Archive for 'Theory to Practice'

Autoregulating the “Max Effort” Day

Posted on 21. Jul, 2014 by .

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“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw  If you’ve followed my TTP writings for any length of time, you know that I follow (albeit loosely) a Westside-esque, Conjugate-leaning methodology in my personal training.  Though I do a lot more running (sprinting) and bodyweight/bar work, and less dedicated “assistance” work [...]

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Dodging the Accommodation Bullet

Posted on 14. Jul, 2014 by .

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It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. -Paul “Bear” Bryant Accommodation?  Not here, bro.  Staying one step ahead of a stingy posterior chain… So, what is “accommodation”, and why should you avoid it like the friggin’ plague (or like any performance by Justin [...]

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The Secret? Do the Work!

Posted on 23. Jun, 2014 by .

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No plan of battle survives contact with the enemy – Helmuth von Moltke It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change – Darwin Two quotes this week?  Yeah, absolutely — because the two go hand-in-hand. My recent trip to England afforded me [...]

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Wingspan, Anthropometry and Biomechanics (Or, How Being Built Like a Gibbon Affects My Exercise Programming)

Posted on 09. Jun, 2014 by .

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For me, life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer. – Arnold Schwarzenegger So here’s a question for you: what does limb length relative to body height say about your potential for success in various athletic [...]

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Anxious about Traveling? Try the Planned Overreach

Posted on 02. Jun, 2014 by .

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela  Hmmm…that guy on the front row doesn’t look too concerned about missing a workout or three… So I have this love/hate thing going on with traveling, and maybe you do, too.  You see, I love going [...]

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Paleo f(x)! — and, Too Strong for Your Own Good?

Posted on 26. Apr, 2014 by .

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“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” – Virginia Woolf Not much in the way of posting the past couple of weeks. That I’ve been a little busy might be a slight understatement… So, did you attend Paleo f(x) this year?  If you did, you know it was an absolutely awesome event.  If you didn’t, [...]

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Paleo f(x)!

Posted on 06. Apr, 2014 by .

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Heal thyself, harden thyself, change the world – Keith & Michelle Norris, Paleo f(x) Co-founders   The largest Paleo event in the world takes place this week, in Austin, Texas.  To say that Michelle and I are thrilled as to what this event has become would be the grossest of understatements.  The “little fledgling movement [...]

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Hypermuscularity vs Athleticism

Posted on 24. Mar, 2014 by .

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The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. -Vince Lombardi On the left, your normal, everyday whippet.  And on the right, his myostatin-deficient, albeit slow-poke, cousin.   So here’s something rather interesting — and particularly sad, too, if you’re an animal rights/dog-lover, like myself: breeding whippets for speed inadvertently produces incidences of myostatin [...]

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Of Feral Pigs and Epigenetics

Posted on 19. Mar, 2014 by .

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“Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer Quiz time.  The above is (A) Keith’s response to “the coffee bar is now closed”, (B) Keith’s response to seeing no cleans, chins, dips or sprints in your last week’s programming, (C) a feisty Tasmanian devil, or (D) [...]

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Modality Dictates the Mindset — More on Periodization

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by .

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“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings photo via USA Today Sports   It still (still!) shocks me when people assume that to be a great athlete, one has to go 100% balls-to-the-wall puke-fest each and every workout.  A notion, of course, that is absolutely ludicrous.  It [...]

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