For the past few months I’ve experienced some issues with my training recovery, especially with regards to aches and pains. Training felt like more of a chore as opposed to something I looked forward to. I knew I needed to make a change in order to maintain performance, but more importantly to keep me healthy, motivated and jovial. A couple weeks ago, I decided to change from my long established and successful four-day training split to a six-day training split with the intention of creating a better training environment. [Read more…]
You guys are familiar with this feeling: you are three reps into a big set with a weight you are usually good for five solid reps with for multiple sets, but today’s third rep feels like it might be the last one. Another rep and from might break down (technical failure is what I consider failure), or even worse, the next rep might not even happen regardless of how offensive you let your form become. It’s arrived…the day you start to back track and lose strength is finally here. Or is it really?
Most strength and physique enthusiasts spend a lot of time manipulating their training and nutrition during their lifting career. Rightly so, as they realize these are the two most important variables for helping them reach their goals. On top of this, many also consider dietary supplements as a tool to aid their progress. [Read more…]
This is a common question we get. Like many of our answers we encourage athletes to use the information given to them and customize it to their needs and likes. Much of what I cover will give you the basics and then I will tell you how to customize the basics to your needs and likes. I also offer two videos where I’ve covered this in the past. [Read more…]
People think periodization is a complex, sometimes nearly impenetrable topic. Sure, the original forms of periodization that were translated from Russian and used by sports scientists to plan 4-year Olympic training cycles for athletes needing to balance skill, agility, speed, reactivity, strength, endurance, accuracy and coordination training were necessarily complex. Add the language barrier and the cultural mystique between the west and the east during the cold-war era, and you’ve got something that seems insurmountably complex. [Read more…]
Three years ago this month, I competed in my very first powerlifting meet.
As any inquisitive first-timer, I had a lot of questions for my then-coach, Alberto Nunez on how to handle the entire experience in general. [Read more…]
The last few blogs I’ve touched a lot on the importance of context, not looking at the sport as a black and white endeavor, and ensuring you utilize an arsenal of tools to continually progress along your journey. I’m staying true to this theme again and I’m going to make a series out of it! [Read more…]
The same phrase or saying can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
For instance, let’s say you’re a personal trainer working with someone who has an arched back during a plank hold and you would like them to straighten it. Some people will completely understand how to “squeeze their abs”, while others may need to be told to “push their mid-back toward the ceiling”. Both can fix the same saggy position, both can make perfect logical sense, but sometimes individuals simply have different mental models and learning styles.
The last couple of blogs, I’ve touched a lot on the importance of context, not looking at the sport as a black and white endeavor, and ensuring you utilize an arsenal of tools to continually progress along your journey. I truly believe this is the reason I’ve been a far superior bodybuilder in my 40’s than at any other time in my 30+ year career. Much of this has to do with understanding the concept of context, [Read more…]
5) Cybex Hack Squat
If you have some healthy ankles and knees, then you will love this machine. Yes, that is the one huge caveat to this particular model. With an insanely a steep angle, no other movement or machine beats the crap out of my quads the way that this one does. [Read more…]