Tag: conditioning

Fat Loss Strength

Finish sessions stronger

Jack Lovett is a strength and conditioning specialist and the owner of Spartan Performance. He is a two-time British natural strongman champion and world natural strongman competitor. He is based in Consett, County Durham. Concluding your workout with strongman-style finishers is a sure fire way to blitz body fat, build muscle, enhance full-body conditioning and develop mental toughness. Not only that, they are an incredibly fun and rewarding challenge to test yourself. A word of warning: although the following drills are fantastically effective finishers, there is always an inherent risk when training with odd or new objects. If not suitably…

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Fat Loss

Use metcons to get ripped

Tom Wright is a personal trainer and Reflex Nutrition athlete who has competed in physique contests and squats 220kg, benches 170kg and deadlifts 250kg. He lives in London. For most of us, if we’re honest, looking good is one of the main reasons we train. Yes, some people are more focused on aesthetics than performance (or vice versa) –  but with focus on athletic ability making a return to the industry after a few years where physique alone dominated there’s been a huge increase in individuals looking to add some ‘go’ to their ‘show’. Since the rise of the CrossFit…

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Hypertrophy

How often should you lift to failure?

Chris Beardsley is a biomechanics researcher. He is also the editor of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Lifting to muscular failure when strength training is a tactic used by bodybuilders, pro athletes and the general population for maximising gains in muscular size. But is going all the way to muscular failure really better than leaving a few reps in the tank? Before we go any further, we need to establish exactly what the term ‘muscular failure’ means. Muscular failure is frequently used in research studies but precise definitions of this term are quite rarely discussed. In…

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Hypertrophy

Is volume the most important muscle mass variable?

Chris Beardsley is a biomechanics researcher. He is also the editor of Strength and Conditioning Research. He is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire. If you want to add more lean muscle mass in less time, then you need to crank up the volume. I don’t mean on the speakers on the gym stereo, but the amount of volume you lift when you train. Volume is defined by researchers as the number of sets and repetitions performed per muscle group in a single workout, and it is one of the most important training variables to consider for positive physiological adaptations Key training…

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