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How Carbohydrate Distribution Impacts Sustainability During A Diet

September 18, 2017 08:45

Byline: Paul Salter, MS, RD, LD, CSCS When significant fat loss is your goal, you’ll reach a point where you’ll inevitably need to reduce your carbohydrate intake to continue making progress. And for many, this is the most difficult part of their dieting phase and the point in which they...

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The Best Coaches Can Be Wrong

September 11, 2017 03:10

People watch for what the best do. Why? Some of it is of course for inspiration. The story of Steve Jobs’ ascendency is certainly motivating to future businesspeople. Some of it is for entertainment. When LeBron does his thing on the court, we can just sit back and be awed....

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Hypothyroidism: How An Underactive Thyroid Gland Impacts Weight Loss

August 28, 2017 02:55

Byline: Paul Salter, MS, RD, LD, CSCS   If you’ve ever struggled with weight loss or weight maintenance, it’s likely you’ve thought about blaming your thyroid gland. Especially if you’re a woman.   That’s because women are 8 – 10 times more likely to develop hypothyroidism, a condition characterized by...

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Alternative Means of Progression

July 31, 2017 04:31

When you’re training for size, “everyone knows” that putting more weight on the bar yields more gains. If you can, over time (and by adding weight slowly) get your squat from 225lbs for 10 reps to 275 for 10 reps, you WILL get bigger. And fundamentally “everyone” is correct. The...

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Aesthetic and Performance Goals : Having your cake and eating it too requires planning

July 17, 2017 03:41

Written by Dr. Melissa Davis Before you embark on any program to change your body or your performance you need to sit down and have an honest talk with yourself about what you want. The most critical key to success in any endeavor is having the internal motivation to reach...

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Why Do You Prefer That Exercise?

July 10, 2017 09:16

When I post clips of my training (which is pretty often and can be found on both my personal facebook page and on my IG page (@rpdrmike), I get numerous questions about the posts. And that’s great! That’s actually exactly why I post those videos; so that they can spur...

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The Downsides and Upsides of Getting Injured In Training

June 26, 2017 07:57

At its core, getting hurt in training sucks. Of course we’d rather not get hurt, ever. But when injuries come (and they will if you’re training hard enough to make the best gains), they usually come with silver lining as well as the bad stuff. First, let’s take a look...

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6 Common Weigh-in Interpretation Errors and 4 easy fixes

June 12, 2017 02:56

By Alex Harrison One of the best tools for measurement of diet progress is the scale, especially when there is a sound strength/hypertrophy training plan in place. Consistent training training for strength or hypertrophy during periods of fat loss (cut phase diets) guarantees muscle retention in most folks. If your...

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High Rep Ranges for Strength Athletes?

June 05, 2017 04:51

What are the primary factors that allow maximal strength/power athletes to be as strong as they can be? In other words, how do weightlifters and powerlifters get to be their strongest via training? Well it’s actually not that complicated. Strength development rests on three pillars: maximal exertion technique, basic neural...

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Reverse Pyramid Advantages

May 08, 2017 05:35

When training for muscle size, many individuals still use the (quite old) pyramid approach to controlling bar weights during an exercise. What’s the pyramid approach? Well, it’s when you start at a lower weight on the bar on your first set and increase weights with each set, perhaps doing a...