Changing Technique Part 3

A factor that I think is often forgotten is the impact of training age and goals in the choice of whether or not to even consider changing someone’s technique. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, training age refers to how many years someone has been training and this is in contrast to biological age which is who old someone is. A 24 year old who has been training since they were 4 has a training age of 20 years; 24 year old who has been training since they were 22 has a training age of 2 years.

Changing Technique Part 2

But people walk into the weight room every day and not having a coach is more the norm than not. Olympic lifting is a possible exception (and I can usually tell 9 out of 10 times if someone comes from a true OL background by how they squat and lift). And this is where a lot of the Internet arguments and overall issues show up. This isn’t to say it doesn’t apply to other sports of course; for all I know people on ping-pong forums sit and analyze technique with the same arguments as I see on weight training forums. Ping pong players please chime in in the comments.

Setting Exercise Intensity

Today, I want to look at the issue of setting exercise intensity in the context of aerobic work, interval training and weight training. It’s something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while (I think I actually started an article on it years ago) I have included it in other books (notably the Stubborn Fat Solution) and it is going in the woman’s book (still in progress).

The Ultimate Training Secret

But having concluded that the Illuminatty is really a false Illuminatty, and that I and only I carry the true word of Arnold, I will now share with you the two most truly powerful training approaches ever yet devised to generate all of the mass, strength, symmetry, leanness that you could ever want. Now this aren’t the same alternative training and nutritional theories I introduced you to previously. Those were an obvious joke. But this time I’m totally seriously, you guys.

To Strap or Not to Strap

Ok, feeling literary as I write this apparently. Just one of those mornings. Today I want to ramble about lifting straps. And no I’m not giving a how-to use them, there’s plenty of those out there already and I can’t honestly be bothered. This is one of my overly pedantic articles about the typical arguments you see over their use.

Beginning Weight Training Part 4

And with that I want to jump straight into examples of three different beginner programs. The first is the Starting Strength program as developed by Mark Rippetoe (and reproduced here in full with his permission). The second is a beginner program as outlined by my mentor, it would represent another standard approach to a barbell based routine based around the big compound movements. Finally, and primarily to offend the barbell purists, I’m going to reproduce the basic machine-based program that I used with the majority of my beginners.

Beginning Weight Training Part 3

I had originally wanted to wrap up today but, as usual, I’m running long and I’ll have to do a fourth part on Friday where I look at some specific programs. Today, I want to look at some issues related to loading parameters for beginners including intensity, volume, frequency and exercise selection. Quite a bit of research has actually looked at these topics in beginners (I’m unaware of much on exercise selection) and that goes a long way towards guiding the development of proper beginner programs.

Beginning Weight Training Part 2

Today I want to continue by looking at what the specific goals of beginner training are, that is what specific adaptations and things are trying to be accomplished when setting up a beginning routine in the weight room. As I’ll come back to when I finish up next Tuesday in Part 3, the goals desired, along with some science I’m going to bore you with go a long way towards helping to design a good basic beginning program.

Beginning Weight Training Part 1

For the most part, articles and information about beginner’s training isn’t terribly popular. This is because, with literally no exception I have ever run into in nearly 20 years of doing this, everybody thinks that they are more advanced than they are. It’s simply human nature, nobody wants to think of themselves as a beginner or noob. In the world of training and dieting the consequence of this is that folks tend to jump into advanced training or diet interpretations long before they are either needed or useful or they have developed the necessary fundamentals.

Alternative Training and Diet Theories

This was originally going to be a piece about Weight Training Numerology but I just couldn’t make it work the way I wanted it to (and I need to save something for the next E-book for Clickbank anyhow). So instead I’m going to talk about some Alternative Training and Diet Theories, ones that I can guarantee (or DOUBLE THE MONEY YOU PAID FOR THIS ARTICLE BACK) you’ve never seen before.

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