How to Build Muscle: Exercises, Programs & Diet

How to build muscle

How should you train to build muscle as fast and efficiently as possible? Few things are more frustrating than when you put in hours at the gym, without getting any noticeable results. And conversely, few things feel better than when you’re clearly seeing that you have gained muscle mass and strength. In this guide, we … Read more

Your Muscles Like it Hot

Two weeks ago, we posted a news article about a new study showing that postexercise cooling can harm your gains. Today, let’s take a look at another study, this one examining the other side of the temperature scale, heat. Heat applied to the muscles, more precisely, and the fact that this procedure seems to be … Read more

Strength Training in Females: Great Gains Confirmed

How much muscle mass and strength can an untrained female expect to gain upon entering the world of strength training? Quite a substantial amount, as it turns out. Most strength-training research is still performed using male subjects. That being said, by now there is enough data to examine to get an idea of the effects … Read more

Too Much Training Creates a Less Anabolic Environment in Your Muscles

Systemic concentrations of anabolic hormones like testosterone do not predict the muscle growth strength training produces. However, local factors inside your muscles, like androgen receptor content, do. The results from a recent study show that overtraining leads to lower muscle androgen receptor content. This suggests that you don’t want to cross the fine line between … 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

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

BCAA Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money?

bcaa supplements

The dietary supplement industry’s economic impact is in the billions of dollars annually and continually growing. One of the most popular dietary supplements on the market are BCAA supplements. Marketed as beneficial for building and maintaining muscle mass, and for improving exercise performance, they can be found as pure BCAA supplements and in the form … 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