Please Take this 13-Question Poll

Hi Fitness Peeps!

Sometimes I wonder about my readers and I want to know more about you. I’m very curious to see the results so please take the time to complete this. Feel free to leave comments as well as I’m sure my questions/answers aren’t comprehensive. It isn’t feasible to include every exercise in existence and every variation of all the good exercises, so just answer to the best of your ability. You might need to read THIS article if you don’t know the difference between mechanical tension, metabolic stress, and muscle damage. I will post the results early next week. Thank you!

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New Research: The Glute Max is Really Good at Stabilizing the SI Joint

Low back pain is a bitch! Previous literature suggests that up to 30% of incidences of low back pain could in fact stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. I wrote about the SI joint a year and a half ago in a blogpost titled, The Sacroiliac Joint Takes a Beating. If you haven’t read this yet, I recommend you do!

Nevertheless, a recent paper has emerged that sheds more light on the critical role that the gluteus maximus plays in stabilizing the SI joint. The article was published in the Clinical Journal of Biomechanics and is titled, “Anatomy and biomechanics of gluteus maximus and the thoracolumbar fascia at the sacroiliac joint.” Click HERE for the Pubmed link, but I’ll paste the abstract below:

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The B & B Connection: Episode 2 – HIT Training vs. Higher Volume Training

Hi Fitness Folks!

Welcome to the second episode of the B & B (Bret & Brad) Connection.

Brad Schoenfeld and I are going to be recording a 30-minute podcast each week where we discuss muscle science and anything else we feel like rambling about.

The key is to keep it to 30 minutes so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Two weeks in a row we kept it at 30 minutes!

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Here are some links that are associated with the podcast:

High intensity training

Intensity; in-ten-si-ty; noun. 1. Often used ambiguously within resistance training. 2. Is it time to drop the term altogether?

Strength and Body Composition Changes in Recreationally Strength-Trained Individuals: Comparison of One versus Three Sets Resistance-Training Programmes

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3 Things I Learned At The 2013 World Powerlifting Championships

Below is a guest post from my friend and training partner Charles Staley. Charles competed a few days ago in Las Vegas and went 9/9 (made all nine lifts). I was so happy for him! He pretty much moved down a weight class while retaining all of his strength, which is not easy for a seasoned lifter. Below are some tips for fellow powerlifters. 

I recently returned from Las Vegas where I competed in the 100% Raw! Powerlifting federation’s World Championships as an age 50-54, 198-pound lifter (I competed last year as a 220 lifter). Perhaps even more gratifying than the win, was a handful of lessons that I learned along the way, and I thought I’d share them with you here today.

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