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Your Form is Bad Because Your Mind Is Weak

Have you seen asymmetry in heavy lifts? The bench press where the sternum turns to the right. The squat where the left knee and left elbow stick out to the side. The deadlift stuck over on the right foot.

These happen. Often. If you haven’t noticed them, look out for them. It’s actually pretty cool.

But as a trainer, it’s frustrating. I can’t train you into that asymmetry. I can, but… what good could that possibly do? Now I have to stop you when I start to consistently see that.

But I’ve seen people shift over there almost immediately. I mean, like, rep two out of twenty. They know how to do the exercise, they just can’t. Their brains won’t let them. Why? Because ‘dey scared. Continue reading

Maybe You Shouldn’t Do Yoga, CrossFit, or Squat Deep

tl;dr
Doing any one thing in particular is unnecessary for your goals, no matter what they are. But doing something is necessary for progress.

  1. Find a direction.
  2. Figure out what steps will get you towards there.
  3. Re-evaluate monthly.
  4. Stay the course.
  5. Make every day a win.

Fitness is a bit of an amorphous target. It’s generic. Does it mean cardiovascular fitness? Weight loss? Relative strength? Absolute strength? Weight deadlifted? Flexibility measured? Workout done in x number of minutes?

Is your goal a fitness goal? Or are you just trying out a new training method?

Most people I work with — at least the “regular” people with day jobs — want to be more fit. It would always be nice to be skinnier, stronger, leaner, toner, healthier, smarter, more muscular, more patient, more even-keeled, less anxious, less depressed, less neurotic, less unstable.

But if you want these things, we have to talk about goal setting.

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What to Do When Your Knee Hurts While Deadlifting

tl;dr
Knees hurt sometimes. It’s okay. Try to improve your form. If that doesn’t work, try a different exercise.

Sometimes our bodies don’t hold up as well as we wish they would. Even just last night I went for a walk and limped the last half of it because of my knee. And I’m 28 years old! (at the time of writing this)

Why is pain such a pain? Cruel world…

I kind of specialize in training people with achy joints. Specific cues have been important for a lot of my clients. Poor technique can place stress on your body that your mind just doesn’t like. So first, when your knee hurts, get a tenured coach to take a look. Their practiced eye might notice something that you haven’t. Fix that issue and see if it clears up.

Now, though I love cuing, I need to tell you a secret: sometimes it ain’t enough.

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Tight calves ALL THE TIME. What should I do?

A friend of mine recently reached out for help with her tight calves.

When your calves are incessantly and outrageously tight and tender to touch, what is there to do?

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Training Tip: When to Use Offset Loading

Here’s a recent question from one of my distance clients:

Do you use offsets frequently? Always contralateral or do you use ipsilateral?

I love this question because I think it’s one of the best illustrations of the art of coaching. Not often are things black and white.

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