-Why is it en vogue for beginners to eat 5 thousand calories while training with the lowest volume possible? We are so afraid of overtraining, but where is the fear of undertraining?
-On the above, the trend I constantly note whenever someone is unable to put on weight is a lack of conditioning in their program. They always employ the same justification of not wanting to burn even MORE calories, but anyone who has performed some decent conditioning knows that your appetite is going to increase exponentially. Whenever I want to lose weight, I do less work, whereas when I want to gain weight I do MORE work.
Of the two, which one looks like they are in the process of building muscle?
-A lot of people tell me that if I keep training the way I do, I won’t be able to keep it up when I get older. F**k, I’m damn near 30 now, so these bad effects better catch up to me quick. Right now, I could just retire and be stronger than a lot of those who said it was inevitable that I’d be crippled will ever be after a lifetime of “safe” training.
-What are these people who are striving to be injury free saving their bodies for exactly? Do they know something I don’t?
-I found that I became a better lifter when I read fewer studies and more philosophy.
-Ignorance is strength. It seems to me that the more people learn, the more problems they have. The only people that seem to have anterior pelvic tilt are those who know what it is.
-If you refuse to use yourself as an example, you should not be an advocate for a method.
-Don’t we train to get stronger? Then why are we so afraid of being put in a mechanically weak position (bad form)? What is the point of all that strength otherwise?
-Clint Darden just hit a deadlift PR while on chemotherapy. What was your excuse again?
-I feel like the novice class in strongman is encouraging more people to be weaker rather than to participate in the sport. The sandbagging is pretty disgusting too.
"No, really, I swear, it's my first competition."
-I enjoy how polarizing a force George Leeman is.
-Competing has been the most beneficial thing I ever have done for my training career.
-In beginners, I note a love for training. In veterans, I note a need for training.
-There is a direct relationship between a lack of success and a desire to tear down others. The strong guys are always supportive, the failures are always destructive.
-Criticism from someone who is unsuccessful is equal to accolades from the successful. You wouldn’t want someone who failed to approve of your training, as it surely means you are going in the wrong direction.
-Stay away from “beginner’s sections” on forums, as they are full of beginners advising beginners on how to not be beginners.
-Go to Home Depot, buy a 2” pipe cut to 7.5’ and use some duct tape to make collars. Congratulations, you have an axle, it only cost $50, and it will be incredibly valuable for your training. People waste more money on junky supplements.
-Weighting shoes are awesome. However, I went over 10 years training with Chuck Taylors just fine. But now that I have these shoes, I’m not looking back.
-My grandfather was a self-educated and successful real estate mogul, who would always ask the people with degrees “If you’re so dang smart, why aren’t you rich?” It has been my guiding principle when viewing the advice of others.
-The reactive slingshot works better with dumbbells. Or maybe I am just a terrible bencher.
-Getting a propane grill has improve the quality/quantity of my meals. I love to cook now.
It all makes sense now
-It is a good thing I am married. Otherwise, I would have the most amazing home gym and no money whatsoever.
-I observe a direct relationship between unwillingness to cook and lack of progress.
-I can either spend 20 minutes warming up to avoid injury or 2 seconds not giving a f**k about getting injured and spend the rest of that time lifting heavy stuff.
-There is always time and ways to train. I saw a ton of people complain about gym closures this holiday season, while I was clean and pressing a sandbag in my in-laws basement.
-If you can lose all your gains in 1 week, you never had any.
-I notice that only beginners seems to use the terms “bulking” and “cutting”.
-Not doing things has never helped me heal.
-I have a “resting” heartrate in the low 50s after downing an energy drink. I got asked at my last physical if I run a lot. I laughed and laughed.
The only time I run is to get to the front of the line of one of these
-Holy f**k I drink way too much caffeine. 1 energy drink and about 6 diet sodas everyday.
-Been following Matt Kroczaleski’s bench program for 13 weeks now. Works great. If you are on the fence, do it.
-Temptation is not a thing. You either want something bad enough to do what it takes or you don’t. If the only way you can succeed is to be free of choice and forced into isolation, congratulations, you are a prisoner.
-As I read, I understand that I read for the joy of reading and the challenge of learning. It is the discovery that compels me. As I lift, I understand that I lift for the joy of BEING strong. I receive no joy from the act of lifting, while at the same time, if I were simply given knowledge I would find that joyless as well.
-At my last contest, I observed an inverse relationship between time spent warming up and performance. The top performers warmed up the least.
-New deadlift training protocol idea: ROM progression from 2 angles. Each week alternate between mat pulls and top down deadlifts. Start mat pulls at 7 mat height, start top down deadlifts down to a 3 mat. Each week, remove one mat, until I am performing mat pulls off of a 5 mat and top down deadlifts down to the floor. The weight on the top down is heavier than the mat pull, getting me used to handling heavier weights, while the mat pull gets me used to breaking the inertia. Should be another 7 week cycle.