At Joe Polish’s suggestion, I read Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing“ As published in a previous post, it is one of the best two books I have read in the last two years. Here are five things I learned from her very efficient system #
Science based program design and nutrition is necessary. However, it takes years before researchers catch up to clinicians. For example, the first peer review study on Cluster Training came out in 2008. The researchers called it ‘novel’. However, is sixty years old ‘novel’? This very effective method for developing relative strength was used for over
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Vince’s Secret Locker

I want to recommend a very good book by Karl Coyne called Vince’s Secret Locker. Everything Vince Gironda has ever written on the topic of muscle building, losing fat, and nutrition for bodybuilders.
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If you’ve ever taken the time to consider the effort involved to get 1 almond from a tree, you’ll quickly understand why eating ‘a few’ nuts is more realistic than eating ‘a whole bag.’ Since there’s less than 0.02% separating us genetically, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that our optimal nutrition strategy is closely
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Statue
Over the last few decades, I have written quite a few pieces on strength norms. I first presented in 1991 at the National Coaching Institute in Victoria, B.C. my structural balance strength norms based on years of testing different Canadian national teams. The structural balance concept is not new, as it takes back to pioneers
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If your hamstrings are underpar, this article is for you. The following guidelines will help you achieve your training goal of more hypertrophy in the hamstrings: 1. Put more emphasis on stretching. More often than enough I have seen advanced trainees a new growth spurt in the legs after embarking on a stretching program. Why?
Anthony Ditillo
One of my favorite books of all time from the Iron Game has to be The Development of Physical Strength by Anthony Ditillo. In his classic book, he introduced me to Isometronics, which a combination of very heavy short-range dynamic work and full-bore isometrics I first wrote about this in Muscle Media (July 1996), and
Not including athletes, the reason most of us exercise is to: Obtain or maintain an attractive body Stay healthy and prevent disease Yet, when you ask the majority what they’re doing to get there, they commonly answer: Running, cycling, swimming, or any other moderate-intensity steady-state aerobic activity (a.k.a. CARDIO!) This response stems from the false
Size and Strength Blueprint
Coach Poliquin has been advocating in the written media the alternance of the antagonistic movements since 1982. That was 23 years ahead of the research… Look at this excerpt of my book Size and Strength Blueprint, here is what science says about that concept : A 2009 study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences
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leg curl
Here is a short article that will teach you how to maximize hamstrings mass and strength development when doing leg curls. When your feet are in plantar flexion (i.e. extension), the gastrocnemius (calf muscle) is somewhat inhibited in its function as a knee flexor. The gastrocnemius is a bi-articular muscle. That is, it crosses two joints: the