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Is There Such a Thing as Good Or Bad Food?

 Michael Navarro  

Hi everyone, before I go into this article, I wanted to introduce myself to Strength Cave followers! My name is Michael Navarro; I’m currently obtaining my Master’s of Nutrition and Public Health from Columbia University, Teacher’s College. I met Andres when I asked him to be on my podcast and

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

 Andres Vargas  


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

A Primer on Flexible Dieting

 Andres Vargas  


Unless you are an experienced bodybuilder, powerlifter, or fitness athlete, you may not have ever heard the term flexible dieting. You’ve no doubt heard about various other dieting strategies either from your friends or in the media. Low carb, low fat, vegan, keto, paleo, atkins….the list goes on and on

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

 Andres Vargas  


  Walk into the gym these days and you’ll quickly notice they are filled with tons of training equipment. So much so that it can be almost overwhelming to know what to do when you’re there. Depending on who you talk to, each piece of equipment has a varying level

Is Stretching Actually Helpful?

 Andres Vargas  


  We have all heard the advice that is best to stretch before you exercise. They say it helps you limber up and perform better during exercise. And every time someone pulls a hamstring while doing something athletic, the “experts” will say that they should have stretched more. There is

Best Ways to Calculate Your Training Load

 Andres Vargas  


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

The Difference Between Health and Performance

 Andres Vargas  


Whether it be losing weight, gaining muscle, or just living an active lifestyle we all start off on our fitness journey with some sort of main goal. Early on, our decisions are mostly geared towards improving our health. Gaining muscle and losing fat makes us healthier and being active in

Beginners Guide to Tracking Your Food Intake

 Andres Vargas  


The number of people who are concerned about their health has grown tremendously in recent years. We all want to know how to live longer and feel better. For a lot of people, those goals usually involve losing a few unwanted pounds. While many enjoy weight loss success through simple

The Many Benefits of Cardio

 Andres Vargas  


Years ago, aerobic exercise was all the rage and lifting weights was kind of weird. Anyone who wanted to be fit knew they had to do cardio to get the job done. People walked, ran, cycled, and swam their way to better health. They even started inventing aerobics classes to

Is Stress Ruining Your Health?

 Andres Vargas  


These days it seems that everyone is stressed out. You overhear it in conversations, you see it on people’s faces, and you most likely feel it in your own life. Some even go so far as to wear their stress as a badge of honor! All of this is causing