Training Tips

6 Tips to Do More Pull-ups & Chin-ups (part 2)

Last week, guest writer John Sifferman shared the first part of his advice on how to increase the number of pullups you can do.   Have you started using his tips yet?  If not, click here for part one. A quick summary is: Tips for Beginners (0-5 Reps) In the beginning, the key to success is building skill-specific strength by...
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Training Tips

6 Tips to Do More Pull-ups & Chin-ups (part 1)

I get a ton of questions online as well as from my in-person trainees about chinups and pullups.  There are a lot of people out there still trying to get their first legit chin.  Maybe that’s you.  Maybe you aren’t comfortable admitting it.  It’s odd because some really strong men and women sometimes struggle with chinups and especially pullups....
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Training Tips

Technical Proficiency and Failure Training – How To Know When It’s Safe To Push To Failure

I just read a great article by Charles Staley that adds a whole new dimension to evaluating your experience level with lifting weights.  I’ve written in the past about how to rank yourself from Newbie to Pro but his take is refreshing and simple. The context here is about how close to failure you should go when weight lifting....
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Dieting & Food

14 Ways To Lose Fat And/Or Gain Muscle On Vacation

Can you possibly lose fat or even gain muscle while on vacation?  Absolutely.  It’s not easy of course.  You are on vacation after all, so you probably want to indulge and eat and relax. Here are some tips to actually lose fat and/or gain muscle and STILL have a fun indulgent vacation. Let’s say you are taking a one...
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Undulating Periodicity for Runners

We’ve been talking recently about how periodicity in your lifting program – systematic alternations in the intensity and volume over time – can improve your results.  And we honed in on undulating periodicity as an advanced technique. But what about runners? Periodicity Is Not The Same As Progression I previously wrote about how to incorporate progression into your cardio. ...
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News

The Vermont Spartan Beast – Summary and Lessons Learned

Those of you who have been reading for the past couple of months have heard about the Spartan.  Cameron did his Super Spartan in Carolina in early summer and I did the 12-miler Beast with some friends in Vermont last weekend. This article will have 3 sections: Summary/Highlights Lessons Learned Details of the Experience, with Photos Summary This was...
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Training Tips

Gotta Love The Chalk – 5 Tips For Using Chalk When Weightlifting

There’s a good reason rock climbers use chalk:  improved grip. Chalk improves grip Of course, chalk isn’t just good for climbers.  Lifting heavy requires substantial grip tenacity.  Especially in the summer, with humidity high. I’ve been working my my grip strength for many months now, usually once a week doing plate pinches, towel hangs, etc. at the end of...
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