1. What is Barbells on the Brain?
To make a long story short, “Barbells on the Brain” fuses scientific evidence with the practical insight gained through years of actually training. Over the years the fitness industry has long debated the importance of education against experience, like the two were mutually exclusive terms. I’ve dedicated my career to completing the scientific training required to answer the difficult questions regarding optimal training methods (education), and developed my applied skills through moving weights myself and training a variety of individuals (experience).
If you’re comfortable diving head first into in-depth studies, and understand that sometimes practicalities require you to take a leap of faith on a purely theoretical argument, you’re going to like it here.
2. Connect with me
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3. Learn more about me
If you want the somewhat complete story on me and have a few extra minutes, head to my about page. Here are a few points to make a long story short:
- Licensed Physical Therapist
- Muscle physiologist (BKin, MSc Kinesiology, PhD Medical Sciences) who has collaborated with some of the top names in exercise physiology
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
- Author with a growing collection of peer-reviewed and online articles and interviews across a variety of high impact journals and websites
4. Read my popular articles & guest posts
Over the years I’ve amassed a growing collection of peer-reviewed and online articles ranging from the complexities of the molecular adaptations of muscle to practical, evidence-based tips you can use to optimize your training. You can find an index of most of my peer-reviewed articles on Pubmed and below are a collection of some of the more popular articles I’ve published online.
- 30%: an in depth look at a few recent studies that have turned our understanding of the relationship between training intensity and muscle hypertrophy upside down.
- Underestimating Type I Fibre Hypertrophy: a detailed analysis of whether the latest findings on the relationship between training intensity and muscle hypertrophy can be explained by the preferential growth of differing fibre types.
- Does repetition speed matter for muscle growth? slow lifting tempos have been recommended to maximize muscle growth however in this post I uncover whether tempo really matters for muscle growth.
- Does the evidence support slow eccentrics for muscle growth? Many recommend slowing the lowering (eccentric) phase of a lift to promote increased muscle growth, but rarely offer up a citation. Is there any evidence to support this claim?
Around the web:
- What does EMG tell us about muscle hypertrophy?: Human kind has an obsession with trying to predict the future. In this article I look at how we have a tendency to try to predict what training conditions are optimal for muscle growth based on the mis-interpretation of EMG.
- Training to failure or just failing to train?: In this article for Strength Theory, I take an alternate perspective on the role of concentric failure in hypertrophic adaptations to strength training.
- Light weights for big gains: Brad Schoenfeld and I discuss for the T-Nation audience how varying training intensities may impact the growth of the different muscle fibre types and how you can structure your training program to capitalize on this.
- The most effective way to build muscle: in this T-Nation article, JC Deen and I translate the recent evidence on training intensity into practical recommendations you can integrate into your training program to maximize muscle growth.