Training Your Core Using Kettlebells: Should You Perform One-armed or Two-armed Swings?

Kettlebells are awesome, as are the swings you perform using them. Kettlebell swings have become very popular, and for good reason. They are great to enhance general athletic performance, and can be used for rehabilitation purposes. Regular kettlebell swings can even enhance your 1RM-max in compound exercises like the squat. Another thing you can do … Read more

Exercise Leads to Immediate Improvement of Chemotherapy-Related Side Effects

If you have to undergo chemotherapy, chances are you don’t feel well. The treatment can actually make you feel worse than the disease. If we are lucky, we won’t have to experience it ourselves. However, to say that you don’t feel very well during chemotherapy seems to be an understatement. At the same time, keeping … Read more

Movement-Based Exercise Improves Physical Function More Than Traditional Strength Training in the Elderly

By now, it is well established that strength training is important to maintain muscle mass and strength as we get older. By engaging in weight training, we slow down the age-related decline in physical function that otherwise can be quite debilitating and dangerous. What’s the best type of strength training for the elderly in order … Read more

Does Cluster Sets Stimulate Muscle Growth Equally to Traditional Sets?

A cluster set is a set that includes intermittent rest between repetitions or groups – “clusters” of repetitions. By taking a 10–30 second rest in between repetitions, you can delay fatigue and keep intensity high during a training session. By utilizing cluster sets, you can increase your training volume and the amount of intense work … Read more

School-Based Resistance Training Strengthens Bones in Adolescent Girls

You’re never too old to exercise and start reaping the benefits of strength training. On the other side of the spectrum, you’re never too young, either. A recent study examined the effects of regular weight training on bone formation in young girls. Sixty-two girls, divided into two groups, participated in their school gym classes as … Read more

Training with Full vs. Partial Range of Motion Yields Different Results

If you train for athletic performance, you should focus on full range of motion. That’s the take-away from a recent study comparing the effects of 15 weeks of training with either partial of full ROM on muscle architecture and mechanical properties. Untrained males trained their legs using an isokinetic dynamometer. It’s a contraption that works … Read more

Similar Strength Gains in Men and Women after 16 Weeks of Training

It doesn’t matter who you are, young or old, man or woman, alien or earthling, strength training will make you stronger, more powerful, and more muscular. That being said, there are differences between the sexes that could influence your training results. Men have much higher levels of muscle-building hormones, and there are also differences in … Read more

Lifting Weights to Relieve Depression: Scientific Evidence That Resistance Training Can Help

Depression and strength training

Your muscles are not the only things benefitting from a training session in the gym. Depression is something that is afflicting 300 million people all over the world at this very moment. They might not even be aware of it, but almost everyone has relatives or friends who at some point have been clinically depressed. … Read more

Strength Training For Children and Adolescents: Benefits, Risks, and Practical Recommendations

Strength Training For Children and Adolescents

Humans are meant to move, and children are no exceptions. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This is a minimum recommendation, and increasing this amount offers additional benefits. Daily moderate to vigorous physical activity helps build the child’s bones and muscles, promotes psychological well-being, and lays the foundation for positive habits as … Read more

Training to Failure: Implications for Recovery, Strength and Muscle Gains

training to failure

Resistance training is the primary form of exercise to promote muscular strength and hypertrophy. One of the main methods to increase the hypertrophic potential of resistance training is to manipulate various training variables. These include adapting training volume to match the recovery ability of an athlete, and tailor set- and repetition schemes to suit individual … Read more