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Pete Sisco leg presses a car two inches and claims he's working harder than someone squatting hundreds of pounds over a full ROM, demonstrating his ignorance of physics

What Is Exercise Intensity?

Since there seems to be a lot of confusion over the meaning of intensity in the context of exercise, fueled in large part by marketing bullshit, I’m going to explain it in a way that should make it crystal clear to a retarded goat (yes, I’m paraphrasing Arthur Jones). First, keep in mind intensity is not a […]

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The 21 Convention - Tampa 2014

The 21 Convention, Tampa, FL 2014

I am excited to announce I will be speaking along with Ellington Darden, Doug McGuff, James Steele II, Bill DeSimone, and Paul Jaminet at The 21 Convention in Tampa this October. The convention will run from Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th, from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm each day, and also features several […]

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Nautilus compound torso machine with pullover and pulldown

Pre-Exhaustion Versus Prioritizing Compound Exercises

Pre-exhaustion is the performance of a simple exercise followed immediately by a compound exercise targeting the same muscle group. The purpose is to pre-fatigue the targeted muscle group with the simple exercise so it is must work harder during the compound exercise, based on the belief that the muscles of the arms and legs are […]

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Quad Blaster Review

Although nothing beats a properly designed leg extension machine for targeting the quadriceps, if you train at home and don’t have either the space or budget for one sissy squats are an effective alternative. Although it is possible to perform sissy squats hands free if you have good balance, most will need to hold on to something, […]

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Microloading with fractional plates

Microprogression

Gains in muscular strength and size from training tend to follow an asymptotic curve. You make rapid progress during your first six months to a year of training, about half as much progress during your second year,  about half of that the third, and so on until your gains level out. The further you are from the limits […]

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Kettlebell swing

Q&A: Combining Kettlebells With High Intensity Training?

Question: I’ve read Project Kratos and it’s well written with photo, progression, workout, etc., everything I need  but I have a question: I want to work on my power and speed with kettlebells. How can I do the two together, kettlebells and high intensity training? Answer: The stronger you are the more force your muscles can produce the faster you […]

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CrossFit Fail

Conversations With CrossFitters

A friend once told me I write  better when I am answering questions from or conversing with readers and that some of my best and most informative writing is in the replies to reader comments and questions. On more popular articles with a large number of comments a lot of this writing is overlooked, which is […]

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The Force-Velocity Curve

Thoughts On The Force-Velocity Curve And Implications For Training

The amount of force your muscles are capable of producing varies with both the type and velocity of contraction because of differences in cross-bridge mechanics and the rate at which they can be formed. This is known as the force-velocity curve. When you lift a weight your muscles contract concentrically, heads on the myosin filaments […]

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uxs-chin-dip

Hate Mail, Equipment Recommendations, And Honest Training Information

I usually delete hate mail and comments containing personal attacks for the same reason I avoid arguing with idiots; the time it takes to read and respond to them could be used more productively to write articles and books that actually help people. However, some times arguing with idiots and responding to these things can be […]

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Chin-ups and dips on the UXS bodyweight multi-exercise station

Q&A: Working Up To Unassisted Pull-ups and Dips

Question: I can do a lot of bench dips, but I can’t do one on the parallel bars. I would also like to be able to do pull-ups, but can barely do one. I work out at home and do not have a pulldown or dip machine or an assisted pull-up and dip machine, just […]

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