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Timed Static Contraction belt squat

Q&A: Gaining Muscle Mass With Isometrics

Question: Drew, do you think it is possible to gain muscle mass with isometric training only, assuming a time under tension of 60-90 seconds? Answer: Yes, it is possible to increase muscular strength and size with only isometric training if you do it with a a high intensity of effort, and a broad range of times under tension […]

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high load/low reps vs low load/high reps

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

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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Hard Work + Consistency + Time = Results

Q&A: Improving Dietary Discipline

Question: Have you ever had clients that wanted to lose fat and benefited from the strength gains and global conditioning of a HIT program, but weren’t disciplined enough to follow a modest caloric deficit and therefore did not reach their aesthetic goals? If so, how did you get them to snap out of it, if at all? The […]

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Neuromuscular junctions

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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