Category Archives: Energy System Development

Is Conditioning A Sham?

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CC Norma Desmond

I received a question recently (who had directed me to this article in their question) about ‘conditioning.’

If you haven’t already you should read up on my Energy System Development articles and my Interval Training articles.

For the record I hadn’t read this particular article at the time I received this question, but I am very familiar with Mark Rippetoe’s work.

He is very well known in my field and has authored a couple of fantastic books including Starting Strength and Practical Programming (both with Lorie Kilgore and both of which I’ve read more than once — seriously they are good training books). Continue reading Is Conditioning A Sham?

Is High-Impact Exercise Bad for Me?

CC Ian Lloyd

Have you ever been told that running, jumping, bounding, skipping or galloping is bad for your joints because it’s high impact?

What if I told you this wasn’t a full truth? What if I told you that it’s just like the myths that ‘fat is bad for you’ and ‘carbohydrates are bad for you?’

‘High-impact’ training, which is difficult to define in the first place, basically got a bad rep in the 1990’s and like fat, the myth just doesn’t want to seem to die out already.

At the time it was thought that high impact activities created too much ‘wear and tear’ on the joint, leading to a belief that it might also be leading to arthritis.


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Should You Lift Weights To Failure?

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CC Pascal
This post is inspired by an answer that got voted up a lot over on Quora.

The answer, like so many (Shocking right?) of mine over there is…

It Depends…

Let’s dive into this a little bit:

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Help! How do I Organize a Workout?

The ‘Conjugate Method‘ or ‘Conjugate System’ was popularized by Louie Simmons at the famous Westside Barbell, perhaps the most elite powerlifting gym in the world, way back in the 70’s.

There are roughly three components to his system:

  1. Maximal Effort Day
  2. Dynamic Effort Day
  3. Repeated Effort (Day…?)

Not interested in Powerlifting?Don’t worry, that’s not what this story is really about…

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Interval Training (Part 3)

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As the last installment, this final interval post covers every interval not time based.

If you need help getting started, wonder about the science behind interval training, or are wondering what the heck HITT is, check out Part 1.

If you were looking for 9 awesome time based protocols, you’ll have to see Part 2.

This is everything else.

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