10 Random Thoughts On Weight Training: Part Two

Random stuff I’ve either discussed or thought about in the last few days. You can read part one here. Some workouts don’t go as planned. Even if your diet has been on point and even if you feel well rested from your last session. If you are attuned to your body and its limits, you […]

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Early Morning Fasted Training

In the Leangains Guide I wrote the following: My general position on the fasted phase is that it should last through the night and during the morning hours. Ideally the fast should then be broken at noon or shortly thereafter if you arise at 6-7 AM like most people. Afternoons and evenings are usually spent […]

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10 Random Thoughts On Weight Training

Just some random stuff I’ve either discussed or thought about in the last few days. The deadlift is poorly suited to a high training frequency. I’ve never derived any benefit from training the lift more than once per week; and even that is pushing it in terms of recovery if I’m squatting heavy within that […]

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The Marshmallow Test

People will often feel inclined to explain to you why the numerous constraints in their lives have prevented them to achieve the their goal. They have so much else going on in their lives. A job, a girlfriend, social events to attend. Time-consuming hobbies. A car that needs fixing or some other project of critical […]

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How To Look Awesome Every Day

Shortly before and after New Year’s Eve, there’s always a slew of articles and blog posts about how to train and burn off the holiday pounds. They mostly preach the same message about taking it easy and not overdoing it. It’s such a tired and boring topic, so I’ll spare you that. Last year around […]

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Pre-Workout Protein Boosts Metabolism

We were recently on the topic of fasted training and the need for pre-workout protein intake as a slight compromise to training completely fasted. I argued that the need for pre-workout protein intake was due to this being a case where the benefits (increased protein synthesis) simply outweighted the negatives (insulin increase; low insulin being […]

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Fasted Training Boosts Muscle Growth?

A recent study shows fasted training affects the post-workout anabolic response to weight training more favorably than fed-state training. This study is very interesting to say the least, since it lends scientific support to explain the beneficial effects from both fasted-training and Leangains-style intermittent fasting. Let me give you the lowdown on this study in […]

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Making High Frequency Training Work: Part One

Updated Oct 7th, see bottom. As many of my readers know, I have favored low volume, high intensity training performed relatively sparingly. At the extreme end of this spectrum is the type of routine I built my foundation on, such as the one I wrote about in The Minimalist. Here, I performed three different sessions […]

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Randomness

I’ll have another Q&A up soon, but I figure I’d drop by real quick and link some worthwhile reading and listening material. Ryan Zielonka writes about his experience with my RPT system. “Intelligent HIT – the kind promulgated by Martin, at least – keeps volume to a minimum. Major movements are trained infrequently. Martin has […]

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The Minimalist

When it comes to training, I’m a minimalist. I don’t “attack the bi’s from different angles”. I do chins with an extra 100 lbs around my waist. I don’t spend any time “working the core”. I never do ab work. I squat and do triple body weight deadlifts. I don’t “feel the burn”. I give […]

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