8 Things You’re Not Supposed to Do… That Work

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Break the Rules, Get the Gains My contribution to this compilation article for T-Nation… Training in an unbalanced or non-symmetrical fashion works great for me. You often hear that you have to balance the ratio of pushing to pulling and upper body to lower body to achieve a balanced physique. I disagree. This advice is good for a beginner, but …

Book Review: Science and Practice of Strength Training (second edition)

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by Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky & William J. Kraemer   This book is phenomenal!   The authors have trained over 1,000 elite athletes between them. These include Olympic, world, continental, and national champions and record holders. They know what they are talking about!   It was first recommended to me on a course run by Charles Poliquin in around 2009. I …

Book Review: How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy

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By Paul Chek If you have been around the health and fitness industry a while then, the chances are you’ll have heard of Paul Chek. He was one of the pioneers of CPD courses for personal trainers and established a popular brand teaching his methodologies through the Chek institute.   Over the years he has developed somewhat of a maverick …

Exercise Selection for Long Limbed Lifters – Respect Your Structure and Pick YOUR Big 3

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Exercise selection is a key element in getting the most from your training.   First you must train in a manner specific to your goals. Then you must make sure it gets harder over time. That means you adhering to the principles of progressive overload. After that you can begin to fine tune things.   Once you have established your …

Book Review: The Purposeful Primitive – From Fat and Flaccid to Lean and Powerful

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If you are interested in weight training then, this is a must read. The author, Marty Gallagher has done a phenomenal job!   It provides a unique insight into the training of some of the legends of the iron game. The book provides you behind the scenes access to the training methodologies of many all-time greats that Gallagher has trained …

Failure Training Progression Over a Mesocycle for Hypertrophy

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If you have read my stuff then, you’ve probably heard about progressive overload.   Progressive overload is fundamental to you seeing results from your training.   It is one of the basic principles of sport science/athletic performance training.   It is also pretty simple…   It has two components:   Your training should represent an overload It should be progressive …

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari – Book Review & Detailed Notes

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I first heard about this book when I was reading an interview of Jonny Wilkinson in the newspaper. He was asked what he takes with him when he travels and his answer was books. He then name-checked The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari (he also mentioned the Alchemist which I will do a review of in future). I remember thinking, ‘If …

Life as a Hardgainer Does Have Some Benefits (5 to be precise)

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I was always skinny growing up. I was so scrawny that during the warm-up before a rugby match, on a windy day one of my coaches actually said, “Quick! Someone hold Tom down before he blows away!” You’re probably thinking, ‘yeah but loads of kids are skinny until they hit puberty then they fill out.” True, but the sad fact …