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Bruce Lee Strength Training Myths

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.

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Should I Lift Fast or Slow?

Training to Failure, Single Sets versus Multiple Sets, Non-Sequitors and False Dilemmas

Apparently, there is a debate about whether training to failure is better than doing one single set of exercise. Well, okay, no there is not really a debate about this but sometimes those who do a lot of "research" about resistance training while simultaneously not having a clue about resistance training think that these kinds of debates exist. The actual debate is about multiple versus single sets to failure. That is a bit different than training to failure versus training with single sets, is it not?

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The Perfect Strength Training Program

I recently came across an article by Chad Aichs called Mistakes Made and Truths About Strength Learned. This blog update is a reflection of my thoughts regarding Chad’s article.

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The Four Squat Workout

A little over a year ago, Eric introduced me to the concept of The Four Squat Workout. Sounds intriguing, right? He borrowed the idea from Jim Schmitz, former US Olympic Weightlifing coach.

It involved doing the Overhead Squat, Front Squats, Back Squat and a Half Squat all in one workout! Later, Joe Weir adopted the Anderson Half Squat in place of the regular half squat. A regular half squat with the bar in back can be used but the Anderson Half Squat is our favorite here at GUS.

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Single Double Triple Progression: SDT FAQ

There has been an increasing buzz regarding Single, Double and Triple (SDT) Progression and I think it’s important for trainees to understand these principles correctly.

I’m compiling a FAQ series for this type of progression and I will be updating it as and when new questions arise.

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Five Tips for a Better Strength Training Workout

I don't usually make lists such as this. Not because I think there is something wrong with it it's just not my preference. However, this is a recap of some of the information that we have here as much as it is a list of tips for a better strength training session.

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Asinine Expectations in Strength Training

I have noticed something curious in the strength training world and in the fitness world at large. Strength training and fitness professionals need to be less "me" oriented and the public needs to be less "other" oriented.

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Rope Pull-ups

The video below is plenty helpful - I won't go putting it all into words. I am going to list some tips/suggestions:

  • Remember this is a Grip Training Exercise.
  • Progression is via adding weight to your body or adding reps or sets. Basically you have total load, volume and workload to play with.
  • When you grip the towel remember to have it rotating in a cross counter fashion in terms of hand-to-hand. What I mean is, for example if you're rotating the towel in a counter clockwise direction with your left hand, you should be rotating/twisting the towel in a clockwise direction with your right hand.

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Strength Consolidation For Deadlifts

Eric's talked about Strength Consolidation out here. Well, I just started Week 1 of this little cycle specifically engineered for my Deadlifts and I wanted to recount my experiences with Eric's protocol.

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Front Squats and Back Squats

I have been avoiding the Back Squat for many months. But, I recently got back into Back Squatting. I follow a typical 4-day layout and it was very difficult to throw these in, but I found a way. I want to make a note that Back Squats are not a higher priority than Front Squats but they are important. I don’t want to choose between doing one and not the other. I have the freedom to do both. This topic has been discussed by Eric and Joe here. This is the way my template looks re-arranged:

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Corrective Exercise: What I'm Really Tired Of

I recently read a review in Leigh Peele's Blog of Nick Tuminnello's newest product. She mentioned that many people may be a bit tired of the conversation concerning corrective exercise. And for those who engage in strength training as a side line I can see it growing very tiring. I personally do not get tired of discussing things that are worthwhile to discuss. What I do get tired of is when conversation about something like training for strength becomes bottle-necked.

One of my members linked to an article about some self-proclaimed "glute master". There seems to be a lot of variations on this theme but "ass master" was already taken. The article turned out to be a lot of very complicated thought that lead the writer to think that strength training was simply taking a bunch of "corrective" exercises (mostly supine or prone) and adding weight to them.

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Biomechanics, Injury Prevention, and Performance: Training to Fail Pt. 6

The last post about the concept of optimal strength training was more philosophical than practical. Even so, many practical ideas are derived from an underlying philosophy concerning training. Nevertheless, I promised to get more technical and “sciency” in the next post so this one is about science itself being applied to strength training.

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Focus and Pick A Program: Training to Fail Pt. 5

The last few posts in this series on failure were specific, technical, and practical, I hope. But I did warn you that some of the posts would be more philosophical and general. This is one of those posts. The next one will be chock full of sciency stuff, I promise. I think the subject of this one is just as important, though.

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