Does the Bench Press Work Your Triceps?

Advanced bench press program

Key Points: The bench press works the lateral head of your triceps well – even better than tricep extensions. The bench press does not work the long and medial head of your triceps well – but tricep extensions do. Combine bench pressing with tricep extensions to work all heads of your triceps. Does bench pressing … Read more

Do Lat Pulldowns and Rows Work Your Biceps?

Lat pulldown for biceps

Key Points: Lat pulldowns have been shown to work (and grow) the biceps muscle just as good as barbell curls. At least in untrained subjects. Adding barbell curls to a program of lat pulldowns doesn’t lead to further muscle growth in the biceps. Once again, in untrained subjects. Rows only work your biceps half (50%) … Read more

Barbell Training Program for the Beginner

Beginner barbell training program

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

Protein for Strength Athletes and Bodybuilders

protein

Key Points: Protein is the most important nutrient for building muscle. Protein is made up of amino acids. Out of these, you need to get enough of the 9 essential ones through your food. The average person needs at least 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight and day. Preferably 1.2 grams per … Read more

Soy – Healthy Alternative to Meat or Toxic Hormonal Disruptor?

soy

Soy, soybeans, and soy protein: muscle-building alternatives to meat, healthy legumes, or hormone-altering cancer beans? Few foods are as controversial as soyfoods. As always is the case when it comes to controversial stuff, the truth is entirely black or white. Soy means different things to different people. For the weight-lifting fitness aficionado, soy protein for … Read more

Is It Important to Eat or Drink Protein Quickly after Training?

Protein after Workout for Muscle Growth

Key Points: No, it’s not important to consume protein quickly after a workout. This is true despite the fact that your muscle protein balance is negative until you consume protein. A meta-analysis found no difference in muscle growth or strength between groups consuming protein within one hour before or after strength training, and groups who … Read more

Building Muscle in a Caloric Balance vs. Bulking

Build muscle in a caloric balance

Can you build muscle in a caloric balance, and how does it compare to bulking? That’s what today’s question from Eskil is about: Can you talk about the difference between building muscle while in a caloric balance vs. bulking? That is, being in a caloric surplus. I answer this question in the video below, but … 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