Monday Madness: Split Squat Hell

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Split squats look innocent enough when you observe them, but as soon as you attempt the movement you realize that you've entered hell! Split squats do an amazing job of working your quads. Depending upon how you insert them into your workout and how you handle the set and rep scheme, you will provoke many different reactions from your body. How to Execute a Split … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: HIIT From Hell

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Cardio is an extremely important element in fat loss. Today I want to talk to you about a type of cardio that will push you hard and get results--HIIT from hell! HIIT cardio is going to give you the best bang for the time you spend. The idea is that when you complete your work interval you should need some significant rest in order to be able to complete another word … [Read more...]

Why You Need a Coach

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Why do you need a coach? I am not talking about a personal trainer here. I definitely believe in personal trainers, but I also think that soemone who has lofty physique goals should have a coach. The reasons are numerous. Accoutability Perhaps the most obvious reason to have a coach is accountability. Everyone does better when they have a coach to hold them accountable. The … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Crazy Outdoor Cardio Spots

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Today I want to talk about outdoor cardio. If you happen to live in an area where the weather is good enough for you to get some outdoor cardio in I highly recommend it. I am lucky enough to live in California where the weather is pretty mild. As a result, I tend to do lots of outdoor cardio. There are some crazy spots I have found to do this. Signal Hill Signal Hill is … [Read more...]

Y3T Principles Reviewed

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Y3T is a great training program. I have done several articles on it: Y3T Review Revisited Y3T Training System: Looking Back Why Y3T Was My Training Choice So, as a disclaimer right up front, I am a big fan of this system of training for many reasons. Today I want to discuss the principles behind the system, but first let's talk about the man who came up with … [Read more...]

Y3T Review Revisited

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Y3T is an amazing training program that I've used in the past. I actually did a review of it not long ago. Y3T is a program created by the Yoda, Neil Hill. It has been used by one of my favourite bodybuilders, Flex Lewis. The principles it contains really seem to work, but I will discuss all that later in this article and in further detail in another article. Y3T is an … [Read more...]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Cardio

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Cardio exercise is something I have always had a love/hate relationship with. On the one hand, I love how it changes my body composition in a short number of weeks. On the other hand, I hate the time and effort I need to put into it in order to have those body composition changes take place. At this point, cardio has become nothing more than a necessary evil. When it comes … [Read more...]

Monday Madness: Get Your Calves to Grow

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Training your calves can be extremely frustrating. For whatever reason, this muscle is extremely hard to force growth out of. There are many approaches to getting your calves to grow. Today I am going to suggest a 4 week program that will definitely inspire growth in your calves. Parts of this program are quite extreme and not for the feint of heart, but they work. I Command … [Read more...]

Hamstring Curls for Stronger Legs

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Hamstring curls are superior to deadlifts in activating the hamstrings. Don't believe me? Read on! A recent study by Bret Contreras and Brad Schoenfeld from the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research seems to show that my initial statement above is true. The study used accomplished trainees who had been training longer than 4 years. It showed that the hamstring curl … [Read more...]