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Q&A: Is One Set Enough For Maximal Muscle Fiber Recruitment?

Question: I completely agree with the one set to failure protocol, however, something plays on my mind. I’ve always read and been lead to believe that a certain amount of muscle fibres contract maximally to lift a weight – as apposed to fewer muscle fibres all contracting sub maximally. Therefore when I’ve finished my one all out […]

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What exercise is about

Getting The Most Out Of Every Rep

When you’re performing an exercise don’t worry about the rep you just did, don’t worry about the rep you’re doing, and don’t worry if you’ll be able to do another. Your goal isn’t to do reps, your goal is to use the resistance to efficiently load the muscles you’re targeting with the exercise. Performing some number […]

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Drew Baye instructs a client on the Nautilus Nitro leg extension

Q&A: My Girlfriend Doesn’t Want To Gain More Muscle

Question: My girlfriend started training a few months back and now wants to change gears and not gain any more muscle but retain muscle mass. What is the right approach? Is not progressing on her lifts anymore going to do the trick? Answer: While very few men don’t want to gain more muscle (if a man says they don’t […]

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Drew Baye explains training to momentary muscular failure

Video: Training To Momentary Muscular Failure

In this week’s videos I explain what momentary muscular failure is and why it is important for getting maximum results from your workouts in part one, and answer your questions on training to momentary muscular failure in part two.    

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Sinking Boat Analogy

The Sinking Boat And Leaky Boat Analogies

Whether we are aware of it or not, we are constantly using analogies in learning, thinking, and communicating, and I use them frequently when teaching exercise principles. I’ve written about a few of my favorites here, including the sun tan analogy, the clothing analogy, and the swimming pool analogy. Some of you may also be […]

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Slow repetitions haven't prevented Josh Trentine from building muscle.

Is SuperSlow Inferior To Traditional Repetition Speeds?

A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (1) claims SuperSlow is less effective for muscular hypertrophy than traditional reps.  Thirty four women were divided into four groups, a SuperSlow (SS) group, a traditional strength (TS) group, a traditional endurance (TE) group, and a non-exercising control (C) group. Each group performed […]

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Drew Baye speaking at The 21 Convention in Tampa in 2014

The Psychology of Exercise

When I was invited to speak at The 21 Convention in Tampa last year I planned to talk about principles of exercise performance but since it would have overlapped a lot with both Bill De Simone and Dr. Ellington Darden’s presentations I decided at the last minute to talk about proper mindset for high intensity training instead. In […]

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Luke Baye performing a TSC belt squat

Q&A: Will High Intensity Strength Training Impair Growth In Children?

Question: Thanks for your article on teaching children to exercise. Your arguments about telling if a child is ready to perform HIT exercise seem mainly based on the ability of a child to be serious and mature enough to get involved in training. I have always learned children should not perform weight training as long as they […]

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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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