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More On High Intensity Training For Cardiovascular And Metabolic Conditioning

Since posting Dr. James Peterson’s Project Total Conditioning case study I’ve received a lot of e-mails from people with anecdotes about how high intensity strength training improved their cardiovascular and metaboolic conditioning, improving their performance in athletics or work. While the plural of anecdote is not data, these confirm what has already been proven over and […]

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One-legged dumbbell heel raises on the UXS bodyweight multi-exercise station

Q&A: Correcting Bilateral Strength Imbalances

Question: You’ve written a lot about intensity, advanced HIT techniques, training programs etc. but, correct me if I’m wrong, you haven’t written about muscular imbalances? I mean a situation, for example, where left hand is stronger than right hand. Sometime ago I thought that my other hand was stronger than the other, but there was no […]

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Project Total Conditioning

Project: Total Conditioning

The following is a case study by Dr. James Peterson, who was the Associate Professor of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy in West Point when Nautilus participated in several studies there known as Project: Total Conditioning. This originally appeared in Athletic Journal Vol. 56 in September of 1975. This should be read by everyone with an […]

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Drew Baye instructing bodyweight high intensity training on the UXS

Q&A: 3×3 Workouts Versus Single Set High Intensity Training Workouts

Question: I am confused about 3×3 workouts compared to single set high intensity strength training workouts. First, is one meant to go to failure on each set of the 3×3? Second, if a person can do multiple sets during 3×3 then why is it not recommended during strength training? I know a single set to momentary muscular […]

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DIY Pike Push-Up Handles

The pike push-up — a push-up performed in the pike position (hips flexed, back and legs straight) — is an easier alternative to handstand and half-handstand push-ups for training the shoulders using only your body weight. However, like handstand and half-handstand push ups, if done from the floor your range of motion is limited and […]

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Project Kratos Program Handbook: Bodyweight High Intensity Training

Q&A: Breaking Plateaus On The Project: Kratos Bodyweight Program

Question: Hi Drew, I am really enjoying my Project Kratos workouts. They are ass-kickers. I am about two months in after ~five years of BBS-style 2:00 TUL training, and have to say I look a lot less forward to these than even my MedX-powered sessions of the past. That’s rad. I have a question about progression — […]

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Lunatic evangelist Pat Robertson performing "strong range" partial reps on the leg press with two thousand pounds

Power Factor Training: Precision or Confusion?

I wrote this article in the early 2000s for an issue of The Exercise Standard at the suggestion of Ken Hutchins, and it used to be available on this site but was left out during a redesign several years ago. Although Power Factor Training came out way back in 1997 and Sisco and his methods currently […]

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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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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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Microloading with fractional plates


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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