A Comparison of Strength and Muscle Mass Increases During Resistance Training in Young Women

But that’s that. In the short-term for beginner, more complex movements, within the limitations of this (and other studies) appear to give POORER muscle growth while strength is being gained with the growth from simpler movements showing up earlier.

Determinants of Strength Performance Part 3

So last week’s discussion of the Stretch Shorten Cycle and strength performance got a little bit away from me which is why I had to add a third part to this series. But I will wrap up today, first by looking at the contribution of neural factors to strength performance before trying to summarize the series.

Determinants of Strength Performance Part 2

Although it kind of fits in with the impact of muscular factors on strength performance, I want to discuss the stretch shorten cycle (SSC) separately. This refers to a situation where a muscle is first stretched (an eccentric muscle contraction) before shortening (a concentric muscle action); there is also a brief isometric muscle action where the muscle doesn’t change length in-between the two. When this happens, a greater amount of force is generated than would occur otherwise and this improve strength performance.

It’s Time to Forget About Bulgarian Training

Bulgarian training broke most of it’s athletes, it breaks the athletes who try to use it now. It was mainly used to keep the athletes exhausted and it’s clear that similar if not SUPERIOR results can be had by NOT training that way. Even if the results were superior and the average lifter could survive it, you can’t change the fact that the small increase in gains from training that much still won’t make them not suck at the end of the day.

The 20 Rep Squat

For no particularly good reason I want to write about something that has already had endless words written about it and that is the 20 rep squat (sometimes called more specifically the 20 rep breathing squat. This is kind of the original rest-pause training, an entire book has been written about it although if you gain 30 lbs in 6 weeks, it’s not gonna be mostly muscle and I imagine most have at least heard of it.

The Causes of Diet Failure Part 2

And I think that’s a sufficient amount on this topic. yeah, I could add endless other stuff, mainly having to do with various strategies such as regular tracking/self-weighing and many others but that’s just basic stuff. The above is some stuff that I think often is unconsidered in terms of what causes diet failure. Once again, I’m not saying that the success rate will or will not be improved by changing those or getting people to take a different approach to the process.

The Causes of Diet Failure Part 1

To be honest, and I’ve been saying this for a lot of years, I don’t think that the issue with dieting failure has much to do with diet (or exercise) per se. That is, we know and have known for a long-time HOW to get people to lose weight/fat (I’m going to use these interchangeably for writing style reasons just understand that body composition is more important than changes in body weight per se and let’s move on). Bottom line, almost everyone manages to lose some amount of weight or fat when they diet. That isn’t the issue.

Research on Women – Why Isn’t There More?

Since I got behind on writing this week (I had to set up for a 3 hour webinar yesterday), I’m running an excerpt from the forthcoming women’s book (which is coming along I promise) about research on women and why there isn’t more of it. It’s probably subtly different from what is actually in the book since I did a lot of rewriting but hopefully gets the concepts across. There’s exactly nothing practical here, it’s just kind of some interesting (I hope) blather to introduce the topic.

Train Like an Athlete to Look Like an Athlete

In any case, I’m going to start today by addressing one of those trite phrases that gets thrown around from time to time in the fitness arena. I’ve looked at one of these before, in an admittedly tongue in cheek way (get it?) but this article is actually serious. Specifically the phrase I want to look at is the one that makes up the title of this piece: Train Like an Athlete to Look Like an Athlete.

Do Drugs Only Help a Little?

So in addition to any direct effects drugs have, the very concrete fact is that without them, guys can’t even get to the top levels in the first place. The training isn’t survivable or recoverable without them to begin with; the recovery and benefits is insurmountable. Hell, it’s usually been felt that most athletes top out in progress after about year 3…unless they start using drugs. They allow you to move past any upper genetic limit that might exist and without them; you hit a performance wall you won’t ever get past without them.

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