Tag archive: Program Design (7)

How bodybuilders train

It’s no secret that I’ve advocated for the use of mixed repetition ranges for the optimal development of strength and hypertrophy, contrary to the rather rigid fixed hypertrophy guidelines that abound. Unfortunately, while I’ve been able to make a case based on the scientific literature for why loading variation is ideal, my practical arguments have […]

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Loss aversion, stocks & weight loss

I was first introduced to the concept of loss aversion during some followup research after reading Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. While I’ve written previously about how his writings about an experiment on late fees influenced my thoughts on no-show fees in the fitness industry, I find myself returning to the book yet again, spurred […]

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Hypertrophy Principles

I know it’s been quiet on the site the last little while, and no, I haven’t just been slacking off and enjoying those last few days of summer. I’ve been wrestling with what I feel are some larger concepts relevant to the development of strength and hypertrophy, and hope to push some big posts out […]

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Is light the new heavy?

The recent study that training at 30%-1RM promoted hypertrophy to a similar extent as 80%-1RM (1) has definitely generated some discussion, and I’ve written some of my initial thoughts on it in another post. If you haven’t read the original article, or my thoughts on it, definitely set aside some time if you’re interested in […]

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What’s more important?

My family always had dogs, so the concept of dog training wasn’t foreign to me when I got my own, however being a kid at the time I don’t think I was nearly as involved in the process as I should’ve been. Only as an adult have I realized the amount of behind-the-scenes work with […]

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Blow your nose with a barbell

With cold and flu season upon us, I received a reader question about whether or not to train when you’ve come down with a cold. I decided that the 140 characters twitter allowed wouldn’t cut it, so I’ve written a summary of the interaction of intense exercise and the immune system, and a list of […]

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Train first, think later

The internet has shaped many fields, but the fitness industry is one in which it has created a great paradox. The source of many of our health and physical problems are caused by the very device that we turn to to find our solutions. How many of us spend our workdays slumped over a desk […]

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Dan Ogborn