Let’s not fool ourselves: physical fitness is serious business; it’s not to be relegated to the “nice to have, but not essential” bin. Pride may goeth before the fall, but one’s degree of physical fitness is the true “canary in the coal mine” of life.
Do a little investigation into the injury incidence of modern and ballet dancers and you begin to wonder if you’re looking at the risk-of-injury prognosis and expected career lengths of NFL (Not For Long) players. Dancing is brutal on a body — especially so on a frail body.
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” – Erica Jong Danger: insight into the workings of a dangerous mind follow. A recent conversation with Jim Keen, of our ARX sales force, led me to the following analogy of athletic power generation. In essence we… [More…]
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs Former beauty queen and current jujitsu beast, Whitney Miller, following an ARX-heavy, Efficient Exercise throwdown. Read her take on the action, here. A few weeks ago, in “Autoregulating the Max Effort Day”, I discussed using a “density maximum” on a max… [More…]
“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… [More…]
“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… [More…]
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…. [More…]
“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 lifting,… [More…]
“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 “four 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… [More…]
“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… [More…]