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Instinct Has Nothing To Do With Strength Training

05 May 2018 21:09

Have you ever heard that you should train by instinct? What about eating by instinct? What does it mean to use your instincts in the gym? How can this help you lift a heavier weight or build muscle? Do some people have access to some kind of innate knowledge or exercise behavior that you are somehow lacking?

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Could Milo Of Croton Really Have Trained With the Bull?

30 Mar 2018 01:06

I am going to start this article off with a confession. Despite the fitness and strength training industry's ever-enduring fascination with the legend of Milo and his bull, I absolutely despise this story! The reason I despise it is that it is used by so many professionals to explain how progressive exercise, and in particular, progressive overload in strength training works, yet presents a gross exaggeration of the long-term use of progressive resistance.

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Why Strength Training Experience Matters for Trainers and Coaches

29 Mar 2018 21:17

One of the most silly ongoing debates (or pseudo-debates) concerns how much experience matters, as opposed to knowledge, for personal trainers, strength coaches, etc. If we want to train others for strength, or, if we want to hire them to help us train for strength, should we be more concerned with their theoretical knowledge or their practical experience? It is the wrong question! We should be equally concerned with both qualifications. One is not very useful without the other. A trainer with more experience but with knowledge equal to another trainer will always be more effective. And, yes, I am saying that the more experienced trainer will be more effective even if the next guy is smarter. In this article, I'm going to give you one of the many reasons why trying to research and apply theoretical knowledge of strength training without broader experience in the nuts and bolts of actual training leads to ineffective, and sometimes downright foolish, practices. I'm going to talk about:

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You Do Not Have to Be Accomplished To Be Fit

23 Mar 2018 21:21

You do not have to "get really good at something" to enjoy the type of fitness that the fitness industry should generally be promoting, general health-related fitness. Yet, the fitness industry continues to conflate athletic fitness and 'training' with general health-related fitness. It is clear that there is a halo effect associated with athletic training and fitness, one that is often not deserved.

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Ten Big Lies Personal Trainers Tell Their Clients

08 Feb 2018 19:38

Everybody has their own idea about what are the biggest "untruths" that the personal fitness industry tells. Most lists mention spot reduction, a pound of muscle burns 30 calories a day, you can turn fat into muscle, etc. All myths, for sure. And I am sure there are trainers out there who don't mind crossing their fingers behind their backs and lying about those things, if it suits their figures. It may not be very original, but I have another such list in mind. So here are my top 10 picks, which I have expanded from an original five:

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The Big Bang Theory Of Fitness

25 Feb 2017 20:53

If you've ever watched the show Big Bang Theory you might know that it is an entertaining and funny show, but you may not realize that some of the ways in which science and scientists are characterized on the show are not very accurate. One of the main comedic elements of the show is between the character of Sheldon, a socially inept theoretical physicist, and Howard, an engineer. Sheldon arrogantly dismisses engineering as nothing more than the tinkering of those who aren't intelligent enough to do real science. Basically, to him, physicists do the work and engineers are not much more than glorified grease monkeys. Now, it is possible that many physicists feel this way but it shows a basic mistake in how the scientific process is perceived. So, for students of strength training or human performance, this is actually a good illustration of a common misconception about science, and it can serve to illustrate some of the misunderstandings of how science and scientific evidence can be used to inform training for increased human performance.

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Principles are Not Tools - More on Progressive Overload

20 Jan 2017 00:02

In my article Progressive Overload and Its Application to Strength Training, I stated that the term progressive overload gets thrown around so much in fitness that it loses all meaning. I said that it is too vague and misconstrued. I complained that the goal of progressive overload is often substituted for the actual performance goal, as if these things are one and the same. In many fitness domains, they may be, but in strength training, they are usually not. Progressive overload is a principle. While progressively overloading your body is a training tool, principles themselves are not tools. This probably seems like a contradiction.

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