Undulating Periodization for Bodybuilding

Daily undulating periodization is a form of planning that occurs over the weekly level (though in practice the actual cycle may repeat anywhere from every five to 14 days). This is the most commonly cited version of ‘nonlinear periodization’, where the actual progress from workout to workout ‘nonlinear’ – so there’s no HIT-style “must add … Read more

Bulgarian-style Training for Strength & Powerlifting

If you’re interested in this article, you might also be interested in my book Squat Every Day which covers this subject in much more detail. Get your copy here. There’s been a recent resurgence of interest in frequent ‘daily’ training and the Bulgarian weightlifting system, and yet very little written about how to adapt this … Read more

APRE for Strength & Size

All this talk about autoregulation and about getting strong in more general ways has had me doing a lot of thinking. This workout scheme in particular was inspired by this post of mine and the paper it references. Autoregulated Progressive Resistance Exercise (APRE) is similar to plain old PRE, which some of you may know … Read more

On Effectiveness and Conceptual Frameworks

I complain a lot about people and workout programs. Specifically, I complain about how people look at programs. And diets, for that matter.

Most people go about it wrong-headed. They place emphasis on the actual protocol they’re following, as opposed to why that protocol is actually working.

Your workout and diet are not important. There, I said it.

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Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1 E-book

I’ve been a big fan of Jim Wendler’s writings on strength for awhile. For those that aren’t aware, Jim’s one of the big boys over at EliteFTS, a former football player and competitive powerlifter. Like most of my favorite strength-writers, Jim’s always managed to keep things simple, to the point, and effective. There’s a definite trend towards overcomplicating things; it’s the people that can explain strength training in simple and practical terms that will benefit you the most.

Recently Jim’s released a new ebook simply called “5-3-1”. What the hell is that, you ask? In simple terms, it’s a program. However, I hate to use that word because of all the negative connotations involved. It’s better to say that this is a strategy for training.

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