Good Friday afternoon to you all, I've got more greatness for you to slide into the weekend with. Hopefully everyone has had a fun week and for everyone in Boston, hope you're ready for the cold to return because apparently winter is coming...uhh I mean it's coming back. OK here's the good stuff I've found.
The Bigness Project- I'm a huge fan of Jen Sinkler's work. She has long been a huge part in championing women lifting and not worrying about being a size 0. Her latest product really just nails the point home, be sure to check it out.
Why The "Pause Button Mentality" is Ruining Your Health and Fitness- J.B. (Dr. John Berardi) hit's another out of the park with this piece. To compel Brian St. Pierre to post on social media usually takes some doing, ha sorry Sainty. Seriously, if you're a fan of those 21-day fix things and the like, give this article your time, you'll thank JB (and me) later.
3 Moves to a Better Front Squat- Front squats are the bane of (almost) everyone's existence. Those of you that it's not...you might be some sort of witch or warlock...or crazy. Anyway for those of us that do struggle with this particular lift, give these moves a shot from Alex Nurse, maybe you'll turn into one of those other 3 people.
Happy Thursday everyone, it’s been a bit of a busy week plus for me as Catherine and I are starting to kick things into high gear for the wedding. I’m sure some of you are saying, dude October is 9 months away chill out, but most of you know it’s better to not wait until the last possible day to do it all. In an ideal world, we’d have most everything done by the end of August or early September. Of course, it WON’T play out like that, but hey let us have our dream until then.
Before I get into the topic for today I want to say a couple things;
1). I do have a political point of view and no I’m not going to make it public (yet). If you’re really curious about it, shoot me a message and we can talk about it like civilized humans and not argue about it on a Facebook wall like children.
2). Being controversial in this industry just for the sake of being controversial and trying to get attention is stupid…like really stupid. A few of you know what I’m talking about, if you have a legitimate point and evidence to back it up, please share with everyone in the class. Otherwise just keep your gripes and whining in check, cool?
Alright done with those shenanigans, let’s talk about why your rep counting is on you.
The average person will pay somewhere between $50-$100 per training session. Depending on where you are that could be right at market, a damn good price or a rip off. In any case let’s talk about what you’re paying for with that money.
Likely at the least, you’re paying for the following (not limited to this list);
-Guidance (kind of goes with the above but still worth noting)
-Game Planning (sounds way cooler than any other term I could think of)
As I mentioned, this list can be a metric-shit-ton longer, but we’ll keep it to these 4 for the sake of brevity and sanity. Please notice above how nowhere I mention you’re paying to have someone count your reps.
Now I will admit that I was one of those guys that counted people’s reps (still am guilty of doing it now and again). I am someone that might tell you I’m a multi-tasker…but those that know me will call me on it, I’m not. I’m better served putting all (or most) of my energy into one thing. Eventually I figured that out when coaching clients. Simply I need to very much pay attention to what is going on with their bodies during their workouts, not count. You can stick an exponent on the end of that when you bring in to the conversation formats like semi-private and group training too.
Yes, I know you as the client need to be mindful of your technique and concentrate on doing the exercise, drill or lift correctly. I get that, but I can be a lot more helpful to you and your technique and safety if I leave counting to you. Assuming I’ve cued you correctly (and I probably have) you have just a few things to concentrate on that will allow you to complete the lift safely. On the other hand, I’ve got about 10 to concentrate on.
Here’s a couple easy tips to make this whole 1, 2, 3 thing, easier for you;
That's all I got today guys, got out and get after it!
Happy Championship Weekend everyone (or those that are a mere few hours from it). I've found some great stuff this week and hope everyone takes a peak at each of these.
Fitness Industry False Narrative Will Eat You Alive- Todd Bumgardner's piece here is great for 2 reasons; 1) he mentions Scrubs and I still giggle at some Scrubs when I see it on, 2) he gives a much needed punch in the face to bring us back to the middle. Always nice when someone can produce something that does so in a not too subtle, but not super jerk way.
Treating Glute and Piriformis Pain- I know at least one of you have an actual pain in your ass right at the moment. Not someone like me that bugs you but literally the posterior side of your hip hurts. I'm sure you do the same thing over and over for it to try to make it go away right? Consider this quick tip from Dr. John Rusin before you do it, sorry no solution for getting rid of pests like me HA!
Get Buff in the Buff- Kourtney Thomas and Jen Sinkler are about to release a powder keg of a product with Bigness Project. You got to love 2 ladies push hypertrophy training (even if it isn't for the first time). Give Kourtney's piece of Jen's site a read if you're ready to learn more or just want to read a good post any way.
Jarrod Dyke, CSCS