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Does Time Under Tension Matter? + A Natural Remedy for Your Joints

Time Under Tension Principle

As you can see, it is another article with completely illogical combination of subjects. What can I say? I’m just good at this stuff. In all seriousness, these two topics are the result of my recent experimentation. And while the first one is somewhat predictable, the second one may surprise you.

With no further ado, let us get to the first part.

Time Under Tension

I was introduced to the principle of time under tension [TUT] by the works of Charles Poliquin. As I understand, he is the biggest proponent of using this variable in strength training.

The idea behind the TUT principle is simple yet reasonable. Continue reading

Weighted Calisthenics: The Best of Both Worlds

Weighted CalisthenicsSo you might be wondering why the F there’s only one post since December? Well, I’ve been really busy with my full-time job (yes, I have a full-time job) and with music (yes, I’m musician (and not to waste this awesome place without advertisement check my stuff out on SoundCloud)), and with my own training, so there was no time and energy for articles. But now I’m back and ready to kick some ass. So today’s topic is weighted calisthenics. I wrote an article on what is better: weights or calisthenics? You can check it out here. However, current topic is not about what is better. It’s about the ways to utilize external weights to make calisthenics more challenging and interesting, and how to make bodyweight strength progressions easier. Yep, that’s right.

How Did I Discover Weighted Calisthenics?

You might think: “Are you retarded or what? Every bonehead gym rat knows that you can add weight to bodyweight exercises to make them harder”. Well, I knew that too as well. Continue reading

Are Calisthenics Optimal for Building Muscle?

Arnold Using Calisthenics to Build MuscleBodyweight strength training was a revelation for me. I was quite ignorant for some time and thought that weight training is a must if your goal is to gain strength and build muscle. When I was introduced to progressive calisthenics, my world turned upside down. It was a golden gem. Now I have solid experience with this kind of training and here’s the question I want to discuss today: is bodyweight strength training optimal for building muscle? Continue reading