The strength and fitness worlds have, unfortunately, fallen prey to cardio fear-mongering, and I think that’s to their detriment. At this point, it should be indisputable that aerobic training can improve almost every major marker of health, however, I think that it might actually improve your strength and size gains (or, at the very least, […]
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[note: edits were made and figures were removed on 2-26-2014 at the request of the orignal study’s authors] Hey guys. Today we have a guest post from my friend Martijn Koevoets. He’s one the top powerlifters in his weight class in the Netherlands, and through some of his connections in the European powerlifting world, he […]
I’ll warn you from the outset – this post is going to be a cold dose of reality. There’s a ray of sunshine at the end, but it’ll take a while to get there. We’re talking about genetics. This isn’t something I like to talk about publicly a lot, but I get asked about it […]
Guys, I’m STOKED about this study I have for you all today. It’s by far the most interesting journal article I’ve read in a long time. It touches on so many things that are relevant to all of us – fasted training, sprints vs(?) low-intensity cardio, gender differences, and insulin (so, by extension, peri-workout nutrition). […]
Continuing the series that, at this rate, is set to finish up in about 15 years, here is the third installment, and currently the first of three installments about the bench press. Just to recap what this whole thing is about – since a lot of you weren’t following my blog the last time I […]
Let me begin by saying I think the belt vs. no belt debate is one of the silliest debates in powerlifting. However, I do think I’ve made a mistake by neglecting beltless training. Now, if some of you remember, I’ve always been very much pro-belt. It’s not that I think it’s wrong to ever train […]
My friend Charlie is a masochist in the gym. I don’t think he would mind me saying that. We met when we were both training in a little hole-in-the-wall gym in the town where we both went to college. He was on Martin Berkhan’s reverse pyramid training program at the time, the main tenant of […]
How many times have you heard someone say something like: “Well, I squatted 500 in the gym a few weeks ago, but 450 felt heavy at the meet, and I missed 475.” That’s because they peaked wrong. I’m even convinced that if you ONLY hit your gym PRs in meets, you peaked poorly. If you’re […]
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 […]
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 […]