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Steve Maxwell demonstrates a timed static contraction belt squat

Q&A: Bodyweight,Timed Static Contractions, and Grip

Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting a lot of questions on bodyweight training and timed static contractions so in this Q&A I will cover a few of the most common. Question: Why are you only doing bodyweight workouts now? Do you really think they’re as effective as training with barbells or machines? Answer: My workouts […]

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Arthur Jones on the Nautilus lateral raise machine

Q&A: How Many Exercises Should I Perform?

Question: Some HIT experts make a training program consisting of twelve exercises and some have only six or three. And some start with nine and after few months ask to reduce it to six.  What is your opinion about this issue? Answer: All of those numbers are right for some people some of the time, but none of those numbers […]

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High Intensity Training can help reduce psychological stress and improve your ability to cope with it.

Q&A: Mental Stress and Workout Frequency

Question: Does mental stress affect workout recovery? If so, if reducing stress is not possible should people prone to psychological stress reduce workout frequency? Answer: A high level of mental stress can negatively affect sleep, hormones, and immune function which can hamper recovery from and adaptation to training; however, exercise has been shown to reduce stress and improve people’s ability to cope with it so […]

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DIY thick bar and Ivanko Super Gripper for training forearm and grip at home

Q&A: What Is Too Little Exercise Volume?

Question: Hey Drew. Thanks for all the blogs and all the replies to comments. Between yourself and Doug McGuff (and a few others) I have amassed an enormous amount of knowledge on resistance training and diet. So many thanks for that. Also can’t wait for your Elements of Form at the end of the month. I have […]

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Drew Baye performing weighted chin-ups on the UXS

Q&A: How To Bring Up Lagging Exercises?

Question: What should I do if I have stalled on one or two exercises while I continue to make progress on all of the others? I’m working out twice each week alternating between two different workouts with different exercises so each exercise is only performed once a week. Answer: Assuming your form and intensity of effort are […]

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Ellington Darden's comparison of fat loss studies

Q&A: High Intensity Strength Training, “Cardio”, Or Both?

Question: In a comment on my recent post on the relative importance of activity and diet for fat loss a reader asked about the difference in results between performing only high intensity training and combining it with low intensity activity like fast walking on off days, and what the effect on appetite might be. Answer: Adding […]

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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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Losing Stubborn Fat

Q&A: Losing Stubborn Fat, Spot Reduction, And The Swimming Pool Analogy

Question: I’ve been following your HIT workout program and lost a lot of fat on my arms, shoulders, and legs but I still have some fat to lose on my abdomen and lower back. Should I add more abdominal exercises? Should I start doing high intensity interval training on my off days to burn more fat? Are […]

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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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