I train with the understanding that there is no such thing as overtraining, only under recovery.
Foundations Back in the mid-70s, when I first caught the incurable iron flu, training 6 days a week was commonplace. The intensity and modalities varied according to one’s ability to recover (What I now call the Wave and Weave method), but 2 hours a day, 6 days a week was, well… standard fare. All was… [More…]
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.” ~… [More…]
“The ability to summon positive emotions during periods of intense stress lies at the heart of effective leadership.” – Jim Loehr So I’ll jump right to the punchline for today’s post: we (i.e., scientists and coaches) don’t know exactly what triggers hypertrophy. Not at the cellular level, nor at the practical level. That magic, fool-proof… [More…]
“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” – Marcus Aurelius Proven methods and practicalities of body recomposition can be utterly bewildering for those outside of the fitness realm. Hell, they can even be tripwires for some *inside* that… [More…]
True works or art, or quantum leaps in any endeavor, rarely result from following established rules. Those who produce such works are so far beyond the public’s opinion as to be, not just immune to its slings and arrows, but seemingly completely unconscious of them. As if the blather and nay-saying simply never existed.
“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…]
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” – Teddy Roosevelt The Paleo lifestyle. Efficient and effective strength and conditioning. Pinpointed micro-nutrition and supplementation. When everything is boiled down to the essential rue, that “rue” is simply this: optimization of the human animal within the environment it finds itself. And the most… [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…]
“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)… [More…]