You've probably heard from your local gym bro that you need to eat at least 5 meals a day to optimize fat-burning and muscle gains; but is that actually true? Is there any truth to the old-school thinking of eating 5-6 times a day to "stoke the metabolic fire"? This is what we are going [...]
Hi everyone! My latest two podcasts have proven very fruitful for myself and the Bodkast as a whole because, not only has it opened the doors for a new audience courtesy of Andres Vargas at https://www.thestrengthcave.com, it has also allowed me to collaborate with Andres. I am now writing a monthly article on his site, but [...]
Because if we can't even be 100% sure about gravity, how the hell are we going to be sure about a food causing cancer?
This is part dos of our discussion with Andres Vargas! Andres is a functional fitness and health coach who I personally believe will be spearheading a movement in fitness coaching towards incorporating the total wellness of an athlete to complement and influence what they do in the gym. We talk about some coaching advice and suggestions from him to new coaches, his story of how he got into sport and exercise and science, and then his unique philosophy and coaching strategy. I think you'll get a lot from this one whether you're an athlete or coach, because we touch on some factors that you may not have considered that may be affecting your training! You can find Andres Vargas on all social media @TheStrengthCave, his website is thestrengthcave.com, and feel free to email him at Andres@thestrengthcave.com.
I hear from people all the time, including myself, that they absolutely despise cardio. They hate it with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns! It's definitely not for everyone, but cardiovascular training does do some good things for you that I personally think some in the fitness community overlook because they don't want [...]
It's time we settle this debate. It's a battle as old as time itself. Is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or Moderate Intensity Continuous Training (MICT) better for fat loss? Luckily, there was a recent meta-analysis published that provides some interesting insight on what the answer might be. In this post, we will uncover what [...]
We're rounding out the last post about how to design an exercise program! We'll be quickly discussing the value or rest periods and tempo training and whether they actually matter for strength and/or hypertrophy. This concept was originally developed by Dr. Eric Helms, you can find the original post here about the Muscle and Strength [...]
We’re nearing the end of the Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid series. Again, this was originally a concept developed by Dr. Eric Helms, but I’m breaking it down for a fresh beginner, so they can use it to design their own program. Let’s dive into how you should pick your exercises based on your goals. [...]
Rachel Larson is a PhD candidate at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and a professor at Arizona State. She is working to publish multiple studies related to the mind muscle connection. Learn what it is and how to apply it to your training here! We cover the mind muscle connection study she worked on, force velocity training, and so much more!
We talked about the concept of progressive overload and I introduced some strategies to progress continuously beyond simply doing more reps, sets, or weight. You can find that here. On part 2 of the progression post, I will provide you some simple models/structures you can use to create the actual framework of your program, rather [...]