Archive for December, 2010
Over the decades in which I’ve been hitting the iron, I’ve trained alone for stretches but mostly I’ve trained with a lifting partner. The faces have changed over the years, but I’ve always consistently gotten my best workouts with a partner. Why do many people get their best results from training with a partner? Here are my top four reasons!
Accountability: There are days when most people don’t feel like working out. Maybe they’re tired, or upset about something that happened at home or at work. Maybe things are hectic, and the time could be spent elsewhere. Maybe they’re just lazy that day. Regardless of the reason, sooner or later most people will have a day when they physically could go to the gym, and could make time for it, but choose not to. The occasional missed workout won’t hurt you in the long run, but once it starts happening regularly your results will stop … or go in reverse! Consistency is the key to progress, and lapses in workout discipline can lead to lapses in diet as well. That’s where a lifting partner can help. Read the rest of this entry »
Club Industry.com is reporting that Planet Fitness is discontinuing Personal Training at it’s clubs. (http://clubindustry.com/news/planet-fitness-grondahl-personal-training-20101209/) Their reason for doing so has nothing to do with the economy. As a Fitness Professional, I find their reasons for doing so appalling and insulting but before I get into that, let’s talk a bit about this anti-gym.
The fact that Planet Fitness is ending Personal Training does not surprise me and I do not view their actions as a trend. They clearly are the anti-fitness gym.
Seriously, what do you expect from a gym that doesn’t allow it’s members to grunt during their workout, has a sign with an image of a bodybuilder with a big red “NO” line going through it (clearly not very a Alpha Male Challenge friendly environment) serves it’s members pizza and has large fish bowls of Tootsie Rolls?
Yes, Planet Fitness truly is the Anti-Fitness “Gym” Read the rest of this entry »
For the first several years of my training I literally refused to wear wrist straps. I thought that only “girly (non-Alpha!)-men” wore them because they were too weak and lazy to take a good, solid grip on the bar. However, as I began to get stronger, primarily on back exercises, I started to notice that no matter how hard I tried, my grip would give out more quickly than the muscle(s) I was targeting. And that my friends a definite is a no-no! Thus, I reluctantly decided to give wrist straps a try and I was amazed at how much more weight I could lift and how much more productive so many exercises quickly became. In other words, NOT wearing wrist straps was hindering my overall muscle and strength development by limiting my intensity on several essential, basic movements such as bent rows, weighted pull-ups, deadlifts, upright rows, seated rows and DB rows. After just a few short months of implementing the use of lifting straps I absolutely noticed new width and thickness throughout my entire back, which changed my opinion that it is not “girly-men” that use straps, but “burly (True Alpha!)-men!” That said, I should point out that I use them primarily for pulling exercises and only for my heaviest sets. I do enjoy having a powerful grip, so I do not rely on straps for each and every working set. In addition I must mention that utilizing straps properly and efficiently takes some getting used to. There is a definite technique involved when securing wrist straps around a bar and feeling comfortable with them in your hand. Just do not give up and soon enough using straps will become second nature.
So there you have it my fellow Alpha Males (and females too!)…”just say YES to wrist straps!”
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Are you a grunt?
I’m in the gym doing my workout. I’m lifting fairly heavy weights, and really giving it everything I got with every rep of every set. I can hear myself breathing. Taking a nice deep breath and exhaling on the exertion and interspersed with this are grunts. Yes, I grunt. No, not LOUD dramatic grunts.
As I’m hearing myself, it got me thinking. If I’m giving it everything I got during my workout, I can’t help but let out a few grunts here and there. I’m also very focused on pushing the weight with correct form and really feeling my muscles work.
Do I grunt for attention? No. I’m in the moment. My own self-absorbed competition. Read the rest of this entry »