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Eric Helms, Andy Morgan and Andrea Valdez

Eric Helms is a coach, athlete, author, educator, and researcher. Andrea Valdez is a lifelong athlete, experienced coach, and content creator. Andy Morgan is an online training and nutrition coach. They are the authors of The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books. ⠀ RippedBody.com is Andy's website, his sincere effort to build the best nutrition and training guides on the internet. Some readers hire him to coach them, which he has been doing full-time, online, since 2011. If you think that may interest you, details are here.

How to Address Weak Points in Your Lifts

We all find ourselves struggling at a specific point of lift, at some time or another. Addressing sticking points might be a more efficient way to attack the weakest link in the chain of a movement, and therefore a faster way to increase strength. If you have stalled with traditional…

A 6-Step Guide to Building Training Programs

Everyone starts their journey by taking a pre-built training program and trying it out. I made my first program choice after a three-minute perusal of my local supermarket’s magazine rack. That month’s copy of Men’s Health advertised a program promising 10 pounds of gains in 6 weeks, which was exactly…

How Much Cardio Should You Do When Cutting?

A caloric deficit doesn’t have to come entirely from the diet, and you probably guessed that adding some cardiovascular work to expend more energy rather than restricting your energy intake alone, could also be useful. A simple way to estimate energy expenditure during cardio requires you to determine a rating…

Should I Cut or Bulk? The Definitive Guide

Ahh, the eternal question. But before I answer it, let me point out that yes, I used the word bulk, because that’s probably what you Googled. But actually, “bulk” should be removed from your vocabulary. The term implies rapid weight gain likely to put on unnecessary body fat, leaving you…

How to Warm Up for Strength Training

The purposes of a warm-up are to prepare you for the training to come, potentially enhance the performance of training, and also to hopefully reduce the risk of injury. One of the primary mechanisms by which a warm-up provides these benefits is an increase in body temperature, which has beneficial…

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