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Mike Mentzer pushing Markus Reinhardt to train to momentary muscular failure on the incline press

Poor Form Causes Injuries, Not Training To Failure

Contrary to the claims of a lot of trainers and coaches who really should know better, performing an exercise to the point of momentary muscular failure – the point at which you are unable to continue the exercise with proper form – does not increase your chances of being injured. If you are injured during an exercise it is […]

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Being Fat Is A Choice

Being Fat Is A Choice

My brother David was in Orlando this weekend covering the IFBB Europa show so we got together for breakfast this morning and, as usual, the conversation quickly turned to the subjects of bodybuilding, fat loss, and the difficulty of getting personal training clients to follow their diet. I explained how I could usually tell whether a new client […]

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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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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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Drew Baye - ripped legs

Thoughts On Fat Loss Program Compliance And Motivation

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn “…when it comes to getting ripped, the solution is quite simple…but the application is hard as hell.” – Doug McGuff, MD I know exactly what it takes to get someone’s body fat down to the low single digits, while maintaining or even gaining lean […]

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Vee Ferguson performing SuperSlow chin ups

Repetition Speed Recommendations

If your goal is to maximize the potential benefit of an exercise while minimizing the risk of injury, you should move at least slowly enough to be able to do three things: Reverse direction smoothly between the positive (lifting) and negative (lowering) phases of the repetition, without yanking, jerking, or bouncing the weight Maintain correct […]

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Bo Railey trains Vee Ferguson on the SuperSlow Systems overhead press machine

Q&A: Changing Protocols To Keep Clients Interested

Question:  What’s your take on changing protocols to maintain client interest? If switching now and then to a less efficient but valid scheme keeps a trainee enthusiastic and making some progress, I’d think he’s better off than if he quit a “perfect” program, (assuming safety isn’t compromised). Answer:  The exercise protocol you use with a […]

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Casey Viator assisting Mike Mentzer with forced reps

Using Forced Reps, Drop Sets, and Rest-Pause

Set-extension techniques like forced reps, drop sets, and rest-pause can be valuable when used correctly, but it is best not to overdo them. Beginners should not be doing these until they have developed relatively good form and advanced trainees should have learned to push them themselves hard enough to only require them occasionally. While intensity – […]

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Drew Baye instructing a client performing crunches

Effective Communication In Exercise Instruction

Even if you are  knowledgeable about a subject, teaching it to others is impossible if you are unable to effectively communicate what you know. As you are aware if you are a professional personal trainer or have trained inexperienced friends or relatives, sometimes this is not as easy as it sounds. Teaching is largely a […]

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The Nautilus NS3000 Freedom Trainer

Equipping Your New Personal Training Studio

How you train is far more important than the equipment you use. Proper training with very limited or basic equipment will produce better results, more quickly, more efficiently, and more safely than training incorrectly on the best equipment in the world. There is no specific piece of exercise equipment you must have, no specific exercises you must teach your […]

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