What does training to failure actually achieve?

Another great one from Chris Beardsley at Medium.com Over the last few years, researchers have discovered that it is possible to achieve meaningful muscle growth when lifting light weights, so long as sets are performed to muscular failure. Additionally, some studies indicate that training to failure may lead to more hypertrophy than avoiding failure. Muscular failure […]

The Complete Beginner’s Guide to High Intensity Resistance Training (HIT): What it is, how it compares to other forms of exercise and the results you can expect to get (part 1) – HITUNI

HITUNI has a well researched, succinct 3-parter about what HIT is and how to use it.  I’m so glad they wrote it.  I really hate the more “marketing” side of the training business, and these guys do my work for me.  If you are new to the concept of HIT, this is a great start.  […]

An hour per week at the gym lowers the risk of metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Less than one hour of resistance exercise training per week lowers the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (cardiovascular risk factors such as overweight, high blood pressure and elevated blood sugar). This was shown by a study involving more than 7,000 participants from the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) in the USA. The beneficial effects of […]

HIT Body Weight Training

Not up for personal one-on-one sessions with Jean?  No worries.  Our HIT Body Weight Training Classes are 45 minutes of energetic high intensity training in a small group setting using nothing but your body as the mechanism for change. Think that’s not long enough to change your body?  The principles of HIT have been repeatedly […]

Intensive exercise with intervals ‘more effective’

ScienceDaily.com Date:  January 19, 2016Source:  University of LeicesterSummary:Short bursts of intensive exercise provide a more “time-efficient” and realistic way of preventing, delaying and managing Type 2 diabetes and also losing weight, a study has found. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are linked, with over 80 per cent of people with the condition classed as overweight […]

Can High Intensity Training Weight Training Really replace my cardio?

  That’s the question I’m most often asked.  Here’s my go-to response: One of the most significant exercise studies done in the last half century was a 1975 West Point Study.  You can read the details in the link, but in a nutshell, West Point wanted to, among other things, “identify the consequences of a […]

Extreme Conditioning Programs: Potential Benefits and Potential Risks. – PubMed – NCBI

My guess is, after over 2 decades as a trainer, once studies are done extreme conditioning programs will offer no more reward than High Intensity Resistance Training, and therefore be deemed to be unnecessarily risky for the reward.  Actually you don’t need 20 plus years as a personal trainer to know that. You just need […]

10 Reasons High Intensity Training is a Smarter Workout

You’ve probably heard of high intensity training, but more than likely are fuzzy on the details.  High intensity training (“HIT”) refers to performing a single set of 8-12 repetitions of slow controlled weight resisted exercises, to momentary muscular failure, at a repetition duration that maintains muscular tension throughout the entire range of motion, for most […]


Today one of my clients quit training.  Her reason: her doctor told her she had to stop resistance training and focus more “cardio” to lose weight. What is this, 1983?  That’s such outdated “advice” that it borders on irresponsible. There’s no such thing as “cardio,” and doctor should understand that by now. So today I’ve […]