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5 More Things Every Beginner Should Know

#1 Focus on progressing in compound lifts   Compound lifts are ones that work multiple joints and multiple muscles. For example, squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, chins, pulldowns.   These exercises should form the foundation of your program. In fact, as a beginner your entire program can be made up of compound exercises. These big basic …

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Updated!!! Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

If you have read my stuff then, you’ve probably heard about progressive overload.   Progressive overload is fundamental to you seeing results from your training.   It is one of the basic principles of sport science/athletic performance training.   It is also pretty simple…   It has two components:   Your training should represent an …

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UPDATED! Exercise Selection for Long Limbed Lifters – Respect Your Structure and Pick YOUR Big 3

UPDATED! Exercise selection is a key element in getting the most from your training.   First you must train in a manner specific to your goals. Then you must make sure it gets harder over time. That means you adhering to the principles of progressive overload. After that you can begin to fine tune things. …

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[Revised Edition] Increasing Volume by Manipulating Frequency – An 11 Week Practical Example

In previous articles on this blog and on other sites I have discussed the benefits of training volume for hypertrophy. In summary, more is better so long as you do not exceed your capacity to recover. The distribution of this volume is also important. Simply doing a tonne of volume on one day is not …

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