My friend Coach Dos (shout out to Dos being in at least 2 straight blog posts), summarized facebook to me last year.
If you are friends with fitness people, your newsfeed is a mix of 4 things:
- Descriptions of what people eat.
- Descriptions of workouts people just “crushed”
- Catchy quotes
Just to lend my support, all of this is true. Bacon definitely fills my newsfeed, and hopefully fills my belly on most days.
The attention of this blog is not on food, but today it is on one of those facebook categories: catchy quotes.
One catchy phrase that I see a lot is “don’t train hard, train smart” or some iteration of those words. Read More→
If fitness, athletics, or aesthetics are your goal, there is nothing that should be unexpected. I don’t think that you have to be ready for “anything” but you do need to be ready for exactly what you want.
Traditionally, planning for your training means periodization. In some form or the other (undulating, conjugate, linear, etc) periodization can help you achieve that goal.
My view on periodization has changed a lot in the last 15 years or so, but so have my views on Brussels sprouts, professional wrestling, and how to get women. While 16 year old me thought that every rep had to be planned out to a T, Brussels sprouts sucked, Goldberg was the pinnacle of man-dom, and chicks liked it when I called them “chicks,” 31 year old me knows that there can be a little wiggle room in the master plan.
Today I have a better understanding of how to REALLY use periodization to get the best out of my program
Complexes have really morphed for me recently. Two years ago, I would turn to complexes to work on conditioning, and quite honestly for aesthetic purposes. More work in a little bit of time meant that I was able to stay really lean. Today my complexes are shorter, with no eye on conditioning.
As I have gotten back into weightlifting more and more, the complexes I do today are about strength. Maximum weight for up to few reps. They provide a great opportunity to work on my weak points in the lifts, and on busy days provide the best bang for my buck.
My new strength complex focus should not make it sound like these are easy. They are still extremely hard, but for entirely different reasons than the marathon complexes I used to do.
Recently I put together 2 complexes that fit right in this mold. Strength based, ball busters. Check them out. Read More→
I’ll get to how I fixed my snatch later, but lets examine the idea of “changing”
Changing a blog post about change. Seems fitting.
I thought recently, about how I changed my snatch around to be more efficient, to be better, to lift more weight. I thought about literally “un-learning” 14 years plus of technique to make myself better and realized that this exercise in change was one of the most important things athletes and coaches can do.
Re-inventing yourself, re-tooling yourself is one of the most important things you can do. Read More→
I have had a problem since I was a young weightlifter. It’s a regular jerk mystery. I stand up with the clean and making the jerk is a serious question mark. Since I was 15 years old, I have always needed to fix my jerk.
I have done plenty of jerks from the rack, and from the blocks. I have pressed until I am red in the face (literally and figuratively), but until recently the question of whether I would make the jerk or not was like a Scooby Doo mystery.
The 2 movements in this post are different, maybe even odd, but they have each helped me bring my jerk up to the levels of my clean. No more mystery of whether I will nail the jerk or not. Read More→