Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.
In the lifting community, some people believe you must go to failure on every single set because, “no pain, no gain, bro!”
Other people claim you must avoid failure because, “injury and fatigue, bro!”
But which one is the best approach to optimal muscle growth? Is there a single best approach?
This article will tackle these questions and cover the following points:
Winning a trophy is not as difficult as defending it.
Regular readers of this blog will already know that fat loss requires a caloric deficit.
In most cases, if you are not seeing any fat loss, the reason is that you are not in a deficit. And yet, what if you have been dieting for some time and you have seen results, but they have just stopped coming?
Maybe the solution is not to diet harder, lower calories, and increase activity levels, even though this can sometimes be a viable strategy to get out of a plateau.
Maybe this time the solution is – gasp! – to take a break from the diet and enter a maintenance phase. Counterintuitive much? Hear me out.
In this article, I will do my best to cover:
I have often said that it’s as complicated as you want to make it. The mentality of ‘just pick up heavy stuff’ will only get you so far. As you improve, your training must evolve.
Lifting is a game of diminishing returns.
When you start, you can grow muscle just by looking at a dumbbell. You will be able to lift more weight or do more reps in almost every session without having to think about it.
Alas, a few months later, your progress slows down. Sometimes, it stops altogether.
What do you do now? You need to become more strategic.
This article aims to arm you with some knowledge to keep getting results from your training.
First things first…
Proper nutrition is the difference between feeling exhausted and getting the most out of a workout.
“Peri-workout nutrition” is a science-y term for the food you eat before, during, and after your training sessions.
Enhancing this aspect of your diet can have the following benefits:
In this article, I will consider three different time windows – pre, post, and intra-workout – and cover when to eat, what to eat, and why to eat it whether you are an endurance athlete or a physique trainee.
For both types of athlete, carbohydrate and protein are going to be the most important macronutrients to consider.
An important caveat is that the overall quantity of both carbohydrate and protein consumed within a 24-hour window is going to affect your performance far more than individual meals. So ensure that this is always your first priority.
With that said, let’s dive into today’s hot topic.
Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Have you ever avoided dinner with friends because you didn’t know how to track your calories?
More recently, as a coach, I have helped many clients overcome the same fear whilst still crushing their fitness goals.
In this article, I’m going to tell you exactly how, so you don’t have to be afraid that one meal will ruin all of your hard work.
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