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A fine demonstration of power and grace

One key element to an improved time efficiency in the weight room is the skillful grouping together of exercises so as to (1)minimize transition time between said exercises and, (2)minimize the exercise-to-exercise set-up/breakdown time.  Now obviously, ogling (or worse yet, chatting-up) the babe with the fab-o bod needs to be curtailed if we’re even going to attempt to bust one out in a half-hour or less.  Oh, I know.  It hurts.  But, hey — there’s a time and a place for everything, my friend; a time and a place.  Gotta keep your eye on the prize while in the gym.  So, as an example of what I mean (exercise wise), let’s look at the particular combo I cranked-out in just shy of a half-hour’s time this morning.  3 full rounds, at weight, of the following:

    (1) Behind the Neck Barbell Push-Press, X 4 reps

    (2) Weighted Regular-Grip Pull_ups, X 4 reps

    (3) Split-Squat Stance Jump Squats, x 5 reps (each leg)

Now this little jewel of a combo was a manifestation of equipment availability, time (or more specifically, a lack thereof) and micocycle “scheduling”.  I use the term “scheduling” loosely here.  What I mean by that is, I’ll take a quick look at my workout logbook to see what movements, plane of motion and methods I’ve utilized most recently, then I’ll attempt to cover what hasn’t been worked in a while. 

As an example, contrast this workout with my last weight session (DL/SLDL combo, BB Floor Presses and DeVany-style BB curls).  Look back to last weekend’s workouts (stadium running, biking, field sprints and more biking).  See the contrasts between these workouts?  See the difference in the planes of motion, in the methods?  I’ll talk more about mixing and matching methods in a later post, because this can become just a tad more complicated.  Most folks, though, don’t have to give this a second thought — but for the benefit of those who want to push the performance envelope just a bit more, we’ll give it a visit.

Back to this morning’s workout.  You’ll notice that I’m working primarily in a vertical plane of motion — an over-the-head push-press tagged-up with regular-grip pull-ups.  So, I’ve got a vertical push and a vertical pull thing going on.  Now, in my last weight room workout I did a horizontal push (the floor press) combined with — whoa, hold on a minute, pardner — a vertical pull.  But see, this vertical pull was from the floor.  Different animal altogether.

Now, all that said, the best laid plans of mice and men, of course, sometimes get f*%&@#-up.  There are times when I get in the gym with a plan in mind, only to find someone camped-out in the power rack (usually doing friggin’ curls; uhh!).  So, what to do if you have to — God forbid — repeat a plane of motion?  Meh, don’t worry about it.  First, change the exercise (from what was done last time out), if at all possible.  Change the method, change the tempo — find something to alter from the last time out and roll-on, brother, roll-on.  Life is way to short to worry about all the small stuff.  Power Law works like this sometimes; and it’s actually to our advantage.  Learn to embrace it.

And a little reminder: the intent of this blog is to demonstrate an ongoing, real-world application of, what I consider, the most productive, enlightened and “correct” ways and means of diet and fitness as I currently understand them.  There are a plethora of material — both on-line and traditional — that do a much better job than I ever could of explaining the “whys”.  Some of what I feel like are the best on-line sources of such information are listed to the right on my link roll.  Think of me as the implementation guy.  I am what Click and Clack, the Car Talk Brothers are to automotive engineers.

Having said that, I will toss out an endorsement to Art DeVany’s private blog.  In my humble opinion — and I don’t get a dime for saying it — this is the finest, one-stop clearing house for all the information you’ll ever need to go all-out primal — or Evolutionary Fitness, in Art’s terms.  Before you spend anything on a single supplement or workout-related toy — hell, I’d even say before you get a gym membership — do yourself a favor and sign up for Art’s site.  You’ll be so glad you did. 

 

In Health,

Keith

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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Great blog Keith.

    But is Art’s private blog really that good? I really liked his public blog, but after that blow-up with his readers about the seminar and the DVDs, not to mention his growing conceit, I dunno if I want to shell out any money.

    Thoughts?

  2. Art carries a bit of a swagger, to be sure. But, as the Dalai Lama says, “take what is useful,leave what is not”. His site is packed full of information and the man is literally on the cutting edge of the Paleo-lifestyle movement. I can say this, Varangy — you’ll get more payback from a subscription to his site than any other health-related investment you’ll make. Highly recommended.
    Keith

  3. I signed up for Dr. De Vany’s blog after holding out and so far I like it – the categorizations are nice and he is doing some nice “getting started” type posts. The price went up to $49 though – should have jumped on earlier I guess.

    Question if you use RSS with the private blog:
    I’ve had difficulty subscribing to the RSS feeds in the private blog using FeedDemon or getting Vista’s RSS gadget to work (once I shut down IE which had the password cached). How are you getting RSS updates (if you are)? It’s a pain to remember to check his site.

  4. Mark,
    I’d already subscribed to his free site via RSS feed (and I used Google Reader, not that that’s neither here nor there, but…) — anyway, so I just kept that and I jump to the “premium” side from there. Cumbersome, yeah. But I’m slow to change. This is the long way of saying that I haven’t messed yet with attempting to RSS his premium site. Let me know if you figure out how.

    Keith

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