How Fast Can You Build Muscle?

Man training to build muscle fast

As soon as you’re setting down the weights after your first set in the gym, your muscles starts sending signals for growth. And an hour or two later, when you are done with your workout, the process of building new muscle protein is already in full swing. But how fast can you really build muscle? … Read more

How to Squat: Technique, Training, and Gaining

How to Squat

The squat is known as “the king of all exercises” – and for good reason. Squats have been the staple for bodybuilders looking to grow their leg muscles for decades, and in strength and conditioning they have been used (and still are used) to improve almost every athletic endeavour that is undertaken on two feet. … Read more

How to Deadlift: Technique, Training, and Gaining

How to Deadlift Guide Technique

The deadlift is probably the most classic of all barbell exercises, and is one of the best ways to build and test whole body strength. In this guide you’ll learn how to deadlift effectively and safely, and how to train your deadlift to get stronger. We’ll begin with a simple demonstration and a general explanation … Read more

Glutamine Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money

Glutamine supplement

I remember when glutamine was one of the hottest supplements around. One of the go-to supplements for anyone interested in strength training, or in exercise in general for that matter. Not only could it make you bigger and stronger, it also kept the respiratory infections away and helped you recover faster after your grueling workouts. … Read more

Regular Exercise Can Prevent a Large Number of Falls in the Elderly

Preventing falls is a top priority to keep older people healthy and mobile. Over one-third of all community-dwelling people over the age of 65 fall every year, and that rate increases with age. At that age, falling isn’t just a matter of getting up again and going about your day. The older you are, the … Read more

Eccentric Strength Training Requires Extra Recovery

Eccentric strength training is when you apply a greater load, sometimes more than your 1RM, during the negative part of a lift. You then remove the extra load before the concentric part. You can also use a spotter or an assisted machine to lighten the load during the concentric phase. Many strength training programs designed … 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

Training Frequency in the Elderly: Two Times Per Week is Enough

Training frequency is one of the major variables, along with intensity and volume, you can manipulate to improve the results from your efforts in the gym. Properly adapting these variables to your own goals and needs will lead to more muscle mass and better strength gains. Does more equal better for older men and women … 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

Movement-Based Exercise Improves Physical Function More Than Traditional Strength Training in the Elderly

By now, it is well established that strength training is important to maintain muscle mass and strength as we get older. By engaging in weight training, we slow down the age-related decline in physical function that otherwise can be quite debilitating and dangerous. What’s the best type of strength training for the elderly in order … Read more