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

School-Based Resistance Training Strengthens Bones in Adolescent Girls

You’re never too old to exercise and start reaping the benefits of strength training. On the other side of the spectrum, you’re never too young, either. A recent study examined the effects of regular weight training on bone formation in young girls. Sixty-two girls, divided into two groups, participated in their school gym classes as … Read more

Similar Strength Gains in Men and Women after 16 Weeks of Training

It doesn’t matter who you are, young or old, man or woman, alien or earthling, strength training will make you stronger, more powerful, and more muscular. That being said, there are differences between the sexes that could influence your training results. Men have much higher levels of muscle-building hormones, and there are also differences in … Read more

Caffeine: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

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Which is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world? Caffeine, of course. Our favorite drug has many different physiological effects, one being potentially enhanced performance during exercise. This effect is mainly exerted by blocking the neurotransmitter adenosine from its receptors. Caffeine increases both aerobic endurance performance, muscular endurance, and even anaerobic strength and power activities … Read more

Does NSAID Kill Your Gains? Potential Negative Effects on Strength and Hypertrophy

NSAID and muscle growth

Most serious athletes have at some time or another had training sessions or longer periods of training plagued by pains and aches. Some have even accepted the pain as a constant training partner. These pains can be the result of chronic inflammation, acute injury or the remains of past injuries, often the result of training … Read more

Lifting Weights to Relieve Depression: Scientific Evidence That Resistance Training Can Help

Depression and strength training

Your muscles are not the only things benefitting from a training session in the gym. Depression is something that is afflicting 300 million people all over the world at this very moment. They might not even be aware of it, but almost everyone has relatives or friends who at some point have been clinically depressed. … Read more

Strength Training For Children and Adolescents: Benefits, Risks, and Practical Recommendations

Strength Training For Children and Adolescents

Humans are meant to move, and children are no exceptions. Children need 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This is a minimum recommendation, and increasing this amount offers additional benefits. Daily moderate to vigorous physical activity helps build the child’s bones and muscles, promotes psychological well-being, and lays the foundation for positive habits as … Read more

Training to Failure: Implications for Recovery, Strength and Muscle Gains

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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