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You have probably seen the term “volume” thrown around in regards to resistance training and have wondered what it means and if it’s a useful concept to you. Here I am going to explain what volume is, the different ways it can be defined, and how to utilize it in a practical way in your workout programming. I'll also briefly touch on training fatigue and how it occurs. Understanding proper volume and fatigue management is a key concept to training intelligently and optimizing your progress. So What Is Training Volume? Training volume, put simply, is the total amount of work...

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The short answer to the question “Should I train to failure?” is for the majority of the sets in your training, no, you shouldn't.. While training all out may seem like the no brainer answer to getting stronger and in better shape, the truth is that going to failure too often and never backing off is a sure fire way to prevent progress by digging yourself into a recovery rut. This can not only cause your progress to slow down, but eventually regress due to never allowing yourself to fully recover between workouts. Recovery is just as important as training in regards to...

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Even if you're not a strength athlete and your only goal is building muscle, making strength training one of the foundations of your exercise plan can provide enormous benefits. If you neglect strength work, you are leaving a ton of potential progress on the table and setting yourself up for plateaus. In order to make continual progress without stalling, you need both strength and muscle hypertrophy to take place, as each assists the other and both are forms of progressive overload. Progressive overload is key!So why is strength important to someone who only cares about building muscle? The simple answer is...

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If you've been training hard and never missing a workout but are suddenly unable to make progress or even worse, going backwards, you may be dumbfounded and not sure what the problem is. Maybe you've been pushing yourself to your limits every workout, taking every set to failure and crawling out of the gym, but your performance doesn't seem to be improving. If this is you, I'm going to tell you what's very likely to be the issue and it will completely revolutionize the way you look at your training. You're probably training too hard and need to understand the concept of...

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Overwhelmed by all of the conflicting information found online about getting into shape? Not sure what diet or routine you're suppose to do in order to reach your goals? Well look no further! This very detailed, no bullshit guide to all things fitness will give you all of the knowledge you need to make a clear plan of action for reaching your goals, without the need of ever hiring a personal trainer. We cut straight through all of the nonsense and misinformation and give you a clear understanding of how it all works and comes together! From things as simple as "what is a calorie?" to more complicated subjects like "what is training volume?", it's all here!

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