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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

The End of an Era in Strength and Conditioning

The End of an Era in Strength and Conditioning

After 25 years as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Michigan State University, Ken Mannie retired. I’ve wrote about Mannie and his influence on me and Discover Strength over the years. Ken Mannie represents the last of a generation of strength and...

Getting Injured while Training

Getting Injured while Training

Exercise and sport are not the same thing. Exercise is designed to improve our physiology (not to degrade it). Exercise is a means to an end. Sport, on the other hand is not designed to improve our physiology. Sport is an end in itself. Over the last 20 years, more...

What Every Hero Needs

What Every Hero Needs

The study of top performers in nearly every field yields one consistent theme: We all need a coach.  From athletic performance to leadership capabilities to presentation skills, we all do better when we receive expert coaching.  We are the hero of the story of our...

Training with Multiple Sets

Training with Multiple Sets

 The more sets the better...right? The truth is you produce the same results with one set if you take the set to Momentary Muscle Failure (MMF). ​MMF is achieved when you get to the point where you cannot complete another rep with perfect form. Knowing this, it is up...

2 REALITIES OF RETURNING TO THE GYM

2 REALITIES OF RETURNING TO THE GYM

As many of us transition back to Discover Strength studio locations and gyms around the world, keep the following in mind:     1.    You will be sore after your workout.  Even if you were doing Virtual 1-on-1 workouts at home.  Why?  The exercises we use in Virtual...

Can Exercise Help Mitigate Alzheimer’s Disease

Can Exercise Help Mitigate Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study was published that was looking into the incidence rates of Alzheimer’s disease with individuals of varying levels of strength. There were approximately 900 individuals in this long term longitudinal study, and what the authors concluded was that the...

Intensity Defined

Intensity Defined

The scientific literature clearly delineates that intensity is the most important controllable factor (uncontrollable factors would include our genetics) in an individual’s response to an exercise program.  It appears that the other variables of an exercise program,...

Does Load Matter?

Does Load Matter?

There is widely believed that if you want a toned appearance, you need use lighter weights and perform more reps. The opposite is thought when it comes to trying to build a bulky appearance; heavier weights and fewer reps.  Your ability to grow big muscles is largely...

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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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