October 21st, 2017

The 7 Scariest Weight Loss Diets

Happy Halloween! You think that horror flick you watched or that haunted house you visited was scary? The most terrifying thing I’ve ever seen was not produced by Wes Craven or found in a theme park, it’s what I see some people do to themselves to lose weight. Take a look at these SEVEN scary diets… but reader beware if you’re easily grossed-out!

May 2nd, 2017

Minimalist Weight Training For Strength And Muscle

How do you get stronger, improve your maximum lifts and also improve your physique overall if you only have two days a week to dedicate for lifting? What’s the best approach to weight training when increasing both strength and muscle is the goal but you have extremely limited time?

February 27th, 2017

Body Type Revisited : A New Way To Think About The Endomorph, Ectomorph, And Mesomorph

Rating your body type using the classic system invented by William Sheldon is called “somatotyping.” Most people just use the term body type instead of somatotype, but whatever you call it, people have been intrigued by this concept for years…

January 17th, 2017

How Much Weight Should You Lift To Build Muscle (And When To Lift More)

When should you increase the weight you’re lifting? How much weight should you add? How do you know if the weight is too heavy? How do you know if the weight is too light? If you’re attempting 3 sets of 8 to 12, do you have to get all 3 sets of 12 before you increase the weight, or just hit 12 on one set? If you increase the weight but then you can’t get enough reps, what then?  What if your left arm doesn’t get as many reps as your right arm, with the same weight? What if you flat-out can’t increase the weight at all? What then?

January 2nd, 2017

Mastery By George Leonard Book review

Author George Leonard (1923-2010) described mastery as, “The mysterious process by which what is at first difficult becomes progressively easier and more pleasurable through practice.  His proposition: If there is a certain way to success and fulfillment in life, it is found in the long-term, essentially goalless process of mastery.

January 1st, 2017

A New Fitness Challenge For The New Year: Goal Setting In The Technology Age

When you pause and reflect on the past year as you look ahead to a new one, it really makes you think. It makes you appreciate how short life is, how valuable time is and how quickly the time can pass you by – with nothing to show for it, if you don’t plan otherwise. That’s why the passing of another year can sometimes feel like a wake up call as much as a fresh start.  On the eve of another new year, looking at the technological wonders that surround us, I also can’t help thinking it feels like science fiction…

December 30th, 2016

Progressive Overload Weight Training Without Injury: How To Build Muscle While Staying Out Of The Doctor’s Office!

Once you’ve planned out a weight training routine that follows all the best practices of good program design, the single most important thing you can do to gain muscle is consistently apply the principle of progressive overload…

December 14th, 2016

A New Look At High-Intensity Bodybuilding And Training To Failure

How hard must you train to gain muscle? Is pushing yourself all the way to failure – when you can’t do another rep – a critical part making muscle gains? How high does your intensity of effort have to be when you train? If you’re not gaining muscle, is it because you’re not training hard enough? If it’s not intensity, what is the real trigger for muscle growth?

December 5th, 2016

If You Get Stronger Will You Always Get Bigger?

Do muscle mass gains always follow strength gains? Are they one in the same? How do lean powerlifters stay in the same weight class but keep lifting heavier? How do bodybuilders get bigger when they’re not lifting heavier? If your strength is down in a workout (no personal bests) does that mean your workout wasn’t productive and you won’t gain muscle?

November 27th, 2016

Is It Possible To Gain Muscle Training With Light Weights?

There are some long-held and well-revered rules and laws in the science of resistance training that are rarely challenged – we could even call them “sacred cows” – and the ideal number of repetitions for gaining muscle has always been one of them. Everyone knows that to gain muscle, you need to lift moderate to heavy weights for low to medium reps, right? … wrong! Read on to find out what breaking new research says about high reps and muscle growth…