Triceps Training Tips and Myths

Charles Poliquin

Triceps Training Tips and Myths

Q: Can you give me some tips for isolating each head of the triceps?

A: One key to making the fastest gains possible is controlling the variables of training. Tempo, rest intervals, frequency and exercise selection are among the loading parameters I look at closely when designing workouts. Another variable to consider is body position, an often-overlooked aspect of training.

Carb Confusion

Becky Holman

Carb Confusion

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to losing bodyfat is, How much carbohydrate should I be eating? The confusion comes from all of the low-carb and no-carb diets out there.

The truth is, following extremely low-carb and no-carb diets for extended periods can be dangerous because your body needs the phytonutrients and fiber you get from fruits and vegetables. Also, the brain uses carbs almost exclusively for energy. Low carbs can make your physique look flat, due to low glycogen stores and less fluid retention in the muscles. If you’re drug-free, the right number of carbs will help you achieve a bigger, harder look.

No Chinups? No Excuses!

Ron Harris

No Chinups? No Excuses!

Pretty much every back-training article you read tells you straight up that chinups are essential for anybody who wants a wider wingspan. Curiously, very few of the top amateurs and pros do that supposedly mandatory movement. I’ve asked many of them why, and the typical answer is fear of injury. Once a man reaches a certain size and weight, generally in the vicinity of 250 pounds or so, the risk of ripping the shoulder joints apart is too great to justify doing chinups. Most simply do lat pulldowns instead.

Mass Rules

Greg Zulak

Mass Rules

There are dozens of theories about the most effective way to build muscle mass and strength while losing bodyfat. To be honest, almost all of them work to some degree. There are bodybuilders who swear by powerlifting-type routines, using the heaviest weights possible for low repetitions and taking long rests between sets, while others like light-to-moderate weights, high repetitions and a high volume of work—lots of sets, lots of pumping. You have devotees of supersets, tri-sets, giant sets and drop sets, and then you have Heavy Duty followers, who do a low volume of moderate-rep sets plus forced reps and negatives—in other words, abbreviated high-intensity training taken to failure and beyond.

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