Q&A: Long Term Training Considerations for Powerlifters – with Alexander Eriksson

Alexander Eriksson on powerlifting training

We reached out to Alexander Eriksson (@ae.power) – the reigning European champion, and general powerlifting mastermind – to pick his brain on powerlifting training in the long-term perspective. Class in session! Q: How should a powerlifters’ training change over the years, as they move from being a beginner to advanced? Alex: – Powerlifting stands out as … 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

StrengthLog’s In a Hurry at the Gym: A Time-Optimized Program

in-a-hurry-at-the-gym

StrengthLog’s In a Hurry at the Gym is the program you need when you have a very limited time for an effective workout. Let’s face it, sometimes you need to optimize your training to suit how much time you have at your disposal. Even if your time in the gym is your favorite time of … Read more

How to Cut: Lose Fat and Keep Your Muscle Mass

lose fat and keep your muscle

Do you want to lose fat and keep your muscle? Sure you do. That is one of the main goals of most people you see in the gym sweating next to you. If you want to show off the physique you have built in the gym, you need to shed the layer of fat that … 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

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

Sex Differences in Strength and Muscle Mass: Do Males and Females Gain the Same?

Is it harder for women to build muscle? Men and women have many things in common, but when it comes to building muscle, there are subtle but important things that separate us. Many things have a say in how much muscle you can gain, and how fast. Anabolic hormones and enzymes in our muscles are … Read more

Bench Pressing Isn’t Enough for Maximal Triceps Growth

Bench press triceps training

Who doesn’t want big arms? Large and well-developed arm muscles aren’t only helpful in lifting heavy ass weight – it is also an eye-catching trophy of your hard work in the gym. If you are trying to make your arms bigger, you’d be wise to pay close attention to your triceps. The triceps muscle constitutes … Read more

Beetroot Juice Improves Lifting Performance

Beetroot juice can improve endurance efficiency in athletes, leading to better performance at many distances. It also increases time to exhaustion, and improves intermittent high-intensity performance. Research on the effects on strength training performance is lacking. However, a new study shows that you might also improve your bench press performance by chugging down a bottle … Read more

Want To Run, Bike or Row Faster? Lift Some Heavy Weights!

Strength training is awesome in and of itself. However, not everyone lifts weights to get bigger and stronger for the sake of getting bigger and stronger. Any athlete who trains or competes in any kind of sport can benefit from strength training. Is your main sport time-based, meaning you run, swim, cycle or row a … Read more