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When it comes to the accretion of new muscle mass, protein intake is one of the primary variables to consider. Common discussions range from how much protein, protein source and bioavailability, refractory periods, and protein distribution.   This ...
I started writing for Breaking Muscle several years back, and I have had an agenda the entire time. In an attempt to get me established as someone with some strength chops, the good folks on the editing team thought it would be a better idea to ease up ...
  In the culture of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, it is encouraged for the athletes to train more and more. Athletes are training Jiu-Jitsu every evening, lifting weights every morning or vice versa, and doing two sessions a day at least five to six days a ...
The Ultimate Isometrics Manual is a nerd's paradise, at least for this nerd. From the mind of Convict Conditioning author Paul Wade, and published by Dragon Door, this hefty 462 page book that is about as complete an overview of isometric training a ...
At first glance, you will notice that the Gymreapers lifting straps have some extra padding on the wrists for comfort. It’s a great pair of straps for the deadlift unless you’re planning on lifting over 400 lbs or 181 kg.   Overall, I w ...
After 11-plus years of coaching, I have learned that pretty much every single person who shows up to train with me has some pain.   Pain is something to which we can all relate. For some, it’s an emotionally-rooted pain, and for a vast majori ...
The term metabolic damage has gained lots of traction over the years. Researchers1 initially observed a reduced metabolic rate in subjects who had lost a substantial amount of weight. This reduction is far from shocking since lowering an individual' ...
When it comes to talking about food and dieting in the fitness industry, one term you hear over and over is macronutrients. It’s lesser discussed counterpart - micronutrients - are the topic for today’s piece.   While often disregarded ...
  There isn't a secret or magic trick to increasing your pull ups, but it isn’t as difficult as many people believe. You may think that I’m another coach who can’t relate to your situation, but I can. I still remember when I ...
  Josh Henkin is a CSCS and Master RKC with twenty years of experience. His innovative Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT™) has allowed him to present in more than 13 countries and publish in top outlets like Men's Health and the ...
Does original thought exist? Have we covered everything, or are there thinkers out there who aren’t in the box? I know my friend David Weck down in San Diego is changing the game when it comes to running, but when we get down to the nitty-gritty o ...
This article is the fourth and final installment in the exercise recovery series.   I’m finally going to cover the sexy stuff. These aren't cutting-edge recovery modalities that will supercharge your training, recovery, and results, but t ...
In part one Train Hard, Recover Harder of the exercise recovery series, I explained that stress is a double-edged sword. To make adaptations, you need to impose stress, but too much stress will interfere with your recovery.   Stress can be both goo ...
What if I told you that by improving your training program, you could dramatically improve your recovery and your results?   In part one Train Hard, Recover Harder of the exercise recovery series, I explained that training was one of many stressors ...
Based on my email inbox and Instagram DMs, recovery from training is a hot topic. I get asked all kinds of questions about recovery techniques.   "Can you assess my supplement stacks?" "Should I do active recovery workouts?" &q ...
The Njoie (pronounced enjoy) Nforce massage gun is a lightweight percussion massage gun that uses short duration staccato bursts of gentle hammering to get into your soft tissue.   Does it help recovery? I couldn't say objectively, but it does ...
  In this episode, Joe Bennett, AKA the Hypertrophy Coach, is joining me. Joe has developed a thriving fitness business focused on his passion for muscle building and working with people he loves coaching.   During the show, Joe maps out his ...