In this article, Coach Will discusses the importance of carbohydrates for all Strength Trainees around workouts. This article goes into understanding when or how much to eat before, during, and after stepping into the gym and helps you understand how to time your carbs properly to improve performance and recovery allowing you to eek out the absolute most from training.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you’ve been running a novice program for several months now, progressing the loads session to session. Your squat started to slow down so you introduced a light squat day to your training week and things are moving along steadily. Your bench and overhead press are still progressing thanks to the use of your nifty fractional plates. But your deadlift set of 5, which you’ve been alternating every other workout with power cleans or Pendlay Rows, seems to have come to a screeching halt.
You’ve been barbell training for a while. Maybe today’s your first day under the bar. Wherever you are on your strength journey, you know that putting weight on your back, or in your hands, feels some type of way. Some days the weight feels how you expect it to feel like, some days it feels like loose-leaf paper, and other days it feels like a humpback whale.
Let’s face it: sometimes the same weight feels different than what you expect or exactly like you expect.
Understanding how our bodies feel weight is as important as defining the weight with a concrete number.
What are the first exercises you think of when someone says they’re doing “upper body?” Bench press? Biceps and triceps? Dumbbell lateral raises? The obsession with growing arms, shoulders, and chest means cable columns, dumbbells, and benches are abundant in any gym with a weight room. So why do so many strength programs underemphasize, underrate, or completely omit the most important exercise for developing upper body strength and maintaining shoulder health?
We’ve all seen and heard it before - the advice on how to “tone up”, “bulk up” (or NOT bulk up), “get shredded”, “lean out”, etc... If you’re like me you’ve probably tried light weights, heavy weights, sets of 8, sets of 20, supersets, cardio, yoga, circuit training… the list goes on. So why did it all stop working eventually? Why do your pants not fit better? Why don’t you have 21-inch biceps? Chances are, at one point or another, you’ve succumbed to at least 1 of 5 common myths about strength training in your pursuit of a leaner, “more toned”, or muscular physique. Well, I’m here to set the record straight!
The endless wealth of information on the internet definitely has its benefits. Accessibility to information has allowed businesses to expand, entrepreneurs to set out on successful journeys, and people to expand their knowledge at quick and affordable rates. BUT! Like the hazards of Web-MD and self-diagnostics, people often times misinterpret and incorrectly apply information to their individual circumstances.
In this articleDr. Rori illustrates the intricacies that go into appropriately diagnosing and treating common aches and pains. She helps the reader understand why there are no "simple fixes" that can generally be applied based on a symptom descriptor and the importance of identifying what's causing issues in conjunction with follow up care.
Leg drive gets its own article as is a huge component of the bench press that can make or break a maximal attempt in competition or the completion of a training set as fatigue sets in throughout more and more reps. Additionally, in my physical therapy practice with barbell athletes, lack of leg drive is a common cause of shoulder injuries and pec strains while benching.