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Is Conditioning A Sham?

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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?

Neuromuscular Training Explained

The Coachella Valley (Nothing to do with NMSD)

I was at the Coachella Music Festival in California for the last 5 days, which meant not a lot of writing was done.

Last week though, I wrote this post, in an aim to simplify resistance training, weight training, strength training, whatever you want to call it.

I call it Neuromuscular System Development to encapsulate the many different forms of this type of training, including shock training (often called Plyometrics) which is a method of training utilized to increase velocity or speed of movement and can significantly aid in the development of strength, connective tissue development and bone density increases.

Here is a more in depth summary…

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Neuromuscular System Development

page 214 Nervous SystemPerhaps the most important training, exercise or movement recommendation I can make to anybody looking to shed fat is, if you aren’t already, start weight training!

You can call it strength training, you can call it resistance training, it all essentially implies the same thing.

You are developing the neuromuscular system’s ability to tolerate load, either through nervous system adaptation or muscular adaptation, or most likely a combination of both — hence – ‘neuro’-‘muscular’.

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Women vs Men – How Do I Train Them?

Did you get your tickets to the gun show?

I’m going to level with you, and women please don’t gasp when I say this.

Honestly, I don’t train women that much differently from men. However, there are a few things worth considering that you should take into account that are just physiological differences between men and women and that influences training.  Continue reading Women vs Men – How Do I Train Them?

Is it Better to Lift Light Weights or Heavy Ones?

Now do you still believe lifting light weights leads to more tone?

Guys in particular are always asking me questions about how much weight they should be using for this or how much weight they should be using for that. They ask me if they should lift heavy weights or light weights.

Most people are still convinced that lifting light weights for high repetitions means that you will get more toned, particularly women but this ignores entirely three of the four different types of muscle fibers.

Plus it won’t help you look like the woman above, who looks good doesn’t she? That’s a lot of weight she snatched overhead too… Continue reading Is it Better to Lift Light Weights or Heavy Ones?