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Training Guides

 

You don’t need to spend your life in the gym to achieve a great physique.

But you need to train in a manner that will give you the right adaptive stimulus if you’re going to get the desired result.

Don’t guess at this. These guides will teach you how to select a program, customize it to minimize injury risk, and keep yourself progressing.

How to Warm Up for Strength Training

Some people really overcomplicate their warm-ups. Do ALL the people I see on the stretch mats have issues that require a 30-minute complex of body pretzeling before hitting the weights? I think not. The majority are just mimicking others, avoiding getting the real work done…

2017 Results – Success Explained In My Client’s Own Words

I’d like to share some of those longer-term client success stories today from the past year and I thank them for giving their permission to do so. In 2016 I started working with people for longer than a three month period. It has enabled me to get to know my…

The Novice Bodybuilding Program from The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books

Bodybuilding For Beginners 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,…

Beginner Powerlifting Program from The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books

The Best Powerlifting Program for You In 2021 (For Beginners)

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…

The Intermediate Bodybuilding Program from The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books

The Intermediate Bodybuilding Program

This is a sample bodybuilding program from our 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. This, the Intermediate Powerlifting Program, and the Detailed Guide to…

The Intermediate Powerlifting Program from The Muscle and Strength Pyramid books

The Intermediate Powerlifting Program

This is a sample powerlifting program from our Muscle and Strength Pyramid 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. This, along with the Intermediate Bodybuilding Sample ProgramΒ andΒ Detailed Guide to Training Progression…

How To Progress Training Loads β€” Rules for Novice and Intermediate Trainees

Linear Progression and Linear Periodization
Rules For Novice and Intermediate Trainees

What follows are the exact initial guidelines on training progression that I give to clients. They are an abbreviated version of the guidelines inΒ The Muscle and Strength Training PyramidΒ book that I co-authored with Eric Helms and Andrea Valdez. They are exceptionally logical and structured, the antithesis to the approach of…

A Guide to Exercise Selection When You Don’t Have Access to a Coach

When putting together a training program for yourself, exercise selection is an area where there is a lot of confusion. This guide will take you through how to choose exercises and incorporate them into your routine based on your training experience. There are some things that novices need to be…

Crushing Online Coaching For Aesthetics, by Bryan Krahn

Not long ago, I found myself getting grilled on Facebook over the concept of hypertrophy training. β€œStrength and hypertrophy training are the same thing,” my critic wrote, with all the passionate intensity of someone who spends a lot of time on social media but not a whole lot else. While…

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