Showing posts from July, 2013

When Resistance Cables are Superior to Weights

As you well know, your muscles get stronger to demands of resistance imposed on them. Resistance and only resistance. It does not matter what provides the resistance. Whether it's a can of soup, a gallon of water, a resistance cable, a weight machine, or a free weight, a log, a barrel of concrete (shout out to Steve Justa) or even your own body weight, it's just another form of resistance. So, what makes resistance cables so special? Truthfully nothing, you can build strength just the same with anything else in the list of resistance devices I mentioned earlier.  Just like there are things a wrench can do that a hammer can't, there are some things that make cables more desirable than other methods of resistance.  The smart coach or trainee learns the fundamentals and then can pick the particular tool that will meet the need at hand in the most efficient way. Here are a few of the advantages of cables versus traditional weights or machines for strength training: Low Cost Cab

Way of the Weightroom

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience. OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES I'm going to depart a bit from the normal training information found here and get a little more philosophical and talk about a philosophy of strength training I've developed.  It came about as a result of the process I went through acquiring strength.  It has nothing to do with sets and reps, or how much weight you can handle, rather it has everything to do with how you handle yourself. Let's pretend its January and not July.  It will all make sense in a moment.  It's that time of year again when everyone + dog is making resolutions. "I'm gonna lose weight", "I'm going to get in shape", etc. Nothing wrong with those things. IF you are serious and follow through. January is a time when I will not step foot in a commercial gym except in "offest" of off hours. I'd rather train out on the freeway during rush hour. It's not as busy as the gym in Janu

Breaking Through A Rep-Barrier

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." -Abraham Lincoln Enough already with the defense of our position. Lets talk about what we can do to develop better athletes with a safe, productive, and efficient program. [By the way, we received an e-mail concerning our use of "efficiency": "efficiency- (I'm assuming you mean the best way to train.)" Actually, by efficiency we mean time spent in the weight room. We would not claim a "best way to train."] To meet all three of our criteria of safe, productive, and efficient we prescribe a set/rep routine dependent on the athlete's training level. Assuming an athlete has moderate proficiency with the exercise movements we would prescribe a warm-up set on the first lift of an exercise routine before performing 1 set to failure within a pre-determined rep range. We will use the bench press as an example. [We have recently received several concerns that we are being hypocriti