Category Archives for Weightlifting

How to Make Lifting Weights a Maximum Anti-Aging Workout

A recent study found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) robustly increased both aerobic capacity and mitochondrial function in both old and young people. The older people saw a greater increase

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The Simplest Health Plan: Cut Carbs, Lift Weights

I got into a small debate on Twitter with Brad Schoenfeld, a fitness expert who’s more than skeptical about low-carbohydrate eating. Despite the fact that low-carb diets outperform low-fat, calorie-restricted

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Strength Training Nonsense

A reader recently told me that he was following this weight-training routine: The Best Damn Workout Plan For Natural Lifters. The routine, while it gets some things right, is all but unsupported by scientific

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Weight Training Causes Muscle Damage and Inflammation

Of all types of exercise, weight lifting generally requires the greatest amount of recovery time, which is the period of time you need after lifting weights for the body to fully recover its strength and

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Why Compound Lifts Are Essential

I see people in the gym making all kinds of mistakes. I’m not talking about the use of advanced techniques, or taking too much time between sets. Or even too much time spent doing cardio —

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Brief Workouts Produce Significant Strength Gains

One of the main differences and points of contention in weight lifting is frequency and duration of workouts. We’ll see in this article how brief workouts produce significant strength gains. How

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The Big Misconception About Weight Lifting

The big misconception about weight training: Does it increase aerobic fitness? Of all the misconceptions about strength training and weight lifting, one that comes up a lot is that they have no aerobic

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Weightlifting Is Anti-Aging

In my book Muscle Up, I gave a host of reasons why strength training — which most people accomplish through lifting weights — is a uniquely healthful exercise and much better than aerobic or

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Strength training for children and adolescents

  A reader asked me to write a short post on how and whether strength training for children and adolescents is safe and beneficial. In the old days it was thought that younger people shouldn’t

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Resistance training is critical for weight loss

“Weight loss” is a misnomer: when people want to lose weight, it means they want to lose fat. Unfortunately, when fewer calories are consumed than expended, along with fat, muscle is lost as

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How aerobic exercise causes fat gain and muscle loss

For several decades now, mainstream health and fitness authorities have recommended aerobic exercise, also known as endurance exercise or “cardio”, as the best way to exercise and get fit.

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New book, “Muscle Up”, coming soon

Muscle Up I’ve been working on another book, this one on the health benefits of strength training, and it’s called “Muscle Up: How Strength Training Beats Obesity, Cancer, and Heart Disease,

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Ten Best Books on Health and Fitness

If you’re looking for a few good books on health and fitness, you won’t go wrong with any of these. I don’t claim to have read all the most important books in this area, but these are

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Vladimir Putin lifts weights, so what’s your excuse?

The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has been known some time now for his public displays of alpha masculinity, like riding in a small submarine to the bottom of the Black Sea, helping to tag a tiger

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Branched-Chain Amino Acids for Fat Loss, Muscle Gains, and Longer Life

I regularly get questions about branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), and there seems to be a fair amount of confusion about them. For instance, I’ve recently been asked whether they can be interchanged

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Weightlifting as Anti-Aging Strategy

Weightlifting is a superior form of exercise Weightlifting  is superior to other forms of exercise, an idea that is thoroughly at odds with mainstream and popular ideas about exercise. Weightlifting enhances

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