Written By: Justin Kompf One of my athletes just isn’t getting it and I can’t blame him. We’re working on a kettlebell snatch, which isn’t an easy movement to master, especially if the weight is heavy. I’m asking him to do something that requires excellent upper and lower body coordination.
You’ve got a client who’s thinking about lifting weights. She’s excited to start, but she’s also concerned that lifting will make her add too much muscle. She doesn’t want to look like the guys she sees at her gym, but she does want to start lifting. In this podcast, personal
My friend Denver Steyn has no trouble staying in incredible shape while traveling the world. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t like traveling. But it’s not all fun. You may not be able to find a gym. You probably won’t be able to stick to your normal diet
If you’re trying to get bigger and stronger, someone has told you that cardio will make you small and weak. “It causes too much muscle damage, you’ll overtrain.” “It’s too catabolic.” “Cardio makes it impossible to get strong — ever see a marathon runner squat?” “It interferes with cellular signaling
Once you get the basics covered, nutrition is pretty simple. If you eat the right amount of calories and macronutrients, eat a fairly healthy diet, and stick to a sensible meal schedule, you’re basically set. Training for muscle growth can get more complicated, a lot more complicated. Walk into any
If you’re trying to build muscle and strength, the question isn’t “should you squat?” The question is “why *shouldn’t* you squat?” The squat is one of the simplest and best exercises for building muscle and overall strength, and if learned properly, it’s safe. If you learn it properly. There are a
You want to lose weight, and you know that dosing tons of cardio isn’t the best strategy. Your diet is on point, but you’re not sure how to train. You don’t enjoy powerlifting or bodybuilding type workouts, and you [don’t want to spend much time in the gym. In this
The first 6-12 months of weightlifting are easy. If you try to add weight every workout, and eat enough, you’ll build muscle and get stronger every week. It’s hard *not* to make gains at this point. Your body isn’t used to this kind of stimulus, and you make rapid progress.
Let me ask you a question: why do you lift weights? Are you trying to get stronger? Are you trying to gain muscle? Are you trying to improve your general health and fitness? If the main reason you lift weights is to gain muscle, rather than get stronger, then your
The title of this article brings to mind countless controversies regarding the role of strength training for endurance athletes. Some opponents argue that the anabolic effects of strength training are at best useless, and at worst counterproductive to the goals of endurance training, while proponents beg to differ. And as