Noob Strength Gains: You’re Doing it Wrong

Posted August 1, 2022 in Doing It Wrong No Comments »
noob strength gains

Hey listen, we get it! You’re feeling impatient about those Noob Strength Gains. You went to the gym once, maybe even twice and you can’t yet find your six-pack abs. You can’t quite bench your body weight. You have failed to even deadlift your own body weight. Pull-ups? Well, you can only do 1 or 2.

THAT’S OK!! Things are going to change.

You want all your friends and followers to know how Swole you’re getting, right? Sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not Swole yet. At least give it 3-6 months before you announce your new hobby and your aggressive strength goals. You’re sure to get some enthusiasm and support along the way but go slow with your social posting.

Being Swole takes months, even years of dedication and consistency. You can get healthier by working out a few times… actually no you can’t. Being healthier still takes consistency over the course of months and years and really requires additional lifestyle adjustments. The Noob Strength Gains will set in quickly with determined consistency, so stay the course, give it some time, and push it HARD when it’s time to push!

Top 6 Calf Training Mistakes

Calf Training Mistakes

The calves are a serious problem area for most bodybuilders. You can win or lose a contest depending on whether or not you have put some time into building thick slabs of beef on the back of your legs. Women tend to have calf issues as well; many are sporting the dreaded “cankles”. Both sexes often suffer from skinny little twiggy leg syndrome, sometimes known as “bird legs”. What do these folks have in common? They are probably all making the same calf training mistakes day to day, week to week. So how can we fix it?

To build marvelous calves, you have to put time into training them frequently and from a variety of angles. First and foremost, you can’t make the following 6 calf training mistakes and also hope to build world-class wheels. Train your legs right and you will prosper. Make too many mistakes and they will continue to lag.

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What Can The Sauna Do For Athletes?

young couple relaxing shows what can the sauna do for athletes

Full of physical and mental benefits, a sauna regimen can be amazing. So you ask, what can the sauna do for athletes? Well, the sauna offers benefits to your skin, body, and mood. People use saunas for a variety of reasons, whether at home, at the spa, or in the locker room at the gym. In Finland and other Scandinavian countries, the sauna has an important cultural role. It’s not uncommon for co-workers to hang out in the sauna, as workers in the US get a happy hour and many homes are built with home saunas.

Well, saunas can be of great help. In this post, we will explore the different types of saunas and the benefits of saunas after training. Read on to learn how saunas work and how they can boost your workout results.

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How to Find a Life Time Fitness Near Me

Posted July 27, 2022 in Healthy Lifestyle No Comments »
Life Time Fitness pool scene

Going to the gym can be a great investment in your health and fitness or it could be a huge waste of money. If you have a small budget, you need to think carefully about whether you should invest in a gym, especially a world-class lifetime fitness gym. Seeing as you’ve come to this page, you’re likely wondering how to find a Life Time Fitness so let’s try to answer that question as well as take a look at the perks and drawbacks of this great gym.

In this article, we will talk about how you can find the best LifeTime Fitness gyms in San Antonio, Massachusetts, California, Florida, even Canada, or any other location near you. There are over 100 locations, so your location shouldn’t pose much of a problem unless you live in the boonies.

What are the things that you must consider while looking for a lifetime fitness gym near you?

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The Top 5 Best Chest Exercises

Lou Ferrigno used the best chest exercises


Bench presses and curls are two of the first exercises that are learned by new weight lifters. For men, the chest or “pecs” (short for pectorals) are second only to the biceps as the top show muscles in teenagers and young adults. This list of 5 of the best chest exercise will go a long way in building that initial base.

For women, the chest is even more important. Keeping well-built pecs can be useful in maintaining a solid, perky appearance of the breasts.

Serious fitness enthusiasts and athletes know that the pecs are involved in one of the main powerlifting exercises, the bench press. The bench press is one of three exercises, including squats and deadlifts, in a standard big 3 powerlifting competition. For this reason, it is always important for powerlifters to increase their chest strength.

Therefore it seems to me that everyone has a reason to train their chest, including men, women, athletes, bodybuilders, powerlifters, strongmen… everyone; and here are the top 5 best chest exercises you should use.

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How to Do an Army Combat Fitness Test Leg Tuck

Posted July 22, 2022 in Bootcamp, Exercise Technique No Comments »
guys performing the army combat fitness test leg tuck

Even if you are not interested in joining the U.S. military, you may want to take the army combat fitness test (ACFT). The infamous army combat fitness test leg tuck is considered the most difficult part of all the ACFT exercises. The Army has replaced this tough exercise with planks, so fewer people fail the ACFT, given nearly half of female soldiers used to fail the test; and quite a few men didn’t fare much better.

This is just one of many changes introduced as part of the latest attempt to make ACFT more comprehensive. As explained on Military.com, the most significant change in ACFT with six events is that it is no longer designed to prepare soldiers for battle but to assess their overall physical fitness. “Standards for men and women in different age groups often lower their chances of selection.”

The original ACFT had the same standards for women and men but a report by Rand Corp, a Congressionally mandated report by a Washington DC-based think tank, reported that “about half of women in the service can’t pass previous testing standards, especially the leg tuck events”. To work around these concerns, the Army swapped leg tucks for planks.

Let’s dissect the leg tuck and figure out how best to train for it, even if just for the fun and challenge of completing a few reps.

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7 Muay Thai Drills and Strategies For Beginners

Posted July 21, 2022 in Martial Arts, Sports No Comments »
fighters practicing muay thai drills

I trained in Muay Thai kickboxing for several years in my 20s and 30s and it was nowhere near real Muay Thai fighting, but trust me, it still needed to be taken seriously. The conditioning demands, strength needs, and flexibility all require a few tried and trusted Muay Thai drills as well as solid equipment and a healthy lifestyle including proper nutrition, hydration, and sleep.

Muay Thai is a highly physical activity that is increasingly becoming popular. Regardless of whether you are interested in pursuing it for exercise or want to reach the level of a Muay Thai professional boxer, there are various tips you should beware of before committing.

Let’s take a slightly deeper dive into each of these strategies, which can be used for any sort of self-defense, sport-specific, or obstacle course training.

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What is HIIT – High-Intensity Interval Training – And How Should You Use It?

What is High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

female sprinter uses high-intensity interval training

High-Intensity Interval Training, often represented by the acronym HIIT, is really a big deal. HIIT training is the ideal and most effective replacement for underachieving endurance cardio. High-intensity interval training has been regarded for years now as one of the best ways to burn calories and maintain muscle mass while encouraging a long-lasting metabolic effect post-workout.

As a matter of fact, in studies, HIIT is 9x more effective at burning fat than endurance cardio.

More often than not, I have talked about HIIT workouts made up only of interval sprints. Today I would like to discuss HIIT training with resistance machines, but not to be confused with High-Intensity Resistance Training, or HIRT, which I will write about shortly.

HIIT Provides the Following Benefits

  • Burn more calories than endurance cardio
  • Burn more fat than endurance cardio
  • Increase power
  • Increase speed
  • Increase muscle density
  • Improve anaerobic endurance
  • Improve aerobic endurance
  • Speed up metabolism for more than a day and a half
  • Shorten cardio training sessions by at least 33%

Navigating This Article

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Run To Lose Belly Fat

Posted July 18, 2022 in Running No Comments »
these runners don't need to lose belly fat

When you seriously set out to lose belly fat it’s a lot of hard work and requires optimizations to your lifestyle habits. Although regular exercise can trim and tone other parts of the body, for many individuals, an excess stomach can be very stubborn. Fortunately, one of the best types of exercise for losing belly fat is running. There are also some small tweaks that can be made to your regular running regimen to provide a sustained boost of fat burning. 

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Acai Berry FAQ

Posted July 15, 2022 in Supplements 83 Comments »
fit girl acai berry FAQ on the beach

Acai Berry Frequently Asked Questions

Updated for 2022… I receive so many inquiries about acai and colon cleansers each day that it’s very hard to answer all the questions individually, but I do want to help everyone. This acai berry FAQ is my effort to document, research, and answer as many frequently asked questions as I could find about acai berries and colon cleansers.

Please submit any questions not answered here via the Project Swole contact form.

Navigating the Acai Berry FAQ

General Acai Information

Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai and Weight Loss

Contact Acai Retailers

Ordering Acai

General Colon Cleanse Info

Ordering Colon Cleanse

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