Monthly archives: June, 2011

The Surprising Truth About Pre- and Post-Workout Meals

Way too many people buy “gainer” shakes or some other type of post-workout meal replacement. If you do, stop. Go look at your gainer shake’s ingredients. What is it mostly made out of? Protein and carbs. What kind of carbs? Most of the time maltodextrin, which has similar properties as dextrose, the simple sugar. Now, I’m not…



How to Tone Your Body

This is a question that many women would like to know the answer to. Some guys also say that they want to tone their muscles, but the vast majority of the time it’s women who want to “get toned”. Can you “get toned”, though? Well, that depends on what you think toning actually means.  If…



What is the Best Bodybuilding Split?

Almost everyone uses some sort of lifting split when they go to the gym.  Although you don’t need to use any split at all, especially if you are a beginner (see Hypertrophy Specific Training), it is usually a good idea to do so if you are an intermediate or advanced lifter.  However, all splits are…



Is Cardio Effective for Fat Loss?

We hear it all the time: If you want to lose weight then start running, swimming, jogging, biking, etc.  However, we then see many people who have been jogging for over a year or more and really don’t look much different than they did before.  Although, then there are those few who come out looking…



How Much Protein Can Your Body Digest at One Time?

It surprises me that so many people only put 20-40g of protein in their protein shake and actually worry if they should put more than that?  You see, there seems to be this myth that we can only digest 30g of protein at one time and the rest will be wasted. Oh no! Better not…



Awesome Lighter Weights Method: Myo-Reps

Alright, so as I already discussed in When to Lift With Lighter Weights, lifting heavy is still your best bet for continued progress over time, but incorporating lighter sets in towards the end of the workout might not be such a bad idea. This article is going to discuss a method that can be used when lifting…



Nothing Beats Hard Work, but Not All Hard Work

Every year there is more and more research that comes out to answer the ultimate question: How do we build more muscle and lose more fat?  Even though is seems like we are continually getting closer to the answer of this question, most of the time, the basics stick. To lose weight, have a negative…



When to Lift With Lighter Weights

Heavy weights, low reps, long rest breaks.  That’s how you get stronger, right?  In order to get stronger, you have to keep lifting heavier and heavier weights – at least that’s what all the strength coaches say. For the most part, I completely agree. You are not going to get anywhere unless, over time, you…