Information on this page is intended to give the scientific context of the New Element Training approach, and to help NET members optimize their training experience.

You are advised to consult with your medical professionals before undertaking any exercise program, including ours.

academic research

Links to Academic Research supporting the benefits of resistance training & HIT (high intensity training)

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media reports

New York Times reports on the efficiency & effectiveness of high intensity workouts

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optimizing your workouts

New Element Training Founder Andrei Yakovenko Video Series


This paper proposes a set of scientifically rigorous resistance training guidelines, reviewing and summarizing the relevant research for the purpose of proposing logical, evidence-based training advice. Read more . . .


Evidence supports that in order to build muscle, people should train to the highest intensity of effort, thus recruiting as many motor units and muscle fibres as possible, self-selecting a load and repetition range, and performing single sets for each exercise.  Read more . . .

Resistance Exercise Reverses Aging in Human Skeletal Muscle

This study concludes that healthy older adults show evidence of mitochondrial impairment and muscle weakness, but that this can be partially reversed at the phenotypic level, and substantially reversed at the transcriptome level, following six months of resistance exercise training.  Read more . . .

Comparison of upper body strength gains between men and women after 10 weeks of resistance training

"One should not expect to find limitations in upper body strength development in women." Read more . . .

Skeletal muscle as an endocrine organ: PGC-1a, myokines and exercise

The discovery of myokines, hormones produced by skeletal muscle tissue, suggests the possibility that these might be molecular mediators of the whole body effects of exercise originating from contracting muscle fibers. This review summarizes the most recent developments in the study of muscle as an endocrine organ and speculates about the potential impact on our understanding of exercise and sedentary physiology, respectively. Read more . . .

Strength Gains as a Result of Brief, Infrequent Resistance Exercise in Older Adults

Chronological aging is associated with a decrease in skeletal muscle mass and bone mineral 3 density, an increase in fat mass, frequency of falls and fractures, and the likelihood of obesity, 4 diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Resistance exercise has been shown to counter all of 5 these effects of aging, and in turn, reduce the risk of all-cause mortality.  Read more . . .

Resistance training to momentary muscular failure improves cardiovascular fitness in humans.

Research demonstrates resistance training produces significant improvement in cardiovascular fitness (VO 2 max, economy of movement). This article is a comprehensive, systematic narrative review of the literature surrounding the area of resistance training, cardiovascular fitness and the acute responses and chronic adaptations it produces.  Read more . . .

Mediation of Cognitive Function Improvements by Strength Gains After Resistance Training in Older Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Outcomes of the Study of Mental and Resistance Training

High-intensity PRT results in significant improvements in cognitive function, muscle strength, and aerobic capacity in older adults with MCI. Strength gains, but not aerobic capacity changes, mediate the cognitive benefits of PRT. Future investigations are warranted to determine the physiological mechanisms linking strength gains and cognitive benefits.  Read more . . .


Why the New Element Training protocol uses a slow, measured cadence in resistance exercises.

What makes the strength building and therapeutic machines we use at New Element Training special.

Andrei does a chin-up which lasts for 2 minutes . . . something to aim for!


Andrei Yakovenko on reducing stress and harnessing the power of the mind in your workout.

Why you need machines using advanced technology to properly build (or rebuild)  muscles.

Andrei demonstrates the efficiency of a High Intensity Training (NET Express) workout.

Barbara Walters on her experience with High Intensity Strength Training.

NBC News reporting on the effectiveness of the back machine we use at New Element Training.

“What we found in this follow-up study is that the improvement in cognition function was related to their muscle strength gains. The stronger people became, the greater the benefit for their brain.”

Lead author Dr. Yorgi Mavros
— Lead author Dr. Yorgi Mavros