How do you get psyched up for a big lift? Is there any science behind your method? What are the best ways to get psyched for a lift? Let’s check it out.
Training Intensity can be a confusing topic for many lifters. What is it and how do you plan it? The 3% Rule offers plenty of guidance for these questions.
There comes a time in every veteran bodybuilder’s career where they have too many nagging injuries to count. How can we relate this to driving on subpar roads?
Many in the field claim that deadlifts are an inherently dangerous exercise. Is this claim supported by science? Or is something else going on?
Several studies have found that isolation exercises are no more effective at building muscle mass than compound movements and others have shown that adding isolation exercises to a compound movement-only program offered no additional benefits. However, other studies show that certain muscles, like the rectus femoris, are more effectively targeted by isolation exercises and therefore […]
Everyone gets sick at one point or another, but unfortunately, training too hard while you’re sick can easily lead to overtraining. Follow these tips to optimize your training while you’re sick to ensure that you recover from your illness and don’t worsen any of your symptoms. Source: Nieman, D. C. (2003). Current perspective on exercise […]
This ground-breaking study found that the position of your tongue in your mouth can influence power production in isolation exercises. Pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth resulted in significantly greater power production than other positions! More research needs to be performed to see if this effect is useful in other types of […]
Athletes and bodybuilders often employ static stretching as their primary pre-training warmup. However, several studies have shown that stretching can have many negative effects on exercise performance, including reduced joint torque and muscle activation. Check out our Stretching article for more information. Source: Fowles, J. R., Sale, D. G., & MacDougall, J. D. (2000). Reduced […]
This study found that extending the nightly sleep of Division-1 basketball players improved their performance in several tasks including sprinting. Getting extra sleep will more than likely improve performance in the gym and can optimize training gains. Source: Mah, C. D., Mah, K. E., Kezirian, E. J., & Dement, W. C. (2011). The effects of […]
Many individuals employ static stretching as a method of increasing flexibility. However, this study found that full range of motion resistance training was just as effective at improving flexibility as static stretching. In addition, the resistance training group also developed strength in this new range of motion which is incredibly important when improving flexibility. Check […]