A Few Articles About Getting Leaner, Fitter, & Stronger

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Why a high protein diet is so effective at promoting fat loss.

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How long should you rest between sets?

If you read the latest Muscle & Fiction magazines you’ll say 60-90 seconds is the optimal rest interval between sets. This assertion is rarely backed-up with scientific research, and when it is, they will say it increases human growth hormone levels in the body temporarily, which is true, but I haven’t found any studies that correlate it with long-term increases in muscle mass. I have no doubt that many people achieve respectable results from this protocol, especially the enhanced lifters that fill the pages of the muscle magazines, but what is optimal for the natural lifter. What does the science say? Continue reading “How long should you rest between sets?”

Optimal Training Volume Made Simple

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.” Lee Haney

Determining optimal training volume is not a straight forward proposition. There is no one size fits all solution. I will simplify the process and provide some parameters, but you will have to discover what is optimal for YOU. Scientific studies should guide our training, but ultimately, we must decide what works best for us through trial and error. The primary factor to consider is your ability to recover.

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Rest Between Set – What You Need to Know

Forget those 1-minute rest intervals in the muscle magazines. Your performance from set to set will decline quickly. Short rest intervals and training to failure repeatedly will increase human growth hormone levels, but I have not found any studies that correlate it with long-term increases in muscle mass. I have found studies that have concluded just the opposite. [i] [ii]Countless studies have demonstrated that progressive overload is the key to muscle and strength gains.

If you want to build strength and muscle, it is best done naturally by resting 3 to 5 minutes between working sets. The only time I recommend one-minute rest intervals are between low-intensity warm-up sets.  A study conducted by the Kennesaw State University found that subjects that rested 2.5 minutes between sets made substantially greater gains in muscle mass than the subject that only rested 1-minute between sets.[iii]

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Why Your Calves are Not Growing

 

Calves are the most difficult muscle to grow, but they are capable of growth. The most common mistakes I see in the gym are:

1) Improper form; bouncing the weight at the bottom of the movement.

2) Poor mind-muscle connection.

3) Training too light.

4) Not performing enough volume.

1) Improper form; bouncing the weight at the bottom of the movement.

The most common mistake people make is bouncing the weight, which puts the load on your tendons and ligaments instead of the calf muscle. You will achieve a pump, but you are not working the muscle in a meaningful way. You want to work the calf, not your tendons. You want to go all the way down, get a strong stretch in the muscle, pause for a second or two, then use the calf to lift your heel as high as it will go, then hold the contraction a second before descending under control.

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