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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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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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Getting Ripped - A short guide to training and eating to maximize fat loss while maintaining or gaining muscle

Getting Ripped: A Short Guide

From Getting Ripped: A short guide to training and eating to maximize fat loss while maintaining or gaining muscle, “During the spring of 1995 I was working as a personal trainer for Gold’s Gym in Green Bay, WI, (now Titletown Fitness) and was involved in a feud in the editorial section of The Green Bay […]

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Whiteboard displaying bodyweight training program using isochronal progression

Thoughts on Isochronal Progression

Back in January of 2006 I wrote a post on Ellington Darden’s forum about an idea I had for a single progression system I call “isochronal progression”. This is something I have experimented with periodically in the years since, mostly during the development of my bodyweight high intensity training program Project Kratos, and it is covered in the […]

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Strength training didn't reduce Jean Claude Van Damme's flexibility

Q&A: High Intensity Training For Martial Artists

Question: I get a lot of questions about high intensity training from martial artists, but the things they ask most often are; How can I do both high intensity training and study martial arts without overtraining? What exercises should I do to improve my ability to strike, kick, throw, etc.? Do I need to lift weights explosively to […]

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Mike Joplin at 70

You Are Never Too Old For Exercise

I recently received a notification that a reader was unsubscribing from my newsletter, and the reason given was he felt he was “too old” for exercise. This was deeply upsetting, because the consequences of not exercising only get worse with age and I know what kind of difference proper exercise can make in the lives of older […]

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Martial arts legend Bruce Lee performing timed static contractions

Q&A: Timed Static Contractions, Static Holds, and Full-Range Strength Gains

Question: Because I often recommend isometric protocols like timed static contractions and static holds as an alternate to dynamic exercise when it is not possible or practical I get a lot of questions about their effectiveness compared to dynamic exercise and whether strength gained from isometrics is specific to the positions trained or transfers to the full range […]

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Ivanko Super Gripper Resistance Chart

Ivanko Super Gripper Resistance Chart

I have designed a resistance chart for the Ivanko Super Gripper which shows the approximate force to close at all of the possible spring settings as well as the spring settings to approximate the resistance of each of the Captains of Crush grippers. Print and tape it to your workout chart clipboard or hang it on […]

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Force gauge measurement of slow repetition performance

More On The Force-Velocity Curve And Repetition Speed

It seems a lot of people are still confused about the force-velocity curve, the basic physics of lifting and lowering a weight, and their implications for training, so I’m going to provide a few more examples in hopes of getting these points across. When the net sum of all forces acting on an object are zero its velocity […]

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