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Laurens
Laurens
October 25, 2020 18:59

Hi Andy,

Is there any benefit from doing isometric holds to pre-fatigue the muscle, when less load is available?

Thanks!

Jeff L
Jeff L
October 18, 2020 03:04

For days that call for lying/seated leg curls, would a single leg curl be a decent sub? I have a lower pulley system at home for this but I always worry it isn’t enough. I already do BB RDL for the heavy lower day instead of Deadlift.

Ricardo
Ricardo
October 15, 2020 22:11

Hey, Andy! Just wanted to say that I recently discovered rippedbody.com and I’m absolutely amazed at how good the content is. I’ve been reading several articles and taking notes. Thank you so much for all this!

Greetings from Brazil.

Eli
Eli
September 28, 2020 06:53

Hey Andy,

I was wondering if you’ve had any clients training at home for some time now and have observations about their ability to progress with limited equipment (i.e., no barbells).

I’ve been training at home since March with only bands and a 15# weight, and I anticipate that will continue for quite some time going forward until it’s safe to go back to the gym here. Just very curious to see any data/thoughts on how these modifications are working medium to long-term.

Eli
Eli
October 2, 2020 22:50
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thanks!

Joe
Joe
September 25, 2020 19:15

Hi Andy,
For training at home, but using pure bodyweight training (without bands), I have seen on the internet 2 styles. The first is like starbodyweight.com or Reddit Recommended Routine, which use exercise progressions. E.g, you do 4,4,4 pullups, increase next time to 5,4,4 etc up to 3*8, then you move onto the next harder version of the exercise.
The second is where you do certain exercises at very high rep ranges (20 – 30 reps) or as many reps as can be done in a minute to fatigue muscles more effectively. When too many reps can be done, a harder version of the exercise is used (like Athlean x or Jeremy Ethier home full body workouts.)
Which do you recommend? Thanks in advance!

Joe
Joe
September 29, 2020 05:46
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thanks for the speedy response!

Ahmed
Ahmed
September 19, 2020 04:00

Hello Andy, and thanks for always replying.
my question is far from the topic. Can someone train with a shoulder impingement?
Can you give an advice about shoulderr friendly workout? My biggest problem is in shoulder and chest workouts because they cause pain, and i cannot do surgery right now because of The COVID-19, as it’s an elective Surgery.

Joe
Joe
September 17, 2020 01:43

Hi Andy, thanks for doing this.

About resistance bands, the top brands on amazon UK have thousands of reviews (17000+) at around 4.5 star ratings, but they are much cheaper than the ones you bought. Can you advice me if its worth trying them out? They’re supposed to vary in resistance from 10 – 40 pounds. 5 bands for £8.99 seems super cheap though.

Thank you so much.

Joe
Joe
September 17, 2020 17:33
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Thank you for the advice.

Filip
Filip
July 24, 2020 21:38

Hi Andy,

do you have experience with someone using only gymnastics ring, pull up bar, dip bar and other similar outdoor equipment for strength training? Do you think results will be considerably worse, compared to using gym equipment? Assuming clean diet with correct macros and calories..

Thank you,
Filip

Priscilla
Priscilla
July 14, 2020 21:17

Hi Andy, This information is extremely useful

stewie
stewie
June 4, 2020 07:55

and if the reps don’t go up but down?

stewie
stewie
June 4, 2020 08:47
Reply to  Andy Morgan

No. It’s not cut off. What does one do if one can’t increase reps or they even decrease? I am not in kcal deficit. I sleep 8h and more. I have no stress in life. It can’t be the recovery. And that I need more volume? As an beginner, seems very unlikely. I am between 10-20 sets per week per muscle group. I am at 12 sets per week. Upper/Lower 4 times week.

Navien Rajendran
Navien Rajendran
May 24, 2020 10:32

The tips given are interesting and million dollars worth! #ThanksAndy

Anxrew
Anxrew
May 11, 2020 07:20

Any chance you can help me program strength block for floor press with dumbbells only.
I only have 20kg , 44kg , 50kg sets of dumbbells. I can currently press 44kg for 8 RPE10.
I was thinking high frequency 3 times a week , first day 3 sets 20kg RPE7, second day 3 sets 44kg RPE8 , third day maybe singles with 50kg’s. I don’t know what to program . Second week I thought to increase reps on first day and second day. Third week increse reps aswell . Fourth week maybe drop volume . Fifth week

Louise
Louise
May 5, 2020 14:43

Hi Andy, this is a great article, thank you very much!

I started the novice bodybuilding plan in the gym before it closed and I’m trying to follow the same plan with the weights I have available at home. Would you still alternate between heavy load and volume in this situation and continue to aim for two upper and two lower body workouts per week? My weights are challenging at a higher rep range, but not as heavy as I would usually lift in the gym.

I also wanted to offer a suggestion for others that you can do leg extensions and leg curls with a loop resistance band if you have one.

Thanks Andy, your website and Instagram are great and really informative!

Ravin Kumar
Ravin Kumar
April 27, 2020 07:34

Hey Andy,
Just checking in through comments now. Thanks for sharing this information through a blog post, helps me figure out how to move from the gym routine you put together to a home routine. Hope you’re doing well and all the best

Igor Gasperec
Igor Gasperec
April 13, 2020 19:14

Hi Andy! I really enjoyed reading your blog,it’s really full of valuable information about the training and diet. Started to practice 18/8 IF a week ago but since then lost unwillingly 5 kg. Also my face look too skinny now. Is this just the first phase I have to overcome or am I doing something wrong? I’m following the guidelines about the nutrition as much as I can sometimes don’t eat advised amount of protein which should be in my case roughly 100g/day (75kg). Do I break fast when drinking protein shake? Thanks for the answer.

Alex
Alex
April 9, 2020 16:11

Hi Andy!
Do you have any idea where to buy good resistance bands here in Japan?
Many thanks.

Alex
Alex
April 9, 2020 20:21
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Oh, completely missed that one^^
Thanks again, just placed my order 💪🏻

Dominic Zarlengo
Dominic Zarlengo
April 8, 2020 23:43

Thanks for everything, Andy! With the COVID pandemic, when I do get back in the gym, how do I go about choosing what weight to start back up at again and would you change how you do progression from week to week? Thanks!

Floyd Nejad
Floyd Nejad
March 24, 2020 22:05

Hi Andy
Thank you for your informative article .

With regards to the resistance bands , could you recommends any brands or criteria for picking a good one please ?furthermore if we wanted to to minimise the cost, how would you priorities the practicality of bands in colors ?

Many thanks

Marc
Marc
March 23, 2020 15:22

Hi Andy. Long time no speak.
Just wanted to get your opinion, if you could get just one – resistance bands versus a TRX suspension training kit, which would you get for this time off at the gym?

Marc
Marc
March 25, 2020 14:25
Reply to  Andy Morgan

Awesome. Any recommendations for resistance band brands? I looked at some of the apparently better quality brands and like everything else in the world atm, out of stock.

Steve
Steve
March 21, 2020 13:11

Do you recommend cutting if doing an at home workout like the one you mentioned or should i eat at maintenance? I was cutting for summer before my gym closed and ideally would like to continue that

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