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

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

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

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

Squat Depth: How Deep Should You Squat?

Deep barbell squat

Key Points: Deep squats (120–140° knee flexion) lead to greater muscle growth in the quads, glutes, and adductors than shallow or half squats (60–90°). You improve your strength the most at the depth you train at. Deep squats, however, have greater carryover to shallow squats than vice versa. The required squat depth in powerlifting is … Read more

Deadlift Disco: 2x per Week Deadlift Program

Deadlift training program for powerlifting

Have you hit a plateau in your deadlift, and want to start gaining strength again? Look no further than our deadlift program for powerlifting: Deadlift Disco. Our own deadlift program is one of the most popular training programs in our workout app, and thousands of lifters have used it to hit new deadlift PR’s since … Read more