In any field of science, particularly applied sciences, The Literature does not come out until long after the science has been theorized, practiced, and preached. Shamans were “curing” people long before Fleming discovered penicillin. We can only hope experiments validate that which we have conjured up in our measly brains or learned from the elders, but we are seldom this lucky, as is the case for shamans healing cancer by aligning chakras or whatever it is they do. Resistance training (RT) has been around in its modern form, with barbells and such, for the better part of a century, perhaps a little longer. However, the dumbbell and similar items have been around for thousands of years and physical training of some form is likely prehistoric. In comparison, The Literature is in its infancy. Old habits die hard, but sooner or later we have to burn off the deadwood. (more…)
The Reader is now quite familiar with strength and its application. He understands the nature of athleticism and has accepted the harsh truths that lie therein. He has also completed the Novice Linear Progression (NLP), as taught and prescribed by Mark Rippetoe of Starting Strength. If the Reader has not completed his 6-12 weeks, he will go do that before he returns to this page, as he has not yet tapped his ability to put more weight on the bar every time he enters the gym. And, if he can do that, why wouldn’t he?
The homo sapien interacts with his environment as a system of levers. In this way, he can be called a machine. His body is a device used to multiply the force he creates with the ground. As force transfers through his rigid skeleton, the attached musculature guides the force in the direction he desires. This is Man, and force production is his nature. (more…)
Millions of people have sprinted into my DM’s inquiring about exercise variation. So, today, I’d like to broach this topic and discuss why I believe many “experts” out there hide behind it. There are many of these experts in the fitness industry, so this blog post is going to be imperative. Western civilization’s current health status is a rather gnarly indictment of these authority figures. We’re a generation of fat men and women raised by experts. I’m wondering if another expert is really the answer we need. (more…)
LOOKING THE PART by Mahatma Gandhi
The quest for a muscular physique is obviously a material endeavor, one caused, continued, and concluded by ingesting and digesting. I must invoke the First Law, one cannot create energy, he must consume it. Some might consider this quest to be superficial, surface level. However, one finds a shocking amount of internal friction and ensuing growth when walking the path. Moreover, it might be admitted by the experienced traveler that it is mostly mental, and, dare I say, spiritual. Please, let me make the case! (more…)