Category Archive for "General Training"

SUPERSET WORKOUTS: DO SUPERSETS BUILD MUSCLE MASS EFFECTIVELY?

Sean Nalewanyj

A few days ago I posted an article discussing drop sets and whether or not they’re an effective high intensity workout technique. After that post was uploaded, several questions landed in my inbox asking me to follow it up with…

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FREE WEIGHTS VS. MACHINES FOR BUILDING MUSCLE

Sean Nalewanyj

Free weights vs. machines: which is a better tool for stimulating maximum muscle size and strength gains? The automatic answer you’ll usually hear is the “free weights vs. machines” debate is that free weights are superior and should form the…

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BULKING AND CUTTING PHASES: “SHOULD I BULK OR CUT FIRST?”

Sean Nalewanyj

“Should I bulk or cut first?” The reality here is that there’s no single answer that will apply to everybody, as it will depend on two main factors… 1) Your ultimate fitness goals – What is your ideal body type?…

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THE BEST REP SPEED FOR MUSCLE GROWTH AND HYPERTROPHY

Sean Nalewanyj

Regardless of what type of workout you’re following, which specific muscle group you’re training or what exercise you’re performing, at the end of the day, all of your bodybuilding efforts in the gym stem from one simple action: the individual…

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IS PRE EXHAUST TRAINING EFFECTIVE?

Sean Nalewanyj

“Hey Sean, what is your opinion on pre-exhaust training? My trainer recommended that I try using it to improve my chest growth.” For those of you who aren’t aware of how the pre-exhaustion technique works, let me give a brief…

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IS THE SMITH MACHINE GOOD OR BAD FOR BUILDING MUSCLE?

Sean Nalewanyj

The smith machine is a very commonly used piece of equipment in gyms across the country and is regularly utilized for compound chest pressing, overhead presses, squats and other movements. But is the smith machine good for stimulating muscle size…

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PROGRESSIVE OVERLOAD: THE KEY TO BODYBUILDING SUCCESS

Sean Nalewanyj

The topic of building muscle can be made complicated. Extremely complicated. We can obsess about every little detail behind optimal training frequency, number of sets, exercise selection, rep ranges, rep speed, time under tension, resting between sets and more until…

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HOW TO BUILD MUSCLE AT HOME FOR BEGINNERS

Sean Nalewanyj

So you want to build muscle at home rather than joining a regular gym? No problem. There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t execute an effective muscle building workout from home without ever setting foot in a commercial gym. Personally,…

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MUSCLE CONFUSION WORKOUTS: REAL SCIENCE OR A MYTH?

Sean Nalewanyj

“You need to constantly switch up your workouts in order to shock your muscles into growth!” The idea that you need to constantly change up your exercises, rep ranges and workout structure in order to “shock” or “confuse” your muscles…

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HOW MANY REPS TO BUILD MUSCLE? (BEST REP RANGE FOR MASS)

Sean Nalewanyj

What is the ideal rep range for those trying to maximize lean muscle gains? While there’s no definite answer that will be optimal for every person in every situation, we can still come up with some pretty reliable guidelines by…

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