Progression Of Weight: Building Muscle And Strength One Rep At A Time

Progression is the key to muscle and strength building. I often tell lifters to use the following approach during each workout:

Push yourself on every set. Try to perform as many reps as possible without training to failure. When you can perform the recommended maximum number of reps for a set, add weight the next time in the gym.

Let me explain exactly what this means by providing an example. After this example, I want to show you just how powerful the addition of a single rep can be.

Written by Steve Shaw

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Intensity Is Everything: Part 1 – Building New Muscle With Intensity Techniques

All my life I have always wanted a cool nickname. In high school I even went so far as to try to give myself the nickname C-Dub. This was definitely not a proud moment for me. But recently, after speaking with a friend at my gym I was informed that the majority of the people at my gym already had a nickname for me.

Initially I was excited, but that changed when I found out what my nickname was. My great new nickname is now “That Crazy Guy”. As in, “Be careful not step in front of That Crazy Guy while he’s doing walking lunges.” Apparently, some people at my gym feel that I am crazy because of the level of intensity that I train with. This is not exactly the awesome nickname I had in mind, but I’ll take it.

Written by Cliff Wilson

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The Gym Is War: Prepare Your Mental Game

Cogito Ergo Sum: I think therefore I am. These words of wisdom were originally dropped by the philosopher René Descartes at the turn of the 17th century. And through the ages, they have stood the test of time as a to-the-point representation of the power of the human mind. Though Descartes didn’t share our united appreciation for the iron, his fundamental philosophy has unknowingly influenced the performance of successful bodybuilders and powerlifters for decades.

Written by Adam Szetela

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The Mind Is Everything

Even 2500 years ago, one man and his followers believed undeniably that the mind conquers all. I once took an Eastern Civilization class where I found myself connected to the Buddha’s ideas and ways of living. I had always known that when I was sad, it was because I was allowing myself to be sad and when I was happy it was because I was responding to something that made me happy. It has always been easier to be happy than to be sad or troubled. I think that’s true for all of us. Even 2500 years ago, one man and his followers believed undeniably that the mind conquers all. I once took an Eastern Civilization class where I found myself connected to the Buddha’s ideas and ways of living. I had always known that when I was sad, it was because I was allowing myself to be sad and when I was happy it was because I was responding to something that made me happy. It has always been easier to be happy than to be sad or troubled. I think that’s true for all of us.

Buddha believed every living being has the same basic wish – to avoid suffering. As we have evolved as humans, it seems we have gone in the direction of seeking happiness in external sources, rather than looking inward. We look to our high status jobs, money, dream houses, fancy cars, pretty clothes, cool friends, big trips, good food and ever-striving beautiful appearances as a means of being happy. These things are material and temporary.

Written by Ashley Johns

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For Women: Getting Started With Lifting

Stepping on a lifting floor for the first time can be quite intimidating for most women.  You look around and see huge dudes grunting and throwing around more weight than you possess in your entire body and you seriously consider turning around and b-lining to the cardio equipment. Stop!  Don’t join the herds of people camping out for hours on end on the elliptical machines.  In my opinion, they resemble gerbils running in a wheel – mindlessly moving, but not really getting anywhere.  Whatever your fitness goals may be – to lose weight, tone up, get healthier, etc. lifting can help you achieve those goals more efficiently.

Written by Kim Brenton

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Super Berry Undercover: The Ultimate Fruit For Healthy Living

Chances are you’ve eaten this mysterious fruit before. You’ve probably thrown it in your salad, spread it on your toast or even rolled it into your burrito. Yep, you heard right – fruit in your burrito! The super berry I’m speaking about is the avocado.

Avocados are a misunderstood fruit. For one thing, they are often mistaken as a vegetable, but what’s even more perplexing, is that many people believe they should be avoided due to their high fat content.

Written by Kristen Adamson

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The Cardio Debate For Fat Loss: High Intensity Versus Low Intensity

It is a mistaken belief that long and slow, low intensity cardio is best for fat loss because it utilizes the aerobic system and burns fat during exercise. High intensity cardio is actually far superior and more effective for fat loss than low intensity cardio for several reasons.

This article will briefly discuss the differences in high intensity and low intensity cardio, outlining the reasons why high intensity cardio is more efficient and effective for fat loss.

Written by Rosie Chee

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