Monday, May 13, 2013


I got nothin.

oh yes I do.

Squats with short rest, very short rests, are a great way to get your training sessions to be more intense.

Take around 70% of your max and you and your partner set a time limit to perform, like 7 sets of 7.

I did it with Tracy the other day in 6:04.  6 minutes and it was done. And you grow from stuff like that, and its like running sprints, you are drenched in sweat and your heart is racing and legs are quivering slightly. But just right quivering. You do a set and then your partner does a set, back and forth, like that. You go, they go.

What else does it do? When training has grown stale or you are done training for something and you just want to change stuff up, its a good way to do it. Its definitely not boring.

You can do it with any exercise, I reckon. Deadlifts would work. As would presses, db benches, bench presses. Squats are most fun, though. Probably because they demand the most from your body.

I have been getting a few questions about warmups and how much are necessary before training. The answer? Probably just enough to get your body ready for the task that's next.

So if you are squatting, lets say, 405 for the day, you could probably just do 135x5 225x2 315x2 365x1 and then go to 405. But listen , if you don't feel that its enough, go crazy. Jumping jacks, bike, cleans, whatever you think that you need to be warm. To me, its boring.  When I am training teams, it is different. A warmup for them is actually a mobility session, and a small conditioning session. But for powerlifting and bodybuilding? A few sets should suffice.

What else? I have to advertise and stuff more, do seminars and sell more books, but I don't like doing it. I hate it, seems like self promotion bragging bullcrap.

And there are so many "experts" that don't know a damn thing who are seen as coaches or something. Coaches? Hmm...Anyway, I do Facebook and I write articles, but the truth, the absolute truth is that I write this blog to help someone, anyone out there who needs help with training, and I write some other stuff that is off the training topic because I enjoy writing. That is it. If I sell a few books because somebody like this stuff, great.

Read Blood and Grits by Harry Crews.

All About Being a Lifer

What's a Lifer? Someone who isn't in to something for just a day, a month, a's for life. Whether its training or your family or your doesn't matter. You work at it, you build on it, you see the big picture . You don't miss workouts because it means something to you. You are like a Shakespearean actor- no matter what is going on in your life, you block it out when it's time to train. You walk into the weight room and all else disappears. Worry about it later.