Creating A Long-Term Training Plan and Macrocycles

  One of the things I’ve come to learn in teaching seminars at Gym Jones is that many people don’t have an understanding of how to put together multiple training phases into a cohesive year (or macrocyle) of training. The major difficulty in explaining the concept of a macrocycle is that everyone has both a unique starting point and a unique set of short and long-term objectives. There’s no real universal prescription for something as subjective as “success” or worse, “fitness.” These two things mean very different things to each…

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Cluster Training: How to Use It to Build Muscle and Strength

I actually find it strange that more hasn’t been written about cluster training recently. There was a period of time there when it was quite popular, but now it seems that it’s fallen back into obscurity, and I have no idea why.   Cluster training is an effective tool to shock your body into new gains, as well as break up the monotony of taking a straight sets approach to your lifting. Beyond that, it’s cool, it’s different, and it’s something that will have the other members of your gym asking…

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Smart homes aren’t smart without fire sprinklers

Today there are many automated options that make homes more comfortable, energy efficient, cost-effective and safe. Typically referred to as smart home technology, these features may include automating control of items such as lighting, temperature, window shades, surveillance cameras, locks, smoke alarms, even pet feeders. Often, these features have smartphone apps that allow the homeowner to control them from anywhere. There is one technology that is so smart it can save the lives of everyone in the home, including pets. It works independently and an app is not needed: home…

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Is Excess Protein Bad For Your Kidneys?

Of all of the myths that abound when it comes to nutrition, the assumptions that surround protein consumption and kidney damage seem to be the one everyone talks about most often. How did it start? From the research, I did this particular myth started from research on patients with kidney disease. And why is that?   People with kidney disease have difficulty of filtrating protein, and that’s why in some cases they are on a low-protein diet. So, the conclusion was made that because patients with kidney disease could not…

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