In the world of training, whether hardcore or casual, there are more methods and techniques than we have time to decipher. Tons of different methodologies and approaches work for certain people, and just as many don’t work, for certain people. From low volume to high frequency to whatever, training methods need to be tweaked, manipulated, and changed often. Why? To keep the body shocked, guessing, and progressing, that’s why!

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In reality, whilst designing a proper program for gym time, thinking about tempo and other “subtle” nuances, is not really in the foreground. Rather, we would rather pick some bangin’ exercises, decide if we are gonna max out, work to failure, have endurance days, blah blah blah… Nothin’ wrong with that as far as we can tell. But what if we wanted to try an approach that stimulates muscles in a way that yields textbook hypertrophy? Lifting weights is not always as simple as just going into the gym, moving some shit around, and calling it a day. I mean, don’t get us wrong, it IS about that, but there lots of… well… let’s go with nuances, again – I like that word! Continue Reading…

Grrrrr muscles!!! I love muscles – you love muscles – he loves muscles – she loves muscles! Moral of the story? People love muscles. Muscles are alot more than some sexy, bulging, veiny protrusions popping out from bodies. We are going to discuss Muscle Fibers up in here. Knowing what a muscle is more than just going to do Bicep Curls, knowing your muscles will grow. There is science behind muscular hypertrophy, just like there is science behind anything. Let’s delve in…

Muscles, Muscles, Muscles

We know what muscle is, but do we actually know what muscle is?? Muscle is soft tissue that is found in animalsMy muscles ain’t soft, biatch!“. Maybe they aren’t, tough guy, but they are still considered soft tissue – deal with it! Muscles produce force and motion – they are responsible for changing our posture, starting and stopping a movement, as well as control of our internal organs. Muscle requires oxidation of fats and carbohydrates to be powered, and requires protein to get big and strong. We all know this – this is basic, elementary education.

But are muscles just muscles? No!! There is more to muscle than meets the eye… Continue Reading…

Everyone who lifts weights has a “thing” that they swear by. Whether it’s a staple exercise or a certain technique, someone will always try and push their methodologies on someone else, debating that their way of training is second to none. That may or may not be true, but as everyone is different and reacts to protocols differently, it is impossible to say whether one training philosophy is better or worse than the next. What we can do, however, is to compare different methodologies and see which ones fit better into your lifestyle, or maybe even combine a variety of training methods to see which fits best. Here, we are gonna talk about CrossFit. Now then… some of you might wanna crucify us for talking about the dreaded CrossFit, and others may want to sing our praises – whatever you wanna do… is cool wit us, yo!

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This ain’t your everyday “eat more protein” piece, so get ready to read. Dis gon’ be goooood!

In the olden days, bodybuilders and athletes always made sure to get an X amount of protein each day. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles and they make your muscles get big and strong, which we all want. However, with the advancement of science and technology, just getting an X amount of protein per day is seemingly not enough. Don’t get us wrong, calculating protein requirements based on goals and bodyweight is an absolute must, but certain tweaks and advanced methods need to be applied to stay ahead of the curve.

Certain foods have certain properties – some better than others, and what we want, is to make each individual property of the food we ingest to work for us to make the best out of those nutrients and utilize them to the greatest of efficiencies. And guess what else? Certain proteins can actually alter our internal mechanisms and environment to create body conditions specific to our goals. Be it weight gain, fat loss, or recovery – protein manipulation and utilization covers all those bases! Continue Reading…

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The Man -The Myth – The Legend – The Oak

Who doesn’t love a good arm?? We do! The arms, along with the pecs, are basically a central focal point for just about everyone. When first meeting someone or seeing someone for the first time, the first thing you generally notice is the size of their arms. Continue Reading…

Jump Squats Reborn

October 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Ahhh… Squats. Yes, Squats! We all know what Squats are. If you don’t, you’re stupid! No, just kidding… but seriously…

The Squat is commonly referred to as the KING of all exercises, and for damn good reason! The muscle recruitment and the shear power built from heavy Squats is second to very few, if any, other power exercises. The most common type of Squat is the good old fashioned back squat, as seen below… Continue Reading…

Horny mothafuckin’ Goat Weed – HELL YES!!! Let me just come right out and say it – Horny Goat Weed is the shiznit! It is arguably one of the best, if not the best, supplements a man OR a woman could take. The benefits of Horny Goat Weed cannot be described in a mere short article such as this, so we are going to reference a tremendous website on the topic, called BestHornyGoatWeed.com

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On the site, you will find a plethora of information about this magical herb, but here we are going to outline and detail the biggies, and why anyone and everyone should throw this supplement into their repertoir. We’re gonna give you but just a little taste here. The rest is up to you… Continue Reading…

warm up

Before doing any type of training or activity, warming up and loosening up your muscles is crucial! Proper warm-ups decrease injury chance, prepare the muscle for the rigors of training, and make you loose and relaxed. Too many peeps jump right into training or sporting without the proper kind of warm-up. This makes us sad :(

There is this really awesome warm-up known as The DeFranco Agile 8. It is named after the “inventor” of said warm-up, Joe DeFranco. While Joe has his own site and training facilities and what-have-you, Gone Liftin’ is gonna reference an article he wrote for T-Nation.com, called DeFranco Agile 8. Not very creative, is it? Just kidding, JoeyContinue Reading…