July 11, 2022
I’m an exercise scientist. Since 2008, I’ve authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers, mainly in exercise science journals. However, two of my most popular papers – both published in the past two years – have little to do with exercise. They’re about men’s health.
May 17, 2018
Jars of jam and muscle weakness in the morning
Last night, you missed dinner and you've woken up early because your body is ready for a feed. You stumble from your bedroom into the kitchen. You open the fridge and search for your favourite jar of jam. It's nowhere to be found. Your partner finished it (without telling you, of course) ...
October 1, 2015
One session of strength training makes the spinal cord more excitable
Strength training consists of repetitive high-force muscle contractions. Strength training for four weeks improve maximal strength ...
July 9, 2019
The debate on muscle hypertrophy
For decades there has been a consensus amongst scientists and practitioners that one of the ways people become stronger after resistance training is that their muscles become bigger. This increase in muscle size is termed muscle hypertrophy. Over the past 3 years, however ...
September 7, 2018
Strength training improves the nervous system's ability to drive muscles
Imagine the New Year has just begun. You've made a resolution to improve your physical fitness. In particular, you want to improve your muscle strength.
February 25, 2019
The one repetition maximum (1RM) is a test of muscle strength. It is defined as the maximal amount of weight that an individual an lift once, but not twice, when using the correct technique. Common 1RM tests include the bench press, chest press machine, biceps curl, lat pulldown, back squat, leg press, ...
April 7, 2016
Arm posture influences spinal cord excitability
Nerve cells that innervate the biceps muscle become more (or less) excitable depending on the posture of the arm ...