Hey, wanna tick a lot of people off? Want to start a flame war, a heated academic discussion, or just a good old-fashioned penis-waving contest? Then come out publicly and say that total body training is better than body part split training.
You need to know right away that our athletes at the US Air Force Academy don't train as if they're preparing for a strongman competition. The concept of training specificity makes it clear there are few similarities between competing in a strongman competition and competing as a football, basketball, or hockey athlete.
Is it possible to put more stress on certain parts of a muscle?
The nutrition and training info is top notch and so are the writers. I really enjoy Eric Cressey, Mike Robertson, Dan John, Alwyn Cosgrove, Charles Staley, Chad Waterbury, and Christian Thibaudeau. I've read much of what they've written.
Here’s why everyone should consistently do lifts at or above 90% of their 1RM.
Q & A with one of the world's premier strength coaches
The popular leg exercise goes under the microscope!
A diet and workout plan for females wanting a lean, athletic look. Check it out.
I'll have to admit that my mind was elsewhere. We were all sitting in the lounge at the Los Angeles Strength Seminar and everyone was drinking wonderful things like beer and bourbon, often together. One lovely young woman was drinking a wine spritzer. I can allow that, if you're a lovely young woman.
Over the last few years it seems that just about every "in the know" performance coach has discussed the conjugate method and why they find it to be the most effective way to train an athlete. By now I think we all know the definition of conjugate or concurrent periodization and how it involves simultaneously trying to raise multiple qualities.
Imagine if there were no barriers to strength attainment: we'd all be power cleaning 500, squatting 1000, and benching 600 in no time.
A new way to give your body and brain a break and rediscover the idiotic fun of training
Instead of my usual Q & A column this month, I'm going to get a few things off my chest. Don't worry though, it won't simply be the ranting of a dieting bodybuilder; you'll probably learn a few helpful things along the way, too!
Strategies for sets, reps, volume, training, and for getting downright ripped. Find it all here.
Eight ways to train safely and effectively.
It’s difficult to lift hard and heavy when your elbows and wrists feel jacked up. Here’s how to keep them strong and healthy.
There's more to gaining muscle mass than lifting and pigging out. Don't fall for bulking advice that just makes you fat.
What happens when a bodybuilder and a nutrition store owner get together and make a baby? What happens when this baby is raised on health foods? What happens when she starts training with weights at age 14?
Chris Shugart recently wrote an article about balance. Basically he said, "Balance good, karate good, everything good. Balance bad? Better pack up, go home."
Think foam rolling hurts? Try using a tennis ball on trigger points. Here’s how.
I've come to the realization that not everybody is interested in entering powerlifting competitions, but they <i>are</i> interested in improving their training by using powerlifting concepts. So here are a few things I picked up in the powerlifting pits that you can use to reach whatever lifting goals you may have.
Thib, you have some impressive quads! Any secret leg training strategies you'd like to share with us?
While waiting at the DMV for my moped license renewal form, I decided to kill some time with one of my favorite childhood pastimes. No, not chewing tobacco and throwing rocks at whores. I'm talking about that crazy little word game known as Mad Libs.
Everything you need to know about the benefits and the risks of overhead lifts.
Besides meaty arms, the pectorals are probably the best of the "showy" body parts. Somewhere in time (oddly enough at the same time as the rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger), the chest became the ultimate sign of manhood. Thick pecs give a three dimensional look to the upper body, and a well-defined chest makes your torso look like an old Roman soldier's breastplate.