The Easy Way to Find and Fix Muscle Imbalances

Key Takeaways A muscle imbalance is a noticeable size or strength discrepancy between muscle groups, such as having a right bicep that’s larger than your left, or a bigger upper body than lower body. The most common causes of muscle imbalances are improper workout programming and poor exercise technique, mobility, and flexibility. To fix muscle asymmetry, train...

Can Cluster Sets Help You Gain Muscle and Strength? What Science Says

Key Takeaways A cluster set involves breaking up a regular weightlifting set into a “cluster” of mini-sets (hence the name) with a short break in between each. Weightlifters use cluster sets to reduce fatigue during their workouts and perform their reps with better technique and more explosively. While cluster sets may be helpful in a few scenarios,...

6 Proven Ways to Break Through Weightlifting Plateaus

This article is from the new second edition of my bestselling fitness book for experienced weightlifters, Beyond Bigger Leaner Stronger, which is now live everywhere you can buy books online. Also, to celebrate the book’s release, I’m giving away over $6,000 of glorious goodies, including a 30-minute Zoom call with yours unruly, Vitamix blender, Hypervolt...

Good Science, Bad Science: The Difference and Why It Matters

This article is a chapter from my newest book, Fitness Science Explained, which is live now in our store. If you want a crash course in reading, understanding, and applying scientific research to optimize your health, fitness, and lifestyle, this book is for you. Also, to celebrate this joyous occasion, I’m giving away $1,500 in Legion...

The Best Way to Train All 6 Major Muscle Groups

Key Takeaways The six major muscle groups you want to train are the chest, back, arms, shoulders, legs, and calves. You want to train each of these muscle groups at least once every 5 to 7 days for maximum muscle gain. Keep reading to learn which muscle groups you should workout together and the best exercises for...

Do Birth Control Pills Make You Weaker? An Answer, According to Science

Key Takeaways In a recent study, researchers wanted to see if taking oral contraceptive (birth control) pills had any affect on physical performance. They found that birth control pills are likely to decrease athletic performance, though the effect is probably too small for you to notice. Keep reading to learn what science says about how taking birth...

How to Overhead Press with Proper Form (Plus a Free 12-Week Overhead Press Training Plan!)

Key Takeaways The overhead press is one of the single best exercises for building your chest, shoulders, and arms. Proper overhead press form boils down to a few simple habits and effective cues (which you’ll learn in this article). Keep reading to learn exactly how to overhead press with proper form and the five best overhead press...

Science Reveals How Baking Can Help Reduce Stress Related to Coronavirus

We’re going to use basic science to show you how to relieve your anxiety while making something delicious. While many of us are trying to navigate our way through this new reality, there are some traditional comforts that seem to be making a rise in popularity. From banana bread and sourdough starters, to grandma’s recipe...

Studies Show That Yelling At Your Dog Can Have Heartbreaking Effects

You might not think too much about the consequences of yelling at your dog, but it turns out, you really should. What was once thought of as harmless mild punishment style training is now proving to have lasting effects on our beloved companions. It’s time to think twice before yelling. Let’s say you get a new...

Study Finds People With Psychopathic Traits More Likely To Ignore Social Distancing Rules

Interesting research shows that those with dark personality traits expressly intend, at higher rates, to engage in non-distancing. It’s becoming quite the debacle. Mask, or no mask? Distance, or no distance? People are going to extreme lengths to prove their side is right, but science may have the final word. New research provides some initial evidence...