Training Tips

Technical Proficiency and Failure Training – How To Know When It’s Safe To Push To Failure

I just read a great article by Charles Staley that adds a whole new dimension to evaluating your experience level with lifting weights.  I’ve written in the past about how to rank yourself from Newbie to Pro but his take is refreshing and simple. The context here is about how close to failure you should go when weight lifting....
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Exercises & Routines

How To Create Your Own Complexes

Now that you have the basic idea of complexes , you can create your own pretty easily unless you’ve got the creativity of a pebble. Over time, you’ll find that you settle on a few different ones as your go-to complexes. Personally, the ones I do that I like the best come from Dan John so I appreciate...
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Exercises & Routines

Complexes for Fat Loss, Strength Retention, and Heart Health

In business, you need to run away from “get rich quick” schemes. Similarly, nearly all the promises in the fitness world fall short. Some are useless. Some are damaging. Many work, but they take WAY longer than promised before you get results (at least for most people). You may have heard about “complexes” – catchy name, but it’s really...
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Training Tips

How To Protect Your Ring While Lifting

For years I’ve just been taking my wedding ring off when I lift.  I don’t want it scratched up by the bar.  Given that this (lifting) is something I want to do the rest of my life, and this (my ring) is something I want to last till death, that seemed like the only solution. But it’s a pain...
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News

Intensity waves; Wheat-free pizza; Mistakes women make

There are many old-school techniques for pushing yourself harder when seeking hypertrophy (muscle growth).  Arnold’s Encyclopedia, even if dated, does a great job highlighting various methods – drop sets, assisted reps, rest/pause, etc.  I’ve written about many of these here, here and here (and probably many more past articles).  But it seems common knowledge that you just can’t do...
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News

Butter isn’t bad for you; Rep schemes; Glute training

Suddenly butter isn’t bad for you anymore. I don’t know how it started but for the past 20 years or so butter was evil and margarine was good; now it’s reversed. Given the process involved in creating butter (pretty basic) and how long butter has been around (very long), I’m siding with the traditional view that butter is good...
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