We’re fortunate to live in an era where folks like Dr Brad Schoenfeld and other researchers are consistently working on practical research to answer specific questions that lifters want to know. We’re also fortunate that folks like Greg Nuckols and James Krieger are doing analyses outside of the peer reviewed research to keep the community on the cutting edge of data-informed training. [Read more…]
Now that I’ve been lifting with serious intent for 14 years, and training other people for 13, I’ve noticed a consistent pattern that occurs during the “lifespan” of a serious lifter.
Initially, (especially for those who start reasonably young, say in their teens or twenties) enthusiasm and passion combined with a lack of understanding of what it truly means to commit to a lifetime of lifting, and a lack of knowledge and experience regarding the “diminishing returns nature” of gains over a career, results in some poor decision making among novices. [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…]
The unfortunate reality of human existence is that we aren’t born with equal abilities or opportunities. We are a product of nature and nurture, but nurture (learned/taught behavior and the subsequent action you take) can only make up for so much. Some of us are born into abject poverty even by third world standards. Others are born in countries where either for social or actual legislative reasons, certain doors are closed or extremely hard to open if you happen to be born of a certain ethnicity, nationality, religious background, gender or sexual orientation. [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…]
I was recently emailed with a question, and the title of this blog post was the subject line of that email. The person who emailed me wanted to know “how to parse expertise from pseudo expertise.”
This person was not a novice, either in terms of experience or education and they stated “I still cannot figure it out. I have developed full blown paralysis by analysis…there are too many tribal silos all with their own PhD’s; all so sure of themselves. [Read more…]
Those who have been long-time fans of 3D Muscle Journey or who have taken the time to read our mission statement know that our focus goes much deeper than the simple pursuit of maximal drug free muscular development, strength development and leanness. The cornerstones of 3DMJ have always been community support, a holistic view of mental, physical and emotional health, evidence-based rational thinking, open minded discourse, and the personal growth that comes from dedication, desire, discipline and putting the journey on a higher pedestal than the destination. [Read more…]
As a content producer who uses social media to engage a (relatively) large audience with useful information, I’m often left with a decision to make either a “big picture” post about a broad topic, or a “specific post” on an element of a topic. For example, a picture of the Muscle and Strength Nutrition Pyramid, or a specific guideline to limit how often you train to failure because of the disproportionate fatigue it can generate, respectively. [Read more…]
Before we dive into this topic, let me state a few key points first.
- Before attempting an autoregulated gaining approach, it’s critical to have previous experience meticulously tracking energy intake and macronutrients.
- Additionally, you want experience stepping away from regular tracking and incorporating those habits you developed while tracking, with hunger and satiety.
- If you haven’t done #1 or if you are still doing #1 but have never stepped away from that approach and attempted #2, read this article and the links it contains to get a good understanding of how to set yourself up for success before attempting an autregulated nutritional approach to gaining.
Ironically, when many people talk about science-based approaches to bodybuilding and powerlifting, they often do so in black and white terms: something is either “evidence-based”, or not. I say this is ironic, because the actual studies these approaches are based on always report the probability that their findings are correct. Not only that, but different types of scientific studies themselves exist on a continuum; some publications carrying much more “evidential weight”, while others serve as very weak evidence in comparison, just as a function of their design. [Read more…]