If you're anything like me, you cringe every time you see a guy in a white lab coat on a TV show dealing with sports. We all know what's coming next: an explanation of how the latest sports doping scandal evolved and a self-righteous condemnation of the athletes involved.
At any given time, I've got about two or three-dozen newspaper clippings lying on my desk. A lot of them have to do with medical research, but a good many of them contain snippets of pop culture because a competent editor gets ideas from anywhere and everywhere.
Many of you are familiar with John Berardi's Massive Eating dietary regimen. In short, it promotes the idea that carbohydrates and fats (in most cases) shouldn't be mixed in significant amounts in the same meal. Lately, I've seen lots of angry people discounting the approach. Their argument is based on one fact:
In Part One of my "no curls" arm specialization training series, I talked about the absurdity of most arm specialization routines. I proposed that most trainees do more than enough biceps curls and triceps press downs and don't really need more of either of them.
The Magic of 10 x 3 My name seems to be synonymous with the 10 x 3 training method. In fact, when I first ran into John Berardi at a Piggly Wiggly in Shreveport, he said, "Hey, aren't you that 10 x 3 guy?" I carefully placed the jumbo-sized container of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food back into the freezer and replied with a nod.
China is freaking out. The Olympics are coming, and that means the world is coming.
Excuses, Excuses We live in a world of excuses. Most people don't want to accept that when something goes wrong in their lives, they're at least partly to blame.
This is Lucky 13, a rapid-fire Q & A session with a training or nutrition expert who matters. It's fast, furious, and to the point.
Ever since the Olympics were played in ancient Greece, athletes have been looking for an edge. At that time, athletes used some very suspect compounds in hopes of increasing their strength, quickness, and endurance. They ingested various substances with the hopes of giving themselves even a slight advantage over other athletes.
Let's see, this one covers the Minnesota Vikings, the movie "Animal House," NBC's "Earl," "The Prince and the Pauper," "The Music Man," Rammstein, the French president, and strip clubs — a little something for everyone.
The Competitive Edge This is Lucky 13, a rapid fire Q & A session with a training or nutrition expert who matters. It's fast, furious, and to the point. In previous installments, we've talked to Chad Waterbury and Christian Thibaudeau. This time we sat down with nutrition maharishi, Dr. John Berardi. Aren't you lucky?
The Competitive Edge As a collegiate S & C coach, I've noticed that an emphasis is being placed on strength and conditioning as a tool to enhance athletic performance. For example, in the last few years a majority of schools in the Mountain West Conference, including the Air Force Academy, have built new strength and conditioning facilities. Further, more and more facilities are being supervised by highly qualified S & C professionals.
Usually, when you're talking weight training, you're talking about the five acute training variables; exercise selection, order of exercise, load, volume, and rest. There are literally thousands of training articles out there, discussing the many thousands of possible combinations of these variables.
Classic Bulking The first thing that comes to mind when I think of "bulking" is a 340 pound off-season Ronnie Coleman, or that pic of Lee Priest where he looks so big it's actually silly. While these examples are certainly the extreme, they represent the basic idea: get as big as possible in the shortest reasonable time.
This is Lucky 13, a rapid fire Q & A session with a training or nutrition expert who matters. It's fast, furious, and to the point. Last time we talked to Chad Waterbury; this time we traveled to the wilds of Canada to talk to strength coach extraordinaire, Christian Thibaudeau. Aren't you lucky?
An Exploration of Ideas I'm a salty consumer advocate. Ask anyone I know, including the editors of this web site. Being such, I do my best to associate only with good people whether it's in academics, business, or personal endeavors. Likewise, I associate myself only with ideas and concepts that have both empirical and professional support.
I am writing this article as I am flying high above the Atlantic, on my way back from the Monaco Track and Field Grand Prix where I saw my two pupils, and Dwight Phillips, win gold in their respective disciplines of shot-put and long jump.