How Fast Can You Build Muscle?

Man training to build muscle fast

As soon as you’re setting down the weights after your first set in the gym, your muscles starts sending signals for growth. And an hour or two later, when you are done with your workout, the process of building new muscle protein is already in full swing. But how fast can you really build muscle? … Read more

Creatine: Effects, Benefits and Safety

Creatine effects benefits safety

Creatine is one of the best supplements you can take if your goal is strength and muscle growth. Creatine has been studied in over a thousand trials, and has consistently been found to increase strength and muscle size. Furthermore, it seems to diminish muscle damage after exercise, and may enhance cognitive functions such as memory … Read more

Building Muscle as You Age: Protein Needs for the Older Lifter

protein older lifter

Does the older lifter need more protein to keep building muscle? Even if you don’t even lift, there are reasons to believe that more protein than the general dietary recommendations might be beneficial for you as you age – both to stay healthy and to maintain your physical capacity. If you not only lift, but … Read more

Free Weights vs. Machines – Which Should You Train With?

Training with free weights

Should you be training with free weights or machines if you want to build muscle and strength? And does it make any difference if you are an advanced lifter or a beginner, or if you are young or old? Let’s start by clearing the two terms up: Free weights refer to all kinds of training … Read more

Sex Differences in Strength and Muscle Mass: Do Males and Females Gain the Same?

Is it harder for women to build muscle? Men and women have many things in common, but when it comes to building muscle, there are subtle but important things that separate us. Many things have a say in how much muscle you can gain, and how fast. Anabolic hormones and enzymes in our muscles are … Read more

How to Squat: Technique, Training, and Gaining

How to Squat

The squat is known as “the king of all exercises” – and for good reason. Squats have been the staple for bodybuilders looking to grow their leg muscles for decades, and in strength and conditioning they have been used (and still are used) to improve almost every athletic endeavour that is undertaken on two feet. … Read more

Building Muscle and Losing Fat at the Same Time – Is it Possible?

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Most of us would like to build muscle and lose fat at the same time, but is it possible? Even if it is physiologically possible, can you realistically expect to do it? It is commonly believed that you can’t … Read more

How to Build Muscle: Exercises, Programs & Diet

How to build muscle

How should you train to build muscle as fast and efficiently as possible? Few things are more frustrating than when you put in hours at the gym, without getting any noticeable results. And conversely, few things feel better than when you’re clearly seeing that you have gained muscle mass and strength. In this guide, we … Read more

How Does Deadlift Grip Influence Your Forearm Muscle Activation?

Deadlift grip

The deadlift is not only one of the best exercises for developing overall strength and power. It can also be a potent test of your grip strength. According to a new study, your grip variation of choice while deadlifting affects both your muscle activation and your potential to lift maximal loads. Twenty-nine trained athletes performed … Read more

Are Rows and Lat Pulldowns Enough For Great Biceps Growth?

Lat pulldown for bicep training

Yesterday, we published a post about a study that found that bench pressing is not enough for maximal triceps growth. In today’s post, I’d like to take a look at the other side of your upper arm, and look into a few interesting studies on how compound exercises such as rows or lat pull-downs affect … Read more