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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!


The Truth About Time Under Tension (TUT) Training And Muscle Growth
by Tom Venuto
The Truth About Time Under Tension (TUT) Training And Muscle Growth 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
Repetition Drop-Off: What It Is, Why It Happens And What To Do About It
by Tom Venuto
Repetition Drop-Off: What It Is, Why It Happens And What To Do About It Your weight lifting goal is 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps, but you've run into a problem: you get 12 reps on your first set, but by your last set you can barely get 6 reps. What are you doing wrong? What's causing this drop off in performance? What should you do about it? Read on for all the answers... . . . keep reading
Should You Wear a Belt For Weightlifting?
Tom Venuto
Should You Wear a Belt For Weightlifting? The use of lifting belts is controversial and subject to a lot of personal opinions. One trainer or coach might tell you to use a belt on all your work sets, the next might tell you to only use it on your heaviest sets and only if you need it, and another might be on a crusade against belts, warning everyone within earshot to throw away their belts or their core is going to implode. Finally the truth about belts is revealed based on what science says and what the strongest athletes in the world do… . . . keep reading
Pyramid Sets Versus Straight Across Sets: Which Training Technique Builds More Muscle?
by Tom Venuto
Pyramid Sets Versus Straight Across Sets: Which Training Technique Builds More Muscle? Pyramid training is the weight lifting technique where you increase the weight and decrease the reps with each set. It's a popular method that's been around for years, but most people are doing it wrong. Read on and discover the big mistake most people make when pyramid training and how to make pyramids more effective... . . . keep reading
The Evolution Of Split Routines: Are Body Part Workouts The Ultimate Strategy for The Classic, Aesthetic Physique? (SPECIAL FEATURE)
by Tom Venuto
The Evolution Of Split Routines: Are Body Part Workouts The Ultimate Strategy for The Classic, Aesthetic Physique? (SPECIAL FEATURE) There are an endless number of controversial topics in the muscle-building field, but body part split training is right near the top of the list. Knowing the truth from the falsehoods could be the difference between reaching your maximum potential for aesthetic muscular development or using a workout that is completely wrong for your goals. . . . keep reading
The New Body 28 (TNB-28) Official FAQ
Tom Venuto
The New Body 28 (TNB-28) Official FAQ The New Body 28 (TNB-28) is the most popular strength and muscle training program ever published in the Burn the Fat community. Many questions about the program have been emailed to us or posted on the Burn the Fat forums since the TNB workout was first released. Now for the first time, the official and complete TNB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been posted for Burn the Fat members. . . . keep reading
To Gain Maximum Muscle, Should You Train Each Body Part Once a Week or Twice A Week?
Tom Venuto
To Gain Maximum Muscle, Should You Train Each Body Part Once a Week or Twice A Week? Another huge training debate has been making its way through the bodybuilding and fitness community in the last few years and this time it has to do with the ideal training frequency: If your goal is building more muscle, should you train each muscle group once a week or twice a week? Tom Venuto gives a unique perspective on this controversial topic . . . keep reading
When Should You Increase The Weight And How Much More Should You Lift? Top 10 Strategies To Keep Making Gains
By Tom Venuto
When Should You Increase The Weight And How Much More Should You Lift? Top 10 Strategies To Keep Making Gains When should you increase the weight you're lifting? How much weight should you add? How do you know if the weight is too heavy? How do you know if the weight is too light? If you increase the weight but then you can't get enough reps, what then? What if the reps keep dropping with every set at the same weight? What if your left arm doesn't get as many reps as your right arm, with the same weight? All of these questions about progression - and more - are finally answered here in this Burn the Fat Inner Circle exclusive... . . . keep reading
The Ideal Training Session Length: Should You Limit Your Weight Lifting Workouts to 60 Minutes?
The Ideal Training Session Length: Should You Limit Your Weight Lifting Workouts to 60 Minutes? Q: Tom, I've heard a lot of different philosophies regarding how long a weight training session should be. I've heard that if you train more than an hour, you're doing it wrong. I've heard others say that you begin to excessively deplete glycogen stores after an hour and a half. I have two questions: How long do your weight lifting workouts take? Does it even matter? For the answer, click here . . . keep reading
How Long Should You Rest Between Sets?
By Tom Venuto
How Long Should You Rest Between Sets? Most people are totally confused about how long to rest between sets - and it's no wonder: The powerlifter dude at your gym says to rest 3 to 5 minutes between sets, the bodybuilders say anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes, and the metabolic training guy says you're wasting time if you're sitting around at all between sets. Tom Venuto explains, once and for all, the optimal rest interval between sets... . . . keep reading
Should You Train To Failure?
By Tom Venuto
Should You Train To Failure? 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 all the most recent science, combined with decades of 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
An Introduction to Double Split Training
By Tom Venuto
An Introduction to Double Split Training Arnold Schwarzenegger was famous for training twice a day on a system known as a double split routine and he went on to become one of the most muscular men of all time. Could hitting the gym twice each day increase your muscle growth or is this technique only for the pros with superior genetics and unlimited time? Read on to see the pros and cons - you may be surprised at the answer! . . . keep reading
Do Crunches Cause Low Back Pain?
By Tom Venuto
Do Crunches Cause Low Back Pain? It seems that crunches have fallen out of favor in recent years and planks have increased in popularity. Some trainers say that "crunches are worthless" and even experts in biomechanics say that lumbar spinal flexion movements can cause low back pain and disc problems. But the truth is, research shows that crunches are a terrific six pack abs exercise, you simply have to follow best practice guidelines - if you don't know what they are, you really could get hurt... . . . keep reading
Lifting The Confusion About Supersets
By Tom Venuto
Lifting The Confusion About Supersets Supersets are a powerful training technique for efficiency and effectiveness. Trouble is, superset training programs can be confusing, especially if you follow different trainers with different training philosophies. Finally, Tom Venuto clears up the confusion about superset timing and sequencing, explains the difference between the most popular and effective types and shows you how to build more muscle and more strength in less time.... . . . keep reading
Foam Rolling 101: The Self-Massage Technique That Works The Kinks Out Of Tired, Sore Or Over-Worked Muscles
By Mike Howard
Foam Rolling 101: The Self-Massage Technique That Works The Kinks Out Of Tired, Sore Or Over-Worked Muscles Cylindrical pieces of hard foam have been used for much of the past decade to increase muscle extensibility (ability of muscles and ligaments to lengthen), reduce scar tissue and to decrease tone of overactive muscles - all of which will result in improved mobility and movement. Because this form of self-massage is designed to relieve tension in your muscles and fascia; it is a great way to either begin - or end - a training session. In Foam Rolling 101, trainer Mike Howard shows you exactly how to work out some of the kinks in six of the most commonly stressed parts of your body. Click here to learn how . . . keep reading
How to Quickly Increase Your Pushup and Pullup Numbers in 4 Weeks or Less with Grease the Groove (GTG) Training
By John Sifferman
How to Quickly Increase Your Pushup and Pullup Numbers in 4 Weeks or Less with Grease the Groove (GTG) Training If you want to rapidly increase your pushup numbers in just weeks, and do it without even breaking a sweat, then allow me to introduce you to a little-known training method called Grease-The-Groove (GTG) training. This is one of the most effective methods to increase raw repetition numbers in most calisthenics and strength training exercises. Although it requires frequent practice, it does not require much effort. Plus, this is one of the best ways to build your pushups numbers fast. . . . keep reading
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