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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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Training the Central Nervous System for Improved Sporting Performance

Posted on 03. Mar, 2014 by .

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” -Anais Nin The epitome of explosiveness; the central nervous system in action. One strength and conditioning falsehood that never seems to die is the notion that the Central Nervous System cannot be effectively trained.  In other words, much like speed, you’ve got [...]

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Survival vs Optimization… with a Dose of Moderation

Posted on 24. Feb, 2014 by .

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Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. -William Arthur Ward A question during a recent podcast interview (I’ll post the link when it’s up and running) prompted me to consider how my training has changed over the years.  Not just the nuts-and-bolts specifics of that training, but the deeper, underlying, philosophical aspects. [...]

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ARXFit Technology, and the French Contrast Method

Posted on 11. Feb, 2014 by .

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“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken Yet another application of the multi-versatile ARXFit technology that I employ at Efficient Exercise is to use it as the go-to, heavy force production movement when utilizing the Complex, Contrast, and (my favorite) the French Contrast methods. Wait… [...]

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Kettlebell Training with Autoregulation and Drop-off Fatigue Management

Posted on 03. Feb, 2014 by .

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“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Albert Camus Today, a question from Theory to Practice reader, Frank, regarding Autoregulating and drop-off. Keith, I have been enjoying your columns on Autoregulation and have been wracking [...]

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The “Best” Route to Swoleville?

Posted on 28. Jan, 2014 by .

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“Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.” — Henry Rollins   The past week has provided for an interesting convergence of physical culture themes, punctuated by the resurgence of a few instances of the age-old “HIT vs old-school bodybuilding” debate.  Actually, the debate has now mushroomed so as to include many other methodologies (CrossFit, Oly lifting, power [...]

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Concurrent Assessment and Blood Testing

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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“To know oneself, one should assert oneself.” – Albert Camus I’ve written in a prior post my thoughts on where supplementation fits in to my “3 pillars” approach to health, fitness and wellbeing.  I’ve also discussed the pros, cons and limitations of both properly designed assessments and blood panels and, citing my own Omega-3 level [...]

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Periodization or Autoregulation: Which is Right for You?

Posted on 12. Jan, 2014 by .

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“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius   I’ve had some discussions lately about periodization models, and about what models I think are most effective and, more to the point, why (seemingly, at least) I don’t follow any periodization model at all in my own workouts.  Even [...]

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Sore Quads, Swole Necks, and Sport Specificity

Posted on 05. Jan, 2014 by .

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“Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.” ― Terence McKenna Being fully immersed in a particular subject — in my case, S&C and [...]

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Supplementation and testing; Results of my Holman Omega-3 Test

Posted on 29. Dec, 2013 by .

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“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” – Albert Einstein A few weeks ago (as documented in this post) I pricked a finger, dabbed some blood on a blotter card and, feeling rather smug that I’d “upper percentile” the hell out of the results, sent the sample off to [...]

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