What Science Has To Say About Building Muscle

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Science is a way of developing knowledge; a mechanism to establish what you accept as sufficiently “real” to allow you to act upon, and thereby live your life. So, science can help guide how you live your lifting life. Go here to read the full article and learn more

Tip: Unbalanced Training for Bodybuilding

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Balanced training is great for beginners, but not so much for the experienced lifter. Here’s why. Read the full article here

Stay Injury Free While Training For Size

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Staying injury free while training for size is a multi-factorial, multi-layered process. Lifting weights is actually very safe and the injury rates are far lower than many sports. Adding muscle to your frame can help to reduce injuries. In that respect, it is like armor for your body. There are, however, hundreds of gym rats out there dealing with nagging …

Success Leaves Clues; So Does Science

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Throughout the history of the iron game bodybuilders have used trial and error and the wisdom passed down from one generation of meathead to the next to determine what works. The evolution of this process led most top bodybuilders to train with a split routine, training each muscle once per week. Read the rest of the article here.  

Painful Advice Every Lifter Needs to Hear Don’t Get Mad, Just Get Better

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Here is my contribution to one of T-Nation’s compilation articles… Sometimes you have to look worse to look better. What I mean by this is that you look your best when you’re lean. After that first successful diet every lifter feels like a god. They’re itching for any excuse to take their shirt off and display their six-pack. Once you’ve …

Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training (second edition)

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by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky & William J. Kraemer   This book is phenomenal!   The authors have trained over 1,000 elite athletes between them. These include Olympic, world, continental, and national champions and record holders. They know what they are talking about!   It was first recommended to me on a course run by Charles Poliquin in around 2009. I …

Exercise Selection for Long Limbed Lifters – Respect Your Structure and Pick YOUR Big 3

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Exercise selection is a key element in getting the most from your training.   First you must train in a manner specific to your goals. Then you must make sure it gets harder over time. That means you adhering to the principles of progressive overload. After that you can begin to fine tune things.   Once you have established your …

Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

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If you have read my stuff then, you’ve probably heard about progressive overload.   Progressive overload is fundamental to you seeing results from your training.   It is one of the basic principles of sport science/athletic performance training.   It is also pretty simple…   It has two components:   Your training should represent an overload It should be progressive …

Life as a Hardgainer Does Have Some Benefits (5 to be precise)

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I was always skinny growing up. I was so scrawny that during the warm-up before a rugby match, on a windy day one of my coaches actually said, “Quick! Someone hold Tom down before he blows away!” You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah but loads of kids are skinny until they hit puberty then they fill out.” True, but the sad fact …

Should You Have a Post Workout Shake?

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Do you slam a post-workout (PWO) shake within seconds of finishing the final rep of your session OR  rush off to eat  meal ASAP? Nutrient Timing/PWO shakes certainly divides opinion. Some people fixate on them to the detriment of other ‘bigger’ factors. They think that nailing a post-workout shake is the key to their gains. Others think they are of no …