Weight Lifting 101

How Long to Rest Between Sets

Image Credit: Petranek It doesn’t take a genius to realize that the more rest you take between sets, the more weight you’ll be able to lift when you do come back. This doesn’t mean that you should always take more rest between your sets… the right amount of rest for you will depend on your goals somewhat. First off,...
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Rest & Recovery

How To Foam Roll

This is the second part of a 2-part article by guest author Cameron Stache.  See this for Part 1.  Cameron currently works as a Fitness Coach/ Assistant Fitness Manager at the Rush Fitness Complex in Greensboro, NC.  He’s pursuing his Exercise Science degree and plans to use this degree to either work at a large college and be a...
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Exercises & Routines

Dividing Up Your Muscle Groups

Trying to figure out the perfect routine can be tough. It’s especially tough when you consider the fact that there’s no such thing as a perfect routine. Instead, you’re going to have to assess your personal needs and decide which muscles to work on which days. A number of factors will go into this decision, such as: What your...
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Rest & Recovery

Setting the Record Straight on Muscle Recovery Time

How long should you let your muscles rest before working them again? You may have heard that your muscles are ready to be trained again after 48 hours of rest. Editor’s Note:  This is Jason’s take.  To read Darrin’s take, click here. I’d like to set the record straight on that number. If you’re one of those genetic supermen...
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Rest & Recovery

Form Failure vs Muscular Failure

Should you be training to failure?  What does that even mean? The last few reps are more important than all the previous reps. See, for strength and muscle growth, frequency trumps volume, but intensity trumps both volume and frequency.  And so the absolute most important thing you can do with lifting is to do so intensely.  This is true...
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Weight Lifting 101

I’m Still Sore – Should I Lift Today?


This is a constant debate. Should you still lift if you are sore from your previous workout?

I've tried to find some science behind an answer, and one thing might surprise you:

Soreness is not directly related to recovery. It is an indicator, but not a direct correlation.

More important than soreness is consistency.

You need to find a lifting program...
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Rest & Recovery

The Truth About Muscle Recovery Time – Short Version


How long do your muscles need to recover between workouts?
Not a simple answer.
This is probably the longest article on leanlifters.com, and covers most of the factors.
There are two versions on the site: the shorter one, plus the longer one. LeanLifters Members get the long version.
Read by going right to the home page: leanlifters.com
And make...
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Rest & Recovery

The Truth About Muscle Recovery Time


How long do your muscles need to recover between workouts?
Not a simple answer.
This is probably the longest article on leanlifters.com, and covers most of the factors.
There are two versions on the site: the shorter one, plus the longer one. LeanLifters Members get the long version.
Read by going right to the home page: leanlifters.com
And make...
Continue Reading »
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