Havent posted anything in a while in regards to training, mostly because I have been getting so strong, I was afraid that I was going to break all the buttons off my keyboard. 8 days out from a huge huge meet. The GNC, IPF Pro Deadlift at The Arnold is going to be on the main stage in the expo center at 4 next Saturday. Come check it out if you are around. I'll come in weighing somewhere in the 265-270lb range. My attempts are going to go 744, 804, something…
Over the next several weeks, I'll be sharing with you a video exercise of the week along with key points for proper performance. First on the docket is the TRX March.
I like the TRX March for several reasons:
1. It provides a great demand on rotational stability.
2. Serves as a good step in single leg stance development.
3. Provides a gravity minimized environment for full range hip flexion development.
4. Allows us to work on… Continue
In continuation of yesterday’s post about some of the things that I have picked up over the weekend at Optimum Sports Performance is the idea that the best just don’t miss things. While traditional orthopedics would tell us that when a joint is hurting, we need to look
directly at that joint, we know that the body is far more complicated
than that. Yes, it hurts, but WHY?
Just because the plantar fascia is not behaving, simple treatment of the foot and even…
When we do pulling movements we should be thinking about retraction and depression of the scapulae (shoulder blades). Many athletes perform pulling movements incorrectly, compensating with humeral hyperextension. In humeral hyperextension the humerus moves behind the torso with no action coming from the…
ok, so I signed on a couple of high-school girls tennis players 12 weeks ago. and we've been focusing on the 'strength' aspect of training throughout the late fall / early winter (about as much of an off-season as tennis gets). one of the girls is naturally pretty week...skinny...somewhat awkward with her body still, however she is a descent player and has a fair amount of muscle properties (quick, flexible, proprioceptive). she's had a chronic lower back issue for a couple years, along with…
Athletic performance is a complicated beast. Without question each sport and individual position has different demands and requires a different level of preparedness and combination of the biomotor abilities. In training and coaching for optimal performance, it is important to realize that the best outcomes result from more than just
stimulus and adaptation, contrary to what you may believe.
While applying a stimulus and allowing for adaptation are critical…
Anyone who knows me knows how much I like analogies. One area that continues to frustrate me is talking to trainers about programming. Often the conversation goes something like this, “I use a little of your stuff, a little of Mark Verstegen’s stuff and mix in a little of …”. In trying to describe how this works or potentially doesn’t work I’ve decided that a food analogy may be the best route. Some… Continue
Added by Michael on February 16, 2010 at 9:05am —
This post originally appeared on my blog about a month ago. I get a lot of feedback on it, so I thought I would throw it on here as well. You can find more at www.zachdechant.wordpress.com. Thanks. Hope you enjoy.
In the sporting world, soreness is a given at one point or another.
This soreness can be from an increase in training load or even the
precursor to an injury that demands attention before the wheels fall
off and training time is missed.
Lately, I’ve been doing a fair shake
of work with an athlete returning to high performance, and yesterday,
she mentioned that she had become sore and fatigued in areas that she
had not been in a while. As she continued to… Continue
It’s been a long time since I have been consumed by a book. I usually have three or four going at once. Lone Survivor was a notable exception. I started on my way to LA on a Friday and was done on the following Thursday. I stayed up one night until after 11 reading which is very unlike me.
As the title indicates Lone Survivor is the story of Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of Navy Seal team wiped out in Afghanistan. I can simply say buy the book. I have actually purchased three… Continue
Added by Michael on February 11, 2010 at 2:17pm —
Distance runners are an interesting group. I know no other group of athletes who are more willing to train for hours on end for improvements as small as a fraction of a second. Many are so dedicated to the sport of running, their entire training volume consists of
running long miles with a few weekly sessions of higher intensity
running over distances of 400 meters to several miles. While this does
wonders for the energy systems required to run fast and turn left,…