Monthly Archives: March 2015

Layne Norton’s Metabolic Damage? I don’t believe in it. There is zero logic behind the metabolic damage theory.

| March 30, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

What is “metabolic damage” according to Dr. Layne Norton? According to the video log of Dr. Layne Norton, he believes that low-calorie diets can slow down your metabolism to the point where you are actually gaining weight on diets under 1000 calories. Cool, but in what universe? Nature says it’s not possible. There are natural laws which […]

How Strong Are Strength Athletes, Really? Taken out of their anabolic environment, muscle monsters become weaklings.

| March 29, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

There are two main reasons why people start lifting weights – to improve their physique and to hack life by joining the strength forces. Like little kids, we often look up to the muscle monsters lifting heavy barbells. We identify them as Gods among men and see a savior in their actions and accomplishments. Little by little, […]

5×5 Workouts: Sets Across vs. Ramping Sets

| March 28, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The 5×5 program comes in two formats: Sets across – keeping the weight the same for all work sets Ramping sets – building to a single work set I prefer the ramping method because it builds just as much strength while saving a lot of joint stress and time. Anybody who’s ever done 5×5 for […]

Why The Deadlift Is an Overrated Lift The deadlift takes more than it gives back.

| March 25, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The deadlift has been enjoying more popularity than ever thanks to the rise of the so-called “YouTube powerlifting” – a phenomenon that has greatly contributed to the “do you even squat and deadlift” mentality. Since many beginners look up to the YouTube fitness celebrities, they start to believe that deadlifting is the key to the physiques presented by […]

Powerlifting Weight Classes: Delusional Expectations

| March 20, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

Your height and bone structure determine your weight class. By default, a tall man cannot compete as a lightweight, whereas somebody who is 5’5″ will fit there perfectly. In order for a tall guy to do well in barbell sports, he has to compete in a higher weight class. The only lift which allows skinny […]

Bodybuilding Basics: Noob Gains Explained

| March 18, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

The so-called “noob gains” represent the 5-10lbs of muscle gained during the first 6-12 months of serious training. Those will be easiest and fastest gains that you will acquire as a lifter. Past that point, the progress will slow down tremendously. Noob gains differ from person to person. If you are really skinny, I mean […]

The Best Levers For Squatting Squatting facts that the "experts" seem to ignore.

| March 17, 2015 by Truth Seeker |

  What makes a good squatter? The length of your torso and femurs has a significant impact on your squatting style. The best squatters are lifters with short femurs and long torsos. The illustration below makes a comparison between squatters with short (left) and long (right) femurs. Remember: The bar always forms a straight line through […]

Gymnasts vs. Powerlifters: Who’s stronger?

| by Truth Seeker |

Who’s stronger? Gymnasts or powerlifters. Undoubtedly, powerlifters win this battle. They are much stronger than gymnasts regardless of what the online legends say. Just compare elite gymnasts to elite powerlifters – the biggest gymnasts look like children next to the biggest powerlifters. I am sorry, bar stars, but powerlifters are simply stronger and bigger than you. How much […]