December 2005

There's a saying that goes something like this, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Unfortunately, many people perform the same exercises day in and day out without rhyme or reason, expecting they will, somehow, magically grow stronger. Instead of concentrating upon muscle function and physiology, that is, upon exercises that are favourable in terms of increasing size and strength, they opt for exercises that feel right and allow for a massive pump. Herein lies the problem. I've lost count of how many times I've been approached, and asked what a "good"...

Most people are in a very poor state of conditioning and don't even know it. One of my friends was a manager at a Bally's fitness centre and mentioned the owner never worked out in his own facility. The owner would workout behind the centre using a sledgehammer on a tire, pull ups on the rafters, and swinging kettlebells. He was 55 years old and probably had more strength and conditioning than anybody in the air-conditioned state of the art facility he ran. With the Muscle Mass world slowly fading away, there is a realization that a 900lbs bench press or...

How many times have you heard the phrase, "If you're after big arms train the triceps hard?" More times than you can probably remember. How many times have you heard someone say, "Train the triceps using the proper form/technique and you'll see great results?" Not often. That's because form and technique usually take a back seat to intensity and load when it comes to strength training. Training the muscles should revolve around using an appropriate load that allows for form and technique to be maintained while stimulating muscle growth. One of the most common exercises in the quest for large triceps is the...