Building Muscle in a Caloric Balance vs. Bulking

Build muscle in a caloric balance

Can you build muscle in a caloric balance, and how does it compare to bulking? That’s what today’s question from Eskil is about: Can you talk about the difference between building muscle while in a caloric balance vs. bulking? That is, being in a caloric surplus. I answer this question in the video below, but … Read more

StrengthLog’s Full-Body Hypertrophy

strengthlog's

StrengthLog’s Full-Body Hypertrophy is a full-body program. Full-body training might just be the most time-efficient way to structure your workouts if you have two or three days a week at your disposal to spend in the gym.  After a workout, you add new muscle protein as a result of your efforts for about 24 hours. … 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

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

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