Muscle Man

  • Do circuits build muscle?

    I like circuit work because it lets me get on with things. But is it an efficient way to build muscle compared with the old three sets of 10? - BJ

    April 16, 2014, 12:00 am
  • Can't put on leg mass

    I'm fighting a losing battle trying to put some size into my legs. They're spider-like compared to my upper body and whenever I try to go heavy with the squats I hurt my lower back. Is there an answer? – SC

    October 1, 2013, 10:45 am
  • Should I add dextrose?

    Is dextrose a worthwhile addition to my post-workout shake? I'm trying to gain size and have heard that mixing it with creatine will assist me. Could you recommend a dosage? – SG

    October 1, 2013, 10:42 am
  • Are there disadvantages to protein shakes?

    Is there any disadvantage to consuming food protein via shakes – for example, cracking eggs into a blender with yoghurt and fruit? – SS

    August 22, 2013, 1:42 pm
  • Kettlebell chest exercises

    Which kettlebell exercise best works the chest? – CU

    August 22, 2013, 1:39 pm
  • Early morning pre-trainers

    I've always trained with weights on an empty stomach at the crack of dawn. A mate says a pre-workout drink of BCAAs could help me big time. Is he right? How so? – KK

    August 8, 2013, 12:15 pm
  • Break a gym plateau

    What’s your best advice for breaking a plateau? I know I should be lifting heavier but it’s not happening. – SC

    August 8, 2013, 12:06 pm
  • Should I hit biceps or triceps?

    To fill out my shirtsleeves would you recommend going harder at my biceps or triceps? Obviously both need work, but which gives you more bang for your effort and what are the best moves? – PC

    July 23, 2013, 10:56 am
  • Are compound moves enough?

    What do you think about paring back your training to six moves – bench, squat, deadlift, press, bent-over row and calf raise? – LF

    July 23, 2013, 10:53 am
  • Are push-ups and squats enough?

    Is it okay to do push-ups and squats every day without doing chin-ups and lunges – or will this result in an unbalanced physique? - PD

    February 19, 2013, 10:45 am
  • Is casein before bed a good idea?

    In my continuous quest to gain size and muscle, I'm considering adding casein to my diet in the pre-bedtime period. Good idea? – SS

    February 19, 2013, 10:37 am
  • Should I still do isolation exercises?

    All I hear about is big, compound moves. Is there a place for isolation exercises? What are the best ones? - AT

    December 11, 2012, 10:50 am
  • Is Germain volume training worthwhile?

    What's your take on German volume training (GVT)? I've heard it's the best way to bust a plateau and build muscle, but that it's brutal. - SC

    December 11, 2012, 10:42 am
  • How can I look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club?

    The look I'm after is muscly, but more ripped and shredded than bulky – sort of Brad Pitt in Fight Club. What are the training and diet essentials for getting that look? – LL

    August 28, 2012, 1:03 pm