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

Bench Pressing Isn’t Enough for Maximal Triceps Growth

Bench press triceps training

Who doesn’t want big arms? Large and well-developed arm muscles aren’t only helpful in lifting heavy ass weight – it is also an eye-catching trophy of your hard work in the gym. If you are trying to make your arms bigger, you’d be wise to pay close attention to your triceps. The triceps muscle constitutes … Read more

How to Deadlift: Technique, Training, and Gaining

How to Deadlift Guide Technique

The deadlift is probably the most classic of all barbell exercises, and is one of the best ways to build and test whole body strength. In this guide you’ll learn how to deadlift effectively and safely, and how to train your deadlift to get stronger. We’ll begin with a simple demonstration and a general explanation … Read more

Faster Reps Create More Metabolic Stress (And More Growth?)

Creating tension in the muscle is one of the main factors that build muscle. In the gym, you can do this in two ways. The first is to lift heavier and heavier weights, what we call progressive overload. The second is TUT, or time under tension. This means that you maintain the tension in the … Read more

Beetroot Juice Improves Lifting Performance

Beetroot juice can improve endurance efficiency in athletes, leading to better performance at many distances. It also increases time to exhaustion, and improves intermittent high-intensity performance. Research on the effects on strength training performance is lacking. However, a new study shows that you might also improve your bench press performance by chugging down a bottle … Read more

HMB Increases Fat-Free Mass in Athletes, But Only When Protein Intake Is Low

As you may or may not know, we have a huge guide to the popular supplement HMB here on the site. HMB is a metabolite of the essential amino acid leucine. Having both anti-catabolic and anabolic effects, it has been highly touted as a must-have supplement for athletes. However, most research, with the exception of … Read more