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Welcome to the Discover Strength Learning Center. Below you will find resources about strength training including  Fit Tips, written by CEO, Luke Carlson, and Truth about Exercise Videos by ACSM Certified exercise Physiologist, David Gschneidner.

We are constantly updating our learning center with new content that is beneficial for anyone interested in learning more about strength training, nutrition, or related topics.

Learning Breeds Passion

“We always assume that if you are passionate about something, you will go learn more about it. In our company, we found that process to be inverted; the more we teach the barista about the bean, the coffee, etc, the more their passion grows. Passion doesn’t lead to learning; learning actually drives passion.” 

Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks

Learn more about the science of exercise below

Can You Buck the Trend? COVID is Leading to Less Exercise

Can You Buck the Trend? COVID is Leading to Less Exercise

Americans aren’t particularly active. In a pre-pandemic world, 25% of Americans receive the recommended amount of physical activity (see the note* below). The percentage of Americans engaged in strength training is even lower.   Research from around the globe is...

Try to Improve, But Not at All Costs 

Try to Improve, But Not at All Costs 

When I reflect on the best workouts I’ve been through over the last 18 years, one common theme continues to emerge: Recording the workout.   To be clear, the scientific research tells us that we probably don't need to record our workouts. Instead, we should simply...

Why do I get sore?

Why do I get sore?

Why do I get sore? Is soreness an indication of a quality workout? The truth is no. One of the primary causes of soreness is novelty of the exercise.  Stated otherwise, any time you change up the mode of resistance (you switch from a dumbbell bench press to a machine...

You can be Fit and Still be Fat (and Being Fit is More Important)

You can be Fit and Still be Fat (and Being Fit is More Important)

From a quantity of life standpoint, it’s far more important to be “fit” than to be a normal body weight.  Stated otherwise, you can be fat and still be fit. “Fitness” includes our aerobic fitness (our VO2 max which is our ability to transport and utilize oxygen) and...

Truth About Body Composition

Truth About Body Composition

We have a lot of clients who have a goal of losing body weight. It is important to understand that losing body weight can be helpful for certain health markers, but can also be detrimental to your body's ability to combat chronic disease (if the weight you are losing...

Sleep and Recovery

Sleep and Recovery

For over 14 years, we have gone against the conventional wisdom that "more is better" when it comes to strength training. We teach the following foundational tenet; You don't get stronger and reap the benefits of strength training WHILE you strength train; instead,...

The Benefits of Strength Training

The Benefits of Strength Training

The problem with strength training is that you can only get the benefits from strength training, by strength training. You can't do another form of exercise and expect to receive the benefits in regards to muscle size or muscle strength, or in terms of longevity. Take...

Be Excellent in the Next Five Minutes

Be Excellent in the Next Five Minutes

Tom Peters, a luminary in business thought leadership and author of the seminal book, In Search of Excellence, has constantly evolved his working definition of excellence.   Is excellence a journey?   Is excellence a destination?   To the 77-year old Peters, the...

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Research Studies Discover Strength has participated in

We have placed the studies below that Discover Strength has conducted in facility with the help of researchers Dr. James Fisher and Dr. James Steele from Southampton Solent University in the UK. The study participants are made up of you, our clients.

JAMES PETER FISHER, LUKE CARLSON, JAMES STEELE, 2016

The effects of muscle action, repetition duration, and loading strategies of a whole-body, progressive resistance training programme on muscular performance and body composition in trained males and females.

JAMES PETER FISHER, LUKE CARLSON, JAMES STEELE, 2016

The effects of breakdown set resistance training on muscular performance and body composition in young males and females

JAMES PETER FISHER, LUKE CARLSON, JAMES STEELE, DAVE SMITH, 2014

The effects of preexhaustion, exercise order, and rest interval in a fullbody resistance training intervention

ADELE SALES, JAMES FISHER, LUKE CARLSON, JAMES STEELE, 2016

MOTIVATIONAL FACTORS BETWEEN EXERCISE MODALITIES: A comparison of the motivational factors between CrossFit participants and other exercise modalities

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