Strength training programs can vary depending on a wide range of factors.
Is the goal strength, size, or a combination of the two?
Is athletic performance the main objective?
Bulking up, or slimming down?
Male, or female?
How many days per week can you train?
How much experience do you have lifting?
And so on and so forth….
Regardless of the specific goal, however, the one thing that should remain constant in any training regimen is the incorporation of The 6 Foundational Movements.
Continue reading “The Six Foundational Movement Patterns”
I recently discussed The Law of Diminishing Returns in regard to training in an Instagram post about a week ago.
Basically, this economic principle refers to the point in which the benefit gained from something ceases to outweigh the investment (time, energy, money, etc.) required to accrue that benefit.
If you are new to training, it doesn’t take much to get results: just lift 2-3 days per week and focus on 3-4 exercises per session, consisting of full body, compound movements.
A simple workout of 2-3 sets of squats, dumbbell press, and rows can elicit some pretty impressive results if executed correctly and fused with proper eating habits.
Now, once you are passed that beginner – intermediate level and focused on taking your training and muscle-building to the next level, you’re going to have to get a little more intricate with how you design your workouts.
Continue reading “The Best Exercises For Each Body Part”
I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy”
Time Under Tension.
What is it?
Time Under Tension is the amount of time a muscle is under strain during a set of weight bearing exercise.
Why is this important?
This is important because the duration of stimulus and tension on a muscle are key factors for growth and strength.
Longer bouts of strain lead to more muscle breakdown during a workout.
Continue reading “King T.U.T”
We are officially one whole month into the New Year!
You know what that means.
It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.
I can already see it happening at my gym.
Continue reading “You’re Doing It Wrong”
For those of you that don’t know, I injured my right shoulder pretty badly a few months ago.
I was playing basketball and ran blindly into a screen at about 75% of my full speed.
I sustained a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint and did not regain full mobility in my shoulder for almost 3 months.
While I still feel a little discomfort, I am back to training at 100% and feel great.
That brings me to the topic of this post.
Continue reading “Tips For Healthy Shoulders”
One of the biggest mistakes I often see at the gym is people trying to do too much in regards to weekly training volume.
There’s a very fine line between maximizing training sessions and over doing it.
While burning calories is a big part of losing body fat, one must consider other important variables as well.
The hormonal signals we send our bodies are just as important as the ‘net calories burned’ on your heart rate monitor.
Continue reading “The Minimum Effective Dose”
I overheard a couple of guys talking the other day while they were working out.
One asked the other, “How many reps should I do?”
The other replied, “It depends on whether or not you want to build muscle or burn fat.”
It was at this point that my eyes began to roll, but I continued to listen to his “expert” advice.
Continue reading “The “High Reps For Fat Loss” Myth”
1. Sleep 8-10 hours per night.
2. Eliminate wheat, dairy, soy, and refined sugar from your diet because inflammation is a b*tch.
3. Cook your own food.
4. Buy Organic.
Continue reading “50 Ways To Be A Bad Ass “MOFO” in 2015″
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post called “Fat Loss Made Easy.”
While the majority of people need to reduce their body fat levels, there are a select few that are looking to gain weight, build muscle, and maximize performance.
Let me be clear.
If you are overweight, don’t even think about going on a mass gaining diet until your body fat levels are in check.
For men, this will be sub 12%
For women, sub 20%.
Continue reading “Eating For Muscle Growth And Performance”