Q&A: What Are The Most Important Pieces of Exercise Equipment?

High Intensity Training Workout Charts

Question: What are the most important pieces of exercise equipment someone should have in their gym? Answer: A clipboard and pencil; every other piece of equipment is interchangeable with something else or expendable. There is no single piece of exercise equipment that is more important or more effective than any other in the long run for getting […]

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Review: Bowflex SelectTech 552 and 1090 Dumbbells

Bowflex SelectTech 552

When consulting people on equipping their home gyms I often recommend dumbbells because of their versatility and space efficiency. A pair of dumbbells and an adjustable bench can be used to perform dozens of exercises targeting every major muscle group, and either a pair of plate-loaded adjustable dumbbells and a plate-storage rack or twenty pairs of fixed-weight dumbbells and a three-tiered dumbbell […]

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High Load/Low Reps Versus Low Load/High Reps For Hypertrophy

high load/low reps vs low load/high reps

A new study published in the Journal of Physiology shows that neither load nor brief post-workout increases in anabolic hormones determines muscular strength or size gains as long as exercises are performed to momentary muscular failure. While some individuals may respond a little better to higher reps or higher loads, on average a broad range of reps and […]

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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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