Strength Training in Females: Great Gains Confirmed

How much muscle mass and strength can an untrained female expect to gain upon entering the world of strength training? Quite a substantial amount, as it turns out. Most strength-training research is still performed using male subjects. That being said, by now there is enough data to examine to get an idea of the effects … Read more

Training Frequency in the Elderly: Two Times Per Week is Enough

Training frequency is one of the major variables, along with intensity and volume, you can manipulate to improve the results from your efforts in the gym. Properly adapting these variables to your own goals and needs will lead to more muscle mass and better strength gains. Does more equal better for older men and women … Read more

Does Cluster Sets Stimulate Muscle Growth Equally to Traditional Sets?

A cluster set is a set that includes intermittent rest between repetitions or groups – “clusters” of repetitions. By taking a 10–30 second rest in between repetitions, you can delay fatigue and keep intensity high during a training session. By utilizing cluster sets, you can increase your training volume and the amount of intense work … Read more

Butter and Biceps: All About the Ketogenic Diet for the Athlete

The ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet, but not any old low-carb diet. It’s not a diet where you just cut down on your carbs and let the rest take care of itself. Rather, it’s a diet with a low – very low – carb intake, but where you replace the carbs with fat. The … Read more

Training with Full vs. Partial Range of Motion Yields Different Results

If you train for athletic performance, you should focus on full range of motion. That’s the take-away from a recent study comparing the effects of 15 weeks of training with either partial of full ROM on muscle architecture and mechanical properties. Untrained males trained their legs using an isokinetic dynamometer. It’s a contraption that works … Read more

HMB: Effects, Benefits and Safety

HMB, or β-Hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate, is a metabolite of the branched-chain amino acid leucine. The effects of HMB on muscle metabolism during resistance training have been studied in human trials for more than 20 years. HMB has been shown to have a positive effect on muscle protein turnover, and might be beneficial as a supplement during periods … Read more

BCAA Supplements: Beneficial or a Waste of Money?

The dietary supplement industry’s economic impact is in the billions of dollars annually and continually growing. One of the most popular dietary supplements on the market are BCAA supplements. Marketed as beneficial for building and maintaining muscle mass, and for improving exercise performance, they can be found as pure BCAA supplements and in the form … Read more

Creatine: Effects, Benefits and Safety

Creatine effects benefits safety

Creatine is one of the best supplements you can take if your goal is strength and muscle growth. Creatine has been studied in over a thousand trials, and has consistently been found to increase strength and muscle size. Furthermore, it seems to diminish muscle damage after exercise, and may enhance cognitive functions such as memory … Read more

Training to Failure: Implications for Recovery, Strength and Muscle Gains

Resistance training is the primary form of exercise to promote muscular strength and hypertrophy. One of the main methods to increase the hypertrophic potential of resistance training is to manipulate various training variables. These include adapting training volume to match the recovery ability of an athlete, and tailor set- and repetition schemes to suit individual … Read more

Protein for Strength Athletes and Bodybuilders – How Much, How Often, and What Kind

The term “protein” is derived from the Greek word for primary. This meaning is true especially for athletes, bodybuilders and strength athletes with the goal to increase performance, muscle size and strength. Protein is the primary dietary driver for anabolism. This article will make sure you know everything you need to know about how protein … Read more