Mike Mentzer performing preacher curls

Training To Failure Versus Training To Fail

Some critics of high intensity training like to make the claim that “training to failure is training to fail.” However, if you consider the real objective of exercise and what it means to train to momentary muscular failure (MMF) it becomes obvious the truth is the exact opposite; training to failure is really training to succeed. Your […]

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High Intensity Training and Fat Loss

Video: High Intensity Training And Fat Loss

In this week’s videos I explain the proper role of exercise in a fat loss program and why high intensity strength training is superior to “cardio” for improving body composition.     For more on high intensity training and fat loss read Getting Ripped.

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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 keynote presentation at the 2011 Indy HIT Seminar

Pre-Order Elements of Form Get Exclusive Access to Drew Baye’s 2011 HIT Seminar Keynote Presentation

Although I’ve been steadily chipping away at it I’m still not done with my guide to proper high intensity exercise technique, Elements of Form. So, every time I have to push it back again I add another bonus to those who have pre-ordered to increase the value of an already invaluable book for high intensity training practitioners. […]

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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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Good Versus Bad Exercises

Video: Good Versus Bad Exercises

In the first of a new high intensity training video series on my YouTube channel I explain what makes an exercise good or bad, why some good exercises are often wrongly considered bad, and how some bad exercises can be altered to make them good.

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One set of an exercise or three?

Dr. Keith Baar On Single Versus Multiple Sets And Training To Failure

A friend recently shared with me an interview on the We Do Science podcast with Dr. Keith Baar from the physiology dept at UC Davis where he discusses the effectiveness of training with a single set to failure versus multiple sets. The first twenty minutes of the podcast focuses mainly on mTOR and hypertrophy, but a little […]

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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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Drew Baye demonstrating a TSC belt squat

Q&A: Working Up To A 90-Second Timed Static Contraction

Question: I just tried a few of the exercises from your ebook Timed Static Contraction Training and they are an absolute killer! I think I need to build up to the 90 seconds, though, because I am used to short duration isometrics. Maybe 20:20:20? What do you recommend? Answer: Because of the longer duration and higher average intensity many […]

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Drew Baye performing weighted chin-ups on the UXS

Q&A: Exercise Order And Rest Between Sets For Maximum Hypertrophy

Question: Should I vary the order of my exercises from time to time? If I don’t, won’t the exercises I do later in the workout progress more slowly because I can’t use as much weight? Is it better to alternate between exercises for different muscle groups so I can use more weight or do all […]

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