Category: Strength

Hypertrophy Strength

The power of periodisation

Periodisation is one of those buzzwords in bodybuilding that carries a lot of weight but results in very little action or true understanding. We all know it’s something good and we should be doing it, but we either don’t understand what it means or how to implement it, or we just convince ourselves we’re already doing it and move on.

This article is meant to help you actually understand what periodisation is, how it’s relevant to bodybuilding, and to give you some practical take homes that you can apply to your training.

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Hypertrophy Strength

Dan John: My Life in Lifts

Dan John is a lifelong lifter who has competed at the elite levels of Olympic lifting, Highland Games and the Weight Pentathlon, and authored some books you really ought to read. Here’s what he’s learned. You probably already know Dan John: if not from his books or his lifting career, then from the movements and programmes he’s invented or brought back into the public eye. A staunch advocate of loaded carries since long before everyone else was doing them, he’s also responsible for the goblet squat, the 10,000 kettlebell swing programme and the idea of Tabata front squats. You don’t…

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Hypertrophy Strength

Can you change the shape of your muscles?

Chris Beardsley is a biomechanics researcher. He is also the editor of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. It used to be the case that educated lifters would scoff at the idea you could change the shape of a muscle by using different exercises or training techniques. Message board threads bear testimony to hundreds of novice lifters who were ridiculed for asking how to isolate their upper chest. After all, everyone knows you can’t isolate part of a muscle, right?

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Hypertrophy Strength

Do you have the heart to get bigger?

What separates a good lifter from a great lifter? What is in your head and what is in your heart, says John Meadows John Meadows is a national champion bodybuilder and works with many of the best physique athletes in the world. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. How do I get through all those horrible and painful sets? It depends what’s going on in my life. It might be anger. A lot of times I think about the second places I got. In my last three pro qualifiers I came second and it frustrates me. I don’t want to…

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Recovery Strength

Master better movement patterns

Phil Learney is a performance coach specialising in strength, conditioning and nutrition. He is based in London. Have you ever seen a toddler pick a toy up from the floor? They squat down with flawless form. They move like we are supposed to move. It’s biomechanically perfect. But modern life eventually takes its toll and makes adults move in the laziest way possible. Most people spend too much time sitting down, have terrible slumped posture, and when they do have to pick something off the ground it’s all bent back and rounded shoulders. As no stranger to the gym, you’re…

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