Why Not Fail?

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It is a discussion that has gone on for decades--train to failure or not? There are good arguments on both sides but I have to ask "Why not fail?" Yes, I am a proponent of taking sets to failure. Should it be every set? Maybe. However, I know that some amount of sets taken to failure is necessary to build muscle. I can tell you this from my own personal experience. I don't care … [Read more...]

How an Old Guy Builds Muscle

How an Old Guy Builds Muscle

Building muscle is difficult for old guys. While I personally do not consider myself an "old guy", based upon my current age (47) I am definitely an "old guy" by most people's standards. As such, I have many struggles that younger guys just don't experience. The picture above shows the dramatic progress I've had in just a 3 week period starting immediately after my show on … [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...]

The Showdown: Good Form vs. Heavy Weight

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The debate has raged on with many people for a long time. What is more important, heavy weight or proper form? Is there a way to merge both together?The fact is that both items are important, but you need one before you can get to the other. That's right, I believe that form is essential for making progress with any lifting regimen.In order to get good results with each muscle … [Read more...]

Anabolic vs Catabolic

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Yesterday a question came up in our gym that I thought would be of interest to you.   What does the term catabolic or anabolic mean?  There are multiple complex chemical reactions taking place in our bodies at any given time, and I am afraid I would have lost you all to TV land if I attempted to pass along too much information.  I don't think it as important to understand what … [Read more...]