Should You Lift Weights Fast or Slow? The Quick and Dirty Guide

Key Takeaways How fast you raise and lower weights when strength training is referred to as weightlifting tempo. While you can gain muscle and strength using either a fast or a slow weightlifting tempo, you’ll likely make faster progress by lifting weights as fast as possible (while maintaining good form). Keep reading to learn why a...

Mind Over Matter? The Science of Active Imagery

This article is from the new second edition of my bestselling fitness book for experienced weightlifters, Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger, which is now live everywhere you can buy books online. Also, to celebrate the book’s release, I’m giving away over $6,000 of glorious goodies, including a 30-minute Zoom call with yours unruly, Vitamix blender,...

6 Proven Ways to Break Through Weightlifting Plateaus

This article is from the new second edition of my bestselling fitness book for experienced weightlifters, Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger, which is now live everywhere you can buy books online. Also, to celebrate the book’s release, I’m giving away over $6,000 of glorious goodies, including a 30-minute Zoom call with yours unruly, Vitamix blender,...

How to Overhead Press with Proper Form (Plus a Free 12-Week Overhead Press Training Plan!)

Key Takeaways The overhead press is one of the single best exercises for building your chest, shoulders, and arms. Proper overhead press form boils down to a few simple habits and effective cues (which you’ll learn in this article). Keep reading to learn exactly how to overhead press with proper form and the five best overhead...

Do Birth Control Pills Make You Weaker? An Answer, According to Science

Key Takeaways In a recent study, researchers wanted to see if taking oral contraceptive (birth control) pills had any affect on physical performance. They found that birth control pills are likely to decrease athletic performance, though the effect is probably too small for you to notice. Keep reading to learn what science says about how taking...

The Best Way to Train All 6 Major Muscle Groups

Key Takeaways The six major muscle groups you want to train are the chest, back, arms, shoulders, legs, and calves. You want to train each of these muscle groups at least once every 5 to 7 days for maximum muscle gain. Keep reading to learn which muscle groups you should workout together and the best exercises...

Can Cluster Sets Help You Gain Muscle and Strength? What Science Says

Key Takeaways A cluster set involves breaking up a regular weightlifting set into a “cluster” of mini-sets (hence the name) with a short break in between each. Weightlifters use cluster sets to reduce fatigue during their workouts and perform their reps with better technique and more explosively. While cluster sets may be helpful in a few...

Good Science, Bad Science: The Difference and Why It Matters

This article is a chapter from my newest book, Fitness Science Explained, which is live now in our store. If you want a crash course in reading, understanding, and applying scientific research to optimize your health, fitness, and lifestyle, this book is for you. Also, to celebrate this joyous occasion, I’m giving away $1,500 in...

The Complete Guide to Eating and Training During Your Menstrual Cycle

Key Takeaways The menstrual cycle refers to a series of hormonal and physiological changes that occur in a woman’s body roughly every 28 days to prepare her for pregnancy. The first half of the menstrual cycle is the follicular phase, and the second half is the luteal phase. Most women will perform slightly better in...

The Definitive Guide to Full-Body Workout Routines

Key Takeaways Most full-body workout routines involve training two or more muscle groups per workout and each muscle group at least twice per week. The main benefits of full-body training is it may reduce muscle soreness and fatigue and improve your workout performance and thus strength and muscle gain. Keep reading to learn whether you should...
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