Training (39)

Non-functional nonsense

So I’ll close out my unofficial Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy month with one more short post then call it a day before the traffic on the site drops off completely. If you search the net for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy articles, it won’t take you long to notice that a functional distinction is made between sarcoplasmic and myofibrillar hypertrophy. […]

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Sarcoplasm, women & weights

So after yet another post on sarcoplasmic hypertrophy I think it is safe to declare September Sarcoplasmic Hypertrophy month, at least on this site. For those that have read my previous posts on the topic (are bodybuilders really weak and just glycogen), it’s probably apparent that I think that we’ve put the cart before the […]

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Are bodybuilders really weak?

You can’t log onto a strength training site without seeing someone criticize how weak bodybuilders are and offer up complicated molecular explanations for their lack of strength (sarcoplasmic vs myofibrillar hypertrophy). I’m not sure where these guys are training, but I’ve seen my fair share bodybuilders in the gym, not to mention various examples all […]

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Are bodybuilders just glycogen?

In order to explain how bodybuilders have large, yet seemingly weak muscles, the concept of sarcoplasmic hypertrophy has been thrown around the strength training sites and has appeared in early editions of some strength training texts (1,2). Under this theory, muscle growth (hypertrophy) can occur through three ways: one where the myofibrillar proteins increase in […]

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Strength before size? Here’s why

One thing that seems to frustrate people new to the training game is how strength increases occur rapidly early on with no detectable change in muscle size, which is usually their priority. While it certainly puzzles many a new trainee, the phenomenon has been studied for decades now, and while we still don’t have a […]

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Treat your training like an experiment

Now before you mouse over to the back button, you’ll want to hear me out. I know that the scientific method brings back nightmares of high school chemistry, but there are some great connections between what happens in the lab and what happens in the gym. Actually, for most people in the fitness industry the […]

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Why risk the wrist?

The resurgence in olympic lifting both in athletic training and basic fitness programs (Crossfit) has polarized the fitness community. Once viewed as highly specialized and technical lifts that take years to master, people are essentially grabbing a barbell and giving them a shot their first day in the gym. On top of that, these technical […]

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Prowling with cavemen

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years (sometimes I wish I had) you’ve probably come across one of the countless news stories and online articles about the barefoot running craze. While I can’t tell you when this actually started as I haven’t run a lap since I was forced to […]

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Squats & patellofemoral force

The fitness industry is full of rules, and while many are created with the best of intentions, you’ll find that the bulk of them are formed without a single shred of scientific evidence, sound reasoning or even a basic understanding of how people actually train. My recent read of the book Risk: The science and politics […]

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