Author: Andres Vargas

Hey there! My name is Andres and I'm the head coach, founder, and owner of The Strength Cave! My goal is to blend science and research with real world application in order to offer the best package possible for my readers and clients.
workout variety

8 Ways to Add Variety to Your Training

If you’re a fitness enthusiast, you probably get really excited when you start a new program. The novelty of the new movements, modalities, etc. is just so invigorating. However, that novelty fades pretty quickly for most folks. After completing a round or two of the program, you feel apathetic towards […]

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Weight Loss

Stalling Out: Why Your Weight Loss Stalls and How to Fix it

If you’ve ever spent time dedicating yourself to a weight loss diet, you know that results are not linear. You may start out losing weight at steady pace but eventually things get out of whack. Some weeks you lose weight and other weeks you stay the same. Heck there may […]

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Rep Ranges: Do They Really Matter?

Training modalities and tactics are constantly debated by those who are serious about lifting weights. Many gurus have their own ideas about how to get big and strong. Naturally, these ideas trickle down to the less experienced gym goers and become gospel so to speak. One of the more hotly […]

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Back to Basics: Basic Lifestyle Practices

When it comes to health and fitness, we all look to exercise and diet as the foundation. While these are great areas to work on, there are other parts of life that need attention if we want to stay healthy. These basic lifestyle practices (BLP’s) are crucial if you want to live long and perform well. So read up on the BLP’s so you can start working on them in your own life!

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Skipping the Gym: Can You Get Fit Working Out at Home?

When it comes to getting in shape, there seems to be a specific recipe. Eat healthy and control your calories, and get a gym membership so you can start working out. Some even go so far as to hire a personal trainer at their gym to help them out. And […]

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A Primer on Flexible Dieting

So many diets exist nowadays that it can be hard to sift through them all. Most work by restricting certain food groups which causes weight loss initially but is often unsustainable in the long term. Flexible dieting offers a long lasting solution by focusing on the fundamental principles of energy balance and fat loss. No restrictions, no rebound. Learn more about the dieting strategy that lets you have your cake and it it too!

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Free Weights vs. Machines: Which is Better for You?

With so much equipment available at your local gym, it can be hard to know which ones are best to use. Should you go with the dumbbells and barbells or stick to the nicely designed machines? How will each type of equipment help you get in shape? Take a second to learn about the pros and cons of free weight/machines and make the decision as to which is best for you!

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Is Stretching Actually Helpful?

Stretching regularly is though to be the smartest thing you can do to prevent injury. However, this might actually be flawed thinking. In reality, stretching can hinder your fitness if it is not performed correctly. Find out how to apply stretching in a smart way to improve your results in the gym!

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Best Ways to Calculate Your Training Load

When you first start lifting weights you enjoy a seemingly never ending run of gains. Even when your training is suboptimal, you manage to increase strength and muscle mass pretty quickly during those first few months. Unfortunately, those newbie gains don’t last forever. Eventually you have to get smarter with […]

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The Difference Between Health and Performance

High performance is often thought to be the pinnacle of good health. But in reality, the paths to health and performance are divergent and lead to far different outcomes. In order to accomplish one you often have to sacrifice part of the other. Learn about what it takes to maximize each and make the decision about which one is best for you!

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