Training

The Costs and Benefits of Circuit Training

The Costs and Benefits of Circuit Training

People ask me stuff. About fitness. I answer them. With a cost-benefit analysis. They say it’s eerily accurate. Inappropriately scientific. Annoyingly objective. “There’s no room for discussion with you.” I can’t help it. I like the truth. I’m a realist. I blame my training in economics. “Circuit training.” Okay. Here goes.   Read the full article in Evidence Magazine (free).

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The best time to work out: Use your biorhythm for 84% more muscle

The best time to work out: Use your biorhythm for 84% more muscle

The optimal time of day to train is not usually something that people think about. People train when it’s convenient, when they feel like it, when they can. As a result, the decision on when to train is a byproduct of other arrangements. Such a second rate approach to planning your training sessions leads to second rate results. There is […]

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Curl and Fly Tweaks: Advance Your Chest and Biceps Training

Curl and Fly Tweaks: Advance Your Chest and Biceps Training

There are two reasons why people do the exercises they do (or most anything else really). Number one is that someone told them to. They picked it from some magazine’s list of chest exercises, copied it from some big guy or got told “Hey, bro, check this exercise out!”. Reason number two is that it feels right. The exercise gives […]

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The Cardio Comedown

The Cardio Comedown

It’s a fact. Looking good naked requires visible abs. Abs are man’s aphrodisiac, the center of your physique and one of the few muscles that chicks actually care about. That’s just the way it is. So, how do we get visible abs? One of the arguably most popular answers that come to mind is ‘cardio’ and that’s what I’m going […]

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‘Stretching is B.S.’ Addendum

‘Stretching is B.S.’ Addendum

I received a lot of questions regarding my article about stretching and many of them fall in the category of ‘when I stretch, I feel better. How can you explain that?’ While such questions could be discarded as empirical evidence for being completely anecdotal, I’m a pragmatist myself and if stretching helped me I wouldn’t stop doing it either. However, […]

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Stretching is B.S.

Stretching is B.S.

If you’re a committed weight trainer, chances are you’re either stretching a lot already or think you should be stretching more. Historically, stretching has been considered one of those “does no wrong” activities, one that’s been largely overlooked by virtually everyone outside of a yoga studio. But over the last two decades or so, people have started to figure out […]

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7 Principles of Exercise Selection

7 Principles of Exercise Selection

To paraphrase a wise man, “Small, weak, and injured is no way to go through life.” But if you design your workouts around the wrong exercises, that’s exactly how you’ll end up; dreadfully unmuscular, embarrassingly weak, and prone to chronic injuries. Proper exercise selection can be tough. There are countless lifts to choose from and most of them have several […]

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