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A few posts back, I wrote about switching up my training routine. I’ve been training “intensely” for a little over a week now and I have already learned some lessons. Lessons learned 1. Train weaker muscle groups first On my first upper-body day, I started with chest and then back. Then I did shoulders, followed by biceps and triceps. This was not the right order. My mind-muscle connection for chest and back was great. Shoulders…

From time to time it is good to change things up when it comes to your training. For the longest time, I’ve been doing high-volume training for maximum hypertrophic gains. Occasionally I’ll convince myself that I care about strength too and will do a strength-block for a month or two, but I don’t really care about powerlifting. My goals are always to look and feel good. Gaining some strength and athleticism is nice, but it’s…

When you are a weightlifter, it is important to take a deload week from time to time. Might be once every 4 weeks, once every 8 weeks, or whatever your body needs. When you’ve been lifting heavy weights and increasing either the intensity or volume every day, your body will eventually need a break. Sure, most likely you have a rest day or two in your week, but that only keeps you going so long.…

Our bodies have evolved to do a lot more than just walk in a straight line and sit in a chair, yet this is about the extent that most of us use our bodies. Sure, some of us run or lift weights or cycle which are all great, but even these tend to be in a fairly fixed range of motion. We end up neglecting a lot of our bodies’ mobility which is a shame.…

Measuring your body composition is always a bit of a challenge since the accuracy on most tools/methods are pretty questionable. The really accurate tools require you to go pay money and see a specialist which isn’t practical for most people. So what is the best way to measure your body composition? Personally, I’ve come to the decision that for the most part there isn’t a really compelling reason to need to know your actual body…

One common issue you will find when you look at a lot of intermediate training programs is that they don’t do a great job at being balanced. Regardless of the fact that many programs aren’t specific to powerlifting, the big 3 (bench, squat, and deadlift) are often the center point. If we take a look at what the big 3 really focuses on muscle group wise: Bench Press: Chest and triceps, and front delts to…