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Do You Use Supplements?

Do You Use Supplements? A wise man once told me, maybe you're born with it or maybe it's creatine. 12 years ago, there was very little science based information to be found on the internet. Young Mikey wanted to get really really jacked and ended up wasting hundreds of dollars on supplements...

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How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated The key to mastering any skill or talent is longevity. The old adage of 10,000 hours to become an expert holds fairly true. Lifting, strength and attaining your physique goals are no different. The difficult part is how do we stay motivated or better yet build the...

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#1 Tip For An Insanely Strong Overhead Press

#1 Tip For An Insanely Strong Overhead Press We all know that everyone’s favorite lift is, no exceptions, the overhead press. Seriously though, I love the overhead press and this article is for those like me who also have a near obsession with gaining numbers on the bar and getting...

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Diet Adherence

Diet Adherence We all know the key to reaching our goals inside and outside of fitness is long term adherence. When it comes to nutrition and food however this becomes very difficult for many of us. The media seems to have agendas pushing one diet or another and claiming some foods will...

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​Understanding Exercises And Why We Do Them

Understanding Exercises And Why We Do Them Programming is a very complex process that has to take into account tons of different factors, then outline a plan of attack to most efficiently reach our goals. One of the main choices in the beginning of the process is exercise selection. First...

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Recovery Is Misunderstood

Recovery Is Misunderstood The fitness industry like many other areas of life, usually comes in waves and history tends to repeats itself. Over the past decade the idea of “recovery” via supplements, massage tools and cannabis extracts seem to be the majority of hot products circling social...

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Flexible Dieting/IIFYM

Flexible Dieting/IIFYM Flexible Dieting and IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), these terms are commonly used as the “end all” of evidence based dieting in recent years. If it fits your macros was a common response in early 2000’s bodybuilding message boards to answer people who asked if they...

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The Home Workout Mistake Everyone Is Making

The #1 Home Workout Mistake Almost Everyone Is Making(Proximity to Failure) Your home workout RPE is bullshit. We mistake high reps for high exertion. We think these high reps means we are pushing ourselves super hard when it isn't always the case. Most of you who are reading this right...

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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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