If you follow sports at all you know that nearly all successful, high level athletes have consistent rituals and cues when it comes to the skills of their sport. For those of you who don’t follow sports I’ll explain. The three-time Wimbledon Tennis champ Serena Williams would bounce the ball five times before her first serve and twice before her second. NBA All Star Jason Kidd would blow a kiss to the rim before every free throw he ever attempted. [Read more…]
“We’re going to try and see how little we can deadlift and not digress.” – Eric Helms.
The end of last year we had to make a big change in training with regard to my competition deadlift (Sumo). This was the only lift in my entire arsenal that was causing me great pain in my right posterior rib / intercostal area. We had already reduced volume down to an all-time low, but even the once per week, 3 to 6 reps was causing me issues that sometimes carried over into my other training movements. [Read more…]
If you are a follower of 3DMJ then you know where the topic of rest periods falls in the hierarchy of the Muscle and Strength pyramid. It’s 2nd to last in importance and just in case you are not aware, here is a link to the 5th level of the Muscle and Strength Pyramid on YouTube. [Read more…]
Many bodybuilders start to panic when they are dieting and progress either stalls in the gym, or “God forbid”, starts to back slide. It’s what often times either keeps people from participating in physique sports, or is the reason they pull the plug on a prep that might actually be going great. I touched on this a few years ago in a video and it can be found on the Team 3DMJ YouTube channel using the link below. Here are a few things to think about when you are dieting hard and progress starts to go the wrong direction. [Read more…]
Fast tracking is a buzz word that I’m sure you’re familiar with. “Change your life/your body/your path to success/ etc. with our Fast Track results package.” Really if you think about it, lives can and do change in a moment. Not only in the case of a car wreck or some tragic accident; rather, lives change the moment a decision is made and the follow through begins. [Read more…]
As some of you know I am feverishly working very close with the team at 3DMJ on a “Deload and Tapers Guide.” Good news is that we are coming close to finishing. This month I made a discovery via coaching one of my athletes that is so good, it is worth adding to our book. [Read more…]
It’s hard to believe it’s been exactly 4 years since I created my 5-part series on “Weight training with spine disorders.” Believe it or not, much of the information I covered in that series I still do to this day. [Read more…]
“You vs. You.” “Beating the athlete in the mirror.” These sayings have become popularized in our world today. Likely, because we as humans are so hard on ourselves. I’m hardly an authority when it comes to human psychology, but I have found that comparing ourselves to others can be a very powerful source of motivation. [Read more…]
In our world of gender equality being so present we do have to remember male and females are similar, but still very different. To quote Lyle McDonald, “if you think of your female athletes as ‘little men’ you are probably setting yourself up to be fired as a coach.”
If you are like me, you need to actually experience something first hand, or see it in order to understand it. With that in mind, I’m going to outline in a contextual way what de-loads and tapers can do.