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

School-Based Resistance Training Strengthens Bones in Adolescent Girls

You’re never too old to exercise and start reaping the benefits of strength training. On the other side of the spectrum, you’re never too young, either. A recent study examined the effects of regular weight training on bone formation in young girls. Sixty-two girls, divided into two groups, participated in their school gym classes as … 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

Similar Strength Gains in Men and Women after 16 Weeks of Training

It doesn’t matter who you are, young or old, man or woman, alien or earthling, strength training will make you stronger, more powerful, and more muscular. That being said, there are differences between the sexes that could influence your training results. Men have much higher levels of muscle-building hormones, and there are also differences in … 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

Beta-Alanine: Effects, Benefits, and Safety

Beta-alanine exercise supplement

Beta-alanine has emerged as one of the most popular dietary supplements with the purpose of increasing exercise performance. It is a relatively new star on the supplement sky, with the first human study published as late as in 2006, but its popularity has steadily increased. It can be found in many so-called pre-workout products, but … Read more

Pull-Ups: How to Do Your First, and Continued Training for Mastery

how to do your first pull-up

The pull-up might be the most classic test and developer of upper body strength. Combine its ability to increase your strength and muscle mass, with its simplicity and barebones minimalism and it’s no wonder why it’s become so popular – and why great pull-up strength is so coveted. In this guide you’ll learn how to … Read more

Does NSAID Kill Your Gains? Potential Negative Effects on Strength and Hypertrophy

Most serious athletes have at some time or another had training sessions or longer periods of training plagued by pains and aches. Some have even accepted the pain as a constant training partner. These pains can be the result of chronic inflammation, acute injury or the remains of past injuries, often the result of training … Read more