A lot of people are horrified of losing muscle. In one sense, they should be, especially as they enter middle age and beyond. Sarcopenia, the loss of muscle with age is a real concern. Losing muscle mass is not quite so serious when you're a youngster. Thanks to "muscle memory" you can gain back the lean mass quickly. But even if you're a twenty or thirty-something, muscle loss is still a possibility, especially when you're dieting for fat loss on low calories. And when it happens, it can be frustrating. Fortunately, there is a solution...
The Truth About Muscle Loss: When You Stop Training, How Long Does It Take Before You Lose Your Gains?
Many lifters are worried about muscle loss, even when they're still lifting. When they think of taking breaks from the gym completely, their fear of shrinking turns to terror! What will taking a week or two off of lifting really do to your gains? The truth about muscle atrophy may surprise you...
If you're falling short on protein, what should you do? First, double check to see if you set your daily protein goal properly. Many people make mistakes when setting their macros and think they need far more protein than they do. Second, if you still need to eat more protein, check out our list of the 33 best ways to make sure you get enough protein
In previous Burn the Fat Blog posts, I've discussed the most crucial muscle-building program design principles like the ideal number of sets (volume), the perfect number of reps and the magic of progressive overload. Today I'll briefly share another key principle of muscle growth - it's the ultimate #1 key to gaining muscle. Or if we flipped it in reverse... NOT applying this muscle-building principle is THE biggest mistake that stops your muscle gains. This ultimate principle for building muscle is...
Can you build muscle with resistance bands? Yes. Are resistance bands better than free weights for building muscle? No. Can you build three times as much muscle with resistance bands? Absolutely no! And as you'll learn in this post, both science and observation back up these answers. But if this is true, then why do resistance bands seem so popular these days and why do you hear so many people claiming bands are better?
It's possible to build a lot of muscle with no split routine at all. Full body workouts have their place, especially for beginners, for time efficiency and for "back to basics" strength training. But suppose you have a physique and visual aesthetics goal and decided to go with a body part split. What is the best split routine for building muscle?
How Often Should You Eat Protein To Maximize Muscle Growth… And Why Fasting Can Hold Back Your Gains
How often should you eat protein if your goal is to maximize muscle gains? If you've been persuaded by trendy diets like intermittent fasting, you might think protein frequency and distribution don't matter. "Just [...]
Why It’s Possible To Gain Muscle Lifting Light Weights For High Reps… And The 1 Key To Making It Happen
Most people believe that if they don’t lift heavy, they’ll never gain muscle. High rep, light weight training has always been thought of as for endurance or toning. Some people would even say, "Lifting light is for wimps." Science now shows that you can build muscle with light weights if you do 1 thing
We all know that pullups are an awesome, superior exercise for your upper back and even your arms. Trouble is, most people struggle to do any pull-ups at all... A great alternative that's also [...]
So, you’re aiming to achieve progressive overload, especially trying to increase how much weight you lift, but instead you go backwards! Your weights drop, your reps drop, or both! What [...]