A Detailed Guide To Training Progression

Andy MorganTraining Principles58 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

Training to Failure: Helping You Succeed or Fail?

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Too much training to failure will hamper recovery, limit the frequency and volume of training you can manage, and ultimately, keep you from making the gains you could otherwise have been. This is where Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE) comes in. It is about programming intensity of effort, rather than just intensity of load and can be an invaluable tool for intermediate … Read More

Crushing Online Coaching For Aesthetics, by Bryan Krahn

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Not long ago, I found myself getting grilled on Facebook over the concept of hypertrophy training. “Strength 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 strength and hypertrophy training are more similar than they are … 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

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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

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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

The Principle Of Progressive Overload

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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 switch things up. This programming … Read More