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Training For The Older Trainer

Something all of us have to face sooner or later is aging. Past a certain point, our hormones start to change, our bodies become more sensitive to various stressors: physical, emotional, dietary, lifestyle etc. The key to continuing to make progress and in our training and overall health is to be very proactive and pay […]

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Escalating Density Training Revisited

Back in the mid-2000′s trainer Charles Staley developed a very simple yet brutal method of training: EDT or Escalating Density Training. This type of training is based in principle on pairing movements in superset fashion, under a rigid time limitation. The major premise is to take two movements grouped together, called “PR Zones”, where you […]

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The Back-Saving Workout

If you lift heavy enough, long enough, there is a pretty good chance that your lower back will be telling you to back off. Many times I’ve had low-back issues – tight QL ligaments, misaligned sacroiliac joints, etc – that caused me to back off of heavy squats or deadlifts for a bit while I […]

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Training Two Days a Week

Suggest hitting the weight room two days a week to the average gym-goer and right away you’ll either get strange looks or arguments that its not enough training time to make any real progress towards added size and strength. But there are times that a two day a week gym routine can be the best […]

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Danny Trejo

MMA Minimalist Routine

There are many training modalities/components to deal with when preparing for MMA. Strength, mobility, flexibility, conditioning, and on top of that, you still need enough gas in the tank to develop your sports specific martial art skills. The goal of all of this is directed towards being able to stand and bang for five minute […]

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Bill Starr’s 5 x 5 Training

Perhaps the most influential book ever written on the subject of strength training for sports is Bill Starr’s “The Strongest Shall Survive: Strength Training for Football” written in 1976. Since then, seemingly endless variations of Starr’s original 5×5 routine have sprouted up all over the Net and for good reason – it is possibly the […]

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Classic Push/Pull/Legs Split

One of the most enduring types of split routines is the so-called “Push Pull Legs” splits for many good reasons. Functionally, it is a logical way to split one’s muscle groups and physiologically, it might well be the routine that allows for the best recovery as well. When looking at designing any workout routine, one […]

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Reg Park’s Beginner Routine

Perhaps the finest natural example of the perfect balance between aesthetic physique and phenomenal strength is the late Reg Park. It was Reg Park was the inspiration for a young Arnold Schwarzenegger to pick up his first set of weights. Park won Mr. Britain in 1949 and although there were bodybuilders before him, his level […]

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Full Body Training Routines That Kick Ass

Recently there has been a renaissance in the “full body” training routines, thanks in large part to people like Ken Leistner, Stuart McRobert, Ellington Darden as well as the rebirth of the classic Bill Starr 5×5 routine, thanks to Glen Pendlay, Mark Rippetoe and websites like Madcow’s and Stronglifts. These routines which are intense and […]

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