What is the monthly review service?

Strength & Conditioning Research is a monthly review service covering the latest fitness-related studies, sent out by email on the first of every month. Each edition is written by the sports scientists, Chris Beardsley and Bret Contreras, and covers a selection of the most important sports science studies that are published that month.

The studies cover a wide range of key areas ranging from the best training techniques and exercises for developing muscular strength, size and power to new developments in physical therapy and rehabilitation, and the latest findings in nutrition and recovery methods.

For strength coaches and personal trainers, this monthly review service is indispensable, as the fitness industry is rapidly moving towards an evidence-based approach. More and more high-profile trainers are using research to identify the best ways of training. So employers and clients are starting to expect all trainers to have a good knowledge of the evidence base.


Each edition is provided in both PDF and e-Reader formats, so you can read it wherever you are and whenever you have time, whether you use an iPad or a Kindle. What’s more, it only costs $10 per month and there is no long-term commitment whatsoever, which means you can cancel at any time if you don’t feel that it delivers the knowledge you need.


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What is in the monthly review?

Every single month, the Strength & Conditioning Research monthly review service provides concise one-page reviews of 50 of the latest studies so that you don’t have to go looking for them yourself. The studies are arranged into the following sections, with typically 10 – 15 studies in each section:

  1. Strength and conditioning, power and hypertrophy
  2. Biomechanics and motor control
  3. Anatomy, nutrition and physiology
  4. Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Just think – if you subscribe now then in only a few months you will have gained a broad knowledge of hundreds of studies! And all for only $10 a month.  If you wanted to research an area yourself, you would probably have to pay $20 – 30 for every single study that wasn’t freely available.

What’s more, each edition explains the latest sports science research in straightforward language.  So you won’t be reaching for your old textbooks to remind yourself what all the technical terms mean.

And, of course, most importantly, you will quickly be able to apply the knowledge gained from our reviews to the weights room and make big strides forward in your own training and with your clients and athletes. Do you want to apply the science and make big steps forward? If so, this monthly review service could be exactly what you need.

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What do other fitness professionals think?

Don’t just take our word for it. Our list of subscribers includes some of the top names in the industry. Some of our fans have been kind enough to provide feedback, as follows:

Shon Grosse said:

“I have been after a resource like this for over ten years, and am really grateful that this one now exists.  At $10 a month, it is a no-brainer.”

Dean Somerset said:

“Not only do they condense crazy amounts of information down into a single source with full access, they also tear apart each study, look at their holes and inaccuracies, and write out the defining characteristics about each in an easily digestible format.”

Sam Leahy said:

“There is no excuse to not implement evidence-based coaching. Undoubtedly you will meet road bumps or challenges along the way but the outcome is far greater than any struggle. To produce professional and optimal coaching decisions and serve others best, we must integrate all types of evidence into our coaching practice. This monthly review is one tool to help with that!”

Please don’t let other fitness professionals pass you by because they are reading the research and you are not. Do you want to keep up with the best in your industry? If so, the monthly research review service could be just what you need.

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Am I committed to a whole year of membership?

No, there is no need to worry as there’s no fixed commitment period. So if you change career or for some other reason you don’t want to continue receiving the monthly publication, you can just cancel your payment whenever you want.

So if you just want to try the monthly review for a couple of months at only $10 per month, you can do. Just sign up, receive your first copy on the first of the month and see whether you like it. What are you waiting for?


When does the edition come out?

The monthly review service gets sent out at the same time every month. That time is 9am GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on the first day of the month (e.g. 1 March, 1 April, etc.). You can convert your individual time zone to GMT using Google.

If you complete your subscription process before 9am GMT on the first of any given month, you will automatically receive that edition once it comes out.

To avoid disappointment, it is best to start the subscription process in plenty of time before the end of the month, as it does sometimes take a few hours for our confirmation emails to reach you.


What can I read while I’m waiting for the next edition?

Whenever you subscribe, the next edition you receive will be the one sent out on the first day of the following month, just like any other magazine subscription.

Training for Strength

To give you something to read while you are waiting, and to give you an extra incentive to try our service, we’ve put together a free bonus for you: our brand new, 40-page e-book, Training for Strength. Sign up today and it will be sent to your automatically, in both PDF and e-reader formats (.epub and .mobi).

Training for Strength runs through all of the research that has explored how resistance-training programs can be adapted to bring about maximum gains in strength. It covers all of the long-term trials investigating the effects of training variables, such as the differences between light, moderate, and heavy loads, the difference between low- and high-volume training, the impact of frequency, and much, much more.

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What if I don’t have time to read another magazine?

We currently provide two tables of “executive summaries” of the key studies at the front of the monthly review. The first table covers the key research for strength coaches and personal trainers and the second page covers the important research for physical therapists and sports medicine professionals.

There is no long-term commitment and you can cancel at any time if you don’t feel it delivers the knowledge you need. To try a copy, just click on the button below to set up a monthly payment from your PayPal account (or alternatively if it suits you better, you can buy an annual subscription HERE).