Max effort lifts are incredibly taxing on the body and don't yield a tremendous amount of strength gain. They are predominantly driven by the ego and a great goal that people are able to shoot for. However, a max effort lift fries the central nervous system, and depending on the level you are at this … Continue reading How Often Should You Max?
Weight loss is often overcomplicated by people looking for the best diet, the best macro breakdown, or the best food. The best diet is the one you follow. Losing some weight does not have to be difficult or confusing. Here are some simple tips on how to cut back on the weight without making some … Continue reading Simplifying Weight Loss
Weight loss can be measured in a hundred different ways with some ways being more accurate than others. From weight scales to DEXA scans, the goal remains the same: lose fat. Eating right, working out, and everything that goes into losing weight is important, but you also need to track how the weight loss is … Continue reading How to Measure Fat Loss
Programming is about as confusing as it gets in the fitness industry, but it doesn't have to be like that. Many people go around looking for the best program whether it be for nutrition or for lifting. This occurs with bodybuilding, powerlifting, and everything in between. The best program, the best exercises, and the best … Continue reading Stick With the Program
If you've never meal prepped before then make sure that you have at least a little bit of skill in the kitchen. If you can't cook one meal then you probably shouldn't attempt to cook 24 of them. Start with the basics like cooking chicken breast, rice, and how to cook ground meat. Once you … Continue reading Meal Prep Tips
First off 1RM stands for 1 rep max. A 1 rep max is as mentally difficult as it is physical, if not more. Many people often psych themselves out of weights they can lift simply because they have a bad mentality about it. If the mind isn't as ready as the body is to lift … Continue reading How to Mentally Take on a 1RM
A lifting belt is a great piece of equipment to have in your gym bag, but it shouldn't be used every lifting session. Just as any other piece of equipment there is a time and place for it. Training without a belt will lead to a better ability to strain under a heavier weight while … Continue reading When to Use a Lifting Belt
With the recent explosion in online fitness coaches, the question of whether or not they are worth it will come into play more and more. Essentially online coaching is having a personal trainer that isn't with you. They write the workouts, the meal plans, and will help with technique as well as any questions the … Continue reading Is Online Coaching Worth It?
Balance in and out of the gym is one of the most important aspects of the fitness industry. This goes for both your programming as well as your day to day life. As far as programming, it is important not to get stuck in one area of training. For example, if a powerlifter only trains … Continue reading Balance
Many people go to the gym with no plan, no idea how to workout, and just go in to lift until they fail. This is the normal bro thing to do and may work very well in the beginning. However, once the newbie gains end, it forces them to get more strategic about how to … Continue reading Optimal Rep Ranges for Each Goal