Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Getting Exlposive for Your Deadlift

• Grinding through the lockout portion of a deadlift isn't a necessity, nor is it ideal.
• A key to blasting through the lockout is training to be more explosive, which is a skill not exclusively governed by your genetics. (So don't use that lame excuse.)
• The faster you lift the bar off of the floor, the less work you'll need to do during the lockout.
T-NATION channels Louie Simmons.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Specializing in the Deadlift - Louie Simmons

" Even great deadlifters have to do rack pulls or pulls off boxes. Those better built to deadlift, i.e., long arms, short torso, fairly long legs - don't need to do as much assistance work because of good body mechanics. I was not blessed with great leverage for deadlifting yet did fairly well: 670 at 181, 710 at 198, and 722 at 220. I was going nowhere fast until I read an article by Bill Starr. He had a program that was designed to increase the deadlift by not doing the lift in the usual manner. This, along with learning the conjugate method of training used by the Russians, was and still is the foundation of my training philosophy. To increase the deadlift, you must gain strength in the legs, back, abs, and glutes, as well as address all aspects of strength: explosive, accelerating, and, of course, absolute strength."

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Dead Serious - Taylor Wilson

The deadlift is the easiest lift to perform, and the most difficult to train, for me. It lends itself to over arousal, since there's really no "over" with deads, and I love that. But, past the novice stage, I've always burned out pulling heavy from the floor. The result was that I was forced to consider one of my least favorite things: conjugate periodization. My deadlift is really the only lift I figured out, and trained, alone.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Protein, The Bible

Examine.com has shared some core, easily digestible info on the all important macronutrient at schwarzenegger.com. Some sample takeaways:

  • If you are working out and are not fasting, your total protein consumption matters, not your timing.
  • If you are working out and are fasted, then timing can matter. However, pre-workout protein is more beneficial than post-workout.
  • Worrying about the speed of absorption is a waste of time.
  • Glutamine is useless if you eat enough protein.
  • BCAAs are useless if you eat enough protein, except when fasted training.
  • HMB is useful when cutting.
Solid point to help make life easier:  
As long as you get enough protein and are training after having eaten in the day, protein timing is NOT important.
 Article series starts here.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Table 2 summarises the best methods for enhancingfast-twitch motor units. Conversely, the wrong training – and even what might in some cases seem to be the ‘right’ training – can compromise their development.
Table 2: The best training methods for fast-twitch motor units
Lifting weights in excess of 60% 1RM
The heavier the weight, the greater the number and size of fast-twitch motor units recruited. A weight in excess of 75% 1RM is required to recruit the largest units
Performing a physical activity flat-out – eg sprinting, swimming, rowing or cycling as fast as possible
Good recoveries are needed to maximise effort. The short-term anaerobic energy system will positively adapt. The minimum speed needed to contribute towards absolute speed development is 75% of maximum
Training your muscles eccentrically
Research indicates that this form of training increases fast twitch motor unit recruitment.(6) An eccentric muscular contraction generates force when muscle fibres lengthen (see plyometric training, below)
Plyometric training
These exercises utilise the stretch-reflex mechanism, allowing for much greater-than-normal force to be generated by pre-stretching a muscle (the eccentric contraction) before it contracts. A hop, bound or depth jump is an example of a plyometric conditioning drill; a long jump take-off is an example of a plyometric sport skill.
Complex training
This can induce greater recruitment of fast-twitch motor units by lulling the protective mechanisms of a muscle into reduced activity, allowing it to generate greater force. Complex training involves combining weights exercises with plyometric ones in a systematic fashion (see PP 114, Feb 1999). A good example is: 1 set of 10 squats at 75% 1RM followed, after a 2-minute recovery, by 10 jump squats, repeated 3 times
Over-speed training
This will have a transferable neural effect only if the athlete consciously moves his own limbs at the increased pace. It includes downhill sprinting and hitting or throwing sports using lighter implements
Good recovery
24-48 hours’ recovery should be taken between very intense plyometric/complex training and speed work sessions. A further 24-36 hours’ recovery will result in an over-compensatory peak – ie opportunity for a peak performance
Sport specific warm-up
This will reduce the risk of injury, increase the receptivity of the neuromuscular system to the ensuing work and reduce the potentially contradictory effects of non-specific preparation on fast-twitch motor units
Mental preparation
Maximum fast-twitch motor unit recruitment can result from specific mental preparation before and during competition

Monday, July 8, 2013

More x More

Two, three, four, five plates.
For 2, 3, 5, 10 reps.
For 20 reps.
30 reps.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Everything you do in the gym has a cost, but not everything has a benefit. - Not me