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…]
“Not Quite the Glute Guy” or “Stunt Double for Bret Contreras” or simply, “How to Perform the Hip Thrust – Lessons from Bret Contreras” – by Eric Helms
This blog post will conclude my posts on “how to lift”, that address some of the more difficult to perform bodybuilding assistance exercises. [Read more…]
Bodybuilders are infamous for over-complicating the “angle game” in their training. This usually leads to the addition of too many redundant movements for any given body part. While I appreciate the proactive element of this mindset, overtime, it can add unrequired training-time which depreciates the quality of your sessions. [Read more…]
I’ve previously written about how your attitude towards training can make you feel fulfilled or failed during your everlasting quest for muscle growth. The sluggish crawl of physique and strength development challenges even the most patient of individuals, and it’s a process that only gets slower over time.
In my years as a personal trainer, and even more recently as a bodybuilding and powerlifting coach, I’ve consistently seen lifters at all levels struggle to properly hip hinge.
This is unfortunate, because the RDL, one of the most common hip-hinge lifts is actually quite useful. For hypertrophy, I would argue when compared head to head with a conventional deadlift, the RDL is probably a better movement (if performed correctly). [Read more…]
What is the best way to train? What is the best diet? What is the best form of cardio? Low volume vs. high volume? Clean eating vs IIYM? HIIT vs LISS? I’m sure these questions look very familiar to you and I’m sure you’ve asked at least one of them at some point. If not, congratulations on being part of an extremely rare breed! I know I’ve asked those questions over the years and especially in my younger years. [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…]
Quite often when experiencing slow or non-existent fat loss during a dieting phase the first instinct might be to cut back on calories and or to add in more cardio. Sure, that can definitely expedite the fat loss process, but depending on where one is at in the fat loss phase and/or where protocols are at (calories and cardio), it may not be the best option available. [Read more…]
The goal of this mini-series was not to convert everyone into full-on machine snobs. Instead, my goal was to help you guys increase the size of your bodybuilding toolbox. In my own personal excel training sheet, you will find that barbells and dumbbells are used heavily. You will also see a lot of non-free weight movement, all of which have their pros and cons. [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…]