Dietary Supplements to Gain Muscle and Strength

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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

Zero to Hero: An Upper/Lower Body Training Program for Strength and Size!

Zero to Hero training program

Today, a brand new premium program is waiting for you in the StrengthLog app: Zero to Hero! Zero to Hero is a 10-week long upper / lower body training program, centered around classic compound lifts. Initially, you focus more on hypertrophy-style training, and towards the end train more and more with heavy weights. Over the … 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?

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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

Supersets: Good or Bad for Muscle Growth and Strength?

Superset dumbbell curl

A few days ago, we received a question about supersets from a reader named Agneta: “Could you talk about the good vs. bad when it comes to supersets? I find that they are time-savers, but I don’t really see many people talking about them.” You are absolutely right, Agneta: supersets are time-savers! But how do … Read more

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

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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 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

Are Assistance Exercises Necessary to Get Stronger in the Squat and Deadlift?

A few weeks back we received a question from a reader: Are assistance exercises necessary to get stronger in the squat and deadlift, or is it enough to train just those two exercises? I recorded an answer to that question which you can watch in the video below or listen to on our podcast, but … Read more

Creatine: Effects, Benefits and Safety

Creatine effects benefits safety

Creatine is one of the best supplements you can take if your goal is strength and muscle growth. Creatine has been studied in over a thousand trials, and has consistently been found to increase strength and muscle size. Furthermore, it seems to diminish muscle damage after exercise, and may enhance cognitive functions such as memory … Read more