Building Muscle After 50: The Essential Guide

building muscle after 50

Key Points: It’s never too late to build muscle and strength. You can build muscle no matter your age. A proven strength training program for building muscle after 50 is to lift two or three days per week, doing 10 sets per muscle and week, with about 8–15 reps per set. Eat a healthy high-protein … Read more

How to Train Your Biceps: Exercises & Workout

Biceps training exercise

Your biceps are one of the most visually striking muscles, and has been an icon of bodybuilding for decades. Few muscles garner more training attention than these, and given how they are always visible when you are in short sleeves, that is understandable. A pair of well-developed biceps are hard to ignore, given how they … Read more

5 Differences Between Incline Bench Press vs Flat Bench Press

Incline Bench Press

The incline bench press and the flat bench press are both great exercises for building your chest and shoulder muscles. While they train the same major muscle groups, there are still some differences. In this article, I break down five of the biggest differences between the incline bench press compared to the classic flat bench … Read more

Whey Protein vs. BCAA: Which is Better? [Updated 2021]

Whey protein vs bcaa supplement

Key Points: Whey is a complete protein that contains the three BCAAs, along with many other amino acids. Whey boosts your overall protein intake, helps you build muscle and strength, and can be used as a meal replacement. Don’t expect BCAA supplements to help your muscle growth. There is no scientific evidence supporting such claims. … Read more

13 Benefits of the Trap Bar Deadlift vs. Barbell Deadlift

Trap bar deadlift benefits

Which is better for building muscle and strength: the trap bar deadlift or the traditional barbell deadlift? And if you only train trap bar deadlifts – are you missing out? While the two exercises and the muscles they work are similar, there are still some differences. In this post, I’ll go over thirteen benefits of … Read more

5 Reasons You’re Not Gaining Muscle

plateau, gains

Sooner or later, everyone hits a plateau where gains come slower or grind to a halt altogether. That can be very frustrating and lead to a vicious circle where you get less motivated to put in the effort needed to progress.  Let’s take a look at our top five reasons why you’re not gaining muscle … Read more

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