03 Jun 2011 16:26
I see this all the time. Should I just call this blog the "false dichotomy" blog? However, if there is one thing I hate more than people always preaching one of two extremes in strength training it's people teaching the deadlift that don't know what they are doing.
Verbal cues become mental cues. Mental cues slowly morph into mental imagery. Mental imagery becomes a visual mental schema of the lift. What am I saying in plain language here? I am saying that the words people use will eventually affect the way you "look" at an exercise with your mind's eye. It will 'become' that word. If I say "wet" to you then you visualize water. You don't think about the concept of "wetness" in some abstract way. Well, the same thing goes for most everything, whether you wish it or not.
21 May 2011 21:32
There is a myth out there in webernet land: You must be balanced and consider all opinions and arguments. You must weigh them all equally. If you don't you are not thinking "critically".
I deal with this all the time. "Is this program any good?," I am asked. "No," I say, "It's crap."
"Why?" They say. "Why don't you ask me why can't dogs fly?" I reply.
All About Time: Ideas for Manipulating Rest Periods in Strength Training for Force Potential (not Bodybuilding)
20 May 2011 22:17
Most people know two things about interset rest periods for strength training: you can rest shorter or you can rest longer. If you rest shorter you are training for endurance and if you rest longer you are training for strength.
That is a fairly simplistic way of viewing it and yet that is just about the level of sophistication that most trainees bring to thinking about rest periods. But wait! It makes sense on some level. To keep things simple, for our purposes we can define strength and endurance in the following way:
14 May 2011 15:33
Bruce Lee has had a profound influence on all manner of cultural pursuits. He impacts the world of fitness as much as he does the world of martial arts. His legacy, to me, is unmatched. And one thing that Lee was, if he was anything, was an idea man. Dismissing things out of hand was not something he did, nor did he blindly keep following paths that lead to nowhere.
11 May 2011 16:32
I've talked about the athlete fallacy many times. This fallacy is related to exercise guilt and the feeling that if you are not "going all the way" you are doing something wrong, wasting your time, may as well not bother, etc. and so on.
Also related to this idea, intrinsic to it really, is the idea that you must regularly go to the gym and engage in an exercise program or training plan in order to derive any health benefits from exercise. So, in other words, it takes a few weeks to a month to see any true benefit because that benefit is always from the cumulative results of regular exercise.
30 Apr 2011 23:19
I was just reading a review of Mark Young's new "How to Read Fitness Research" product. A few questions occurred to me. One, what in the heck is fitness research? There are so many different types of studies and different types of subjects, all of which could fall under the "fitness" umbrella. Many of these have their own specific pitfalls and unique challenges. A person would need to have a more thorough background in the sub-disciplines before simply "learning how to read a study".
20 Apr 2011 19:46
One of the most common questions about deadlifts is what muscle group you should predominantly feel working during the deadlift. Also related to this is where you should expect to get DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) after you deadlift.
These questions occur because many trainees have been told, rightly, that the deadlift is not a "back exercise" but more of a hip dominant exercise that utilizes the entire posterior chain. So, when trainees feel that most of the work seems to be centered in the lower back, they become concerned that they are not performing the lift correctly.