A recent study told people they had either a good or bad genetic draw for aerobic exercise or hunger and satiety. Manipulating the subjects’ beliefs about their genetics changed both their objective and subjective responses to subsequent testing. This study builds upon prior literature showing that expectancy can influence outcomes to a surprising degree.
Why does dieting suck so much? This article is your comprehensive guide to metabolic adaptation and life after weight loss.
The authors of the “extreme volume study” break down their findings and the real-world application, and respond to critiques of the original paper.
Trying to squat with achy knees can be tricky – you don’t want to lose too much strength, but you want to the problem to go away. Here’s what you need to do
After yesterday’s article (Realistic is Overrated), let’s talk some more about goal-setting and motivation with a bit more nuance. Goals serve two basic purposes: They keep you on track, and they keep you motivated. There are also two basic types of goals: outcome goals (what you want to accomplish) and process goals (what you need to do repeatedly […]
I’ve been seeing more and more people talk about the dangers of having unrealistic expectations. “Oh, if we don’t tell new lifters what’s ‘reasonable’ from the very start, they’re going to be disappointed and stop lifting.” Nope. I’m not buying it. Not for one second. If anything, I think that mindset does more harm than […]
Some lifters relish the pain of DOMS (or delayed onset muscle soreness) as an indicator of success, but is that really the case?
Active imagery (or visualization) DOES have a role in building strong lifts. Here’s what it is and how to implement it.
As humans, we are hardwired for laziness. It was necessary for our ancestors’ survival, but is not so useful anymore. Here’s how to overcome it.
Learn to stop these 5 cognitive biases in their tracks in order to maximize your training and diet success.