Tag: size

Hypertrophy

Get big arms without going heavy

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. Over the years I’ve lost count of the folks I’ve seen walk into a gym, pick up a way-too heavy dumbbell, and start curling. When you are young and new to the iron game you can get away with using momentum to swing heavy weights up and down. I should know. I used to be one of those guys who would barbell ‘curl’ 190lb-plus. But all that happened was my arms stayed at 18” and…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

6 lifting lessons you have to learn

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Most 20 year-old men think they know it all. I was no different. Expect I really believed that I knew it all. And I believed I was going to become a world-class bodybuilder. I got my first set of weights when I was 11 and had joined a gym by the time I was 14. I technically needed an adult to sign me in because I was so young, and when most underage kids were sneaking…

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Hypertrophy

Achieve size and symmetry

Eric Helms is a pro natural bodybuilder, raw powerlifter and a coach at 3D Muscle Journey. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand. The age-old question for anyone in the physique game is how to improve lagging body parts. We know that muscles grow when we manipulate training frequency, training intensity, and training volume[1]. So, to be effective in this regard, we need to apply these variables to the body parts we need to bring up to speed. Making muscle grow is all about optimizing volume. If you are currently plateaued with a body part and you are recovering just fine,…

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Hypertrophy

Are you underperforming every rep?

If you want to get bigger you need to learn to contract muscles properly, say IFBB Pro Ben Pakulski and top IFBB coach Kasem Hanson Ben Pakulski is a IFBB Pro bodybuilder and creator of the Mi40 Xtreme training system and the Mi40 Nation website. He is based in Tampa, Florida. Kassem Hanson is an elite contest prep coach, and trainer of IFBB pro Ben Pakulski. He is based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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Hypertrophy

7 ways to be CEO of your muscle-building mission

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. I have worked out my entire adult life, but it was only about ten years ago that I started on the journey from turning my passion in a profession. Before I launched Ultimate Performance out of a basement gym in the City of London, I had been a lawyer, investment banker and corporate headhunter, eventually starting my own head-hunting company which I sold just after the dot com bubble burst. You’re probably wondering at this point…

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Hypertrophy Strength

Turn up the volume to add lean size

Lee Boyce is a strength coach and internationally published fitness writer who works with clients and athletes for muscle development, sport performance, and conditioning. He is based in Toronto, Ontario. The common problem in training for size is the undying need to stick to a programme. It’s not something I particularly advocate, as breaking free from the reigns to train intuitively will always take first place in my mind over doing a programme that only marginally improves your performance or physique. One standard ‘rule’ with intermediate programme design comes in the idea of working to a certain percentage of your…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy Strength

Is ignorance harming you and your clients?

It’s time the fitness industry was more honest and stopped doing things just to look good, says Luke Leaman Luke Leaman is a lecturer, prep coach and co-founder of Muscle Nerds. He has over 20 years of fitness industry experience. He is based in Brisbane, Australia ‘I’m tired of seeing guys put out really bad information that could be harmful. “This guy has low testosterone so we’re going to treat his testosterone”. Okay, knucklehead, get off the testosterone. His cortisol is high and he’s stressed out. Get that addressed and the body will typically take care of itself.’

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Hypertrophy

Are you ready for twice-a-day training?

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 twelve different sports. He is based in the Rockies, Colorado. Of all the training protocols I have tried over the decades in the gym, nothing beats…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Why adding size starts in your mind

Nick Mitchell is a leading body composition expert and the founder of the Ultimate Performance global personal training gym. He is based in Los Angeles. Here’s something else that no one in the fitness industry will dare tell you: there is no secret to making a significant change to your body. Except perhaps one. What has made my professional name is my ability to get inside people’s heads. I have a unique insight into what works to get results as I oversee the work of more than one hundred results-obsessed PTs. What has made the UP name is our culture that…

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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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