginners
by Charles Staley | Tue, Jan 29, 2013

A beautiful, logical, and simple step-by-step guide to doing power cleans.

Why I Train
by Charles Staley | Mon, Jan 07, 2013

If you've ever grappled with the rationale behind trying to constantly lift more weight or accrue more muscle mass, Charles Staley has some answers for you.

5 More Hacks To Reinvigorate Your Training
by Charles Staley | Wed, Dec 05, 2012

Five methods to satisfy your need for training variety, including "going nuts on the last set," "reward sets," and "rolling the dice."

7 Ways to Make Your Training Efficient
by Charles Staley | Tue, Oct 09, 2012

To get bigger and stronger, you need to manage your body like you'd manage a business. Here are 7 ways you can make your workouts much, much, better.

8 Reasons People Do Dumb Things
by Charles Staley | Mon, Aug 27, 2012

If there's some health or fitness trend you hold dear, hang on tight because Charles Staley is about to blow it to smithereens. Let's get ready to rumble!

Heavy Lessons
by Charles Staley | Mon, Jun 04, 2012

A long-time strength coach finally enters a powerlifting meet. Here's what you can learn from his experiments.

Performance, Not Pain - 05.24.07
by Charles Staley | Thu, May 24, 2007

It's better to use your performance as a gauge of what you've accomplished than how much you hurt the next day. Numbers don't lie; if your numbers are going up, so is your progress. The reverse is not true however. I trashed my back a few years ago doing something really stupid, and trust me, the fact that I couldn't tie my shoes for a while wasn't a sign of progress!

Why Periodization Doesn't Work
by Charles Staley | Thu, Apr 05, 2007

Unfortunately, your old "what do ya wanna work today?" spur of the moment type training works a whole lot better than anything the Soviet Ministry Of Sport managed to cook up behind the Iron Curtain back in the 50's and 60's. Charles Staley explains why.

Stress Ain't So Bad - 03.30.07
by Charles Staley | Fri, Mar 30, 2007

Stress isn't bad; excessive stress is bad. We need stress to grow. For example, you can't train a muscle without placing stress on the corresponding joint. You must bend your knee if you want to get your quads to grow — you can't have it both ways. The trick is to find the happy middle ground where the stress is sufficient for growth, but not more.

Paretto's Principle - 03.26.07
by Charles Staley | Mon, Mar 26, 2007

Twenty percent of your actions are responsible for eighty percent of your results. Figure out what those actions are and do more of them. A common example would be a workout that starts out with heavy deadlifts, then progresses to leg extensions, leg curls, calf raises, and crunches. In this workout, the deadlifts are responsible for at LEAST eighty percent of the result. Do some self-analysis and apply this rule to your training!

EDT: Your 10 Most Common Questions Answered
by Charles Staley, B.Sc., MSS | Wed, Mar 07, 2007

EDT is one of the simplest, most effective bodybuilding programs ever devised. If you're not familiar with it, here's your chance.

Performance, Not Pain - 02.20.07
by Charles Staley | Tue, Feb 20, 2007

Smart trainees focus on performance, not pain. Don't select exercises or techniques based on how much they hurt! While it's true that effective training techniques often hurt, sometimes they don't. Whenever a technique potentiates performance, it also maximizes the gain you'll experience from that performance.

Rest-Pause Technique
by Charles Staley | Wed, Feb 07, 2007

It's a simple training strategy, but oh-so effective. Charles has just one question: Why aren't you using it!?!

Do What's Needed - 01.25.07
by Charles Staley | Thu, Jan 25, 2007

Most people do what's fun. Do what's needed . Once you've accepted that performance is a better measure of progress than pain, make sure the underlying purpose is rational and healthy. Is your desire for a 500-pound bench press tied to any worthy context outside of just having a huuggge bench? If you're a competitive powerlifter, and powerlifting adds purpose to your life, your answer is yes. But for the rest of you, maybe not. Only you can answer this question, and it's probably worth some exploration.

"Building-On"
by Charles Staley | Thu, Jan 18, 2007

Whenever you can make a workout more time-efficient, you're stacking the odds heavily in your favor. Not only do you complete your training in less time, but you've also got more time to recover before the next onslaught!

Staley Strategies: The A-B Split
by Charles Staley | Thu, Dec 21, 2006

When I look at all the questions that people send me, one of the more common themes I notice is confusion around the topic of putting together your weekly training cycle. So for my first edition of The Staley Strategies , I thought I'd elaborate on one of my all-time favorite strategies (this one being a tactic, technically speaking): the A-B split.

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