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The Strength Program and Pain Plot

29 Jun 2010 05:32

You're going to wonder why there is a psychology lecture on a strength training blog, I'm sure. Well bear with me because I'm not even going to talk about psychology, even though that is an interest of mine. Listen to the lecture by Dr. Paul Bloom of Yale University and get with me on this because it relates to some of the points I've been making in my posts here and many comments and articles throughout the site.

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Common Fish Oil Questions Answered: A Baker's Dozen

25 Jun 2010 03:36

Here at Ground Up strength you can find the answers to most common questions regarding fish oil in the various articles we have but we have some fairly heavy reading so you need to dig a bit to find the particular answer you're looking for. So I thought I'd write a blog post that provided simple answers to the most common questions about fish oil supplements. I will keep these answers short and to the point in a radical shift from my usual style although a few will be a bit longer for the purpose of clarity.

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Training to Fail Part 4: Optimal Training

24 Jun 2010 19:49

In the first post I introduced the idea that much of the strength training and fitness information, and the attitudes of trainers themselves, seems to be based on a failure oriented philosophy rather than a success oriented one. We seek ways to get around failure, or to avoid failure, or even to use failure as a means to training. Rarely do we discuss "ways to succeed".

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Training to Fail Part 3: The Failure of Intensity Cycling

13 Jun 2010 16:49

This post is a continuation of Training to Fail Part 2: Intensity Cycling and High Intensity Overtraining.

Part one of this post showed that it has been very difficult to elicit performance decrements using high intensity overtraining protocols and extreme protocols had to be undertaken to do it. Yet, high intensity in these studies meant MAXIMAL INTENSITIES. What's more these intensities were used over and over, rep after rep, for relatively long periods of time for such training.1 Intensity cycling is used for what is considered relatively high intensities as compared to hypertrophy parameters but nowhere near maximal intensities. The mean intensity of the so-called intermediate 5x5 programs is closer to 80% of maximum and sometimes lower.

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Strength Performance Psychology Versus Physiology: It's All Mental

08 Jun 2010 14:02

I've complained and I've complained about silly quantitative notions concerning the factors that determine success. It's 20% percent training, 80% nutrition and stuff like that. Complete and utter nonsense. Says nothing. Contributes nothing.

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Training to Fail Part 2: Intensity Cycling and High Intensity Overtraining

06 Jun 2010 22:43

See part one in this series Training to Fail: The Failurists.

Intensity cycling is basically what it sounds like. Cycling intensity. Specifically it means dialing back intensity (literally weight on the bar) for a period of weeks and then building back up in set increments to your previous load in the hopes that this will enable additional load to be added to the bar in the weeks that follow.1

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Training To Fail: The Failurists

05 Jun 2010 18:11

As I began writing this post it occurred to me that the process of writing is very similar to the process of training. At least the way I do it. Although I am new to writing about strength and fitness in a focused way, I am not new to writing in general and I have two primary methods. The first is to have an idea and to let it ‘simmer’ for a few weeks after which, through a largely unconscious process that I do not well understand, the idea comes out almost fully written.

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