Category Archives: Physical Conditioning

Training Variables — Frequency, Intensity, Duration.

What is the secret to building muscle and losing fat?  The answer: Become more physically capable!  This means the stronger you get by progressively lifting heavier weight, the more muscular endurance you develop by performing more repetitions and sets, and … Continue reading

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High Intensity, High Volume Routine

This is called the Russian Bear muscle gain routine from Pavel Tsatsouline’s Power to the People book.  The basic idea is to do high-intensity low-rep sets (i.e., 70-90% RM at 4-6 reps/set), but do many sets (i.e., 10-20 sets) per … Continue reading

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8 Reasons Why Kettlebells Rule

If you’re short on time and want a great body without having to spend hours working out, then kettlebells should be part of your training routine.  Here are eight reasons why kettlebells rule: KBs work your entire body:  upper body … Continue reading

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GPP and SSP

GPP  – General Physical Preparedness. SSP – Sport Specific Preparedness. Think of GPP as the base on which SSP sits. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or weekend warrior, having a better developed GPP base — strength, power, endurance, coordination, agility, … Continue reading

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Muscle and Motor Neurons

Movement matters. We are physical beings made to move — not sit behind a computer 8, 10, 12 plus hours a day.  The body falls apart when it doesn’t get the exercise it needs to stay strong, healthy, and lithe.  … Continue reading

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Principles of Training

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? Depending on fitness goals and as part of a general healthy lifestyle, you should resistance train ~2-4x per week. It’s, just what you do.  Typically new trainees need explicit instruction on exercise selection, … Continue reading

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Lift Heavy Weights

Are you a man?  Want to lose fat, gain muscle; simply look and feel better and more self-assured?  The key to making this happen… lift heavy weights.  The 80/20 rules applies to weightlifting as it does in so many other … Continue reading

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