How important are those last few reps? by Terrence Riley

            Bodybuilding legends like Arnold Schwarzenegger emphasized the importance of chasing that pump by training until you literally cannot do another repetition. Many of us gym rats understand this concept to be “going to failure.” Failure involves performing as many reps as possible to create maximal muscle damage while optimizing muscle growth potential. Under […]

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What is the “reverse diet”? by Terrence Riley

The reverse diet is not just another fad diet and, in fact, might not even be considered a “diet” in the traditional sense. Losing weight is not the primary goal of reverse dieting. The goal is to gain weight but as slowly as possible after a weight loss period. The concept was created in response […]

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Stop Stretching Before Your Workout by Terrence Riley

  Sports were a significant aspect of life for many of us growing up. If that memory isn’t too far in the past you might recall the pre-practice or pre-game stretch. All your teammates would sit in a circle and follow the stretching ritual which varied little from game to game. Most of us did […]

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Targeting your Glutes

Targeting specific muscles during a workout is usually a concept applied by bodybuilders or physique competitors in hopes of isolating that muscle group. The goal is to “balance” their physique or exaggerate a certain weak point in their figure. Most gym goers are not bodybuilders but many go to the gym in hopes of isolating […]

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Resistance Bands

One of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can invest in is the resistance band. There are a couple different types of bands that can be utilized in different ways. Ease of transportation, exercise variability, and wide ranges of resistance make the bands a very impressive tool. Below we will look at some of […]

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Protein Intake Guidelines: Part 1 by Terrence Reilly

Most athletes understand the importance of protein and its role as key component to growing muscle. Eating enough protein isn’t quite the issue, however, when considering most Americans eat more protein than recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Questions still exist as to how protein should be consumed, when, and what kind despite […]

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Reduce Stress and Kill Your Workouts!

Stress is probably the most overlooked variable when we talk about training and recovery. If you do not learn to manage your stressors effectively you run the risk of not properly recovering from previous training sessions. Also, you won’t have the energy to execute a proper workout. Stress is all around us and everyone has […]

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Top 5 Reasons to add Strength Training into your workout routine

  1.  Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass and aids in disease prevention. Lean muscle and bone mass diminishes by about 1% each year.  Strength training helps stop, prevent and even reverse bone and muscle loss.  It has even been proven to regulate glucose levels in diabetics and decrease pain from arthritis. 2.  Strength […]

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