The 80-20 Rule

Getting Results From Your Workouts: What Matters Most, And What Doesn’t

In exercise, like many other things, there are a few basics that really matter and a whole lot of things that matter very little or not at all. This is best described by the Pareto principle, also known as the 80-20 rule, which states that for most things about eighty percent of our results are due to only […]

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Project Kratos updated progression system

Updated Bodyweight Training Progression System

After further experimentation and refinement I’ve updated the progression system for the Project Kratos bodyweight high intensity training program to include more intermediate stages. If you are using the Project Kratos program I recommend switching to this updated progression system. Obviously both the range/lever and timing progression can be subdivided further, into intermediate levels or half-steps. This […]

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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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Luke Baye performing a TSC belt squat

Q&A: Will High Intensity Strength Training Impair Growth In Children?

Question: Thanks for your article on teaching children to exercise. Your arguments about telling if a child is ready to perform HIT exercise seem mainly based on the ability of a child to be serious and mature enough to get involved in training. I have always learned children should not perform weight training as long as they […]

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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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Luke Baye doing dumbbell presses at 2 years old.

Teaching Children To Exercise

As parents we are responsible for teaching our children the value of health and fitness and how to achieve and maintain a high level of both throughout their lives. We teach them to eat the appropriate types and amount of food to provide their bodies with the energy and nutrients they need to feel and perform well and […]

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Mike Mentzer pushing Markus Reinhardt to train to momentary muscular failure on the incline press

Poor Form Causes Injuries, Not Training To Failure

Contrary to the claims of a lot of trainers and coaches who really should know better, performing an exercise to the point of momentary muscular failure – the point at which you are unable to continue the exercise with proper form – does not increase your chances of being injured. If you are injured during an exercise it is […]

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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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Elements of Form by Drew Baye

Elements of Form Pre-Order Update

Update July 15 First off, thanks to everybody who has pre-ordered Elements of Form. It’s been a long project, one I’ve rewritten and completely restarted a few times over, and am glad to be nearing completion of. I am still finishing a few chapters and wrapping up the bonus e-book and have moved the release date to AUGUST […]

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