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The Matrix training system

The Matrix training system: Challenging the body with higher reps and lower rest

Challenging the body with higher reps and lower rest The Matrix training system, originally created by Ron Laura, focuses on a range of full and partial repetition movements within sets to stimulate muscle growth. It is specifically designed to activate muscles at multiple points that are not otherwise worked effectively ...

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The philosophy of lifting

Some do it for power. Some for endurance. Others for the vanity. I do it to get stronger than I was yesterday. Even if that means spending an hour every day doing nothing but every exercise I hate. Some flex on stage because they enjoy the idea of unravelling themselves ...

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Move of the Week: T-Bar rows

Beef up your back with T-Bar rows The T-Bar row is an excellent exercise to increase strength and size and should be a staple for anyone looking to build a thicker back. If you have lower back issues or posture problems you may find the seated rowing a better alternative. ...

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Joe Weider’s vision

Joe Weider was fond of saying that bodybuilders were different and that training had the potential of not only transforming the body but also the mind.

I have always been an early riser. I go to the gym early for my steel therapy of the day. Early morning training feeds my enthusiasm for the day and what it will bring. Someone once said: “We see the world not as it is but as we are”. I ...

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Variable Split Training

Variable Split Training: We all have individual recovery patterns and there is no one size fits all solution to all training needs..

A training split must be individually tailored to meet your specific needs We all have individual recovery patterns and there is no one size fits all solution to all training needs. Results can be used as a guide to learned more about how your body responds to a specific method ...

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Exercise linked to better memory

Lifting weights may prevent you from suffering from memory loss in later years

Lifting weights may prevent you from suffering from memory loss in later years According to study author Cassandra Szoeke, associate professor at the University of Melbourne in Australia, exercising could protect people from dementia typically characterised by memory impairment. Szoeke and colleagues followed 387 subjects who participated in the study, ...

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The ABC’s of training

The ABC's of training

One of the biggest mistakes bodybuilders make is to overtrain certain muscle groups while under-training others Knowing the characteristics of the different muscle fibers can assist you in designing a better bodybuilding split. Type IIB muscle fibers fatigue and require more rest than other muscle fibers but they have the ...

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Potatoes linked to high blood pressure

American researchers suggest limiting the intake of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes because they are associated with a higher risk of developing high blood pressure.

American researchers suggest limiting the intake of boiled, baked or mashed potatoes because they are associated with a higher risk of developing high blood pressure Health problem The link between potato intake and hypertension poses a critical public health problem as potatoes have been added to government food programs for ...

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Best way to boost muscle strength

New research reveals that engaging in short, explosive leg contractions is the most effective way of strengthening muscles.

New research reveals that engaging in short, explosive leg contractions is the most effective way of strengthening muscles. The study, led by scientists in Human Performance and Neuromuscular Physiology at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, is the first to directly compare short, explosive leg contractions lasting less than one ...

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Breaking down mental walls

Bodybuilding and psychology have always been deeply intertwined. Lifting is not only about the weights but also about breaking down mental walls.

Bodybuilding and psychology have always been deeply intertwined. Lifting is not only about the weights but also about breaking down mental walls. Any lifter knows there is among all the breathing, pushing and pulling another gear somewhere deep inside of them and sometimes it takes failing to find the upshift. ...

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