How Long Should My Workout Be? 30, 45, 60 Minutes? Over An Hour?

QUESTION: I was wondering how long my weight training workouts should be? I’ve heard people recommend anywhere from 30 minutes, to 45 minutes, to 60 minutes, to 90 minutes or sometimes more? What amount of time do you recommend? I’ve also heard some people say that your hormones start to go out of whack after…

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Time Under Tension, Rep Speed/Tempo and Eccentric vs Concentric

Two topics I purposely left out of my guide to creating The Ultimate Weight Training Workout Routine are time under tension and rep tempo. Why? Mostly because I didn’t feel they were important enough to include. Plus, I just didn’t think people would actually care about them. I still think I’m right about that first part, but…

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How Strong Should I Be For My Age, Size, Height, Weight & Gender?

QUESTION: What do you think would be considered “strong” for my age and size? I’m male, 21 years old, about 5’10, 170lbs and I’ve been working out consistently for about 4 years. How much weight do you think I should be able to bench press, squat and deadlift at this point? What would you consider…

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How To Progress Better At Isolation Exercises

The key to getting results from your workout is progressive overload. If you’re not increasing the demands being placed on your body in some form over time, your body won’t be improving. With weight training, the most basic and common way of increasing those demands is by increasing the amount of weight we lift. So…

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4 Random Weight Training Tips To Improve Your Workouts

If you do anything long enough, you’ll eventually (err, hopefully) get better at it. When it comes to weight training, the “better” we’re usually referring to is stronger. But there’s actually another kind of “better” that comes with experience… smarter. Not just in terms of learning right from wrong, effective from ineffective, and truth from bullshit,…

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How To Maintain Muscle When You’re Injured & Not Working Out

Being injured sucks. Even if you can still get in the gym and continue training around the injury, it still sucks. Working out at anything less than 100% just isn’t fun. Do you know what’s even worse? When the injury is something that forces you to stop working out completely. No going lighter. No training…

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Workout Plateau: How To Break Through When Strength Gains Stall

Every so often I get an email from someone telling me they’ve hit the dreaded workout plateau. This is not to be confused with the equally common weight loss plateau, which is when someone who was successfully losing weight suddenly stops losing weight. What we’re talking about here is when strength stops increasing, exercises stall…

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How Often Should You Weigh Yourself & When Is The Best Time?

Regardless of your specific goal, one of the easiest and most common ways of tracking your progress is by weighing yourself regularly. Simple and obvious enough, right? But like anything else, there are still important questions that need to be answered. For example, how often should you weigh yourself? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? And when you…

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