Dietary Supplements to Gain Muscle and Strength

dietary supplements

Do dietary supplements make you big and strong? No, they don’t. No legal supplement will make you bigger or stronger by itself. You can’t pop a pill and expect to have it build muscle for you.  However, combined with strength training, a select few can help you build muscle and grow stronger. Which ones are … Read more

Barbell Training Program for the Beginner

Beginner barbell training program

This training program is available in our app StrengthLog! Download it for iOS here or for Android here. So you want to start lifting weights? Then you’ve come to the right place. In this article you will find a training program perfect for you who want to get started with effective strength training. The prerequisite … Read more

Five Ways to Get Bigger and Stronger

Training to get bigger and stronger

Do you know what the fundamental principle of resistance training is? It is to increase the stress you put on your muscles, and thus stimulate them to grow bigger and stronger. It doesn’t matter if you train primarily for strength or muscle growth: you cannot avoid the fundamental principle of placing progressively higher demands on … Read more

Training Volume: How Many Sets for Strength and Muscle Growth?

training volume for strength and muscle growth

How many sets should you do in your training? Next to how heavy and how many reps you do when you train, your training volume is probably one of the most important factors for your results. In this post, we will take a closer look at how many sets you should do in your training. … Read more

Bodybuilding 313 – a Training Program for Bodybuilders

bodybuilding 313

Bodybuilding 313, the new training program for all you aspiring bodybuilders out there who want to build muscle! If you open your StrengthLog app today, you will be greeted by a brand new training program! It is a premium bodybuilding program called Bodybuilding 313. That name is not a reference to the license plate number … Read more

You Don’t Need a Meal Plan to Build Muscle – Here’s What You Need Instead

Meal plan for building muscle

A few days ago, we received a great question from a reader named Emma: “I am 14 years old, and I have decided to start strength training in a few months. I wonder if I have to follow a meal plan to build muscle, like bicep and tricep?” I answer this question in the video … Read more

How Many Reps Should You Do to Build Muscle vs. Strength?

How many reps for strength vs muscle growth

What number of reps is best for building muscle or increasing your strength? Should you do low reps with heavy weights or high reps with light weights? In this post we are going to answer those questions, but first, here’s a summary of our recommendations: Muscle Growth: Anything between about 5–40 reps per set (between … Read more

How Fast Can You Build Muscle?

Man training to build muscle fast

As soon as you’re setting down the weights after your first set in the gym, your muscles starts sending signals for growth. And an hour or two later, when you are done with your workout, the process of building new muscle protein is already in full swing. But how fast can you really build muscle? … Read more

Building Muscle as You Age: Protein Needs for the Older Lifter

protein older lifter

Does the older lifter need more protein to keep building muscle? Even if you don’t even lift, there are reasons to believe that more protein than the general dietary recommendations might be beneficial for you as you age – both to stay healthy and to maintain your physical capacity. If you not only lift, but … Read more

Free Weights vs. Machines – Which Should You Train With?

Training with free weights

Should you be training with free weights or machines if you want to build muscle and strength? And does it make any difference if you are an advanced lifter or a beginner, or if you are young or old? Let’s start by clearing the two terms up: Free weights refer to all kinds of training … Read more