Posts in "Training Principles"

How to Keep Progressing as a Novice and Intermediate Trainee

Andy Morgan / Training Principles

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 […] Read More »

A Full Guide To Progressing With Chin-ups

Andy Morgan / Training Principles

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 […] Read More »

Why Too Much Cardio Can Hamper Your Physique Goals

Andy Morgan / Training Principles

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 […] Read More »

The Principle Of Progressive Overload

Andy Morgan / Training Principles

What would you say is the number one thing that holds people back with their training? I’d argue that it’s program hopping. We all know someone that does it – they start a new training routine with bounding enthusiasm, give it 2-3 weeks, then read some conflicting information elsewhere and decide that they need to […] Read More »

Dreambulkeritis

Andy Morgan / Training Principles , Useful Diet Theory

Dreams in a tub – “ONE THOUSAND CALORIES, 50g PROTEIN” – … Dream-bulker-itis | drēmˈbʌlkərˈʌɪtɪs | slang  noun Disease where an individual (usually male) suffers deluded notions that the enormous amounts of  weight gained due to purposeful overeating combined with weight training in the winter months is actually mostly muscle, that they can remove the […] Read More »

Why Barbells?

Andy Morgan / Training Principles

A couple of weeks back I stumbled upon a truly great article on StartingStrength.com. Though generally I settle for sharing good articles on my Twitter feed and the Facebook page I think this one deserves special attention calling to it. Enter Michael Wolf…. Strength & Barbells: The Foundations of Fitness If I had a dollar for every time a client […] Read More »