How to Use Active Stretching

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Active stretching is an essential element of your warm up routine. Active stretching involves foam rolling and stretching movements that are not static. The idea is to remove the force that is caused by static stretching, thereby reducing the potential for injury. Active stretching relies only upon the muscle being stretched. There is no additional force applied. An example of … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Increase Your Bench Press

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The bench press is another of the great exercises for building mass. It is a compound movement and seriously packs on mass when done correctly. The problem is that most people don’t do the bench press correctly. Today we look at 10 articles that teach you what you need to know to bench correctly. Tips-n-Tricks for Strength and Size This article teaches proper form by … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Improve Your Deadlift

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The deadlift is an incredible exercise that makes you feel like a beast after completing it. There is nothing that epitomizes “I pick things up and put them down” more than a deadlift executed properly. Human beings look superhuman when they do a phenomenally heavy deadlift. Today we take a look at some of the better deadlift articles available on the web. These articles will … [Read more...]

Progressive Overload Principle to the Max

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The progressive overload principle is one of the most important training principles to understand. It is with a good understanding and execution of this principle that you will be able to pack on a lot of mass. Today I am going to explain my understanding of the progressive overload principle and how to properly execute it for maximum results. Increase the Stress on 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...]

Cardio Timing for Fat Loss

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Have you ever considered how important the timing of your cardio is? Some people are completely obsessed with the topic while others dismiss it as completely unimportant. The question today is does it matter at all? Cardio Before Weight Training Doing cardio before you train with weights is something that the uninformed gym member will think is perfectly acceptable. The … [Read more...]

Mastering the Hinge Technique

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Developing the posterior chain is very important when it comes to your ability to lift heavier and heavier weights. A strong posterior chain is needed for squats, deadlifts, overhead press and every other spinal load exercise you can do. In developing a strong posterior chain, the hinge technique plays a huge role. The hinge is an explosive technique that involves a dynamic … [Read more...]

The Mind Muscle Connection

Mind Muscle Connection

One of the most important lessons I've learned from my adviser is the need for a very strong mind muscle connection when training. He has stressed this to me on every single body part. When I first trained with him I had a hard time feeling my hamstrings. Since he wanted me to improve my squat and that involved feeling my hamstrings, I was given homework. I was told to walk a … [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...]

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...]