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Bad Day on the Dumbbell Bench

Those who follow me on twitter (www.twitter.com/rickcollinsesq) or facebook (www.facebook.com/rickcollinsonline) or train at my gym know that in late January 2011, I tore my right triceps off the bone. The tendon was pulled out at the elbow, yanking out loose bits of bone and spilling what seemed like an ocean of blood within the tissue…

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The Training Trio: Are 3 Partners a Crowd?

In a blog last month, I covered the 4 Big Benefits of working out with a training partner.  But does the old maxim that “two’s company and three’s a crowd” apply to gym workouts?  Some people would say so. The disadvantage of a training as a threesome is obvious: an extra training partner can slow…

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The Ultimate Look-Your-Best Program is Here!!

It’s officially the New Year and the gyms are once again filled with the short-term commitment people.  Most will be long gone by late February, and will never meet their goals of losing fat, building rock hard muscle, and getting into amazing shape.  You can go to the gym and flounder around if you like. …

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Four Big Benefits of a Training Partner

Over the decades in which I’ve been hitting the iron, I’ve trained alone for stretches but mostly I’ve trained with a lifting partner.  The faces have changed over the years, but I’ve always consistently gotten my best workouts with a partner.  Why do many people get their best results from training with a partner?  Here…

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Changing the Tempo

In music, the tempo is the speed or pace of an arrangement.  In resistance exercise, the training tempo of a repetition is the speed at which you perform the repetition.  For example, for a bench press, the training tempo is the time during which the weight is lowered (eccentric contraction), how long it’s held at…

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Monitoring Your Heart Rate

How hard should you be working out? As James and I explained in Alpha Male Challenge, one long-accepted benchmark for cardiovascular intensity is your heart rate. When you’re sitting around doing nothing, your heart beats approximately 70 beats per minute (give or take, depending on your fitness level). That’s your resting heart rate. Your maximal…

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What not to eat … after your workout!!

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet!  A brand new article posted by Dr. Joseph Mercola is entitled “Two Foods You Should Never, Ever Eat After Exercise.”  He asks, “Did you know that what you eat directly after exercising … can have a significant impact on the health benefits you reap from your exercise?” …

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Brandon Girardi: A True Alpha Success!

Team True Alpha member Taylor Simon of Taylored Training shared the following testimonial from Brandon Girardi, 25, one of his training clients who just completed the Alpha Male Challenge!  Thanks, Taylor, and big kudos to Brandon! More proof that the AMC program not only torches body fat, but builds muscle — even in hard gainers!…