Archive for the ‘Skepticism’ Category

Stop Fit Shamers From Sabotaging Your Client’s Fitness Goals – Lori Calloway.

How Long is a Training Session? – Alwyn Cosgrove.

Your Optimal Training Frequency for the Glutes Part I: Exercise Type – Bret Contreras.

An Introduction to Dieting Part 1 – Lyle MacDonald.

An Introduction to Dieting Part 2 -Lyle MacDonald.

How to Run Without Pain – Chad Waterbury.

Are we really working hard? – Alwyn Cosgrove.

Individual Differences: The Most Important Consideration for Your Fitness Results that Science Doesn’t Tell You – Bret Contreras and James Krieger.

Doctors Do Not Know Much About Obesity Because They Are Not Expected To – Dr Sharma.

Canadian Human Rights Petitions Against Sizeism -Dr Sharma.

Weight Bias Awareness Is Still Not Being Taught To Health Professionals -Dr Sharma.

Random Thoughts on Long-Term Fitness Industry Success – Installment 5 – Eric Cressey.

How long should you rest when training with lighter loads? – Brad Schonefeld.

What is the Best Rep Range for Muscle Strength and Size? -Brad Schoenfeld.

What Are Macros? — What To Know About Macronutrients – JC Deen.

Alcohol And Weight Loss — The 4D Fat Loss Guide For Losing Body Fat And Having A Social Life

Fine Tune Your Frequency -Blaine Summer

3 Tips for Successful Dieting – Nick Shaw.

Sleeping Positions: A Disucussion of Pros and Cons – Quinn Henoch.

The Best Program for You -Thomas Lilley.

More from the Mailbag – Lyle McDonald.

Training the Obese Beginner – Lyle McDonald.

3 Amazing Back Training Routines – Smitty

Less Sickness For Better Results – Eric Cressey.

Why People Store Fat In Different Parts Of The Body -Kevin Richardson.

Questions on GMOs -Steven Novella.

Curcumin Hype vs Reality – Steven Novella.

The Strength Training Guide for Women Over 40 -Nia Shanks.

10 Overlooked Reasons Why Every Woman Should Strength Train -Nia Shanks.

Strength Training Made Simple – The 5 Principles For Pencil Pushers –Charles Poliquin.

Rise of the (Weight) Machines: Why Exercise Equipment is Not As Bad You’ve Been Told – K. Aleisha Fetters.

Losing Weight and Your Sanity: Why the Scale Lies (And How to Make Sense of Your Weight) – Brian Sabin.

Lady Gaga, The Super Bowl, And Half-Assed Body Positivity – Ragen Chastain.

Maybe I’m just not fit enough to be a trainer. 6 ways to overcome this common anxiety and build a great career. – Lindsey Heiserman.

How To Lose Belly Fat And Keep It Off In 7 Effective Steps -JC Deen.

3 Simple Squat Depth Solutions -Dean Somerset.

Are You Ready To Do Stuff? A Post On Mobility – Dean Somerset.


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For the moment lets put aside our analysis of Bompa and Haff’s work to look at another issue.  Lately I’ve been concerned with trends, meta-analysis of the diet industry, including personal training, bloggers, strength coaches etc, and I’ve been perplexed at what I might add to the conversation that addresses the concerns I’ve had about getting client results (while reflecting the myriad positions, experiences and goals of my clients and indeed anyone reading). There is plenty of writing on the how to’s of training and dieting: what programs, what diets, the best cheats and “life-hacks”, but I don’t see so much nuanced work on just what is exactly going on with all these diet plans and training routines, as in why they’re failing (of course there is plenty of work on this out there, I am by no means an independent or original thinker) and why we’re failing as an industry. As Abel notes, if we had all the secrets, why would obesity be such a problem for western society? Well, the answer (or indeed the level of focus) is obvious: it’s not carbs, it’s not the minutae of choosing Wendler’s 5/3/1 or Crossfit of endurance training, but rather psychology, behavior, that is: it is above the concerns of ‘how‘. I am guilty of focusing on the ‘how’ of course, because obviously these things are still important, we need to know what to do, but we also need to know why. And that is what we will attempt to look at the in the coming blogs.

Abel delineates between the popular “dieting” mindset he wants to critique, namely: the diet mentality, and the mindset he believes to be the best to adopt for healthy weight management, that is: the self-compassionate mind. As such it might be important for us to break this series into at least two parts, with (1) dealing with the diet mentality and, (2) dealing with the self-compassionate mind.

The Diet Mentality

Before we begin, let us allow Abel to elaborate for us, the key elements of the diet-mentality, which:

  • is about results/outcomes

  • is about appearance over substance

  • is about amplified emotions

  • separates you from your inner self – is about self-measurement and emotional judgement of yourself (Abel, 2015, p.78)

Abel states there to be two main factors behind the rise of the diet mentality, (1) body consciousness and, (2) marketing (p. 7). Here he targets the “diet-industry”, which he believes uses the billions of dollars per year it generates to influence its audience by aligning its marketing toward body consciousness. We are told, so the argument goes, that we should care about the diet-industries message, that we should care about our weight, we should look leaner, more than that we should want to look lighter, that we cannot define ourselves without such. The diet-industry sells more than an image however, it sells as Abel puts it, “spiritual fulfillment”, tapping into a grander purpose for your life, giving you purpose if you will. And it is in these messages that the diet mentality begins to take hold.

And conversely, didn’t you know that the reverse is also true as well? For within this message is another, more insidious message.

If a lighter and leaner you is a better you, then if you are currently overweight, then of course you are led to believe that you are not “good enough” just the way you are right now.

And from here the personal angst begins. (Abel, 2015, p.8-9)

From this perspective then well-being becomes solely about your physical appearance, and that health is only about how you look, but Abel thinks this process to be in reverse, that it is an a “spiritually” lighter you, that a physically lighter you will emerge. This internalization Abel claims, stops you from seeing the reality that your inevitable failure to achieve the weight you desire is: “what drives and sustains the diet-industry.” (p. 10) To Abel, the diet-industry does not want you to achieve your goals, because, as he states, if they do, they’ve lost a customer. (p, 10)

The diet-mentality is about emotional manipulation, it tells you according to Abel, that suffering is just the way to get the body you want, that self-control and self-denial are the same thing, but you need to realize there is:

… a qualitative emotional difference between the sacrifices involved with an empowering sense of discipline, and the notion of ‘suffering’ which is punitive and based in self-denial and self-deprivation. (Abel, 2015, p.41)

There is nothing necessarily wrong with deciding to lose or control your weight, especially when you begin from a place of care, of self-compassion, but its the diet mentality that twists these goals and perspectives, replacing the self-compassionate mind. Nor is there anything necessarily wrong with adopting food rules 9as long as they aren’t used as Abel puts it to: “deprive, deny, punish or self-incriminate by emotional judgement”, p. 62), but the diet-mentality can cause a prescriptive and emotional undercurrent, that you must deprive and deny yourself of the food you want, and most importantly if you do not, you are a failure, More than this notes Abel, you fail because you put this heavy emotional burden on yourself, that leads you to further emotionally invest and blame yourself, ontologically it seems, as a failure. All of this however fails to see the true goal of any long-term weight management, that is to let go of heavy emotional pressures about diet and body-weight. (p. 60-61)

This might be enough for now, let us continue these issues in Part 1:B.


Abel, S. (2015). The Anti-Diet Approach to Weight Loss and Weight Control. Scott Abel.

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Why Weights Are Better Than Cardio for Fat Loss -Adam Bornstein.

The Sisterhood of Lifting -Alice Round.

Wheat Belly Deception: Understanding Wheat, Insulin, and Fat Loss -Adam Bornstein.

What Do We Mean By Fat Civil Rights?

The Body Cleanse: Does Juicing Really Work? -Adam Bornstein.

BioLayne Guest Blog by Jonathan Goodman – The Fitness Industry is Failing -Jon Goodman.

Strength Is Not Always the Answer -Adam Bornstein.

Strength and Prevention of Injuries -Mark Rippetoe.

A Better Way to Perform Circuit Training -Adam Bornstein.

The Ultimate Training Secret -Lyle McDonald.

If You Want To Lose Fat, and Keep It Off, Don’t Fall For The Low-Carb Trap -JC Deen.

5 Common Diet Excuses Too Many People Make -JC Deen.

Training For Fat Loss In Simple Terms: What You Must Know -JC Deen.

When to Eat Delicious Food and When to Avoid It -Mike Israetel.

The Hip Impingement Solution -Dan McClean.

The Sport Psychology of Goal-Setting -Mike Israetel.

Off-Season Strength Building for CrossFit: Do’s and Don’ts -Jacob Tsypkin.

Activated charcoal: The latest detox fad in an obsessive food culture -David Gorski.

The measles vaccine protects against more than just the measles -David Gorski.

What is Athleticism?– Justin Hays.

How Long Should You Stay on a Program? -Mike Robertson.

How to Stick to Your Diet -Nia Shanks.

Damage Control – What to do When You Over Indulge -Nia Shanks.

Top Fitness Articles Of 2014  -Kevin Richardson,

5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need Vitamin Supplements  -Kevin Richardson.

Are You Changing Behaviors with Motivation, Ease, or Both? -Eric Cressey.

Squeeze More Muscle into Your Training -Chad Waterbury.

Q & A: Whey Protein and the Deadlift -Chad Waterbury.

Proper Hip Thrust Technique: Head and Neck Position -Ben Bruno.

First Powerlifting Meet: 20 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Anabolic Steroids and Muscle Growth -Lyle McDonald.

Heavy Light Medium Training -Lyle McDonald.

Effects of Low-Versus High Load Resistance Training – Research Review -Lyle McDonald.

My Weekly Routine -Brad Pilon.

7 Muscle-Building, Testosterone-Boosting Tips for Guys Over 40 (& All Hardgainers) -Jason Ferruggia.

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The Diet And Training Combination: Figuring Out How You’re Messing It Up -JC Deen.

Yoga for Athletes: Why Activation and Inhibition Matter More than Stretching -Dana Santas.

Round Backed Deadlifts Another Look -Lyle MacDonald.

How To Gain Weight — Practical Applications for Eating to Build Muscle, and Why You Might Not Want to Gain Weight Fast -JC Deen.

Why Should I Use “Good” Form if I’m Stronger With “Bad” Form? -Bret Contreras.

The Top 5 Deadlift Mistakes to Avoid -Amir Fazeli.

9 Non-Fitness Books Every Fitness Professional Should Read -Dean Somerset.

Body Positivity in Space

How to Strength Train for Jiu-jitsu -Charles Poliquin.

Strength Strategies: Installment 1 -Greg Robbins.

Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions -Steven Novella.

5 Mobility Rules of Thumb, Part 1 -Quenn Henoch.

5 Things to Know About Your First Weightlifting Competition -Ariel Stephens.

(Please don’t skip me!) Warm-up -Neghar Fonooni.

How to Science Your Fitness -Dean Somerset.

The Taxonomical Disorder of Recovery – Antonio Robustelli.

4 Worst Foods for Plantar Fasciitis -Rick Kaselj.

The 3,500 Cal Per Pound Weight-Loss Fallacy And Why Even Experts Get This Wrong -Arya Sharma.

Perfectionism Sucks (Plus 9 other Things I Learned in 2014) -Neghar Fonooni.

7 Worst Shoes for Your Feet -Rick Kaselj.

2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures -Jann Belamy.

The Best of 2014: Product Reviews -Eric Cressey.

BEST Products of 2014 -Rick Kaselj.

An Open Apology to the Internet – Lyle MacDonald.

The Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking -Harriet Hall.

BEST Articles of 2014 -Rick Kaselj.

The Truth About Belly Fat -Rick Kaselj.

Ethics in the Fitness Industry -Nick Mitchell.

Massage & Muscle Stiffness -Patrick Ward.

No, the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity -Scott Gavera.

5 Lessons on Coaching -John O’Neil.

Nine Things that Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Accelerate Fat Loss & Build Muscle Faster! – Poliquin Group.

Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know – Scott Gavera.

Working in Tall-Kneeling -Dan John.

Fitness Marketing Bullsh*t -Nick Mitchell.

Top 10 Foods that Help Balance Cortisol for Optimal Body Composition – Poliquin Group.

Diesel Quick Tip – Awesome Hip External Rotator Stretch

The Multi-Angle Giant Set for a Big Back -Charles Poliquin.

Stop Striving for “perfection”. Find your strong.– Alice Round.

Why IIFYM doesn’t mean go YOLO on food choices….don’t be a basic bitch -Alice Round.

Why FATS dont make you FAT -Alice Round.

Bret’s Third Powerlifting Meet: What a Crazy Day! -Bret Contreras.

Don’t Be a Slave to the Scale -Bret Contreras.


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So far we have covered two parts and a few subheadings of John’s basic program design tips from his excellent book Never Let Go (I recommend you purchase it), that is his “5 Simple tips for program success”, and “Different Variations of “5×5”. Today we will look at number the remaining two program design tips. To refresh, they are:

3. 3 levels of implementation for the phrase “if it works, do it everyday”
4. An analysis of volume and intensity

3. 3 levels of implementation for the phrase “if it works, do it everyday”

Level one of this approach goes as follows: John says it’s almost so simple as to be ignored, you look at an exercise you can’t perform well on, or that is lagging,or a bodypart that is behind and you begin every workout with a prescribed number (perhaps based on your goals) of reps or sets. John states his simple “3 sets by eight” as a good baseline, and if you can’t do that, he states to do “three sets of what you can do.” (p. 169)

Don’t force it, just keep banging away day after day and soon the body is going to grant your wish; you’re going to have some level of success here. (John, 2009, p.169)

More than this however John states this philosophy spreads to all areas of your life, for example some other hints he provides are to tell the people who you care about the most you love them everyday, or to try to spend less than you earn everyday, and finally to eat fiber/protein with every meal, drink water and sleep 9 hours, take fish oil and exercise everyday. (p. 170)

Level two of this approach asks you to look over your program for the day and add two sets of the big five lifts (that is the deadlift, a form of pressing, be it bench press or military, an explosive full-body move, a pull, be it rows or chins, and an abdominal exercise that targets the abs in a way none of the four exercises preceding it do not, p. 169-70). The example John uses is if you are doing arms,  throw in a deadlift, swing and ab work, you can easily work presses and pulls into your arm workout itself (via skullcrushers, Zottman curls etc), (p.171)

The idea here: Keep your specialized training, but continue to keep in contact with the big general movements each workout. It’s an easy way to have each workout become a full-body session with an emphasis on a bodypart. Don’t go crazy on variations; keep pounding away on the foundation. (John, 2009, p.171)

Level Three of this approach looks at the warm up as the workout. The idea behind this routine is that the warm itself is a giant set of a whole range of exercises (John lists 16 exercises such as rock carries, overhead squats, sled drags, farmer walks, and variations of such, swings etc), that are performed for sets, distances and where it applies, times. Once you have completed this circuit, you would then move from the “warm up” to the main workout which consists of two exercises (John suggests the bench press and front squat, or bench press and deadlift, or military press and snatch-grip deadlift). If you workout multiple times per week John suggests you make one day a speed day (in which the bar moves fast through its range of motion) and another a max effort of some kind, perhaps if you workout on a third day you could do a medium intensity workout, but he states that medium means whatever it means to you. (p. 172)

4. An analysis of volume and intensity

John states there are really two factors in training: “volume and intensity”, he allows us to define those how we wish but he does mention that there are four “gradations’ he’s leanred within hsi career, they are:

Low Volume/Low Intensity
Low Volume/High Intensity
High Volume/Low Intensity
High Volume/High intensity (John, 2009, 213)

Let us take each of these in turn.

Low Volume/Low Intensity – John states that during these phases he personally likes to have time off from the weight room, take the dog for a walk, things like this. He states however that we shouldn’t ignore the value of shorter and less intense workouts, stating they can be ‘stimulating’, and remind you of what you’re supposed to be doing.

Low Volume/High Intensity John states that High Intensity Training, that is circuit based machine workouts are the best for this kind of thing. Alwyn Cosgrove, Robert Dos Remedios, Craig Ballantyne and many others have made a living off high intensity training, or as they call it ‘metabolic resistance training’ for fat loss. Think, multiple sets, with moderate weight, with little rest, and you’ve got the idea.

High Volume/Low Intensity -John states that most lifters stay in this area, and his synopsis of this style equates roughly to people who go to the gym, do some push up and some pull-ups or do a 5K run and think they’ve had a workout. He isn’t necessarily knocking this, as he states he spend most of his time in “garbage workouts” (p. 214), he says that’s good and we need to spend a lot of time here.

High Volume/High Intensity – John states that this is simply lifting heavy weights for lots of reps, and is as he notes “is probably the lost art of training” (p. 215):

I don’t care how you train. The key is to find a way, as often, to get yourself to train with high volume and high intensity. (John, 2009, 213)

Most importantly John notes that its important to note when to back off from this objective, and thus you may need to employ a fitness professional of some kind to aid you in your programming.

As this post is getting a little long in the tooth I’ll save the last point for another post.


John, D. (2009). Never Let Go. Aptos, Cal. On Target Productions.

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The Overlooked Key to Muscle Growth -Lee Boyce.

Why I Lift, and Why You Should Too -Bret Contreras.

Double Stimulation Training -Christian Thibaudeau

Kettlebell Leg Training -Mike Robertson.

December Research Round-Up: Foam Rolling Edition -Bret Contreras.

My New Study on Fasted Cardio and Fat Loss: Take Home Points -Brad Schoenfeld.

Bionic Ethics -Mike LaBossiere.

Eating What Bugs Us -Mike LaBossiere.

Simplifying Your Squat and Deadlift -Mike Robertson.

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Eric Helms’ Epic Article on Natural Bodybuilding Potential -Alan Aragon.

BioLayne Video Log – How to Track Macros When Eating Out -Layne Norton.

The Myth Of Core Stability.

20 Ways to Train Smarter -Bret Contreras.

New Insight into Rest Intervals for Muscle Growth -Brad Schoenfeld.

When is Weight a Symptom?

Correctives-Dan John.

Realistic Reps and The Rule of Ten -Dan John.

Five Movements That Will Make An Impact Overnight -Dan John.

The Problem With A Lively Debate

Yes, Fat People Are Actually Human

What To Do When You’re Not Motivated -JC Deen.

The Iron Age: Resistance Training and the Metabolic Syndrome -Dr Jonathon Sullivan.

Stuff to Check Out: New Years Edition -Dead Somerset.

Bullet Proof Abs of Steel -Dean Somerset.

A New Approach To Fat Loss Nutrition -Adam Bornstein.

Eating At Night Does Not Make You Fat -Adam Bornstein.

No Carbs Diet: The Flaw in Fat Loss -Adam Bornstein.

Overtraining or Undertraining? Plan From a New Perspective -Michael Nackoul.

Calling All Rookies -Natalie Tenorio.

Light-Load Training: Can It Build Muscle? -Brad Schoenfeld.

Top Fitness Articles of the Week — January 11, 2015 -Jesus and Kristen.

5 Tips On How You Can Be the Change To A Better Gym Culture -Matt Klingler.

Top Fitness Articles of the Week — January 4, 2015 -Jesus and Kristen.

5 New Strategies for Fat Loss -Clay Hyght.

Steroids: What Pro Bodybuilders Are Really Using – Shadow Pro.

The Best Damn Posterior Chain Exercises -Bret Contreras.

How Many Carbs Do You Need? -Nate Miyaki.

An Often Over-looked Form of Soft Tissue Treatment -Jarrett.

Crawling Your Way to Chiseled Abs -Charlie Badaway.

A New Super Smoothie -Mike Snowden.

7 Reasons To Swing Big Bells -Kelsey.

Circuit Training -Kelsey.

Real Talk about Aerobic Training for Athletes -Mike Robertson.

Some Thoughts on Increasing Punching Power – Charles Poliquin.

My Take on Medicine Balls -Charles Poliquin.

 Most Bang For Your Bucks 2015 Resolutions -Charles Poliquin.

Ten Things I Was Grateful for in 2014 -Charles Poliquin.

Top 15 Incredible Reasons to Strength Train… Besides a Bangin’ Body -The Poliquin Group.

25 Simple Ways to Improve Insulin Sensitivity & PREVENT Diabetes -The Poliquin Group.


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Great Exercise to Enhance Posterior Shoulder Strength, Endurance, and Overhead Stability -Mike Reinold.

September Research Round-Up: Rest Period Edition -Bret Contreras.

How To Train The Squat For CrossFit -Jacob Tsypkin.

The Key To Fitness Business Success: Follow Your Own Advice -Jenette Holzworth.

Two a Day Training in the Weight Room Part I -Lyle Macdonald.

10 Lessons on Fitness from Game of Thrones -Dean Somerset.

The Best Accessory Lifts For A Bigger Squat -Chad Smith.

Green Light, Yellow Light, Red light -Dan John.

Squatting to Build the Wheels – How Bodybuilders Should Train the Squat -Michael Israetel.

What Are the Best Glute Exercises? -Bret Contreras.

How to Not Overwhelm a Strength Training Program -Dean Somerset.

10 Steps To Great Squatting Technique -Chad Smith.

How To Lose Weight: The Best Way To Lose Fat, and Avoid Fad Diets -JC Deen.

What is Health? What is Fitness? -Dan John.

The Measure of 24 hours -Dean Somerset.

How To Tell When a Trainer Sucks -Christian Thibaudeau.

How to Generate Personal Training Leads -Christian Roach.

I’m Coming Home (To Carbs) -Adam Bornstein.

Are Squats All You Need to Maximize Hamstrings Development? -Brad Schoenfeld.

Long, Lean Muscles: Oh, the Irony -Bret Contreras.

New Ultimate Diet 2.0 and Stubborn Fat Loss Solution Package – Lyle MacDonald.

Are You Working ON Your Fitness Business, or in it? -David Crump.

Two a Day Training in the Weight Room Part 3 – Lyle MacDonald.

Two a Day Training in the Weight Room Part 2 -Lyle MacDonald.

Two a Day Training in the Weight Room Part 1 -Lyle MacDonald.

A Successful Trainer’s Advice on How to Open a Gym -Brian Gajeski.

New Reverse Dieting ebook from Sohee Lee & Layne Norton now available! -Layne Norton.

Which type of periodization is best for power? -Chris Beardsley.

Which type of periodization is best for hypertrophy? -Chris Beardsley.

Which type of periodization is best for strength gains? -Chris Beardsley.

Is periodization effective for strength gains? -Chris Beardsley.

Does Low-Load Resistance Training Fully Activate the Target Muscles? -Brad Schoenfeld.

6 Steps to Fixing Your Clients’ Broken Diets – Mike Samuels.

10 Things All Beginning Lifters Should Know -Bret Contreras.

Fixing a Squat -Lyle MacDonald.

Protein Timing Revisited: The Importance of Objectivity in Drawing Evidence-Based Conclusions -Brad Schoenfeld.

4 Training Tips For High Performance Muscle -Jason Ferrugia

5 Deadlift Technique and Programming Lessons -Eric Cressey.

My Top 5 Powerlifting Mistakes -Eric Cressey.

12 Weeks to a Bigger Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift -Eric Cressey.

German Volume Training (GVT) -Nick Mitchell.

GMOs Are So Damn Scary. -Rachele Pojednic.

Butt Wink Is Not About the Hamstrings -Dean Somerset.

Can you target different aspects of the hamstrings? -Brad Schoenfeld.

Dirty Secrets of Intermittent Fasting Exposed -Martin Berkhan.

Debunking the Myth of Functional Exercises -Brad Schoenfeld.

New Study on Protein Overfeeding: A Critical Analysis -Brad Shoenfeld.

Should Governments Concern Themselves With Obesity? -Arya Sharma.

101 Paleo Recipes That Taste Incredible -Kris Gunnars.

Fat Loss for Powerlifting-Part 2, Cardio –Layne Norton.

The Rainbow Diet -Charles Poliquin.

Fasted Cardio Eats Muscle -Christian Thibaudeu.

3 Great Tips for Aspiring Coaches -Charles Poliquin.

Iron Woman: Embrace Yours, Part 4 -Juggernaut.

3 Best Stretches to Help Fix Anterior Pelvic Tilt -Rick Kaselj.

How to Learn Strength Training Periodization Correctly -Charles Poliquin.

Big Guys Use Bad Form -Lee Boyce.

10 Ways to Increase Your Fitness Results Immediately Part 2 -Dean Somerset.

10 Ways To Increase Your Fitness Results Immediately -Dean Somerset.

5 Must-Read Women’s Fitness Blogs -Brad Schoenfeld.

Strength Sensei’s Question of the Week: Training Volume for Calf Growth -Charles Poliquin

Masochistic Mechanical Drop Sets -Ben Bruno.

Back Squats Vs. Box Squats – Dan Blewitt.

Bodybuilding- vs. Powerlifting-Type Training: Which Builds More Strength and Muscle? -Brad Schoenfeld.

5 Steps for Healing Low Back Pain – Stacey Schaedler.

Protein Experts Respond to Recent Anti-Protein Claims -Layne Norton.

Eating Clean vs. Orthorexia -TC.

Ten Questions For Your Fitness Career -Alwyn Cosgrove.

Does Blood Flow Restriction Increase Muscle When Combined With Traditional Resistance Training? -Brad Schoenfeld.

Stop Labeling Yourself by Their Standards (and do This Instead) -Nia Shanks.

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