Shredding fat and building muscle is a byproduct of adaptation—but too much adaptation means you won’t change. It’s about working that thin line between challenging your body and burning them out. Between getting stronger and plateauing.
The best trainers find that line by using periodization: systematically programming workout routines over the long term through a variety of daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly cycles.
Picking the right plan is less about finding “the one approach that works” and more about finding “the right approach for you.” It’s a lot easier to accomplish if you avoid all of the garbage information that will lead you farther from your goals.
The way Arnold approaches situations, obstacles, and challenges is a masterclass in mental preparation, visualization, maximum effort, and mastery. Learn his 8 lessons for success from this exclusive interview with Adam Bornstein.
If you want to see benefits — much like any other exercise — you need to master the movement. The deadlift is not a dangerous exercise, but the key to its safety is making sure you set-up your body the correct way before you pull the weight.
Perhaps no exercise topic is more debated than proper squat form. How low should you squat? Turns out the answer is more complex—and personal—than most people will admit. And it all starts with a simple test. Here’s a guide to finding the right squat position for your body.
What is real strength? Try this bodyweight test, analyze your score, and learn how to do more pushups with a simple 4-week program.
There are many factors that contribute to poor health — food hyper-palatability, high-stress lifestyles, and confusing misinformation — are all near the top of the list. But on a purely social level, the desire to chase the next trend is a big part of the problem.
Muscle growth requires checking several boxes — with both nutrition and training — to help your body break down muscle tissue and build it back. If you’re looking to add more muscles, here are the principles you must master.
No matter the skill—torching body fat, improving flexibility, or increasing muscle size— you’re going to have to put in the repetitions. Lucky for us, this process can be accomplished by adding 5-minute finishers—simple workout circuits—to the end of your program.
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 […]