The most successful method of long-term strength gains I’ve come across: gaining ground. Here’s how it works: You get a plate&quarter weight that you absolutely own (i.e. 95, 135, 185, 225, 275, etc.). That’s your weight. It’s not your PR. It’s a weight you can hit every time you enter the gym, regardless of circumstances. […]
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Before we get into this post, I want to let you know about our giant How to Squat guide. It covers everything you need to know about every aspect of the squat – from biomechanics to correcting weaknesses to technique. Click here to open it in a new tab so you can check it out after you’ve finished reading […]
Really simple tip: Drink more, especially around your workouts. The difference for me is always night and day when I make an effort to drink more. I’ve blogged about this before, but I fell off the gallon-a-day wagon when I started reading about the dangers of BPA and was subsequently unable to find a BPA-free […]
Continuing the theme of goal setting, tonight I want to talk about obsession vs. focus. Just to recap, first you want to set a goal (that’s objective and time-constrained). Next you want to have a plan to get there. For both of the first two steps, you need to be accountable to someone, whether it […]
Now that you’ve (hopefully) set a goal and made it public, the next step is to make a plan. A goal without a plan is a dream. Dreams are for when you’re asleep or for five year olds. Goals are for people with real aspirations. Many people will say that without a plan you’ll never […]
Actually, it was the journey of 760 miles. Back to school. Combine 13 hours of being totally sedentary with the worst DOMS I’ve had since the newbie DOMS went away 2 years ago, and I was quite uncomfortable by the time I arrived. However, 100 bodyweight squats later and my hips feel much looser. DOMS […]
Since several people expressed interest today, here’s the bench program I used for the past few weeks to hit my 20 pound PR: Week 1 Day 1 – 75% 4×3 (four sets of 3 reps) Day 2 – 80% 3×2 Day 3 – 70% 4×4 Day 4 – 85% 3×1 Day 5 – 65% 5×5 […]
Regarding training beginners, I think that almost every program out there overcomplicates things. That includes SS or SL. Something I did with Lyndsey and Rachel this summer that worked fantastically was simply to work up to a “rep max” once per week with each lift (in reality until form broke town or until it looked […]
Today was a day away from the gym. Doesn’t happen often, but I’ll definitely take time off when I need it. The bulk of this cycle is behind me, so my top training priority is just to rest up for a new rep max with 545 this week. If I get more than 3 I […]
Orthodoxy: One thing I truly despise is orthodoxy. When free thought is not expected, or it is even scorned, you have a major problem. The reason why this is on my mind stems from some conversations I’ve had recently. I’ve been reading a lot of research on nutrition because of how unorthodox my diet is. […]