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Evidence Based Recommendations for Weekly Set Volume and Frequency to Influence Maximum Strength and Hypertrophy

Forward by Eric Cafferty, author and owner, The Mecca Gym In my first official blog post, I will be sharing a research synthesis paper I wrote in October of 2019 giving evidence based guidelines for weekly set volume and resistance training frequency in order to optimize strength and/or frequency.  This paper was written with the most …

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The Bench Press Technique & Pectoralis Major Rupture in Competitive Powerlifting: The Bench Press

forward by Eric Cafferty, author and owner, The Mecca Gym In this paper I look in detail at the Bench Press exercise.  This movement is the cornerstone of upper body strength development and being an elite level powerlifting coach I have devoted an extensive amount of time researching and developing techniques associated with increasing the efficiency …

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The Deadlift and Lumbar Spine Injuries in Competitive Powerlifters

The Deadlift and Lumbar Spine Injuries in Competitive Powerlifters Forward by Eric Cafferty, author and owner, The Mecca Gym Similar in scope to blog post #2, this paper highlights lower back injuries in competitive powerlifters specifically in the deadlift.  I have included some statistics and prevalence of lower back injuries as well as as specific example …

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The Efficacy and Application of Eccentric Exercises for Hypertrophy and Strength

The Efficacy and Application of Eccentric Exercises for Hypertrophy and Strength by Oren Whiting, forward by Eric Cafferty This week for the Coach’s Blog, I brought in a synthesis essay by my fellow Mecca Gym coach and trainer Oren Whiting. Oren has been both a great friend and an exceptional trainer for over 6 years …

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