Yesterday someone in a Facebook exercise group posted a video of himself performing the leg press and asked for comments. Like most of the people who post exercise videos in that group his form needed work. He was was holding his breath, moving too fast, locking out, stopping to rest at the end point, bouncing […]
If you’re not sure how to perform an exercise correctly go to any large gym during peak hours and watch how most people do it. Pay close attention to how they are positioned and how they move. Pay attention to things like their speed and timing, where and how long they stop to hold or pause, etc. […]
“The first sign of maturity for people that train is when they stop caring about how much they lift and start caring about how well they lift.” – Amir Siddiqui People often ask me how they can get better at an exercise. In almost every case, they are thinking about it backwards. They want to know how […]
When you’re performing an exercise don’t worry about the rep you just did, don’t worry about the rep you’re doing, and don’t worry if you’ll be able to do another. Your goal isn’t to do reps, your goal is to use the resistance to efficiently load the muscles you’re targeting with the exercise. Performing some number […]
In this week’s videos I explain what momentary muscular failure is and why it is important for getting maximum results from your workouts in part one, and answer your questions on training to momentary muscular failure in part two.
In the first of a new high intensity training video series on my YouTube channel I explain what makes an exercise good or bad, why some good exercises are often wrongly considered bad, and how some bad exercises can be altered to make them good.
When I was invited to speak at The 21 Convention in Tampa last year I planned to talk about principles of exercise performance but since it would have overlapped a lot with both Bill De Simone and Dr. Ellington Darden’s presentations I decided at the last minute to talk about proper mindset for high intensity training instead. In […]
I recently received a barrage of messages from someone questioning statements I made in my article on the force-velocity curve. He claims I do not understand basic physical principles because he confuses the force-velocity curve with Newton’s second law of motion, which are completely different things. He then builds on his confusion of this in an attempt to make […]
The barbell has been around since at least the 1800’s, and the modern plate-loaded version has been around since strength training pioneer George Barker Windship invented the “practical graduating dumbbell” in 1865. Despite this long history, the majority of people still have no idea how to use them correctly, and most of the people who […]
How you perform each repetition of an exercise is far more important than how many or your time under load. In fact, while it might sound contradictory, the better you are at an exercise the fewer repetitions you should be able to complete or the shorter your TUL with a given resistance. This is because the […]