Category Archive for "General Training"

gaining fat but not muscle

GAINING FAT, NOT MUSCLE? 4 MISTAKES YOU’RE MAKING

Sean Nalewanyj

Most trainees understand that if they want to add a significant amount of muscle to their frame, a certain level of fat gain is inevitably going to come along with it. A committed bulking phase involves maintaining a net calorie surplus…

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natural muscle growth

BUILDING MUSCLE NATURALLY: THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS

Sean Nalewanyj

Despite how it’s usually portrayed in advertisements for over-hyped supplements and bodybuilding “miracle programs”, the fact is simple… Building muscle naturally is a relatively slow and gradual process for the average lifter. Dramatic body transformations don’t happen over night, and…

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weight lifting stunt growth

DOES WEIGHT LIFTING STUNT GROWTH? THE RESEARCH-BACKED FACTS

Sean Nalewanyj

Does weight lifting stunt growth? This is a common question that I get from guys in their early to mid teens who are wanting to begin a weight training program to build up their overall muscle size and strength. They’re…

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how much muscle can you build naturally

HOW MUCH MUSCLE CAN YOU GAIN NATURALLY, AND HOW FAST?

Sean Nalewanyj

“How much muscle can I gain, and how long will it take me?” If you’re still relatively new to the muscle building game, this is a pretty natural question to ask. You’re training hard and eating right consistently from week to week, and…

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reduce muscle soreness

5 TIPS TO RELIEVE MUSCLE SORENESS POST WORKOUT (DOMS)

Sean Nalewanyj

Although some people enjoy the feeling of post workout muscle soreness as a reminder of the hard work they put in at the gym, for others it can become a genuine nuisance that compromises performance on subsequent workouts and interferes with regular…

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is a personal trainer worth it

ARE PERSONAL TRAINERS WORTH IT? (WHY 90% ARE A WASTE OF MONEY)

Sean Nalewanyj

It’s one of my biggest pet peeves in the fitness industry: The average, unqualified personal trainer at your typical big box gym charging huge hourly rates for mediocre-at-best services. While there certainly are plenty of knowledgeable, physically fit trainers out there who…

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natty or not

WHY I PERSONALLY DON’T TAKE STEROIDS

Sean Nalewanyj

In today’s post I wanted to cover something a bit different and explain the reasons why I’ve personally never taken steroids and have instead chosen to remain drug-free throughout my lifting career. I have no moral or ethical issues with…

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is a weight lifting belt necessary?

“SHOULD I WEAR A WEIGHTLIFTING BELT?” (PROS AND CONS)

Sean Nalewanyj

“Should I wear a weightlifting belt?” Although you’ll often be answered with a definite “yes” or “no” when you ask this question, the real truth is that it depends. Just like with most questions related to bodybuilding and strength training, it’s not…

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do women like muscles

LEAN & MUSCULAR BODY = MORE SUCCESS WITH WOMEN?

Sean Nalewanyj

Today I wanted to shift gears and cover a bit of a different topic… How much will having a lean and muscular body affect your success with women? A lot of guys who are just getting into weightlifting seem to…

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bodybuilding stretch marks

BODYBUILDING STRETCH MARKS: CAN THEY BE ELIMINATED?

Sean Nalewanyj

The good news? You’ve stayed consistent to your training and nutrition plan, put in weeks and months of solid hard work, and have packed on some significant muscle size and strength as a reward for your efforts. The bad news? All that…

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