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The Internet is flooded with all types of training information., and some of it is good.

You can find all kinds of videos on just about any kind of exercise you can think of.

However, having access to all this information doesn’t mean a person will know the best ways to use it.

Just trying to copy someone else doing a lift is one thing, but actually knowing how to  train to get the maximum results for that lift is a whole different story.

Many can copy stuff, but few know how to effectively design a training program.

Program with basic movements, primarily, and use some variety in accessory work as needed. Implement change when it  is needed, not for entertaining your clients or trying to fool them into thinking you know what you are doing if you really don’t.

Remember, getting results for a brand new, untrained  person is easy; but getting ongoing results for a more experienced lifter is more difficult.

Think carefully when writing your training program, don’t just make stuff up and hope for the best.

 

 

 

general warm up (10 minutes)

overhead weight plate carry x 200 feet

rear walking lunges x 100 feet

Adex club pull overs x 30 reps

Adex mace “10-to-2” x 20 reps {note–use competition counting method}

specific warm up (5 minutes)

dumbbell clean & power jerk set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

dumbbell clean & power jerk 3/3-3/3-3/3-3/3 reps

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

Adex mace 360’s x 30 reps

keg power press x 10 reps

Zercher sandbag cleans x 8 reps

strict pull ups x 6 reps

 

People talk about “the mental side of the game” in many sports.

Two things from my earlier years showed me how important the mental side really was.

  • Full-contact kickboxing/karate
  • Night time parachute jumps

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You had to be mentally prepared for those in order to act without hesitation when the time came.

Fast forward to strength training. It is very important to be clear-headed and completely focused on each rep you do.

The common enemies people have in their heads are:

  • lack of confidence
  • fear of getting under a heavy load
  • distracting thoughts
  • an out of control ego
  • over-thinking aka paralysis of analysis
  • lack of experience
  • knowing your technique is not that good yet

All of these are bad enough individually and worse when there are more than one affecting you. They can cause you to miss the lift, get injured, or even killed.

Get them out of your head!

I am sure there are some I have missed, so feel free to post them in the comments section.

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general warm up (10 minutes)

rear bear crawls x 100 feet

alternating leg lifts x 40 reps

sprawls x 20 reps

Adex mace 360’s x 30 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

sandbag complex set up and light practice

strength (sandbag complex x 2 rounds)

shouldering x 10/10 reps

Zercher cleans x 10 reps

BTN squat & push press x 10 reps

hang power snatches x 10 reps

carry x 100 feet

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

Power Wheel rollouts x 10 reps

Adex club Gama casts x 20 reps

general warm up (10 minutes)

Adex club side cleans x 30 reps

Adex club front clean/squat/pull over x 20 reps

resistance band archer pulls x 30/30 reps

medicine ball chest passes x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

sled push set up and light practice

strength (20 minutes)

heavy sled push x 50 feet x 1/1/1/1/1

conditioning/accessory work (2 rounds)

weighted push ups x 10 reps

dumbbell pull overs x 10 reps

kettlebell goblet squats x 10 reps

A measured amount of confidence is a good thing but an over-sized ego is not.
It takes a lot of maturity and wisdom, along with a solid work ethic to make progress over the long haul.
If you are training alongside someone who can pull 100lb more than you, that doesn’t automatically mean you should be able to do it or that you are entitled to that level of strength at this time.
You just haven’t earned it yet.

When you have put in the same amount of work as that person, you will be a lot closer to doing similar things. However, he still might always out lift you so just deal with it.

Trying to duplicate a superior lifter’s accomplishments when you haven’t “paid your dues” is a sure way to get injured. Be humble enough to be coached and consistently work hard on what he tells you.

I heard it said a while ago, “That when all else fails, do what your coach told you to do in the first place.”

It’s not rocket science:

  • Work on your basic lifts
  • eat plenty of quality protein, fats, & carbs
  • sleep 7 to 9 hours/night
  • stay hydrated
  • handle life stress well

Don’t waste your time looking for shortcuts, there aren’t any.