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Minimalism in the Gym

Minimalism is one of the fastest growing concepts in fitness. Although the concept has been around a long time, Tim Ferris made it a buzzword with his book “The Four Hour Body.” Like poison, good training is all in the dose. A little poison might actually cure you for one thing, but a little too….  

Heating up Rest Periods

Adding some heat to rest periods.   Phil Maffetone is an underappreciated resource in the fitness community. He has a great insight on heart rate during training. Don’t let your HR get over 180 minus your age and get back to work when you see 160 minus your age. It’s a simple formula:   Age….  

Tension and Training

The most underappreciated part of strength training is understanding tension. Let’s imagine that you have a tension/relaxation dial that goes from one to ten. (“To eleven…that’s one more” to quote my inner Spinal Tap). One is a sloppy mess on the floor after a sauna, massage, sex and martinis. This is total relaxation. A ten….  

Loads for Loaded Carries

When assessing a strength program, there are generally two gaps in the training. Almost universally, trainees fail to do appropriate depth in squatting. And simply adding Goblet Squats can do wonders and miracles for every trainee from elite performer to home gym enthusiast to big box gym rat.   The other gap is Loaded Carries…..  

Pull Ups

In my collection of books, magazines and other fitness related materials, I don’t have a lot on the pull up. It was the key exercise for most offseason athletes before the widespread adoption of the barbell and, yet, little was written about it.   For grip, upper body strength, and core work, the pull up….  

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