A few years ago I decided I’d had enough of the world of strength training. I’d spend nearly 20 years talking about it and investigating ways to use good reasoning, math and physics to try to make sense of what worked well and what did not work well in terms of gaining strength and muscle […]
Every once an awhile it’s possible to have an interesting exchange on social media. Recently I had an exchange with a smart and well-respected trainer who questioned whether infrequent training was even necessary. We went back and forth a bit and it made me realize that most people just don’t look at this issue the […]
Over the decades of doing what I do I’ve come into contact with many thousands of people. Some of them stay in regular contact from year to year and let me know how their training is going. There are so many great stories out there. Mark Winchester is a longtime customer who has been in […]
So we’re at the stage where right now some people are completing their final workouts on the new Training Frequency Study. Their strength gains so far are quite impressive and we are accumulating the early data on how these strength gains translate to mass and size gains. The thing is, we have a disproportionate number […]
A longtime reader sent me this photo of a plate with my name on it. Except it’s not really “my” name because I’ve never seen these before and have noting to do with their manufacture. I asked the current owner of this plate if he knew anything. He told me he is a […]
For about two years we’ve been running some informal studies to determine what tactics in the gym deliver the best gains of muscle mass and size. Following preliminary research, which we published in the free e-booklet Workout Variations Revealed, we discovered that timed sets encouraged trainees to generate a higher intensity than that other methods […]
We’re all familiar with the advice of doing a set ‘to failure.’ There’s nothing seriously wrong with that advice. The principle is that if you push yourself until you can’t perform another rep it will ensure you gave 100% effort to the exercise. But achieving 100% effort will always be unprovable. How can you know […]
We did a survey this month and asked people what they wanted us to study next. The suggestion that generated the most enthusiasm – by a wide margin – was to find out what happens when people train with Power Factor principles but use a conventional, full range of motion. Great question. We had no […]
Following our recent survey, we received tons of really useful feedback from customers. Many thanks to those who took the time to contribute. One of the things that became clear from the survey was that many people have questions about the ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM. I would like to answer the most common issues that were […]
Today I was walking in Cologne, Germany and passed a gym with a photo posted where pedestrians could see it. The photo depicts a person with her feet on an expensive vibration machine while she supports the weight of her torso with a Swiss ball. This is offered as a muscle building strategy. Seriously! This […]
Is It Possible To Gain 1/4lb of Muscle Per Minute of Training? Last year we began a study to measure a few things. We wanted to know how much mass and size people could gain by performing brief, infrequent workouts. This informal study is very easy to understand. Every participant did exactly the same exercises […]
In case you missed the last live webinar, the recording is now posted at this page: http://www.precisiontraining.com/webinar-2/ It’s about the challenge of finding the proper interval for scheduling your workouts. We discuss real-world examples from trainees on the Power Factor Mass Gain study.
A few days ago a member of ENGINEERED STRENGTH GYM asked a question the the member’s private Facebook group. Basically he was wanting to perform more exercise than he is now and wondering now and wondering how to integrate it into his workouts. This is a common issue that comes in two variations: 1. I’m […]
As many of you know, the 1TonHooks were originally created with specifications I provided to the manufacture. There are other hooks around but they are flimsy beyond belief, they bend and they break. I don’t recommend many lifting accessories, only two in fact after all these years in the game. The fact is, hooks let […]
Couldn’t resist showing you guys this funny reminder of the reality seldom mentioned.
It’s been a very fruitful year doing these mass gain studies. The latest iteration we are testing – increased volume of 3-minutes per exercise – is looking very interesting already. I’m impressed at how quickly people are recovering from the reduced number of exercises (only three) and the fact they use lighter weights to enable […]