Light or Heavy Weights for Muscle Growth and Strength

light or heavy training

Should you use light or heavy weights if you want to build muscle and strength? Perhaps moderate weights trump them both? For years or even decades, the question of strength training load has been contested. Many studies and scientific articles examine the subject, not to mention the heated discussions in gyms between proponents of one … Read more

Whey or Soy Protein for Building Muscle?

whey soy

As most protein supplement connoisseurs know, whey protein and soy protein are two of the most popular choices on the market. Of course, they share similarities and differences. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want a convenient source of protein to aid in their training efforts use them both. We know that getting enough protein is … 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

Strength in Different Positions of the Bench Press

Bench press sticking point

Key Points: Twelve resistance-trained men were tested in 1RM and in isometric (static) contractions in bench press in 12 different positions: from chest level to extended arms. The weakest point was at a height of 4 cm off the chest. This was true both in a 1RM bench press and in isometric contractions. In a … Read more

Do Squats Work Your Hamstrings?

Squats hamstring muscles

Key Points: Hamstring muscle activity in the squat is low compared to exercises like good mornings, stiff-legged deadlifts, and leg curls. Squat training twice a week for 10 weeks yielded no muscle growth in the hamstrings (~0.6%), while the muscle volume of the quads, glutes, and adductors all increased by 5–7%. From a biomechanical standpoint, … Read more

Wide vs Close-Grip Bench Press Ratio & Muscles Worked

Close-grip bench press strength

Key Points: In general, people are about 5–6% stronger in a wide grip bench press than a close-grip bench press. The close-grip bench press results in higher velocity and power, while the wide grip bench press results in a higher force. In a wide-grip bench press, your chest and shoulders contribute 78% of the force necessary … Read more