KNOWLEDGE

6 Exercises for Improving Your Mental Toughness

If the movies have taught us anything in the last decade it’s that on some level we all wish we were Navy SEALs. Kidding (kind of), but if we could all learn how to build the physical and mental capacity these warriors have I’d guess we’d all be better off. Think...

Is Training to Failure a Good Idea?

Question: How close to failure should you train? Key Takeaways Training to failure prolonged recovery time compared to non-failure training protocols. It’s probably a good idea to leave a couple reps in the tank at the end of each workout. You can always do more...

Can Mental Training Improve My Performance?

Question: How important is mental training to my success? Key Takeaways Mental training (Self-talk, visualization, etc) can improve your performance & help you get stronger. Mental training can also improve your overall health and has been shown to decrease stress,...

Will I lose strength & muscle if I take time off?

Question: How much strength/muscle will I lose if I take time off training this summer? Key Takeaways Shortest possible answer: No Muscle size and strength did not decrease following a 2-week detraining (no training) period Taking an occasional break my benefit you in...

Can caffeine boost performance?

Question: Can Caffeine Make You Stronger? Key Takeaways 90% of the pre-workout supplements on the market are just overpriced and silly ways to get caffeine into your system before a workout. Caffeine can improve time to exhaustion (Strength endurance) leading to you...

Should I Stretch Before or After I Workout?

Question: Does stretching before I lift make me weaker and more likely to get hurt? Key Takeaways Static stretching before you lift may result in a lower overall training volume Static stretching before your lift will probably not inhibit strength gains You’re...

Don’t Be A Loser…

So this weekend I spent about an hour suffering through a workout named “Hamilton” It was named after Army Specialist Adam Hamilton: U.S. Army Specialist Adam Hamilton, 22, of Kent, Ohio, assigned to the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st...

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