Want To Run, Bike or Row Faster? Lift Some Heavy Weights!

Strength training is awesome in and of itself. However, not everyone lifts weights to get bigger and stronger for the sake of getting bigger and stronger. Any athlete who trains or competes in any kind of sport can benefit from strength training. Is your main sport time-based, meaning you run, swim, cycle or row a … Read more

Glutamine Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money

Glutamine supplement

I remember when glutamine was one of the hottest supplements around. One of the go-to supplements for anyone interested in strength training, or in exercise in general for that matter. Not only could it make you bigger and stronger, it also kept the respiratory infections away and helped you recover faster after your grueling workouts. … Read more

Your Muscles Like it Hot

Two weeks ago, we posted a news article about a new study showing that postexercise cooling can harm your gains. Today, let’s take a look at another study, this one examining the other side of the temperature scale, heat. Heat applied to the muscles, more precisely, and the fact that this procedure seems to be … Read more

Strength Training in Females: Great Gains Confirmed

How much muscle mass and strength can an untrained female expect to gain upon entering the world of strength training? Quite a substantial amount, as it turns out. Most strength-training research is still performed using male subjects. That being said, by now there is enough data to examine to get an idea of the effects … Read more

Postexercise Cooling Can Harm Your Gains

Applying cold to your muscles after a workout, like using an ice bath or cold water therapy, might improve recovery and restore performance faster. At the same time, soaking in icy water after lifting weights seems to put a stop to your gains, at least if you do it all the time. Several recent studies … Read more

Eccentric Strength Training Requires Extra Recovery

Eccentric strength training is when you apply a greater load, sometimes more than your 1RM, during the negative part of a lift. You then remove the extra load before the concentric part. You can also use a spotter or an assisted machine to lighten the load during the concentric phase. Many strength training programs designed … Read more