September 2009

Random thoughts

September 28, 2009

in Life

1. My training for the last month has stunk. I’ve been battling SI joint issues, a busted-up toe, and a trip to San Francisco. However, I have to think long term. Short term setbacks occur, but training is for life. Don’t get too upset about the small setbacks, as annoying as they are. You have [...]

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The issue of weight lifting and rest periods has come up recently so I figured I’d answer it to the best of my ability. I’m not going to try and get too scientific, although I may write a very scientific answer in a future post. If you go into the standard commercial gym you’ll see [...]

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Whenever you are strength training, make sure you are accelerating the weight as fast as you can on the concentric portion of the lift. This simply means that you try to lift a given weight as fast as possible. Doing so will result in maximal recruitment of fast twitch muscle fibers. At times, you’ll see [...]

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Some people didn’t really understand my post about training intensity. Without going into a lot of scientific detail, I’m going to attempt to explain why a rep range of 5-8 should be used most often for someone looking to gain strength and muscle (which should be everyone). The reason goes back to intensity, but I’m [...]

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Strength coach: A delivery man can move a refrigerator 10 yards (strength), but he can’t move it as fast as (former LSU defensive lineman) Booger McFarland can move it 10 yards (power). In case that still isn’t clear: power is simply strength applied quickly. It’s often referred to as a “rapid rate of force development”. [...]

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