Is Stretching Overrated? Strength Training Improves Flexibility

Stretching and strength training

Key Points: A new meta-analysis compared strength training with stretching and found that both increased flexibility and range of motion to a similar extent. By training all your major muscle groups and joints through a long range of motion, you don’t only get better gains in muscle mass and strength, but you also improve your … Read more

Reps at 80% of 1RM Might Predict Your Muscle Fiber Type

Squat training high repetitions predict muscle fiber type

Key points: A new study tested if the number of reps participants could complete at 80% of 1RM in the squat correlated with their muscle fiber type ratio. There was a small, inverse correlation (r=-0.38) between the number of reps participants could do and their percentage of fast-twitch fibers. The mean percentage of fast-twitch fibers … Read more

The StrengthLog Circuit Training Workout

circuit training workout

You called for circuit training, and we answered! We are proud to introduce the very first StrengthLog circuit training workout. Circuit weight training is an effective way to train for getting great results and for saving time. Since the 1970s, science recognizes circuit training as an effective way to improve performance in more than one … Read more

StrengthLog’s Upper/Lower Body Split Program, 4x/Week

Training program upper lower body workout

This upper/lower split program is available for free in our app StrengthLog! Download it for iOS or Android. What does it take for you to get bigger and stronger? You need to: Practice the lifts you want to get strong in. Work all your major muscle groups with effective exercises. Stimulate your muscles often enough … Read more

Light or Heavy Weights for Muscle Growth and Strength

light or heavy training

Should you use light or heavy weights if you want to build muscle and strength? Perhaps moderate weights trump them both? For years or even decades, the question of strength training load has been contested. Many studies and scientific articles examine the subject, not to mention the heated discussions in gyms between proponents of one … Read more

German Volume Training – Free Training Program

German Volume Training Program

German Volume Training is a minimalistic training program popularized by Charles Poliquin. The primary aim of the program is to build muscle, but you can expect to gain strength as well. The basic outline of the program is this: Three workouts per week. With at least one rest day in between. Train on Monday, Wednesday, … Read more

Whey or Soy Protein for Building Muscle?

whey soy

As most protein supplement connoisseurs know, whey protein and soy protein are two of the most popular choices on the market. Of course, they share similarities and differences. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want a convenient source of protein to aid in their training efforts use them both. We know that getting enough protein is … Read more

Building Muscle and Losing Fat as a Busy Parent

Rob Nothing Barred Fitness

Does getting kids while working a full-time job have to spell the end of your training and fitness journey? Heck no. But you might have to take a scrutinizing look on your training routine, and you might face a new set of challenges when it comes to your diet and sleep. One trainer that has … Read more