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 […]

Do You Even Lift? Why Lifting Weights Is More Important For Your Health Than You Think | IFLScience

Nice to see weight training getting its due in the press. Regular participation in muscle strengthening activity such as weight or resistance training has many health benefits. However, this mode of exercise has been largely overlooked in Australian health promotion. Our recent research shows a large majority of Australians do not engage in muscle strengthening […]

Strength training helps older adults live longer — ScienceDaily

ScienceDaily.comDate:  April 20, 2016Source:  Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterSummary:Older adults who met twice-weekly strength training guidelines had lower odds of dying, a new analysis concludes. The study is the first to demonstrate the association in a large, nationally representative sample over an extended time period, particularly in an older population. Full Story Older […]

Training to prevent strain injury? Contraction mode matters

Or Why It’s Important To Accentuate The Negative. sciencedaily.com Date:  April 1, 2016Source:  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)Summary:Hamstring injuries are the most common noncontact injury in elite sport. Despite increased research efforts, these injury rates continue to rise. Recent evidence has shown that short muscle fiber lengths can increase the risk of hamstring injury […]

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 […]

Regular exercise critical for heart health, longevity

 Just exercise, y’all.  I can help you get started. ScienceDaily.com Experts encourage physical activity for heart disease prevention Date:  January 18, 2016Source:  American College of CardiologySummary:The majority of citizens in developed countries should not be concerned by potential harm from exercise but rather by the lack of exercise in their lives, according to a clinical […]

Exercise to reduce lower back pain

Pardon me while I engage in a personal note to my clients:  The following is why I have you do the form we do on back and — well — ALL exercises.  I train you so that you are creating a strong foundation under those bigger showier muscles.  There’s a way to do that.  And […]