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Do You Know What You Think You Know and Do You Apply It?

Ever heard the phrase, “a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous”? This phrase applies to training for hypertrophy. In my experience, many people develop a certain degree of understanding about training for muscle gain. Then, inexplicably they start doing all sorts of things which violate the principles they had learnt. I have done exactly …

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Back Off Sets – The Solution To A Linear Problem

In the past I have written (here & here) and talked (here) about the limitations of a linear progression model for hypertrophy. Just to recap here are my main gripes with it. Firstly, training must be progressively overloading. The principle of progressive overload is what governs effective, hard training. Overload means that training must disrupt homeostasis …

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What Sat Navs Can Teach us About Tracking Progress

A Sat Nav uses the global positioning system (GPS) to pinpoint exactly where you are on the planet. It detects signals from at least three satellites in a constellation of around 18-30 constantly orbiting the earth to triangulate your position. This allows the sat nav to determine your position with extreme precision. This approach can …

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Have Bro’s been doing science the whole time?

Ah, the bros? You either are one or you hate them. Not sure what I’m talking about then let’sclear it up with some background and definitions… What is a Bro? A bro is part of a subculture of “conventional guys’ guys”. They are often seen as obnoxious. A bro will socialise with his male peers …

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The Hardgainer Files – Hummingbird with a Sumo Wrestlers Appetite

Us hardgainers typically have the metabolism of a hummingbird who’s smashed back a few too many double espressos. Sure we are lean but, we also have trouble putting on weight. In some cases, the appetite of a hardgainer doesn’t match his metabolism. That’s a tough spot to be! However, there are guys out there who …

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