As a content producer who uses social media to engage a (relatively) large audience with useful information, I’m often left with a decision to make either a “big picture” post about a broad topic, or a “specific post” on an element of a topic. For example, a picture of the Muscle and Strength Nutrition Pyramid, or a specific guideline to limit how often you train to failure because of the disproportionate fatigue it can generate, respectively. [Read more…]
Before we dive into this topic, let me state a few key points first.
- Before attempting an autoregulated gaining approach, it’s critical to have previous experience meticulously tracking energy intake and macronutrients.
- Additionally, you want experience stepping away from regular tracking and incorporating those habits you developed while tracking, with hunger and satiety.
- If you haven’t done #1 or if you are still doing #1 but have never stepped away from that approach and attempted #2, read this article and the links it contains to get a good understanding of how to set yourself up for success before attempting an autregulated nutritional approach to gaining.
Ironically, when many people talk about science-based approaches to bodybuilding and powerlifting, they often do so in black and white terms: something is either “evidence-based”, or not. I say this is ironic, because the actual studies these approaches are based on always report the probability that their findings are correct. Not only that, but different types of scientific studies themselves exist on a continuum; some publications carrying much more “evidential weight”, while others serve as very weak evidence in comparison, just as a function of their design. [Read more…]
Randomness. For miles and miles all I see is randomness. On Instagram, YouTube, in the gym, even in popular programs put together by “trainers”. It literally seems like most people in the fitness industry follow programs that were constructed by choosing a weekly split of some type, and then throwing darts at a dartboard with a list of exercises for that muscle group or groups, then darts at a dartboard with set and rep combinations, and finally at a board with a list of “advanced techniques”. [Read more…]
Most strength and physique enthusiasts spend a lot of time manipulating their training and nutrition during their lifting career. Rightly so, as they realize these are the two most important variables for helping them reach their goals. On top of this, many also consider dietary supplements as a tool to aid their progress. [Read more…]
What follows is a blog post I originally wrote for the awesome folks at DeNovo Nutrition for the Nutrition Element of their “Elements Education” series (which by the way I’d highly recommend you check out). The Elements team is an incredible group of coaches, thinkers and scientists who are true experts in their fields. Anyway, I thought this was a very important article addressing an all too common issue I frequently see in the physique community, so I wanted to repost this article on our website. Enjoy! [Read more…]
“Not Quite the Glute Guy” or “Stunt Double for Bret Contreras” or simply, “How to Perform the Hip Thrust – Lessons from Bret Contreras” – by Eric Helms
This blog post will conclude my posts on “how to lift”, that address some of the more difficult to perform bodybuilding assistance exercises. [Read more…]
In my years as a personal trainer, and even more recently as a bodybuilding and powerlifting coach, I’ve consistently seen lifters at all levels struggle to properly hip hinge.
This is unfortunate, because the RDL, one of the most common hip-hinge lifts is actually quite useful. For hypertrophy, I would argue when compared head to head with a conventional deadlift, the RDL is probably a better movement (if performed correctly). [Read more…]
I recently completed a big-time coaching and career PR as I spent three weeks in Europe. First, I had the honor of being a part of the coaching team in the corner of my long-time client, friend, and colleague, Bryce Lewis at the IPF Classic World Championships. Working alongside the coaching legends Matt Gary and Sioux-z Hartwig-Gary was amazing. The fact that Bryce pulled off a silver medal second place finish was icing on the cake! [Read more…]
This is a blog post I originally wrote for our friends at DeNovo Nutrition for the Philosophy Element of their “Elements Education” series. It’s an absolute honor to help such a great group of people in their efforts to expand the knowledge and reasoning skills of the community. Not to blow my own horn, but I thought this article was some of my better work. [Read more…]