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DIY thick bar and Ivanko Super Gripper for training forearm and grip at home

Q&A: What Is Too Little Exercise Volume?

Question: Hey Drew. Thanks for all the blogs and all the replies to comments. Between yourself and Doug McGuff (and a few others) I have amassed an enormous amount of knowledge on resistance training and diet. So many thanks for that. Also can’t wait for your Elements of Form at the end of the month. I have […]

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Markus Reinhard's client performing low partial squats

Q&A: Squat Range Of Motion

Question: How important is it to perform squats over the full range of motion? Do I have to squat from “ass-to-grass” to lockout, or will a partial rep be just as effective? I see a lot of people doing half squats in the gym and a few of them have impressive legs. Answer: If your primary goal is to stimulate […]

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Drew Baye performing weighted chin-ups on the UXS

Q&A: How To Bring Up Lagging Exercises?

Question: What should I do if I have stalled on one or two exercises while I continue to make progress on all of the others? I’m working out twice each week alternating between two different workouts with different exercises so each exercise is only performed once a week. Answer: Assuming your form and intensity of effort are […]

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High Intensity Training Or High Density Training?

High Intensity Training (HIT)  is progressive resistance exercise performed with high level of effort. High Density Training (HDT) is progressive resistance exercise performed with a high work to rest ratio. Although it is possible to perform HIT without performing HDT by allowing a long rest between exercises, most HIT methods are HDT and are performed with little to no rest […]

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Why Not Pilates?

Why Not Pilates?

The following article is published here with the permission of the author Brenda Hutchins. “Why are you doing an article about Pilates?” a friend asked me. “Pilates has nothing to do with SuperSlow®”. True, I thought to myself, but Pilates has been successful at drawing a large segment of the affluent and better-educated women. Perhaps […]

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Q&A: Should I Strength Train While On A Diet?

Question:  I have been an avid follower of your blog for a while now. You are providing an excellent resource to your students. I have been a HIT lifer and have gained some weight over the years with too many calories and beers over time. I am looking to drop about 75lbs. One fellow that I […]

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Ellington Darden's comparison of fat loss studies

Q&A: High Intensity Strength Training, “Cardio”, Or Both?

Question: In a comment on my recent post on the relative importance of activity and diet for fat loss a reader asked about the difference in results between performing only high intensity training and combining it with low intensity activity like fast walking on off days, and what the effect on appetite might be. Answer: Adding […]

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Doug McGuff performing TSC on a RenEx machine

Too Much Food, Not Too Little Activity, Causes Fat Gain

A few days ago I watched a video of a popular tactical training personality responding to critics who question his expertise because he is overweight. He said he is fat because the pain of the wear and tear on his body and serious injuries sustained over his twenty year career in the military in special operations prevented him […]

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Mike Mentzer backstage at the 1980 Mr. Olympia competition

Q&A: Is Intensity Or Volume More Important?

Question: I’ve received similar questions from several readers recently about the relative importance of different training factors for stimulating increases in muscular strength and size. Will increasing intensity or volume produce better results? What matters more, reps and sets or time under load? Does it matter how I distribute the volume of work? Answer: While many of these factors […]

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High Intensity Training Venn Diagram: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Safety

Q&A: Exercise Volume And Metabolic Versus Mechanical Work

Question: A reader asked for my opinion on an article in which the author claims, “…multiple sets are a must if you want to maximize your muscular potential.” I’ve written about this before, but since this is a subject a lot of people are still obviously confused about I’m going to break it down here and explain […]

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