I was never a big fan of Superman. I think it's largely because things came too easy for him. All Superman had to do to get his super powers was show up. Our yellow sun gave him immeasurable strength, invulnerability, the ability to fly, and X-ray vision.
The Blind Leading the Blind It's often been said that program design is an art more than it is a science. While I don't completely agree with this assertion, I think we can all agree that some "artists" are a lot better than others. In this article, I'll discuss why some strength and conditioning coaches really do deserve to be "starving artists" or at least employed in some other field.
Since Ive started writing for the T-Nation, Ive gotten 100s of e-mails asking me varying questions about the rotator cuff and its many somewhat magical qualities. While it may not be as cool as big quads or a great set of guns, a well-developed rotator cuff is sexy in its own, injury-free kind of way.
Heart pounding, I race down an endless hallway lined with identical doors. I check my watch for what must be the tenth time. 10:46 a.m. Good Lord, Im late!
The Classic Tips Years ago, I offered this list of tips for athletes: 1. Use whole body lifts; rarely isolate a muscle. 2. Constantly strive to add weight to the bar and move it faster. 3. The best anabolic is water. 4. Did you eat breakfast? If not, dont ask me anything about nutrition. 5. If you smoke or dont wear your seatbelt, please dont tell me the quick lifts are dangerous. 6. Go heavy, go hard. 7. Keep it simple. Less is more. 8. You have to put the bar over your head. 9. Put the bar on the floor and pick it up a bunch of different ways. 10. Know and love the roots of your sport.
[Cautionary note: If youre expecting something really warm and fuzzy for Christmas, dont read this. Oh, its a little warm and fuzzyif you relax your definition of warm and fuzzy a whole lotbut for the most part its the usual confounding blend of elegance and puerile humor thats TCs trademark.]
Gary Homann isn't your garden variety weightlifter. Sure, he's 180 pounds at 6% body fat. Sure, he had the best 500 meter indoor rowing time in the world last year in his class and he's been an ACSM certified health and fitness instructor for the past nine years. But Gary's also got a Master's degree in applied health psychology and is currently working on finishing his Ph.D. in psychology.
The program contained in this article is designed to reintroduce more of the traditional exercises that you've grown to love while still maintaining the emphasis on postural corrections through appropriate prioritization and volume manipulation. Essentially, it's one step closer to the balanced training programs you should seek to create. Remember, we shifted the balance in the opposite direction to start to take care of the problems created by lack of balance in previous programs.
The most effective training programs are usually designed with information from the past, combined with unorthodox thinking into the future. Sure, there have been some relatively effective programs in the past, but results arent anywhere near where they could be.
A regular guy uses steroids and chronicles his experiences. Controversy ensues. If you missed the first four parts of this series, you can follow the links below:
Under Construction What is it that set Dorian Yates apart from his competition? And what is it that can often help a powerlifter or Olympic lifter put pounds on his total? Answer: A super-strong set of spinal erectors that resemble two big boa constrictors running down the back!
Rubber bands have been used as a source of resistance in one shape or another for a long time. Rehab specialists have been utilizing this tool a lot in the past and now its worked its way into the hardcore powerlifting crowd who use mega rubber bands that provide several hundred pounds of added resistance on top of the free-weight theyre lifting.
The next time (most likely tomorrow morning) your nerves are shattered by the electronic rake-across-the-cement thats known as an alarm clock, blame those damn medieval monks.
Starting in the fall of 2005, slack-jawed but presumably firm-bottomed college students will be able to enroll in Purdue Universitys four-year degree in personal training.
This article is for those veteran trainers who have built a fair amount of size: are you seduced by mass to the exception of everything else?
Over the last couple of months, T-Nation has been asking its strength coaches and nutrition gurus to share their ten most powerful tips. To say these guys know a thing or two about training and nutrition is the equivalent to saying Lance Armstrong knows a thing or two about cycling. No surprise, these "Top 10" articles have become Internet gold .
Accelerated Strength and Size The three-year anniversary of my first T-article has come to pass. I look back on my articles much like a proud father watching his son score a third consecutive touchdown in a college football game. But I think a few stones have been left unturned. Mainly, I dont think readers have caught on to the importance of fast training .
Warning: I have no idea where I'm going with this column. It's pure stream of consciousness rant, so if it runs out of gas and dumps you at the end of a lonely mountain road, I apologize in advance.
Sometimes it's really interesting to dig into the microscopic details of training and nutrition, to dissect the body of academia and examine every little study. That's how we learn things. That's how we refine the science that later helps us get bigger and stronger and leaner.
Fat loss is a hot topic. Every month there are thousands of articles and dozens of new books telling people how to eat, how to exercise, and how to supplement to lose their flab. Nows my turn.