Y3T Training System: Looking Back

At the start of my Excalibur contest preparation cycle I utilized the Y3T system of training. I now would like to give you my impressions of that system and what, if anything, I learned from it. First, Y3T is a system invented by Neil Hill. Flex Lewis is one of the bodybuilders who uses it on a regular basis. It involves changing up the type of training you perform every … [Read more...]

How to Succeed by Knowing Your Body

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You are the only person with the exact hormonal balance and body chemistry that exists in your body. Use this to your advantage by getting to know your body and handling it the way it wants to be handled. There are 3 common areas where knowing your body will help you succeed. Weight Training for Your Body Many people want to follow the cookie-cutter approach to weight … [Read more...]

How to Take Intensity to a New Level

How to Raise Intensity Levels

To me, exercise intensity is one of the most important factors to gaining mass from your gym training. I must clarify that obviously eating is the number one factor, but exercise intensity is a very close second. The problem is that most people have no idea what intensity really is--until they are shown. Increase Intensity with Time Under Tension One way to increase intensity … [Read more...]

How to Help Yourself Get in Shape

How to Help Yourself

Help yourself get in shape. Sounds like a great idea, right? But how do you do it? That's probably the very next question that comes to mind when you think about helping yourself to get in shape. With the use of the internet, books and distance training, you can help yourself get in shape in no time at all. Internet Resources to Help Yourself Get in Shape Bodybuilding.com … [Read more...]

How to Use One Arm and Increase Intensity

How to Use One Arm for Intensity

As you know if you read this blog on a regular basis, I am always looking for ways to increase the intensity of my training. I am now a strong believer that the more intense your training the better your results will be. Recently I have discovered how important it is to use just one arm on certain exercises in order to increase the intensity of your training. One area I have … [Read more...]

How to Use Intensity in Weight Training

How to Use Intensity in Weight Training

To me, intensity in weight training brings about the most results. Here I am speaking of High Intensity Training (HIT) as introduced by Arthur Jones, inventory of the Nautilus line of gym equipment. I have tried body part splits and I have tried HIT full body training and I believe I had the best results from HIT. In fact, I am seriously considering returning to HIT after my … [Read more...]

How to Maximize Your Workouts

How to Maximize Your Workouts

When we think of training, most of us will say it is hard to fit a workout in. These tips for how to maximize your workouts should help. I have used all of them at one point or another and can tell you that when done with focus you can really maximize your time in the gym. Keep your workouts to 45 minutes in length. Many people think that the longer you spend in the gym the … [Read more...]

The Role of Time Under Tension

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Time under tension is yet another intensity technique that you should be working with in your training. It is a simple technique that is easy to vary, but brings about great results. In fact, there are certain muscle groups (the back for instance) that greatly benefit from this type of training. The idea is that the longer the muscle is under the tension the more you break … [Read more...]

Elements of Training: Intensity

Training Intensity

One element of training that is frequently misunderstood is intensity. To me this is a multifaceted element and every single person who wants to improve their physique should understand it to the fullest extent possible. Intensity can be about rest time, taking sets to failure and a multitude of other things. I have a secret principle that also causes an increase in intensity. … [Read more...]

Elements of Training: Volume

Training Volume

Training volume is another one of the training variables that can be manipulated to avoid adaptation. Volume is a principle aimed directly at the number of sets and repetitions you complete during a training session. There are generally two schools of thought on this issue and we will examine both of them during out discussion. Appropriate Repetiton Range One way that the … [Read more...]