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What Is Force?

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Easily Convert Kg to Pounds (Lbs) in Your Head

I was in the gym this morning and trying to convert kilograms to pounds. I asked around until someone told me about an ancient powerlifting formula. Okay, the truth is I asked my father how to do a quick conversion. He is retired now but still hits the gym. Since he was a butcher he worked with lbs for years and only recently had to use KG's when the UK switched. He told me a quick and easy way to convert Kgs to Lbs in your head that I thought I would share with you all.

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Bruce Lee Strength Training Myths

Bruce Lee has had a profound influence on all manner of cultural pursuits. He impacts the world of fitness as much as he does the world of martial arts. His legacy, to me, is unmatched. And one thing that Lee was, if he was anything, was an idea man. Dismissing things out of hand was not something he did, nor did he blindly keep following paths that lead to nowhere.

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Should I Lift Fast or Slow?

Training to Failure, Single Sets versus Multiple Sets, Non-Sequitors and False Dilemmas

Apparently, there is a debate about whether training to failure is better than doing one single set of exercise. Well, okay, no there is not really a debate about this but sometimes those who do a lot of "research" about resistance training while simultaneously not having a clue about resistance training think that these kinds of debates exist. The actual debate is about multiple versus single sets to failure. That is a bit different than training to failure versus training with single sets, is it not?

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The Perfect Strength Training Program

I recently came across an article by Chad Aichs called Mistakes Made and Truths About Strength Learned. This blog update is a reflection of my thoughts regarding Chad’s article.

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The Four Squat Workout

A little over a year ago, Eric introduced me to the concept of The Four Squat Workout. Sounds intriguing, right? He borrowed the idea from Jim Schmitz, former US Olympic Weightlifing coach.

It involved doing the Overhead Squat, Front Squats, Back Squat and a Half Squat all in one workout! Later, Joe Weir adopted the Anderson Half Squat in place of the regular half squat. A regular half squat with the bar in back can be used but the Anderson Half Squat is our favorite here at GUS.

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Single Double Triple Progression: SDT FAQ

There has been an increasing buzz regarding Single, Double and Triple (SDT) Progression and I think it’s important for trainees to understand these principles correctly.

I’m compiling a FAQ series for this type of progression and I will be updating it as and when new questions arise.

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Five Tips for a Better Strength Training Workout

I don't usually make lists such as this. Not because I think there is something wrong with it it's just not my preference. However, this is a recap of some of the information that we have here as much as it is a list of tips for a better strength training session.

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Asinine Expectations in Strength Training

I have noticed something curious in the strength training world and in the fitness world at large. Strength training and fitness professionals need to be less "me" oriented and the public needs to be less "other" oriented.

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Rope Pull-ups

The video below is plenty helpful - I won't go putting it all into words. I am going to list some tips/suggestions:

  • Remember this is a Grip Training Exercise.
  • Progression is via adding weight to your body or adding reps or sets. Basically you have total load, volume and workload to play with.
  • When you grip the towel remember to have it rotating in a cross counter fashion in terms of hand-to-hand. What I mean is, for example if you're rotating the towel in a counter clockwise direction with your left hand, you should be rotating/twisting the towel in a clockwise direction with your right hand.

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