Tuesday, April 26, 2016
My first strongman competition of this year is this Saturday, the 30th. My peaking phase of my training started 3 weeks ago. My peak consisted of low rep sets that is no lower than 75% of my max. The training felt good and me hitting those high numbers has helped my confidence. When I am not training conventionally, like squats, dead lifts, or bench, I am training strongman. So I have been hitting a lot of axle press, yoke holds, yoke walks, and atlas stones. I can tell a difference in my strength from working with John Calhoun at Calhoun Performance Center. This week is my deload phase so my body is fully rested. I am doing 5x5 on the big lifts at 50% of my max. I am also eating more than I need so I know I am recovering. i have also been sleeping 9-10 hours a night and drinking a lot of water. I am ready for Saturday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
DOMS, with many lifters, is a love-hate relationship. The sore muscles that inhibit basic everyday activities can be really annoying, but in your mind you know it was an effective workout. I have been on a journey on ways to alleviate the pain and quicken recovery. I have found that the day after when you are really sore, do very light weight on the muscles worked. So for legs, body weight squats help get blood flowing to the legs to speed up the process. Also a calorie and protein surplus will help the body recover the quickest. Then you can foam roll. While this is the most painful, it really works. I actually did this to my legs this morning and hopefully I will be fresh for tonight's workout. Foam rolling sucks but is very effective.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Nowadays there is so much information on the internet about lifting, nutrition, how to lift, what's the best protein powder, it can be overwhelming. The best place to find true solid information is an actual person that is educated in exercise and nutrition, but not everyone has this luxury. The next best thing is YouTube. Many professionals have accounts on YouTube and publish very detailed content that is extremely helpful. Athletes like Brian Shaw, Mark Bell, and Chad Wesley Smith, who are some of the industries finest, all have YouTube channels that post videos and live seminars pertaining to lifting and nutrition. Also talking to a dietitian or strength coach would be a solid information source. This day in age it is almost impossible to remain uninformed on the basics. So if you are a beginner, the best thing to do is research online and ask questions. Veteran lifters are usually more than willing to share tips and give advice. The internet is free and there is tons of good content on it.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I hear this all the time, "One won't hurt." Whether I am eating out with friends or with my family, I feel pressure to eat or drink something I do not want to. For instance I was with my friends this week and one of them had McDonald's and was full and wanted to get rid of the fries. She asked me if I wanted any and I said no thank you. She then teased me about how I only eat chicken and rice. While one cheat meal most likely would not affect me, I hate eating it. Fast food makes me feel like crap because it is literally poison. Also if I were to indulge in less than healthy food, it would set a precedent in my mind that one won't hurt and soon it would turn into more than one. So maybe one wouldn't do any damage, but I do not want to take the chance. In order to be the best, you have to act like the best.