This is Lucky 13, a rapid fire Q & A session with a training or nutrition expert who matters. It's fast, furious, and to the point.
There’s no single best training tool. Instead of searching for one, increase the size of your toolbox. Here’s how to make your workouts practical and effective.
Now it's time to take a closer look at the smallest functional unit of training parameters: the repetition. If you build your repetition quality, you'll reap more gains from your workouts. That's definitely a good thing!
Regardless of the profession in question, your "rep" (reputation) is usually what gets you where you want to go. In the world of physique and performance enhancement, building your rep is equally important, except that we're talking about an altogether different type of "rep" here.
How to increase your training frequency (without burning out) to get better results in the gym.
If you want to build huge muscles, you must continually challenge them by placing a greater demand upon them. If you stick with the same stress level month after month, you'll quickly reach a point where your body is used to the stress and won't need to adapt (i.e. grow) anymore.
Two of the hardest things about competing are sending in the entry fee for a competition and then not pulling out the last few weeks. Some of you don't compete and are just training for self-actualization, self-esteem, and to be healthier and more whole in your daily interactions in the journey we call a life experience.
Our goal is to take the guesswork out of bench and deadlift training and, in the process, take your total to an all-time high!
Got long legs? Gangly arms? Don't let your leverages hold you back from lifting heavier. Check this out.
If you've been training as long as I have, I'm sure you can relate to feeling a bit stale and uninspired with your workouts at times.
Six things you can learn from bodybuilders, even if your goal is to just get strong on three lifts.
An uncensored interview with a martial arts champion turned performance coach.
One of my favorite books is A Book Of Five Rings by Miyomato Musashi. Musashi was a badass 17th century Japanese swordsman who never lost a duel in over sixty fights. This book outlines his philosophy of success. I re-read it recently and was amazed by how many of his principles apply to a variety of areas in life, including productive strength training.
Being strong isn't enough. You need to be strong for your size. That's the difference between relative strength and absolute strength. Here's what will get you there.
Sticking points are much like those really talkative, naked old men in your gym's locker room: you'd rather avoid them! Nothing's more frustrating than making good progress overall but failing to improve on the "big lifts" (bench press, squat, deadlift, military press, etc.)
Dr Art De Vany describes himself as a scientist/athlete. He's competed in Olympic weightlifting, motocross, and even played minor league baseball. At 6'1" and 208 pounds, today he carries only 8% body fat. Pretty admirable. De Vany barely had time to do this interview. He was headed off to Colorado to ride in the KTM Rocky Mountain Raid, an adventure motorcycling event.
To reach the modern physique ideal, you'll need muscle mass, strength, power, endurance, speed, and flexibility. This program has it all.
Add a few of these unique exercises to your training program to liven up your next workout.
How one of our top coaches programs exercises, sets and reps, progressions and more. Check it out.
This Tool Box series has become one of my most popular article sets to date, so why break with what's working? Here's the latest installment of this series designed to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and learn the finer points of strength development.
What can bodybuilders learn from powerlifters? A lot actually. Here are 6 examples.
Big Numbers for the Mechanically Disadvantaged Lifter
Transform your backside and you’ll transform your body. Make drastic improvements by focusing on the glutes, hamstrings, and back muscles. Here’s how.
"I wish I could have my first year of training back."
I'll freely admit it. I've been extremely reluctant to sit down and write this article. Why? Well, the reasons are numerous, but it basically boils down to the pertinacity of the exercise community.