I just finished a Skype posing session with one of my athletes, who is deep into his contest prep and is finding it tough not to compare himself to others on the IG (Instagram). This is important, especially when many of the people he follows have a feed that looks like an ESPN highlight reel of their life, and everything appears to be super spectacular. Progress for my athlete at times has been quite challenging and in comparing himself to those who appear to make it look easy, he is left questioning his own abilities. [Read more…]
This fall will be my 20thyear in the Iron Game. In that 20 years I have tried at least 100 different “Hacks” in an effort to get my training completed when I didn’t have the ideal set up or machine. I remember in 1998 when the local gym, which ironically I ended up buying, had a brand new Smith Machine. At the time, I was newly diagnosed with my spondylolisthesis and was instructed by my neurologist not to squat until I had my CT Scan done and my results back. So I came up with the idea of using the Smith Bar as a leg press. I did so by laying on the floor, on my back, below the smith bar and putting my feet up on the bar. [Read more…]
What follows is an excerpt from my contribution to a roundtable on overtraining in the most recent issue of Alan Aragon’s Research Review, which by the way, is an amazing body of work that spans a decade of issues. I’ve had the privilege of contributing to the AARR twelve times over the years and I can’t recommend it highly enough for those who want to see how the master engages with the literature: https://alanaragon.com/about-aarr/ [Read more…]
Systems are the cornerstones of effective coaching. Actually, they are the cornerstone of almost any effective professional service. However, for the purpose of this article I’m going to discuss why and how systems are critical for coaching athletes, or for managing your own athletic career. With that said, to even begin to discuss systems, we have to first understand the principles these systems are built on. [Read more…]
In 2016 my son’s football team went undefeated! They were the Champions of their division. They busted their butts all year, were in great shape and most importantly, the team was in sync like a well-oiled machine. They were prepared for their Pacific Northwest Regional play-off game and were ready to kick butt. I remember the kick off for the first quarter like it was yesterday. With my eyes fixated on my son, I watched them rocket down the field in perfect formation. [Read more…]
I woke up this morning at 3:30am after six hours of sleep, dragged myself downstairs for my routine two cups of coffee and then I opened up my Instagram to check out the latest happenings. First thing that popped up on my feed was a post from my good friend and teammate, Alberto Nunez. As I was reading the post my heart was filled with pride and joy because he reposted a video from one of my athletes I personally work with. I know I sound all mushy, but my athlete, who is 19 years old has a physque that is way ahead of the game. [Read more…]
As I mentioned in part one of this blog, knowing the context in all aspects of an athletes’ life is important in order to succeed when training them. This is especially true when it comes to a sport that relies on multiple components of athleticism to achieve high performance, as it requires sufficiently complex training to address many aspects of physical fitness. With these athletes, weight training is only piece of the whole training pie. What better way to learn all the available context than to live with an athlete right? It just so happens this is the specific circumstance I have with my son Xander. [Read more…]
If you want to build your body and you are, in fact, a competitive bodybuilder, decisions are easy.
Goals are clear and simple paths can be set up to make the most out of your efforts, both in-season and out of season.
But what if you do not see yourself hitting the stage any time soon? Or what if you never have plans of competing, but you still enjoy building your body? [Read more…]
Stay in your lane! Professing to be an expert in any niche that you either have not already done at a high level or have a ton of experience in is never right. You are only fooling yourself and hurting those who you are telling your lies to. That being said, it never hurts to learn, experience or expand your horizons and knowledge base. As long as you know your limitations. [Read more…]