The Intermediate Bodybuilding Sample Program

Andy MorganPrograms89 Comments

This is a sample bodybuilding program from The Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid book. The explanation section in the book is fairly detailed, so I have cut it down to give just the overview, relevant notation and exercise selection explanations. It is my goal that this, the Intermediate Powerlifting Program, and the Detailed Guide to Training Progression articles bring the … Read More

The Intermediate Powerlifting Sample Program

Andy MorganPrograms22 Comments

The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books were released at the end of last year to rave reviews and continue to be exceptionally popular. This is a sample powerlifting program from the training book. The explanation section there is fairly detailed, so I have cut it down to give just the overview, relevant notation, and exercise selection explanations. It is my … Read More

A Detailed Guide To Training Progression

Andy MorganTraining Principles62 Comments

What follows are the exact initial guidelines on training progression that I give to clients. They are an abbreviated version of the guidelines in The Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid book that I co-authored with Eric Helms and Andrea Valdez. They are exceptionally logical and structured, the antithesis to the approach of just hitting the gym, smashing some weights and hoping for … Read More

A Course on How to Implement RPE in Your Training

Implementing RPE in your TrainingA free email course by Eric Helms and Andy MorganRate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is about programming intensity of effort, rather than just intensity of load. This 5 part email course will show you how to implement RPE into your training programs to match your load to your readiness, manage fatigue more effectively and make faster ... Read More

A Full Guide To Progressing With Chin-ups

Andy MorganTraining Principles92 Comments

Chin-ups are a great upper-back exercise. You know it, and I’m not going to waffle on with an unnecessary paragraph explaining why. They’re hard, which is why most gym bros avoid doing them, well, at least with anything approaching good form. Most people stay the hell away from them and stick to the lat-pulldown machine instead. Their loss, don’t make … Read More

On Cardio for the Physique-Focused Trainee

Andy MorganTraining Principles121 Comments

Cardio is a poor time investment, it’s not necessary for most men to get shredded, it can steal recovery capacity, serve as a distraction, and the level of fitness most people will be happy with for their weekend warrior activities can be achieved by simply getting leaner and stronger. If physique change is your priority then strength training and diet should be … Read More