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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Open Q&A

It’s been a while since I’ve thrown open the floor and done a good Q&A session.  Some of you long time subscribers might remember that we sometimes did these via podcast/mp3 but let’s keep this simple.  In the comments section below, ask me ANY fitness related question.  Completely open.  I will then do two things: a) I will answer...
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News

Cameron’s Spartan Experience

Cameron’s Spartan Experience… Cameron did the Spartan in The Carolina’s the weekend of June 25th.  Here is his first-hand account… The race was intended to be approx. 8 miles with 15 obstacles.  The fastest times were intended to be around 80 minutes.  It ended up being (after adding the turns) about 10 miles and 19 obstacles (+/- 1, depending...
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