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Training Volume: How many sets per muscle group?

Training Volume: How many sets per muscle group?

The internet is full of "muscle-building" routines you can follow. But all these routines have one major drawback: they are not tailored to your individual training experience, preferences, and lifestyle. To help you design your own training program, I'm launching a...

Repeated Bout Effect: Why You No Longer Get Sore

Repeated Bout Effect: Why You No Longer Get Sore

Imagine not training for 2-3 weeks and then getting back into the gym by performing a heavy leg day. You probably already can feel your sore legs cramping up while walking up the stairs. But now imagine that same leg day after 3 months of consistency in which you were...

Training Volume: How many sets per muscle group?

Training Volume: How many sets per muscle group?

The internet is full of "muscle-building" routines you can follow. But all these routines have one major drawback: they are not tailored to your individual training experience, preferences, and lifestyle. To help you design your own training program, I'm launching a...

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🍑 Do you struggle with feeling your glutes during the Hip Thrusts?

First, consider your feet positioning. If you keep your feet too far back, you might feel the quadriceps more. While if your feet are too far forward, the hamstrings are under more stress. Aim to keep your lower leg perpendicular to the floor when you are in the top position of a hip thrust, for more glute engagement.

Secondly, keep your chin tucked during the hip thrust. Leaning back with your head will often result in your back rounding as you perform the hip thrust, this can cause more back discomfort. So aim to keep your chin tucked to keep your core tight and train the glutes harder.
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The best way to increase fat loss progress is not through a "fat-burning" pill or powder. Instead, here are 3 science-based ways you can actually push your fat loss progress forward.

⏰ PROPER SLEEP: A 2010 study investigated the effects of sleep on body composition while maintaining a calorie deficit [1]. The researchers found that sleeping 8 hours per day results in more fat loss and muscle preservation when compared to sleeping only about 5 hours per day. A 2018 study supports these findings [2].

🚶‍♂️ WALKING: Another 2017 study found that walking an extra 2.5hrs/week while maintaining a calorie deficit, boosts fat loss progress by 20% [3]. This makes sense, frequent walks increase your daily expenditure, resulting in a larger calorie deficit.

💪🏼 BUILD MUSCLE: Muscle is metabolically active tissue. For every kilogram of muscle you build, your body burns roughly 13 extra calories [4]. While this is not a huge amount of extra calorie burn, the increase in your resting metabolic rate does add up over time.

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🔑 Do you want to lose fat or do you want to lose weight? Because there is a difference between the two!

By simply doing lots of cardio and restricing your calories, you can lose weight quickly. But this oftentimes does not result in the type of progress people are looking for.

Most people want to get leaner, while at least maintaining muscle. This requires you to have a more gradual weight loss rate, lift some weights, and pay attention to your protein intake [1].

For most people, eating at least 1.6g or per kilogram of your bodyweight in protein is a good aim [2]. Also, make sure lifting weights is your main form of activity to promote muscle retention [3].

You can still sprinkle some cardio on top of your approach for extra calorie-burn.

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⚡2 simple tips to improve your shoulder press.

First, instead of sitting all the way upright, set the bench at a slight incline of about 70-80 degrees. Secondly, instead of having the elbows flared back, keep your elbows slightly tucked in.

The muscle fibers of your front deltoids run diagonally up on the front side of your shoulder. So by leaning back slightly and keeping the elbows tucked, your front deltoids are placed in a more advantageous position to contract.
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⚡Important Reminder 

Training does much more than just building your muscles or burn calories. Here are some science-based health benefits of lifting weights:

Reduce anxiety & stress [1]
Improve bone health [2]
Increased cognitive function [3]
Better sleep quality [4]
Lower risk of heart disease [5]

These are just a handful of benefits you get from a consistent lifting routine. So lift some weights, your future self will thank you for it.

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