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Training Guides

 

Training is exercising with intent.

The right training program helps us add muscle and get stronger. The wrong one will lead us to stagnation or injury.

Strength training is also our greatest single asset helping us hold onto muscle when dieting.

Learn how to do that while avoiding injury and wasting time.

What is Realistic Progress While Cutting?

In this article, I argue that focusing on strength alone can lead to poor training decisions, and I break reader hearts by explaining that yes, true progress becomes increasingly difficult the leaner we get and I give guidelines on when that’s likely to be. Dieting, cutting, shredding the fat off…

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…

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…

The Novice Bodybuilding Program

If looking like The Hulk, Wolverine, or Batman is your primary goal, then a training program with a bodybuilding focus is what you need. If you have been struggling to grow, this program may help by giving some balance to your routine. Don’t make the mistake of training your chest,…

The Novice Powerlifting Program

If getting strong as hell is your primary goal, knowing that size and symmetry will mostly come along for the ride anyway, then you need a strength training program that will emphasize that for you. This Novice Powerlifting Program taken from our Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid book is a…

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