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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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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?

Basic Principles of Injury Prevention When Weight Training

I’ve been spending some time on Quora recently. A far cry from my unproductive Facebook time, Quora has a unique engagement, that has inspired me to write extensively on questions that people present.

It’s led to some great research and deep insight into what I do everyday, of which, one of the biggest things I do daily is consider best practices for injury prevention when weight training – AKA resistance training.

When it comes to what is safe to do in the gym, what is not and what is questionably used, you will not find a completely unanimous resource on the topic.

I’ve heard some good and bad arguments for various styles of lifting, almost all of these are dependent upon the context of the exercise and the desired outcome of utilizing a particular exercise. Continue reading Basic Principles of Injury Prevention When Weight Training

28 Years, 28 Fitness Tips (Short-Version)

This is the short-form, no explanation of the 28 Years, 28 Fitness Tips article I wrote yesterday. If you want more detail, read the long version.

1) Start with Why.

2) Achieving the right mindset is more important than the exercise or nutrition regime you choose to utilize.

3) Having purpose is far more effective than setting “Goals.”

4) Understand where you’re coming from.

5) Get started, taking action is more than half the battle.

6) Address Limiting Factors One at a Time 

7) Once you’ve started that one thing, aim to achieve consistency with your new habit, behavior, or skill.

8) The journey is more important than the destination.

9) You need to commit to a process/plan/program.

10) That process/plan/program needs to last for at least 3 months in time.

11) Relate, Repeat, Re-frame

12) Emphasize Little Wins

13) Encouragement from others and developing internal motivation is far more important than external rewards for the little wins.

14) Eat Whole Food.

15) Cook most of your own food.

16) Healthy Food Consumption is Largely Based on Dosage and Variety.

17) Healthy Food Consumption is also largely based on ‘Nutrient Timing.’

18) The optimal diet for every person is remarkably different. 

19) Supplements are just that, in place to supplement what should already be a healthy diet.

20) You Can’t Outrun your Diet

21) Resistance Train

22) Train Compound Movements, follow up with accessory movements as needed.

23) Train Explosive/Reactive Power

24) Think of ‘Cardio’ as ‘ESD’ instead.

25) Address your mobility (not just your flexibility)

25) The K.I.S.S. Principle

27) Stick to stuff you enjoy, or view as fun. 

28) Work + Rest = Success