The Atomic Dog column below was first posted in March 31st, 2002. We thought it would be appropriate to rerun it, given the publication of Jose Canseco's book this past week.
Over the past few years I've seen many lifters and coaches discussing the seemingly strange movements I prescribe for strength development. Many of these guys are grasping the big picture but missing many of the finer points. To remedy this, I've written this "toolbox" series to help experienced lifters fill in the blanks and newer lifters learn about some very effective exercises.
T-Nation is a bad-ass site. Its bad-ass because most of us associated with it are some real sons-of-bitches. But is being an SOB a good thing?
Energy, intensity, concentration, drive, power, confidence, even euphoria! Those are just some of the descriptive nouns people have used when talking about the effects of Biotests Spike! Never have T-Nation members been so excited or so curious about a supplement, and never have they come up with more ways to use a supplement. As such, theyve got a lot of questions, many of which weve compiled below. So, if youre thinking about ordering Spike, or youve already bought it and are just exploring different ways to use it, read on!
In part 1 of this interview, we caught up with what Charles Poliquins been doing since he last appeared at T-Nation some four years ago. We discussed his prestigious certification program, in addition to some of the new discoveries or insights hes had in the world of weight training. This time, were going to zoom off into the stratosphere with some nutritional modalities and, for lack of a better word, treatments that are new, wild and downright exciting.
Crack! It's the sound you never want to hear when weight training. Sometimes you feel it immediately; sometimes you sense something happen but it takes a few hours for the full impact to hit you. Either way you've injured your back. The big question is, what do you do?
Dave Barr has dug deep into the latest studies on arginine-based nitric-oxide (NO2) supplements. What he's found will surely blow the lid off this latest supplement debacle. If you missed Part I, you can find it HERE .
The Biggest Scam in Supplement History Take a look at the history of nutritional supplements and you'll find many scams and cons. It's easy to spot these swindles in hindsight; it's a little tougher to identify them during their market peaks. Well, there's a scam going on right now, a big one. In fact, it's growing even bigger as I write this. Are you falling for it? Are you being suckered by bad science and questionable marketing tactics?
For several years, I was the Watson to Strength Coach Charles Poliquins Sherlock Holmes. I chronicled his theories, revelations and discoveries. I like to think I played a small part in his success but in all probability, guys like Charles dont need any help; they get famous all on their own.
Most of my epiphanies come to me at or near the witching hour, so as I stood looking at myself in the mirror last night at 1 oclock, I came to the painful realization that theres only one thing separating me from being totally gay.
The Greatest Nutritional Complaint "Are you kidding, JB? You expect me to eat this stuff? Wheres the taste? Wheres the variety!?"
Recover Fast, Grow Fast! Want to gain muscle mass, strength, or power in the fastest way possible? Making rapid progress is a function of two interrelated variables: training stress and restoration/recovery. Basically, you can increase your rate of progress either by improving your training, or improving your bodys capacity to recover from training.
Most male members of T-Nation have benefited from Christian Thibaudeaus (a.k.a. "The Beast") great articles. Now, its time to hear from the yin to Christians yang, the Abercrombie to his Fitch, the Marge to his Homer. In other words, its time to hear from Christians partner in life, Christiane Lamy, who, if you look at the photos below, is certainly as accomplished a bodybuilder, body shaper, or physique athlete (pick your label) as Christian. So, if youd like to turn the lady in your life into a "beast," read on.
When I attend seminars, I always sit in the front row. I'm a "front row ho." Sitting in the front row keeps me riveted to the presentation and ready to suck up info. A couple of months ago I was sitting on the front row of a seminar when the speaker said something that really resonated with me. Dr. Lonnie Lowery told the audience to eliminate "junk reps" from their training.
The following column was first posted on August 29th, 2002:
When it comes to training purely for strength and power, it's become vogue to vehemently oppose "cardio." In light of the traditional connotation of "cardio" and "endurance training" rubbing your ass raw on a bike for an hour the individuals bashing such initiatives certainly have justification for their views.
I recently gave a presentation amid professors, department heads, and graduate students in the College of Physiology at the University of Arizona. Due to my exercise-based background and studies in the fields of physiology and neuroscience, I guess they figured Id be a viable candidate to tantalize their brain cells on a Friday morning. Between my backwoods anecdotes and haphazard laser pointing, I managed to traverse their critical inquiries virtually unscathed. Now Im ready to play professor to my constituents at T-Nation.
The Most Important Thing I Know About Training When I got the opportunity to write an article for T-Nation, I asked myself, "Self, what's the most important thing you could talk about?" The answer was clear: back-off weeks!
Debby, why didnt I know you when I was 14?
Why in the name of Pavlov did I just eat that? I mean, the whole bloody thing!