Effective or Stimulating Repetitions

Stimulating Repetitions

Why do people lift weights day after day but not make much progress by way of muscle development? Why is it so hard to build muscle using exclusively calisthenic training? Why do people who lift low repetitions but high loads seem to get stronger but not as big as people doing moderate load bodybuilding style training? Why doesn’t 2 sets …

Technical Failure vs Absolute Failure

This will be my first ‘behind-the-scenes’ share of video content clients have access to when they sign up for Fitnack. I filmed this because a lot of clients wanted more clarity on how to optimally resistance train and what I meant by ‘technical failure.’ It helps to first know what absolute failure is. Momentary Muscle Failure AKA: Absolute Failure. Is …

A Better Scientific Seven Minute Workout

I know…I know…what you’re thinking… You’re thinking 7 minutes isn’t enough to get the results I want to get! Well smarty pants… In my last post I proved you that you can get a result in as little as 7 minutes. Technically 6 minutes of actually working hard and 8 minutes total time committment but who’s counting? 🤫 It might …

The Scientific Seven Minute Workout Revisited

Ironically when the scientific seven minute workout (S7MW) was first published on the NYT website around May 2013 and I moved immediately to write an article about why it wasn’t actually that “scientific.” I hate it when people just make shit up and call it ‘scientific.‘ If I write a post with a bunch of references — and IMO the S7MW …

The BiPolar Learning Curve

People always forget about the nature of a learning curve. If you’re relatively new to training or trying out something new, you’ve no doubt felt really excited to get started. Everything is new and wonderful, you’re motivated, you want to get to work quickly and reach your goals…like…yesterday… This time things are going to be different! You may or may …

What HIIT is and What HIIT Isn’t

I’ve been writing/talking about HIIT (High Intensity Intermittent Training) online for a long time now, since 2009 or so. The first Tabata paper came out in 1996, but it didn’t become popular until at least 10-12 years later as Crossfit pushed it hard. The first noteworthy study on HITT was probably done by Trembley at Laval University in 1994 and …

Fat is Essential – You Should Eat Some

Yes, even if you’re trying to lose weight… The key word is SOME. I’m not going to go so far as to say something absurd, like “you need to eat fat to lose fat,” but it certainly doesn’t work the other way either. Just eating fat, doesn’t necessarily make you fat. It also won’t necessarily help you lose fat either. …