For those of you why don’t know, there’s an absurd amount of misinformation in the fitness industry. In few niches is that more true that training for women. I want to throw my opinion in the ring in the hopes that you, my concerned readers, will share it around and a few women will read […]
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This is not an economics rant, so don’t be afraid to read on. It’s more a continuation of yesterday’s post about how people get fat so easily. You may have noticed this before, but the hardest part of a diet is the first month or so. Once you lose those first 5 or 10 pounds, […]
I hit a new low for bodyweight a couple days ago at 234. When I get to 231, I’ll be at the 20 pounds weight-loss mark (251 was the highest I got before the meet). Not bad work for about 9 weeks of dieting while still hitting PRs! The biggest difference between this cut and […]
Most people know that having some sort of cycling in their diet produces the best results. It may be carb cycling, it may be a cyclic ketogenic diet, it may simply be having occasional cheat days. However, all of these have one major drawback: They’re all process-oriented rather than goal-oriented. The goal is to drop […]
The training cycle: After my meet last August, I took training fairly easy for about 4 months. After a summer of daily maxing, I was ready for a little time off. I still hit the gym regularly, but I messed around a lot, stayed well within my comfort zone, and took some time to mentally […]
This is installment 2 in a (currently) 8-part series. The first was “What I learned to squat 500 pounds.” I’m planning on doing one installment for each 100-pound increment for squat and deadlift starting at 500, and each 50-pound increment on bench starting at 350. Just as a refresher from the first installment: “There are […]
Before we get into this post on paused squats, I want to let you know about our giant How to Squat guide. It covers everything you need to know about every aspect of the squat – from biomechanics to correcting weaknesses to technique. Click here to open it in a new tab so you can check it out after […]
What’s the difference between a beginning or intermediate lifter, and a more advanced lifter? This seems to be a question on the minds of most people who’ve put in a little time under the bar. They feel themselves straining with a 3-4 plate squat or a 4-5 plate deadlift, but then watch someone the same […]
Of the many topics bantered around in the strength world, one of the most common is strap usage. The reason I think it keeps coming up is that some people are so dogmatically opposed to strap usage, other people end up with the idea that they’re less of a man (or woman) if they ever […]
I’ve gotten several questions about the overhead press since posting my video about my favorite accessory lifts. As a recap, I basically said I rarely do overhead work. This has some people up in arms because in the past 3-4 years the importance of the press has been preached from a variety of sources, effectively […]