How does training to failure affect your ability to build muscle? Does it speed it up, slow it down, or make no difference at all? One of the latest studies to ask that question comes from researchers based at Brazil’s University of São Paolo. They rounded up a group of men, and got them to […]
“Some psychologists say that men are particularly prone to this tendency of being attracted to the new, unusual, noisy and shiny over the less showy, perhaps more routine matters. It can catch us out, for novelty and glitter are no true measures of importance, actual or relative.”– Cedric Delves, Across an Angry Sea: The SAS […]
In the past few years, there’s been a lot of interest in high frequency training programs, which involve working each muscle group 4, 5 or even 6 days a week. The idea is that exposing your muscles to a stimulus more often will cause them to adapt more quickly, leading to better, faster results. This […]
Back in the day, lactic acid was seen very much as the bad boy of metabolism – a pointless waste product that was blamed for everything from muscle fatigue during exercise to cramp to delayed-onset muscle soreness.
Most advice on getting in shape centers around the “best way” to do this or the “fastest way” to do that.
In which the question was asked: “How long does it take to recover lost muscle? Will it be quicker than it took to get the gains in the first place?” There was an interesting study published a while back, where Japanese researchers looked at how detraining and retraining affects gains in muscle size and strength. […]