High volume training. Artificial sweeteners. Learning

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High volume training. Artificial sweeteners. Learning


High volume training. Artificial sweeteners. Learning

Weekly Insights on TRAINING, NUTRITION, and MINDSET from Fort Co-Founder Dan Trink

As long as you are allowing for adequate recovery, putting in more work is going to be the fastest route to your goals.

Dan Trink



High training volume isn't just beneficial for muscle mass, it helps build strength as well.

A recent study looked at experienced football players who performed the squat and bench press three times per week. From there the groups were divided into those who did one set per exercise per session, two sets and three sets.

The group that did the most work (9 sets per week) had the greatest strength gains. This validates earlier research that showed the best strength gains with 10+ sets per week.

What this means for you: Concepts such as single-sets to failure and exercise biohacking have gained traction on social media but the adage of more work yielding in greater results holds true for both hypertrophy and strength gains. As long as you are allowing for adequate recovery, putting in more work is going to be the fastest route to your goals.

You can find the most recent study HERE.

(The other meta-analysis I referenced by Ralston in 2017 can be found HERE if you want to compare results)


No shortage of differing opinions when it comes to potential negative health outcomes of consuming artificial sweeteners, but most current research shows them to be relatively harmless.

(A recent study actually found diet soda consumption to be more effective than water when included in a year long weight loss program. You can find that study HERE.)

A different recent study looked at artificial sweeteners and their effects on insulin resistance. The concern being that artificial sweeteners can cause the same cascade of events that lead to diabetes.

It turns out that, once again, artificial sweeteners are not a contributing factor to insulin resistace as they do not raise blood sugar or insulin levels

What this means for you: As the science currently stands it's becoming more and more difficult to build a case against artificial sweeteners and you can use them safely. There are certainly other chemicals and preservatives commonly associated with non-nutritive sweetened foods and beverages (diet soda being a very common one) that may cause harm. But these risks likely exist outside of how those products are sweetened.

If you'd like to read this most recent study you can find it HERE.


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