Drew Baye performing chin ups on the UXS

High Intensity Training Heresy?

I’ve recently received a few emails from readers concerned I am straying from Arthur Jones’ original Nautilus high intensity training principles because some of my recommendations are at odds with things he said or wrote. While Arthur Jones was a genius and much of what he said and wrote about exercise almost four decades ago has […]

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Mike Mentzer putting Mr. Olympia Dorian Yates through a Heavy Duty high intensity training workout

You Don’t Know HIT

Considering the ignorance of the majority of the fitness industry it should come as no surprise most people writing about high intensity training (HIT) on the internet don’t know what they’re talking about. Almost every week I receive emails from people confused by something they read about HIT on some other site, often variations on […]

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DIY timed static contraction hip belt squat materials

DIY Timed Static Contraction Hip Belt Squats

About thirty seconds into the the exercise I knew the next minute was going to be a very long one. At around forty seconds my legs began shaking. At sixty seconds I was contracting as hard as possible just to keep the chain taut. By seventy the chain was slack and it took everything I […]

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Bodyweight squats on the UXS

Bodyweight HIT Workouts

Last April I mentioned SuperSlow bodyweight squats in a comment on the post Time. A reader asked about the difference in weight one would use when switching from performing squats at a 2/2 cadence to to a 10/10 cadence and I suggested he try them with just his bodyweight to get a feel for how […]

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High Intensity Training - Drew Baye on the RenEx Compound Row

Focus On Your Muscles Not The Numbers

How you perform each repetition of an exercise is far more important than how many or your time under load. In fact, while it might sound contradictory, the better you are at an exercise the fewer repetitions you should be able to complete or the shorter your TUL with a given resistance. This is because the […]

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Q&A: Counting Repetitions Or Timing Sets For Better Form?

Question: If I keep try to keep accurate records, such as doing a certain weight for 4 reps (i.e, 80 seconds), I tend to start getting sloppy in my form just so I can lift that weight longer or use a heavier weight for the same number of reps. I seem to get a “better” […]

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Q&A: Soreness and Recovery Time

Question: I appreciate all the helpful information in your blog. I understand that experiencing soreness is not important as far as a determinant of a successful workout. The question then, is it an indicator of the least amount I should rest before the next workout? I currently train HIT as taught by Mike Mentzer (3 […]

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CrossFit Kipping Pull Up

CrossFit

Since the late 90’s CrossFit has been gaining popularity as a way of training for “functional” fitness or general physical preparedness. According to the CrossFit web site, CrossFit is, “…a core strength and conditioning program. We have designed our program to elicit as broad an adaptational response as possible. CrossFit is not a specialized fitness […]

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Drew Baye performing weighted chin ups on the UXS

Less is More

Earlier today I received an email from a reader mentioning an article I wrote for Cyberpump back in 1998 called “Less is More”. He wrote, “…I have an article in front of me now I printed on 4/4/98 titled ’Less is More‘ by Andrew M Baye. That article was a turning point for me in […]

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The Ten Biggest Bodybuilding Mistakes

If your primary goal is bigger muscles and you’re not making regular gains in strength and size you’re probably making one or more of the following common training mistakes. These are some of the biggest mistakes a bodybuilder can make, and correcting them can often make the difference between outstanding gains and none at all: […]

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