Tag: progression

Hypertrophy Strength

Should you try fat-grip lifting?

Editor’s Note: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Poliquin in September 2018 aged 57. He was responsible for popularising so many of the training methods used today in gyms the world over and, as much as anyone, changed the way we all lift weights for the better. For that, we will be forever grateful. Charles Poliquin is one the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 17 different sports. He is based in The Rockies, Colorado. I first read about the advantages of thick-grip training back in 1982 from US strength coach…

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Hypertrophy

Simplify your training to add muscle faster

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Often in the pursuit of maximising muscle growth many people are guilty of over-analysing the details of training before they ensure they have the foundation in place. They ask themselves whether they are working out too much or too little; or whether they are resting too long or too short between sets; or whether they are lifting heavy enough to promote hypertrophy or going too heavy. Anyone who is serious about training will fall into this trap…

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Recovery

Become a better coach

Jean Claude Vacassin is the founder of W10 Performance gyms, the Professional Fitness Coaching Academy and the International Fitness Business Alliance. He is based in London. What’s the difference between an optimal diet and a sustainable one? The best diet will always be that one that somebody can do consistently, especially at the outset. I’m not suggesting that there is no place for periods of more specific focus or restriction, but for the most part, less change equals greater compliance. And greater compliance equals better results. In most people’s cases, dietary success will come down to a few core things.…

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Hypertrophy

Follow the muscle mass formula

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand. Training volume, intensity and frequency are the three big picture elements of maximising muscle mass. When I say volume, what do I mean? It’s basically total reps times total sets times weight lifted. In other words, is the total amount of work you do in a session. Volume, out of all the individual training variables you can control, is the one most intrinsically linked to muscle mass growth. That’s worth reemphasising: total volume is the big one…

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Strength

Build the strength success habit

Brooks Kubik is a strength coach and author of several influential training guides including Dinosaur Training: Lost Secrets of Strength and Development and The Lost Art of Dumbbell Training. He is a five-time US national bench press champion and has set more than a dozen American, National and World bench press records. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. If you do something – even if it is hard – if you just do it, you get better at it. And as you continue to do it, and work hard at it, you get better and better. If you learn that as…

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