Thursday, September 1, 2011


After all these years of training, 32 to be exact,the topic of recovery is one in which I struggle. For instance, the two programs that I have had a lot of success with personally are the Sheiko program which has tons of volume in it, and the Pavel Power to the People program, which calls for squatting every day. The recovery involved with those programs is nil. You cant recover with rest because you are training all of the time. The window of recovery is short and you are perpetually sore. And then there is the classic once a week squat, bench and deadlift program. You will recover doing this, but sometimes the exercises arent familiar enough to your body, meaning that the little things like set up and speed of movement arent being practiced enough. And maybe that is the answer right there. For younger lifters , those who havent been through the fire of years of training, the more frequent, high volume programs may be the answer. You are "greasing the groove" as Pavel says, more often so your body gets used to the correct execution of the movements and it becomes second nature. Then as you progress in strength levels and maturity and your body knows the movements, you can progress to the once a week program. And older lifters with their past injuries need more time to recover. Tomorrow, I will write more about ways to maximize recovery. Thanks for reading.

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.