Here’s something you won’t hear many trainers admit: A long workout warm-up — you know, the type that asks you to foam roll, stretch, or otherwise activate every muscle imaginable — can backfire. Before you think we’re railing against common advice for the sake of being counterintuitive, we’re not saying warmup exercises are bad. We’re […]
The idea of keeping it simple is something that is embraced in almost every area of life — except exercise. Unless a behavior is extreme or challenging, it’s assumed that it won’t work. Believing this reality is not only likely to lead to injury and burnout, but it’s also a big reason why so many people […]
High-intensity interval training (AKA “HIIT”) has been a popular training method for years. It’s effective and time-efficient. But, as time has gone on, the methods you see being labeled as “HIIT” are getting farther away from the science that proved the effectiveness of these types of routines. Just because the high intensity is good, doesn’t […]
Let’s be honest: the idea of “getting better” isn’t always what it seems. The obvious approach is that improvement is measured by growth. And growth is measured by accomplishing more than what was done prior. And “accomplishment” inherently implies a comparison to a prior situation or time. But, what if the idea of growth wasn’t […]
“I never believed I was average, and that alone is a big reason I wasn’t.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger Very few of us are ever able to feel like we accomplish the majority of our goals. And, whether we want to admit it, life is a game of trial and error. So, it’s easy to get caught […]
The problem with training is rarely the exercises you perform, but, rather, how they are combined together into a program that will challenge and change your body. At some point, rep-after-rep-after-rep just doesn’t do the job, no matter how hard it feels. And, this is especially true for at-home workouts. If you want to make […]
The hardest part of the fat loss process is believing that this time will be different. But, it can be if you’re willing to remove the usual complications associated with weight loss and commit to a different approach. After helping thousands of people lose weight, the key to building an effective fat loss plan is […]
How do you know if you are pushing too hard during your workouts? Overtraining is a real phenomenon. It is possible to train so much that you break your body down rather than build it up. But most people never come close to “real” overtraining, which is highlighted (lowlighted?) by physical breakdowns that are hard […]
There’s one thing that all the biggest, most muscular people on the planet have in common. It’s not great genetics. (Good genes help, but plenty of people have gotten huge without having been blessed with it at birth.) It’s not that they all just live at the gym and do nothing else, or follow some […]
Recently we received the following question from a reader: “I’ve always thought that adding muscle speeds up your metabolism. But then I read this isn’t correct. So what’s the truth: Does increasing your muscle mass really increase your metabolism?” -Phil, Vancouver For as long as I can remember, a lot of people have believed that […]
Can’t do a pull-up? We’re here to fix that—and help you get better abs in the process. Here’s how to work up to a pull-up, with a training plan that will actually fit into your real life.
Training in the gym is one of the safest things you can do. But bad movement patterns can make some exercises risky. Here’s how to correct issues before they become injuries.