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

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

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

Training Your Core Using Kettlebells: Should You Perform One-armed or Two-armed Swings?

Kettlebells are awesome, as are the swings you perform using them. Kettlebell swings have become very popular, and for good reason. They are great to enhance general athletic performance, and can be used for rehabilitation purposes. Regular kettlebell swings can even enhance your 1RM-max in compound exercises like the squat. Another thing you can do … 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

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

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