Lat Pulldown vs. Rows: Differences in Muscles Worked

Cable row exercise for lats

What’s the difference between pulling movements such as pull-ups and lat pulldowns compared to rowing movements such as barbell rows, dumbbell rows, and cable rows? This article will briefly examine the differences in terms of what muscles these exercises work. If you’ve read my article on how to train your back muscles, you know that … Read more

How Much Does Triceps Contribute to Your Bench Press?

Bench press triceps powerlifting

Key Points: In a wide-grip bench press, your chest and shoulders contribute 78% of the force necessary to lift the bar, while your triceps contribute 22%. In the medium grip bench press, the same numbers are 74% vs. 26%. In the close-grip bench press, the same numbers are 63% vs. 37%. How much can you … Read more

Three Reasons to Keep a Workout Log

Fitness app for workout log

One of the easiest way to get better results in the gym? Keep a workout log. We developed our workout log app StrengthLog to improve your gains in strength and size, and at the same time, make your training more enjoyable. Not sold yet? Here are my top three reasons for why you should keep … Read more

Is Cardio Bad for Your Strength Training?

cardio strength training

Key Points: A recent meta-analysis investigated if cardio training affected strength gains in the squat and leg press. Based on 27 studies, combining cardio and strength training did not negatively affect strength gains in untrained participants. In trained participants, combining cardio and strength training resulted in slightly smaller strength gains. However, this effect was only … Read more

Are Supersets Good for Muscle Growth and Strength?

Superset dumbbell curl

A few days ago, we received a question about supersets from a reader named Agneta: “Could you talk about the good vs. bad when it comes to supersets? I find that they are time-savers, but I don’t really see many people talking about them.” You are absolutely right, Agneta: supersets are time-savers! But are supersets … Read more

How Many Reps to Build Muscle vs. Strength?

How many reps for strength and muscle

How many reps should you do to build muscle vs. strength? The number of reps you do greatly influences your training results in terms of hypertrophy or strength gains. Here’s a summary of our recommendations: Number of Reps to Build Muscle: Anything between about 5–40 reps per set (between about 40–85% of 1RM) has been … Read more

Does the Bench Press Work Your Triceps?

Bench press triceps work

Key Points: The bench press works the lateral head of your triceps well – even better than tricep extensions. The bench press does not work the long and medial head of your triceps well – but tricep extensions do. Combine bench pressing with tricep extensions to work all heads of your triceps. Does bench pressing … Read more

Do Lat Pulldowns and Rows Work Your Biceps?

Lat pulldown for biceps

Key Points: Lat pulldowns have been shown to work (and grow) the biceps muscle just as good as barbell curls. At least in untrained subjects. Adding barbell curls to a program of lat pulldowns doesn’t lead to further muscle growth in the biceps. Once again, in untrained subjects. Rows only work your biceps half (50%) … Read more

Barbell Training Program for the Beginner

Beginner barbell training program

This training program is available for free in our app StrengthLog! Download it for iOS or Android. So you want to start lifting weights? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, you will find a barbell training program perfect for getting started with effective strength training. The prerequisite for the program is … Read more

How to Get Stronger, Part 3: The Advanced

Strength training for advanced lifters

“What is mastery? At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.” – George Leonard Strength training is a harsh mistress. First, you are lured in by the sweet beginner gains. Then, your resolve is tested as you enter the intermediate stage and have to work harder for every extra … Read more