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Here in the Burn The Fat Training Q & A department, you will find real answers to real questions submitted from Inner Circle members on the topics of exercise questions and general training program questions.

Nearly all of these Q & A columns are Inner Circle members-only exclusives which cannot be found on any other website and every question is answered by Tom personally. Tom is well-known for the way he answers questions with more specifics and details than any other diet or fitness column in the world. You will not find more thorough answers to your most pressing questions - anywhere!

You might even get your own questions answered here! Simply ask your questions in our discussion forums and we continuously archive all of the best and most frequently asked questions from our forums right here in the official Burn The Fat Q & A column!


Two Days A Week "Minimalist" Training for Strength And Muscle: A Proven Workout For Busy People To Make Incredible Gains Two Days A Week "Minimalist" Training for Strength And Muscle: A Proven Workout For Busy People To Make Incredible Gains
By Tom Venuto
"You can't make big gains in strength and muscle with only two short workouts a week!" You may have heard this before and even believed it because brief and infrequent "minimalist" training sounds too good to be true, almost gimmicky... but there really is a proven way to get incredible gains in a fraction of the gym time... keep reading

Forced Reps: Could This Advanced Bodybuilding Technique Boost Your Strength And Muscle Gains? Forced Reps: Could This Advanced Bodybuilding Technique Boost Your Strength And Muscle Gains?
By Tom Venuto
Many bodybuilders and muscle-seekers believe pushing beyond failure and squeezing out a few extra forced reps, usually with the help of a training partner, gives them an extra edge in muscle development... but critics say that forced reps may not even work and only increase risk of injury and overtraining. Read on to see what the science says and learn more about this controversial technique... keep reading

The Four Home Gym Equipment Staples For Building Strength And Muscle The Four Home Gym Equipment Staples For Building Strength And Muscle
By Tom Venuto
There are only four must-have pieces of equipment you need in a home gym, and if you invest in them, and use them right, there is no limit to the amount of muscle and strength you can build without even leaving your own house keep reading

The Art And Science Of The Layoff: When To Take A Training Break Or Do A De-Load The Art And Science Of The Layoff: When To Take A Training Break Or Do A De-Load
By Tom Venuto
Will your muscles shrivel up and your strength plummet if you take a week off from lifting, or could a well-planned training break actually improve your long term results and reduce risk of injury and burnout? If the latter is true, then how often should you take off and for how long? keep reading

What Is The Ideal Order of Exercises For Weight Lifting? (UPDATED!) What Is The Ideal Order of Exercises For Weight Lifting? (UPDATED!)
By Tom Venuto
Is there an ideal order for what exercises you should do first? Are there any exercises you should never do first - or never do last? What is the optimal order for building strength versus building muscle mass? Why do so many bodybuilders and fitness experts give conflicting advice on this subject? Read on and find out... keep reading

What Is Mini-Circuit Training And Who Should Use It? What Is Mini-Circuit Training And Who Should Use It?
By Tom Venuto
Circuit training has been around for decades, but has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity in many new forms, including "mini-circuits." Some trainers promote circuits as the ultimate time efficient work out, but the truth is, circuits and mini-circuits are ideal for some people and not for others. Find out if this training style is right for you, and see some sample workouts in today's Burn the Fat Q & A... keep reading

Can You Gain Muscle Training With Light Weights and High Reps? Research Says Yes, And Explains How Can You Gain Muscle Training With Light Weights and High Reps? Research Says Yes, And Explains How
By Tom Venuto
Can you gain muscle training with light weights and high reps (like 25 or 30 reps)? Until now, most people, including scientists, would have said, "no way." Surprisingly, new research says the answer is yes, and the science behind it is fascinating... keep reading

Should You Train To Failure? Should You Train To Failure?
By Tom Venuto
Will you get stronger and gain more muscle if you train to failure? This is one of the most hotly-debated questions of all time in the bodybuilding and strength training world. Opinions are divided and highly polarized. The good news is, by looking at the most recent science, combined with real-world experience, we now finally have a clear set of guidelines on how and when to use this high intensity training technique for best results keep reading

Rest-Pause: The Advanced High-Intensity Training Technique That Literally Forces Your Muscles To Grow (UPDATED) Rest-Pause: The Advanced High-Intensity Training Technique That Literally Forces Your Muscles To Grow (UPDATED)
By Tom Venuto
Rest-pause is an advanced weight training technique that may be one of the most under-rated and under-utilized methods for building muscle. Rest pause extends traditional sets beyond failure. I've never seen this high intensity technique fail to produce results when first implemented, because, by definition, if you push beyond your normal limits, it forces beyond normal muscle growth. keep reading

Concurrent Strength And Aerobic Training:
Does Cardio Interfere With Your Muscle Gains? (UPDATED) Concurrent Strength And Aerobic Training: Does Cardio Interfere With Your Muscle Gains? (UPDATED)
By Tom Venuto
It is widely believed today that cardio training can hold back strength and muscle gains. There's no doubt that excessive cardio added on top of weight training can create an interference effect. The real question is, how much is too much? Is there room for both or will cardio kill your strength and chew up your muscle? See what the science says - the answer may surprise you! keep reading

Time-Efficient Training Secrets: How To Speed Up Your Weight Lifting Workouts Time-Efficient Training Secrets: How To Speed Up Your Weight Lifting Workouts
by Tom Venuto
If a weightlifting workout is designed to take 60 minutes, but you only have a maximum of 45 minutes (or even less), what are you supposed to do? A different workout? Fewer sets? Fewer exercises? Is it possible to squeeze the same workout into less time without compromising results? There is a way, and if time is a scarce commodity for you, then this is must-read information... keep reading

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Work Out? What Is The Best Time Of Day To Work Out?
by Tom Venuto
I wouldn't blame you if you were confused about when to work out because everyone has an opinion: Conventional wisdom says train in the morning to start your day right and improve compliance. Recently, a number of experts have claimed that it's better to train at night. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has shed some new light on the controversy. keep reading

Should You Train Your Abs With Heavy Weights And Lower Reps or Or Only With High Reps? Should You Train Your Abs With Heavy Weights And Lower Reps or Or Only With High Reps?
by Tom Venuto
Do high reps develop your abs better than low reps with heavier weight? Many people think so, but some trainers are now saying that heavy weight and low reps works for other exercises, and muscle tissue is muscle tissue, so why not train abs with heavy weights? Which approach is right? keep reading

Drop Sets For Maximum Muscle Growth Drop Sets For Maximum Muscle Growth
By Tom Venuto
I started bodybuilding over 30 years ago, and during that time, I've had the opportunity to experiment with literally dozens, if not hundreds of high intensity training methods. If I were only allowed to pick a top 5 techniques for building muscle, one of them would be drop sets. Read on to find out why drop sets are so effective for bodybuilding and discover 12 unique ways to use drop sets for amazing muscle growth keep reading

An Introduction to the Priority Training Principle: 
10 Ways to Bring Up Weak Body Parts And Build A Perfectly Balanced Physique (SPECIAL FEATURE) An Introduction to the Priority Training Principle: 10 Ways to Bring Up Weak Body Parts And Build A Perfectly Balanced Physique (SPECIAL FEATURE)
By Tom Venuto
Your body doesn't always develop evenly. Most people notice that some muscles respond to training faster than others and become strong body parts, while other muscles are "stubborn" and lag behind. You're left with weak spots and less-than ideal proportions. Here's why it happens and what to do about it... keep reading

The Truth About Time Under Tension (TUT) Training And Muscle Growth The Truth About Time Under Tension (TUT) Training And Muscle Growth
by Tom Venuto
Time under tension (TUT) training was wildly popular in the late 1990's, but there were some flaws in the original theory and that's probably why some trainers dismiss it today. However, if you don't know the truth about muscle tension, you could be holding back your own gains... the proper use of the tension principle is one of the secrets of the best bodybuilders and physique athletes in the world... keep reading

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