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​RPE: What It Is & How To Use It

Rate Of Perceived Exertion (RPE) Many of you have probably heard of this or even currently use it in your training. We want to talk about both why someone would use it and the basics of using it. The Basics: RPE is a scale from 1 to 10 on how difficult a set was. Although it's named,...

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What Can I Expect Going Back To The Gym

What Can I Expect Going Back To The Gym Many of us have anxiety over taking long periods of time off from training. We fear we have lost all of our hard earned muscle and strength that has taken countless grueling hours to attain. FEAR NOT! Muscle memory is a thing. The added stress about...

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​Barbell Only Training

Barbell Only Training Some of you have asked about how to modify a program to work with just a barbell and rack. Well, we’re here to help. First off, know that you are very lucky. There is lots you can do with a barbell, and for the most part your training shouldn’t take a hit. Obviously...

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Making Bodyweight Workouts Harder

Making Bodyweight Workouts Harder We posted a video asking for your feedback over the weekend, and got some great responses. Over the coming weeks we’ll do our best to give you the information you need to stay jacked, lean, and sane during this time. First up let’s talk about how to make...

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How Can We Help You?

Times are wild right now and we just want to know what you guys want. What kind of content would help you the most? Let us know what you want to see. Comment below, on our Instagram, Facebook or even email us and let us know what you all want to see. - Silent Mike, Team Kizen

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 6, Order From Chaos

Order From Chaos Most of my clients are unable to use a gym right now due to gym closures or self-isolation. I have encouraged even those with access to a gym to stay home. While it is the right thing to do, staying home and almost never going out is extremely disruptive to our routine, and so...

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 5, Embrace Uncertainty

Embrace Uncertainty Last week I gave you some programming suggestions if you are feeling uncertain or anxious while prepping for a meet. I want to keep talking about that issue today, and I want to tell you that it is OKAY to feel anxious or stressed when you are prepping. When I compete, I...

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 4, Gaining Confidence Before A Meet

Gaining Confidence Before A Meet Last week I urged any lifters prepping for a meet to avoid a test day too close to competition day. Now, I want to give you some suggestions for what you can do if you are getting close to a meet and feel like you “don’t know where you are at.” If you are...

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One Of The Main Limiting Factors At The Gym....Time

One Of The Main Limiting Factors At The Gym....Time Time is one of the main limiting factors in the gym. Some people have 3 hours 4-5 times a week to spend in the gym, and for them the issue becomes avoiding doing too much, but for most people the concern when programming or planning is how to...

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Heavy Weight Will Feel Heavy

A Heavy Weight Will Feel Heavy Heavy weights will always feel heavy. Any time you are hitting a new PR, a new max, that weight will feel like a max! But here’s the thing, we can condition our minds to perceive weights as heavier than they are, making those PRs that much harder to hit....

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