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A debate has been going on for a long time. Which training style is better - using free weights or working with machines. To the uneducated, the clear winner might be the latter. After all, machines come in so many configurations, and we can use them for hundreds of exercises. Plus, they make it easier to perform exercises. But, it’s not that simple. Free weight exercises offer many incredible benefits and have proven themselves over and over again. An Often Overlooked Drawback of Machine Exercises Consider what most exercises look like on a machine: You’ve got a pre-determined path and...

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The “Big Three” of training can be broken down into Volume, Intensity, and Frequency: When one of these variables increase, the other two will need to be adjusted accordingly. Regulating these variables to achieve results is dependant on experience level and work capacity. New lifters tend to benefit from a more linear progression, while intermediate to advanced lifters progress based on periodization, percentages, and peaking programs. One of the most common issues in training has been the tendency to attack all three variables with full force. While this can have a short term benefit, it’s not sustainable. When designing a...

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When it comes to burning calories and losing fat, many people choose to go with cardio. Walk into any gym these days, and you’ll see various people who are looking to get summer-ready on the treadmill or stationary bike. The consensus is clear - we should do cardio if we want to burn a considerable amount of calories. But is this shared understanding true? Cardio: An Overrated Fat Loss Solution Let’s take, for example, the most popular cardio modality: Low-intensity running on a treadmill for 30+ minutes. Based on what we’ve seen in studies and what certain calculators suggest, a...

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